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There was only one team with the power to keep Eddie Butler from working deep into the Modesto Nuts' game Friday night. That team wasn't the visiting Bakersfield Blaze. It was the Colorado Rockies.
Excuse me while I argue with myself, but the left side of my brain just doesnt agree with the right side about Colorados decision to limit Eddie Butlers starts to five innings for the rest of the season.
The Modesto Nuts' hope for a break-even first half is gone, but that in no way means the players still don't have goals to chase.
Before you read too far in this blog entry, go to the bottom of the page and play the embedded video, then ask yourself how youd score the play.
The best way to measure the progress of the Modesto Nuts as a team this season is by taking the occasional mental photograph.
Pitcher Edwin Escobar allowed one run in six innings and the San Jose Giants overcame a two-run homer by Modesto's Trevor Story Tuesday night to beat the Nuts 5-3 at San Jose Municipal Stadium.
The immediate goal of the Modesto Nuts is to finish the first half with a rush, perhaps getting to .500 by the time the 70-game barrier is reached. But the midpoint of the season also brings the all-star break, and the promise of the lone multi-day rest most players will get all summer. Rest? Not so fast, Dan Winkler.
Taylor Featherston's two-run triple capped a four-run, 10th-inning rally that helped the Nuts pull out an improbable 6-2 victory over the San Jose Giants on Monday night.
The Modesto Nuts launched a major scare Saturday night that nearly turned around what seemed to be an easy Stockton Ports win.
Modesto Nuts starting pitchers Dan Winkler (top) and Chris Jensen (bottom), who rank 1-2 in the California League in WHIP, will represent the Nuts in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose on June 18.
Three-run homers by Max Muncy and B.A. Vollmuth highlighted a seven-run third-inning uprising that carried the Stockton Ports to a 9-7 victory over the Modesto Nuts on Friday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Tyler Massey's three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning gave Modesto, which trailed 6-0 early on, its first lead of the game and catapulted the Nuts to an 11-8 victory over the Stockton Ports Thursday night at Banner Island Ballpark.
Shortly after signing his first professional contract last summer, Eddie Butler said in an interview that his goal for the 2013 season was to pitch in Modesto. The lanky right-hander earned his first California League victory Tuesday night as the Nuts defeated San Jose 5-3 at John Thurman Field.
Thanks for bearing with me here, because my chat with Modesto Nuts development supervisor Fred Nelson was just too long for one post.
The High Desert Mavericks hate Modesto.