Justin Morneau knocked in five runs on three hits including a double and a home run bringing his rehab batting average in five games to an even .500. This is a great sign for one of baseball's best ambassador's over the last decade-plus who has been forced to deal with some scary injuries.
Mike Tauchman matched Morneau's three hits. He is hitting .317 over his last 10 games (.295 on the season) and hit his 23rd double and stole his 25th base of the season. The 24-year-old outfielder has struggled at times to take off in his MiLB career but he has done nothing but improve this season.
Jordan Patterson hit his 17th double since being called up to New Britain, giving him 43 on the season and bolstering his OPS to .915.
Harrison Musgrave lowered his ERA for the fourth straight game. He pitched seven innings, allowing only one run on four hits while striking out seven and not walking a single batter.
Musgrave's ERA is now down to 2.31 in 10 starts with at the Double-A level which actually bests his mark of 2.88 from Low-A earlier in the year. He has struck out 46 and walked 10 in those starts. I think it is safe to say that the 23-year-old lefty is having a break-out season.
Rafael Ynoa and Angelys Nina led off the game with back-to-back singles. After two failed bunt attempts, Trevor Story pulled his bat back and roped a two-RBI triple to the center field wall, giving the Isotopes a 2-0 lead.
Just a few pitches later, Story scored on a wild pitch, giving Albuquerque a 3-0 advantage, and that was all it would take behind Topes starter Aaron Laffey. The left-hander allowed just a single unearned run in the third. Fresno added another run in the eighth off Albuquerque's bullpen, but the Topes closed the door for a 3-2 victory in the ninth.
Story went 4-for-4 , upping his wRC+ to 115. He is hitting .351 over his last 10 games. He also stole his seventh base since joining Albuquerque, giving him 22 swipes on the season.
Jason Forjet mowed down the Modesto Nuts in a 2-0 loss to the San Jose Giants on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium Forjet (W, 7-4) eight shutout inning for the Giants (70-64; 40-24). He struck out a season-high ten with no walks and just three hits, all singles, allowed. Forjet at one point, retired 16 in a row after a first-inning single. Jake Smith (S, 16) tossed a perfect ninth against the Nuts (66-68; 33-31). Alex Balog (L, 3-7) was good in his start for the Nuts. The right worked seven innings and allowed just two runs on six hits. Both runs came in on double plays.
The Nuts were pretty well dominated. Naturally, Raimel Tapia did record one of the three singles they managed. Random note but oddly enough, Tapia was at the DH position, which is the first time I can ever recall seeing that. He is hitting .333 over his last 10. With a strong finish to the season, Tapia could end up with over 170 hits.
In the first start of his professional career, Dakota Behr allowed one hit over five shutout innings in the Grand Junction Rockies 8-2 win over the Orem Owlz Tuesday night at Brent Brown Ballpark. Behr did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Tanner Lubach doubled with one out, but he was able to strand two runners on base in the frame helping him to his third win of the season. He struck out two to go along with one walk. Owlz starter Jaime Barria matched him zero for zero until the Rockies got to him in the fifth. Collin Ferguson scored on Campbell Wear's sacrifice fly, and later in the inning, Elvin Paulino scored when Anthony Brito singled.
The Rockies added to the lead in the fifth when Jonathan Piron followed Bobby Stahel's leadoff double with an RBI single, but Orem scored a pair of runs against Scott Firth in the sixth, one was earned, but Firth stranded the tying run at second base, and that was as close as Orem would get. After Juan Pena kept the Owlz off the board in the seventh, the Rockies batted around in the eighth, scoring five runs on six hits. Sam Hilliard, Ferguson, Cole Anderson, Paulino, and Brito plated runs. Pena faced the minimum in the eighth as did Gavin Glanz in the ninth to seal the Rockies 10th win of the second half, and 30th win of the season. It is the first time the team has won back-to-back games in the second half.
Wes Rogers was the only Tourist with a multi-hit day. He also scored and drove in a run. Max White went 1-for-3 and scored. The final run was scored by Dom Nunez who did not record a hit, but did draw a walk and steal his seventh base of the season.
Rogers seems to be back in the swing of things after missing some time with injury and rehabbing in Grand Junction. He currently sits at 51 stolen bases on the season. He has been caught stealing only four times.
Nunez' on-base percentage is 88 points higher than his batting average.
Ryan Castellani pitched an impressive six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Over his last 10 games, Castellani has struck out 44 and walked nine.
The Hops jumped on Hawks starting pitcher, Javier Palacios in the first inning and scored three runs after the first four batter reached base. The Hawks got one run back in the bottom half of the inning on a Terry McClure RBI single before tying the game at 3-3 in the third inning when Brian Mundell ripped a two-run double that one-hopped the right field wall. The Hops tacked on one run in the sixth inning before plating three runs in the seventh inning, capped off by a Stephen Dezzi RBI bloop single that pushed the lead to 7-3. Tyler Follis and Nate Causey each added RBI singles and the Hops added two runs of their as they took the game by a final of 9-5.
Terry McClure -- who is still 19-years-old despite the fact that it feels like he has been in the Rockies system forever -- has quietly raised his batting average to a very respectable .272 and his wRC+ to 109. He has hit .359 over his last 10 games. McClure has so much raw talent embedded in his natural toolkit that any signs of him figuring out how to hit should be noted.