The Hartford Yard Goats' pitching staff has been utterly dominant so far this season, but Harrison Musgrave (no. 23 PuRP) took it to another level on Wednesday. The "hosting" Harrisburg Senators (Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals) didn't stand much of a chance as Musgrave retired the first 20 batters he faced before allowing a two out single to Shawn Pleffner. That's right; Harrison Musgrave was perfect through 6.2 innings. He got the next batter to strikeout to end the inning, giving him six total for the game. That would be the last batter Musgrave would see, as Devin Burke and Matt Carasiti preserved the lead and the win for the Yard Goats..
Musgrave, an eighth round draft pick out of West Virginia in 2014, has put on quite the show so far in 2016. He has only allowed two runs this season on just eight hits and two walks in 20.2 innings. He's only struck out ten in that time but a 0.87 ERA and a 0.53 WHIP are impressive no matter how you get there. If you haven't already, consider giving Harrison Musgrave some love on your next Purple Row Prospects list.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, OFF DAY
The Isotopes had their first day off of 2016 on Wednesday. They begin a three-game series in Reno on Thursday.
In addition to Musgrave's stellar performance, the top Yard Goats offensive prospects had a good night as well. David Dahl (no. 2 PuRP) continued his great opening month with two doubles and Raimel Tapia socked his second home run on the season, adding two singles to raise his season line to .230/.298/.351. The Yard Goats have now won seven games in a row and sit atop the Eastern League standings at 16-4.
David Dahl (no. 2 PuRP): 2-for 3, 2B, R, BB
Ryan McMahon (no. 5 PuRP): 0-for-3, RBI, 2 K
Raimel Tapia (no. 6 PuRP): 3-for-4, HR, 3 R, RBI
Harrison Musgrave (no. 23 PuRP): 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Modesto struggled on offense again Wednesday night, falling in a pitcher's dual, 3-2. Their best opportunity came in the top of the seventh when, with two on and two out, Omar Carrizales (no. 26 PuRP) singled home the tying run. Unfortunately, Luis Jean was thrown at third base to end the inning, leaving rehabbing Charlie Blackmon on deck with what should have been two runners on base. Visalia scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth on a bloop single over Forrest Wall's (no. 11 PuRP) head, the only blemish on Nuts long reliever Helmis Rodriguez's impressive day on the mound.
Nuts starter Carlos Polanco pitched admirably in his five innings of work, sitting 93-97 mph with his fastball and a changeup at 79-81 mph.
Forrest Wall (no. 11 PuRP): 1-for-3, 2 K
Dom Nunez (no. 13 PuRP): 0-for-3, BB, R, 3 K
Omar Carrizales (no. 26 PuRP): 1-for-3, RBI
Wes Rogers (no. 35 PuRP): 0-for-3, K
Charlie Blackmon (rehab assignment): 1-for-4, R
Asheville seemed to be cruising to an easy victory over Hagerstown when the Suns rallied for six runs in the top of the eighth. The Tourists responded in the bottom half of the frame with six of their own, including home runs from Mylz Jones and Josh Fuentes. First baseman Brian Mundell also added two home runs of his own and Brendan Rodgers kept doing Brendan Rodgers things.
Brendan Rodgers (no. 4 PuRP): 2-for-3, 2B, 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Carlos Herrera (no. 29 PuRP): 0-for-5, 2 K
Brian Mundell: 4-for-4, 2 HR, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB
Jonathan Piron: 3-for-5, 3 2B, R, 2 BB, 2 K
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Lots of great pitchers taking the hill tomorrow, especially in Harrisburg, PA. Kyle Freeland matches up against Lucas Giolito (no. 3 overall prospect for ESPN, Baseball Prospectus, and MLB.com) at 4:30 pm MT on MiLB.tv. So, if you're fortunate enough to have a subscription, you should probably set an alarm.
Triple-A Albuquerque: TBA @ Reno, 7:35 pm MT
Double-A Hartford: Kyle Freeland (no. 8 PuRP) @ Harrisburg Senators , 4:30 pm MT
High-A Modesto: Ryan Castellani (no. 19 PuRP) @ Visalia, 8:00 pm MT
Low-A Asheville: Dylan Craig v Hagerstown, 5:05 pm MT