David Dahl's (No. 2 PuRP) onslaught on the Eastern League continued on Wednesday, knocking a double to lead off the game and then a two-run home run in the top of the sixth inning to put the Hartford Yard Goats ahead 9-2. The 2012 10th overall pick is still only hitting .246 with a .281 on-base percentage but nine of Dahl's 15 hits this season have gone for extra bases, leading to a .590 slugging percentage and an absurd .344 ISO. He leads the Eastern League with six home runs and 13 RBI.
Two other members of the Purple Row Prospects List had impressive starts on the mound on Wednesday. Peter Lambert (No. 21 PuRP) was quick and efficient for the Asheville Tourists, using just 50 pitches to get through five innings of shutout baseball. Lambert allowed just two hits, both in the second inning a mere two days after turning 19 years old. Sam Howard (No. 33 PuRP) similarly pitched a great game for the Modesto Nuts. He was sitting 90-93 mph on his fastball with an 83-86 mph slider in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Howard, a third-round pick in 2014, allowed just three hits, two walks, and had seven strikeouts in a dominant performance.
Shane Carle was one of three starters in the system to throw five-plus shutout innings on Wednesday, leading the 'Topes to victory on his six innings of work. He scattered seven hits and struck out six. After two walks, Jordan Patterson (No. 18 PuRP) has now reached base in every game he's played in 2016. Also, from the Isotopes website:
The action was not contained to the field, however. The 4,852 fans that were in attendance at Isotopes Park devoured a whopping 26,413 hot dogs on 50¢ Hot Dog Night, an average on 5.4 dogs per fan.
I hope they all had ketchup.
Jordan Patterson (No. 18 PuRP): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K
Ryan Casteel (No. 30 PuRP): 1-for-4, R, RBI, K
Mike Tauchman: 3-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB
Will Swanner: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI
Shane Carle: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K
The Yard Goats just can't stop winning. Eight of the nine Hartford players had at least one hit, including home runs from Rosell Herrera and Dahl. German Marquez also impressed in five innings of work
David Dahl (No. 2 PuRP): 2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Pat Valaika: 2-for-5, 2B, 2R, 2 K
Rosell Herrera: 2-for-4, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, BB
Dillon Thomas: 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, K
German Marquez: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 6 K
The Nuts won a 1-0 pitchers duel (unheard of in the California League) behind Howard's strong performance and great relief work. The two teams managed just seven hits combined as Blaze starter Tyler Pike kept Modesto off balance all game. Roberto Ramos provided the difference with a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning off Pike. Jerry Vasto (Alleged Real Person) got the save in the ninth inning behind a 92-94 mph fastball and a 86 mph slider.
Forrest Wall (No. 11 PuRP): 0-for-3
Dom Nunez (No. 13 PuRP): 1-for-3
Omar Carrizales (No. 26 PuRP): 1-for-3, 3B
Sam Howard (No. 33 PuRP): 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Wes Rogers (No. 35 PuRP): 0-for-3, BB
Roberto Ramos: 1-for-3, HR
Jerry Vasto: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 K
The Tourists' offense, which had been struggling this season to score runs, broke out in an afternoon get-away day contest against the Legends. Mylz Jones, Terry McClure, and Josh Fuentes each had three hits in the game, during which every batter reached base at least once (except for Carlos Herrera, No. 29 PuRP).
Brendan Rodgers (No. 4 PuRP): 0-for-4, R, 2 K
Peter Lambert (No. 21 PuRP): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Carlos Herrera (No. 29 PuRP): 0-for-4, 1 K
Mylz Jones: 3-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI
Brian Mundell: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI, BB
Thursday Probables (all times Mountain)
Triple-A Albuquerque: Ryan Carpenter vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m.
Double-A Hartford: OFF (Next game Friday, Harrison Musgrave (No. 23 PuRP) @ Portland Sea Dogs, 4:00 p.m.)
High-A Modesto: Carlos Polanco @ San Jose Giants, 8:00 p.m.
Low-A Asheville: Trey Killian @ Rome Braves, 5:00 p.m.