Sunday's crowd of 3,351 brings the season total to 182,705--the largest season attendance in McCormick Field's 92 year history. With the playoffs on the line, the Tourists kept themselves in the driver's seat by defeating the Grasshoppers 8-3. Asheville fell behind 1-0 when Greensboro scored an unearned run in the first, but the Tourists responded with three first inning runs of their own. Wes Rogers led off with a triple and promptly scored on Forrest Wall's sacrifice fly.
Shane Hoelscher then doubled and back-to-back walks were issued to Dom Nunez and Roberto Ramos. Max White then lined a run-scoring single to left and Omar Carrizales added a sac fly. Both teams managed a run in the second. Asheville's came on an RBI single by Nunez. After Greensboro came within a run at 4-3, the Tourists added some cushion with a two-run fifth. White's RBI triple ignited the rally and Josh Fuentes delivered an RBI single. Nunez put the game away with a two-run Home Run in the sixth.
Helmis Rodriguez notched his ninth win of the season by going eight innings. Rodriguez allowed two earned runs on five hits. The Coloncito, Venezuela native finished with a season-high nine strikeouts. Rodriguez recorded a strikeout for each of the last seven outs he induced.
Nunez' home run was his 13th of the season, all coming in the second half. Be bettered his line since the all-star break (55 games) to .337/.444/.614 with 36 walks and 23 strikeouts. Yowza.
Wes Rogers stole his 45th base of the season for Asheville, hit total counting rehab is at 52.
Rodriguez will finish the season with a 3.36 ERA in 147 1/3 innings pitched.
Will Swanner smashed a three-run home run -- his 17th round-tripper of the year -- to account for the majority of the New Britain offense. Noel Cuevas represented the rest of the productive offense, tallying two hits and driving in two runs. He also stole his 31st base of the season.
Harrison Musgrave pitched an uneven game for his final start of 2015. He got through six innings and struck out seven, but he also allowed seven runs on nine hits and walked three. The outing skyrocketed his ERA to 3.18. In 56 2/3 innings since being called up, he has struck out 53 and walked 13.
The River Cats scored a pair of runs in the first and were off and running. After another run in the second and two more in the third, Sacramento had a 5-0 lead and cruised to their second victory in the series. The Isotopes plated their first run when Trevor Story tripled to lead off the eighth inning and scored on Roger Bernadina's groundout. Corey Dickerson also drove in Jose Rivera with a groundout in the ninth inning. Infielder Trevor Story continued his great work in Sacramento, notching a lead off triple in the eighth inning. Through three games in Sacramento, Story is 5-for-12 with three runs scored, a triple, two homers and three RBI. Story now has 34 extra-base hits with the Topes against 37 singles.
Tom Murphy also grabbed a pair of hits.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning, Scott Burcham ripped a two-run double that scored Brian Mundell and Wesley Jones and gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead. Kevin Padlo added a mammoth solo home run in the fifth inning before the Hawks erupted for five runs in the sixth inning, capped off by a Nate Causey two-run double that gave the Hawks the 9-1 lead. A combination of Logan Cozart, Salvador Justo and Cristian Quintin shut down the Volcanoes batters over the final four and 1/3 innings as the Hawks took the final game of the series and the season by a score of 9-1.
Padlo's ninth home run of the season came as part of a 3-for-4 evening that also included a double. He stole his 33rd base of the season as well.
Starter Dylan Craig struck out seven batters in 4 2/3 innings giving up one run on five hits.
Alex Balog (L, 3-8) gave up a couple of two-out hits in an otherwise excellent start. The righty racked up a season-high eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings. In the sixth, Balog retired the first two hitters in order before allowing back-to-back singles. Tyler Marincov followed with a two-run, two-out triple. The third run on Balog's ledger came in after he left the game in the seventh.
Purple Row's Jen Mac Ramos was in attendance for this one and will have plenty more on Alex Balog for you soon. Stay tuned, you don't want to miss that one.
Ogden scored the game's first six runs. Edwin Rios doubled home Jordan Paroubeck with two out in the first inning, and after they scored three runs in the second, Davis hit a 2-run homer in the third.
Col Anderson put the Rockies on the board with his sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the third inning, and after the Raptors got that run back in the fifth on Alex Santana's RBI single, the Rockies scored two in the bottom of the inning to get the score to 7-3, only to see the Raptors get both runs back in the sixth to make it a six run game again. Anderson, Paulino, and Brito had two hit nights the Rockies.