Butler still isn't dominating by any stretch of the imagination, but he did a lot of things well on Wednesday in the Drillers' win.
Story's home run was his ninth in 51 games with the Drillers and was his lone hit of the day. Swanner went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Brian Humphries added three hits for Tulsa, which also got a homer and three RBI from Tyler Massey.
Butler allowed three runs in six innings. He gave up seven hits, including a homer, but walked only one and struck out two. Butler induced 11 ground-ball outs and fired 58 of 93 pitches for strikes.
Nate Striz and Ken Roberts combined for three innings of scoreless relief to preserve the victory.
Dahl homers in Nuts loss
David Dahl (PuRP No. 2) hit his fourth home run since joining Modesto and his 14th overall in the Nuts' 3-2 loss to Visalia.
Dahl took Visalia starter Blayne Weller, who struck out 10 batters in 5⅓ innings, deep in the fourth and also drew a walk. Dahl's homer was one of only three hits for Modesto.
Though his on-base percentage remains south of .300, Dahl owns a .466 slugging percentage since his promotion from Asheville. He's performed especially well over his last 10 games, hitting at a .302 clip. It will be interesting to see how he finishes the season because it could have some bearing on where the Rockies decide to start him next year.
Matt Flemer struck out seven batters and allowed only three earned runs in seven innings but became the fourth Modesto pitcher to lose 10 or more games this year.
El Paso 5, Colorado Springs 1: That brief excitement about the possibility of Chad Bettis rediscovering himself as a starter was fun while it lasted. Bettis allowed four runs on eight hits, including a homer, and three walks in 5⅓ mostly ineffective innings. Meanwhile, the Sky Sox were kept under wraps by former MLB outfielder-turned-pitcher Jason Lane, who struck out eight batters in seven innings.
Hagerstown 3, Asheville 2: Ryan McMahon (PuRP No. 6) finished with two hits, including his 18th home run of the year, a solo shot in the ninth inning that brought the Tourists within a run. Johendi Jiminan was solid in seven innings, notching six punch-outs while allowing two runs on five hits.
Hillsboro 3, Tri-City 2: Helmis Rodriguez (PuRP No. 27) tossed six scoreless innings, allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out one. Sam Moll (PuRP No. 24) allowed a run on two hits and a walk before Scott Firth blew the save and took the loss by giving up two runs five hits in two innings. Sean Dwyer, Marcos Derkes and Drew Weeks had two hits apiece.
Ogden 4, Grand Junction 3 (Game 1): Read Drew's recap, which includes a note on Yonathan Daza getting nine hits in nine at-bats spanning two games.
Ogden 5, Grand Junction 4 (Game 2): The Raptors got two in the top of the ninth against Alec Crawford to sweep the doubleheader after starter Carlos Polanco pitched pretty well in 5⅔ innings, racking up seven strikeouts while allowing three runs on four hits. Daza's consecutive hit streak ended in the bottom of the first when he struck out swinging. He finished 1-for-4.
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