The game between the BlueSox and Paints on June 14 was suspended in the middle of the first inning when heavy
rain prevented any further play. That game, still tied 0-0, will be completed on Tuesday. The teams will play their regularly
scheduled game about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. Both games will be nine innings.
Jerin Steele and Ben Matos will have the call of both games live from the KAP. Pre-game for the first game
will start around 4pm. As always, pitch-by-pitch updates are available on
Butler infielder Tyler Sullivan has been named the Prospect League Player of the Week by the League and Pointstreak
Sullivan tied (with teammate Danny Hrbek) for the most hits in the League over the past seven days with 11.
Sullivan also drew four walks and scored eight runs while knocking in three more.
He has become a consistent sight in Butler's leadoff spot, where the team has taken advantage of his .344
OBP and team-leading 23 free passes. He also leads the team in runs scored and ranks third in hitstrailing only David
Marcus and Matt Hansen, who rank second and third in base knocks League-wide.
Butler has eleven games remaining in the 2015 regular season, beginning with a double header against division-leading
Chillicothe at the KAP on Tuesday. First pitch for game one is at 4:05pm.
Season Not Quite in the Books
The regular season is winding down and the playoff race heating up, but on our final day off, let's take our
eyes off the standings for a moment and shift them towards the record book. Many ballplayers around the Prospect League have
put forth some incredible seasons statistically and have broken or are closing in on records set in previous years.
Before taking a look at our very own BlueSox stars breaking or chasing records, let's go around the League
and take a look at some players that are hitting or pitching their way into Prospect League history.
With two steals on Saturday night's game against the BlueSox, West Virginia Miners speedster Dylan Harvey
tied the Prospect League single season stolen base record. As of Sunday, Harvey has 38 stolen bases, which ties Jeff Holm
of the 2010 Chillicothe Paints and Danny Poma of the 2011 Dubois County Bombers. Harvey has twelve games left to get one stolen
base and have the record all to himself.
After hitting a triple Sunday vs West Virginia, Chillicothe outfielder Derek Hug leads the league with seven
triples. Hug, of Heidelberg University, is now only one away from tying L.J. Watson's record of eight triples that he set
in the summer of 2010 with the Hannibal Cavemen.
There have been multiple pitchers in Prospect League history that have been able to reach eight wins in a
single season. Jake Busiek of the 2014 Quincy Gems was the most recent pitcher to tie the record. This summer, not one, but
two Chillicothe Paint pitchers have a chance to break this record. Tanner Allison and Jason Byers both sit at seven wins and
will have to continue their dominance on the hill in order to rewrite the record book.
In Sunday's game at Jamestown, BlueSox closer Zach Spangler of Kent State University set a new Prospect League
saves record with his 17th of the season. He surpassed Chase Byerly of the 2011 Slippery Rock Sliders and his record of 16
saves in a single season. Spangler has been remarkable on the mound for the BlueSox all season, converting 17 of 19 save opportunities.
He holds a 2.17 ERA and a 23:6 strikeout to walk ratio heading into the last two weeks of the season.
By the end of the season, the Prospect League could have its first ever Triple Crown winner. The Triple Crown
award in baseball is bestowed at the end of the season to the player who is ranked first in batting average, home runs, and
runs batted in.
If anyone in the Prospect League has a chance, it is Butler BlueSox' star first baseman David Marcus. He leads
the league in home runs with eight, is tied in RBIs with Paxton De La Garza of the Jamestown Jammers with 36, and is currently
second in batting average. Aiden McMahan of the Richmond RiverRats leads the League with a batting average of .375 compared
to Marcus's current average of .351.
Marcus and his race towards the Prospect League's first Triple Crown winner will definitely be a storyline
to watch as the season comes to a close.
Sox Win in Stunning Comeback
A night after a heartbreaking ninth inning in front of the largest Butler crowd ever, the BlueSox flipped
the script on Jamestown Sunday. And then some.
Down by a run in the final inning, Jared Grove singled with two out and two on, on a 2-2 pitch to score Jamie
Switalski and Allan Hooker. After an error, wild pitch, Grove came in himself on a Danny Hrbek single to score Butler's third
and final run of the day, securing the 3-1 victory.
Zach Spangler threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth. He became the first player in Prospect League history with
17 saves in a season in the process.
Spangler took over for Matt Gordon who went 8 innings and allowed just a single unearned run. He allowed only
three hits and did not walk a hitter. It was his second straight expulsion of Jamestown's lineup. A latecomer, Gordon has
now gone 15 innings with 8 Ks and no walks for Butler.
Grove and Hrbek, who provided the RBIs for Butler, both had two hits on the afternoon, but Butler was stranded
nine runners unable to score until they were down to their final strike. Grove, who was in his tenth game for Butler, had
three hits and two RBIs entering the day.
Butler remains within striking distance of the final playoff spot, which will go to the East Division winner
of the second half. They trail the Chillicothe Paints, who will take on the WV Miners on Sunday evening, by three games. Chillicothe
and Butler will complete a game that was suspended earlier in the season in the middle of the first on Tuesday at 4:05pm before
their regularly schedule game, which will start approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. The BlueSox
will travel to Chillicothe on Wednesday.