The Isotopes wasted no time in their final home game of the season, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first courtesy of a Roger Bernadina two-out, two-RBI single. Colorado Springs managed to plate a run in the third, but Bernadina struck again with a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to push Albuquerque's lead to 4-2. The Sky Sox chipped away with a run in the fifth after a leadoff triple and another in the eighth after a leadoff walk to cut it to 4-3. The first two Sky Sox batters reached to lead off the ninth and scored on a one-out single, giving Colorado Springs a 5-4 win.
Tom Murphy smacked his ninth double since being called up to the Triple-A level where he is slugging .604.
Tyler Matzek picked up a two-inning hold. He struck out three and didn't allow a hit but did surrender a run because of his old nemesis -- Matzek walked two batters. Rex Brothers blew his second save of the season.
Jordan Patterson knocked in three, including hitting a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 15th inning.
Justin Morneau -- in a rehab start -- also drove in three runs on two hits and Pat Vailaika recorded four hits, three of them doubles.
Shane Carle tossed seven innings, giving up four runs on nine hits. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter. Carle has a streak of nine consecutive games in which he has completed at least six innings, in five of them he went for seven or more.
Sam Moll pitched a clean inning of relief, his first appearance since allowing the only two runs he has given up in Double-A this season.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ashley Graeter was thrown out at the plate ending the Modesto Nuts' 2-1 loss to the Visalia Rawhide on Sunday night at John Thurman Field. Down two in the ninth with two outs and two on, Drew Weeks hit a groundball to short. Weeks beat out an infield single, but Domingo Leyba's throw airmailed first allowing Rosell Herrera to score. The throw to the plate scooted by the catcher to the backstop. Graeter tried to score from third. He slid past the plate and was then tagged out by the catcher Baker to end the game. It was a wild finish to what had been a pitcher's duel.
Antonio Senzatela (L, 9-8) tossed seven innings for the Nuts (66-67; 33-30). The lone run he allowed was a first inning solo home run to Daniel Palka. The righty struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
In 149 innings pitched this season, Senzatela has posted a 2.42 ERA and has struck out 139 batters, walking 31.
The Hawks wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating one run in the first inning when Kevin Padlo ripped an RBI double that scored Marcos Derkes. The Volcanoes responded in the bottom half of the inning and took the lead, scoring two runs on a Steven Duggar RBI double and a Miguel Gomez RBI single off Hawks starting pitcher, Dylan Craig.
Craig made his fourth start of the season and pitched five strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits with one strikeout. The score remained until the seventh inning when Derkes ripped an RBI single that scored Wilkyns Jimenez and tied the game at 2-2. The Volcanoes once again answered right back, scoring two runs on a Ronnie Jebavi two-out RBI single to take a 4-2 lead. In the ninth inning, the Hawks brought the tying run to the plate but could not score as they fell to the Volcanoes in the final game of the series by a score of 4-2.
With the game tied at one in the fourth inning, the Rockies put up a five spot thanks to RBI base hits by Campbell Wear, Anthony Brito and Chris Rabago. Cole Anderson hit a 2-run homer in the middle of it, but the Chukars got two runs back in the fourth, and after Alec Crawford held them scoreless in the fifth, they went to work against three Rockies pitchers in the sixth. Alexander Guillen was charged with the first four runs in the inning. James McMahon walked the only man he faced, while Lorenz Ozuna was charged with the last four.
The Rockies committed two errors in the inning, making the last five runs unearned. Stahel singled home a run in the seventh, but the Chukars added a pair in the seventh and eighth innings. Amalani Fukofuka put the Chukars on top when he tripled home Cody Jones in the first inning. Sam Hilliard tied the game with a two run double in the third. Fukofuka finished with five hits, the first five hit game of his career. He was a home run shy of the cycle. Anderson, Stahel and Tyler Nevin had two hits games for the Rockies.
Joey Wong drove in two with a couple of base hits.
Justin Morneau had two hits and scored twice, bringing his rehab batting average to .462.
Ryan Carpenter tossed a complete game, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out six and walking zero. He lowered his season ERA to 3.70. Carpenter has struck out 131 and walked 32 in 165 innings this season.
Fresno built a three-run lead through the first two innings, but Albuquerque managed to tie it at three by the fifth inning. Roger Bernadina came through with a two-run double in the fourth, and Angelys Nina tied it with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. The Grizzlies wasted no time retaking the lead with a six-run, two-out rally in the home half of the fifth. After Fresno added a run in the sixth, Rafael Ynoa singled in a run, and Jeremy Barfield scored on a groundout in the seventh to cut the Grizzlies lead to 10-5.
Shane Hoelscher drove in two with three hits, including two doubles. The 23-year-old third baseman is a little bit old at 23 for the Low-A level, but still his .312/.415/.514 slashline through 85 games is impressive.
Forrest Wall managed a hit and a walk and scored three times. Wes Rogers had a pair of hits, the later being his fourth triple of the season.
Max White stole his 34th base of the season.
Yonathan Daza went 2-for-4 improving his batting average to .310 with Asheville and Omar Carrizales went 1-for-4 with a run scored keeping his average above .300 at .304.
Sam Howard poured in six innings of one-run baseball, striking out six and walking one. He allowed only four hits. Over his last ten starts, Howard has an ERA of 2.34.
Yonathan Daza had the only other extra-base hit in the game. Carrizales and Daza -- who are childhood friends as far back as T-ball, by the way -- have put up some solid numbers this season with .794 and 7.49 OPS' respectively.
Daza has 31 stolen bases and has been caught only six times in 65 games with Asheville. To my eye, he has the best raw speed in the system.
Grand Junction started the game with back-to-back doubles from Daniel Suero and Mylz Jones and grabbed a 2-0 lead, but the Chukars answered with three in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of three walks and an error. Elvin Paulino followed Chris Rabago's triple in the second inning with an RBI infield single to tie the game at 3, only to see Josh Banuelos single in a run after a pair of two out walks in the bottom of the inning, but Jonathan Piron scored after a leadoff triple in the third to tie the game again.
Idaho Falls quickly broke the tie in the bottom of the inning when Nick Dini followed Roman Collins' infield single with his fourth home run of the season. The team's traded runs in the fourth, but the Rockies scored a pair in the fifth to tie it, and Rabago gave them the lead with a two out, two strike, two run single in the seventh. Rabago finished with three hits as did Suero and Piron, who scored three runs. Collin Ferguson and Jones added a pair of hits, Ferguson plated two runs.
After Josh Banuelos lined out with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning, the Idaho Falls Chukars loaded the bases against Hunter Brothers in the ninth, but with the tying run at third base, he struck out Logan Nottebrook and Gabriel Noriega, preserving the Grand Junction Rockies 9-8 win Monday night at Melaleuca Field.
Mike Nikorak has really been struggling on his way to a 10.47 ERA. His struggles continued with a 1 2/3 inning performance in which he walked five and gave up three earned runs.
Sam Howard and Harrison Musgrave are doing an excellent job showing that rebounding from abhorrent numbers in Grand Junction in very possible but it is still disappointing to see a draft pick so many have been excited about seemingly unable to find the strike zone. Still plenty of time left in the career of a pitcher who won't turn 19 for another week and a half for him to figure things out.
Nikorak is perhaps the only exception to the fact that while the Rockies farm system is experiencing far less team success than it did last season, the individual play has been phenomenal. Almost every player who has been identified as a PuRP has a rising stock. This winter's PuRPs list is going to be very crowded.