Jul 3, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; A general view during a fireworks show after the game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Dodgers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
One to watch (Kyle Freeland): After suffering an injury that knocked him out of much of the start of the year, and then making a couple starts at rookie level Grand Junction to get his feet back under him, Kyle Freeland has now started twice in Modesto.
In two games, he’s allowed just two earned runs in nine innings of work, and while he’s allowing a lot of hits (13), he’s walked only two hitters while striking out five.
He’s due to start again Thursday night against Stockton, as he attempts to halt the Nuts’ losing streak and help retain first place in the California League’s Northern Division.
Obviously, considering his prospect profile, if the lefty starter finishes the year as strongly as he’s shown in a very small sample thus far, and he stays healthy, Freeland could have a shot at starting 2016 at AA Hartford, with Colorado just a little bit closer in his future.
Quick hits: The Nuts are now 26-19 in the second half of the season, two games back of the Visalia Rawhide for first place in their division … Overall, the Nuts are 59-56, which is the second best record overall in the division. That’s important because Visalia won the first half and earned an automatic playoff berth; should they win the second half, too, the other playoff position will revert back to the team with the best overall record, which would be the Nuts if the season ended today … Including Thursday night, the Nuts have just 11 home games remaining this year. They finish their season with a week-long road trip the first week of September … Matt Carasiti has converted saves in nine of his last ten games, throwing 10.1 scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits and four walks, and striking out twelve batters … Konner Wade is 5-1 with a 3.15 ERA in his last ten starts, and leads the Nuts in games started, innings, and complete games. He’s 7-7, 3.96 overall in 22 starts this year.