Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (58-75)
Albuquerque 3, Colorado Springs 1
W: Laffey (4-3, 4.14); L: Davies (1-2, 5.00); SV: Miller, J (7)
It was a night of unusual heroes in Triple-A. David Hale was pulled with one out in the fourth inning, having reached 42 pitches and allowing one run. The bullpen, lead by Aaron Laffey, worked 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Overall, the Isotopes allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out nine. Rafael Ynoa and Angelys Nina lead the offense; they combined to go 6-for-8 with two doubles.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (61-68)
New Britain 6, Portland 2
W: Musgrave (2-3, 2.47); L: McCarthy (6-8, 4.54)
Harrison Musgrave just continues to surprise. He followed up a three hit, nine strikeout outing with a no hit seven strikeout appearance over six innings in this one. Musgrave had a 5.44 ERA in Grand Junction last year despite strong peripherals, and his time there ought to serve as a bit of a cautionary tale to anyone freaking out about any pitcher's performance there.
New Britain brought on Sam Moll, who had allowed just four hits and no earned runs in his first nine Double-A outings, to try and preserve the no hitter in the seventh, but he surrendered three hits and two runs in his one inning of work. It was a collective effort on offense, as it saw six different hitters collect at least one hit and six different runners score a run.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (65-65)
Modesto 7, Lake Elsinore 5
W: Wade (8-8, 3.68); L: Radke (0-3, 7.83); SV: Carasiti (20)
Konner Wade worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings, dropping his ERA over his last 11 outings since July 5th to 2.20. Raimel Tapia broke up a mini-slump with a four hit night, and Ryan McMahon hit his 18th home run of the season. McMahon has quietly put together a season line of .301/.375/.526, including a .310/.366/.582 second half line that compares very favorably to Nolan Arenado's .298/.349/.487 line at Modesto during his age 20 season.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (66-62)
Savannah 11, Asheville 5
W: Flexen (3-0, 1.42); L: Lomangino (2-4, 4.57)
.460/.500/.840. That's what 20 year old first baseman Roberto Ramos has done so far in August after going 2-for-4 in this contest, it was his seventh multi-hit performance in his last ten tries and extended his hitting streak to 14 games.
Ryan Castellani started this one and continued his struggles at home. The 19 year-old went five innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Castellani struck out five and walked one. He has a 5.72 ERA at McCormick Field and a much stronger 3.56 ERA on the road.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (27-40)
Boise 5, Vancouver 3
W: Cozart (2-0, 3.77); L: Hinkle (5-1, 1.21); SV: Quintin (7)
Ryan McCormick got the start and worked around eight hits to keep Vancouver off the scoreboard for five innings, dropping his ERA below four for the first time this year. The offense pounded out twelve hits and took three walks, pushing five runs across in the process.
Looking at the crazy amount of college age hitters on Grand Junction and Boise, it looks like predicting the rosters for Asheville and Modesto next year will be quite the chore.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (27-37)
Grand Junction 8, Orem 5
W: Medina (1-3, 6.59); L: Barria (2-3, 5.88); SV: Thoele (5)
Javier Medina had another very nice start. The recent high school draftee had a really rough start on August 7th, but outside of that outing Medina has a 3.54 ERA and a 4.00 K/BB ratio.
Two high school draftees are playing very well for Grand Junction, though one is more heralded than the other. Outfielder Cole Anderson is hitting .303/.361/.424 since the All-Star game. The other, Brendan Rodgers, had a two double night and is hitting .333/.391/.508 in the 16 games over the same time period. This morning, Baseball Prospectus's Jeff Moore had this to say about Rodgers.
Rodgers’ acclimation into professional baseball has gone as smoothly as anyone, including the Rockies, could have realistically hoped for, especially given that they plucked him out of high school and sent him straight to Rookie ball, forgoing the complex level altogether. Rodgers has a tremendous all-around game for a player of his age, and most importantly, the ability to remain at shortstop for the foreseeable future. His bat should be a well-above-average asset at the six spot.
ALB: Eddie Butler (2-4, 6.00)
NBR: Matt Flemer (7-9, 3.39)
MOD: Johendi Jiminian (4-9, 4.65)
ASH: Carlos Polanco (8-9, 4.02
BOI: Colin Welmon (1-4, 5.26)