Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP) continued his resurgence during his second trip through the Eastern League, going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run in the Hartford Yard Goats’ 10-5 loss to the Bowie Baysox.
After struggling with the Yard Goats last season with an OPS of just .724 and a dozen home runs, McMahon is hitting .325/.391/.546 with six home runs in 44 games with Hartford in 2017. He has also doubled 14 times, tripled twice and stolen seven bases.
Not only has McMahon hit well for Hartford this season, he has done so while playing three different positions. Of his 42 starts this season, 20 have come at first base, with 11 each at second base and third base. With the Rockies’ increased emphasis on versatility under Jeff Bridich, McMahon is proving himself as a player that can succeed all over the infield.
Jordan Patterson (No. 13 PuRP): 2-for-5, RBI
Sam Moll (No. 28 PuRP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER
Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 3-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, RBI
Dom Nunez (No. 14 PuRP): 2-for-4, RBI
Parker French (No. 26 PuRP): 4 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI
Garrett Hampson (No. 22 PuRP): 0-for-4. K
Peter Lambert (No. 11 PuRP): 8 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Low-A: Asheville Tourists 5, Hickory Crawdads 3
Purple Row’s Charlie Drysdale was at Asheville’s 5-3 win over Hickory and provided these notes from the game:
(Starting pitcher Antonio) Santos struggled early in the game, giving up a leadoff walk in the second followed by a home run off a fastball he grooved down the middle of the plate. He found his release point shortly afterwards and scattered three hits through the remaining three innings. Santos worked down and in with a 2-seam fastball sitting at 92 with a changeup at 81 and a slider around 86. He threw a pair of curveballs in the game that had good movement at 76.
J.D. Hammer closed out the game with a 1-2-3 inning utilizing a 97 mph fastball complemented by a change and slider. Hammer’s ERA fell to 0.84 after earning his 3rd save of the season.
Offensively the Tourists did well, collecting 15 hits. They struggled on the basepaths however, getting caught stealing three times and picked off once. Colton Welker (No. 19 PuRP) went 2-for-5 at the plate, raising his average to .340 on the year.
Colton Welker (No. 19 PuRP): 2-for-5, RBI
Jose Gomez (No. 30 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R