Player of the Game: Correlle Prime
After the Rawhide (64-42; 22-14) tied the game on a passed ball in the top off the eighth, the Nuts (58-48; 25-11) put two runners in scoring position with no outs in the bottom half. Joey Krehbiel (L, 0-4) struck out the next two hitters and worked a full count to Correlle Prime. The Nuts' first baseman blooped a two-run triple down the right field line to break the tie and give the Nuts a four-game series split. Matt Carasiti (S, 16/18) tossed a perfect ninth.
Johendi Jiminian (W, 4-8) tossed four innings out of the bullpen, allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five. Kyle Freeland tossed four innings in his Nuts debut. The lefty allowed seven hits but only one run with three K's and no walks.
Ryan McMahon had four hits with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Raimel Tapia went 2-4 with a double, hopefully breaking out of a bit of a slump. He has only 10 hits in his last 10 games which has pulled his average down to .315. He hit .327 for the month of July. He also stole his 22nd base of the season, he has been caught nine times.
McMahon's 4-4 day brought his season OPS up to .906.
In his last 51 innings pitched, Jiminian has a 3.00 ERA with a staggering 44-4 strikeout to walk ratio.
Player of the Game: Jesus Tinoco/Shane Hoelscher
Jesus Tinoco made his first appearance in an Asheville Tourists uniform and his first as a member under the Colorado Rockies farm system on Sunday afternoon. Tinoco worked quickly and fired strikes. He was consistently put under pressure by Savannah's Martires Arias who churned out scoreless frames one after the other ahead of Tinoco.
Despite the Tourists setting a season-high with 19 consecutive innings without a run, they broke the streak in the top of the sixth inning. Robbie Perkins led off the inning with a single into right-field. Two batters later, Max White doubled to the right-centerfield gap. With runners at second and third, Arias induced a shallow fly out off the bat of Yonathan Daza. The inning rested on Shane Hoelscher's at bat and the Tourists second-baseman delivered. Hoelscher lined a single back up the middle and both runners came in to score. Hoelscher's two-run single was the only scoring of the afternoon.
John Sheehan and Yoely Bello combined to shutout the Sand Gnats in the next two innings. Josh Michalec worked a perfect ninth by inducing three groundouts to notch his 23rd save of the season. The shutout was the Tourists eighth tossed this year. Tinoco finished with six innings pitched, no runs allowed, four hits, no walks, and seven strikeouts.
Shane Hoelscher has a .903 OPS in 60 games with Asheville this season.
David Dahl went 2-4, smacked his fourth home run and stole his 18th base of the season. Dahl's season OPS is up to .720 with New Britain which is extraordinary considering this is his first year in Doulbe-A ball, he is still just 21, and he had his spleen removed in the middle of the season.
Sure it would be nice to see him walk a little more or strike out a little less, but putting up these kinds of numbers despite his age and obstacles should only be encouraging. Most prospects (think Trevor Story) have an adjustment period when moving up levels and while Dahl has never put up "blow-you-away" numbers at any level, he has maintained without ever being a chance to sink into a comfortable zone.
Speaking of not missing a beat after a call-up, Jordan Patterson continues to mash, hitting another double in a 1-3 performance. Patterson is OPS'ing 1.056 in his first 16 games at the Double-A level. He has 11 extra base hits in that time.
Fresno plated a pair of quick runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead, but Albuquerque cut its deficit in half with Matt McBride's fourth inning solo homer. Both offenses settled in until the Grizzlies pushed two more runs across in the sixth to make it 4-1, but it wasn't until the seventh that they put the game out of reach. After a leadoff home run, Fresno drew six walks in the frame sandwiched around a single. The five-run inning put the Grizzlies on top 9-1.
Orem took the lead with an unearned run in the second inning, but the Rockies answered in the bottom of the inning and took the lead thanks to five straight hits. Sam Hilliard and Tyler Nevin started it with singles, and Jonathan Piron tied the game with a double, moving Nevin to second. He was brought in on Brendan Rodgers' single. Chris Keck followed with another single, scoring Piron.
Michael Hermosillo singled home a run in the third to get the Owlz within a run, and Alex Abbott tied the game when he led off the fifth inning with his third home run, but the Rockies regained the lead in the seventh. Campbell Wear doubled with one out, and advanced to third when Daniel Suero grounded out. He scored on a wild pitch. Parker French tossed five innings and surrendered three runs, two earned. Michael Zimmerman kept Orem off the board in the sixth and seventh innings, and Hunter Brothers struck out two in a perfect eighth.
Suero, Brothers, and Jensen Park were recently announced to the Pioneer League all-star game.
The Hawks scored nine runs on 14 hits but could not catch the Canadians as they took the game and the series, defeating the Hawks by a score of 13-9. With the Hawks trailing by a run in the bottom of the second, Ryan Casteel and Terry McClure led off with back-to-back doubles. Eric Toole followed with an RBI bloop single before Kevin Garcia was charged with a throwing error, that gave the Hawks an early 3-1 lead. The game would go back and forth as the two teams traded leads five times on the afternoon. In the sixth inning, Carlos Herrera ripped a two-run single and Brian Mundell followed with an RBI sacrifice fly to give the Hawks an 8-6 lead. The Canadians would go ahead for good in the seventh inning, putting up seven runs, capped off by a Justin Atkinson two-run home run.
Kevin Padlo went 2-5 with a double.