Yesterday turned out to be a nice day for the system as our affiliates went 5-1.
Colorado Springs: Ubaldo Jimenez picked up his fifth PCL win, pitching six innings and giving up four unearned runs on five hits and four walks. He also struck out four. On offense, Jeff Salazar, JD Closser and Jason Smith all had three hits apiece in the nineteen hit barrage, and Vinny Castilla, Sean Barker and U-ball himself, added two each. Jimenez also had two RBI to support his own cause.
Tulsa: The Drillers' bats were hot as well, yesterday, as they pounded out eighteen hits in support of Alberto Arias and wound up winning twelve to five. Seth Smith and Doug Bernier each had three, while Gaetti, Stewart, Koshansky and Colonel all had a pair apiece. Everybody else got one. Stewart cracked the forty double barrier, which would have been more speciel this season if Smith wasn't five ahead of him. Matt Miller left the game with a shoulder injury after sliding in for a triple in his only at bat.
Arias got the spot start to line up Juan Morillo for game one of the Texas League play-offs on September 5. Marc Kaiser and Emmanuell Ulloa will be the two starters for games two and three for Tulsa in the playoffs, but as of this writing it hadn't been determined which would do which.
Modesto: Franklin Morales pitched six strong innings to earn the victory, and the twenty year old southpaw is a strong candidate for Cal League pitcher of the month in August after going 4-1, with 39 IP, 20 H, 12 R (2.75 ERA) 20 BB, and a sensational 58 K's. Equally thrilling is his nearly 2/1 GB/FB ratio and .146 BAA. I am thrilled with his development and don't see how I can leave him out of my top five PuRPs at this point. Jonathan Herrera had two hits and Doc Brooks a key bases clearing triple in the four to one win.
Asheville: The Tourists swept a double header with Kannapolis, yesterday, I figure they still have about twenty to play with the Intimidators this week to make up for all the rain-outs last week. Anyway, Cole Garner, who I so nailed in calling my fave for Asheville's second half breakout candidate (not to brag or anything ;)..,) came away with a huge two games, going six for eight with three doubles and his eighteenth homerun. I really need to get those tix to Hawaii. Anyhow, Chaz Roe picked up the W in game one and Zach Simons came on for his first victory in what seems like ages in game two. Phillip Cuadrado went five for six, and Dexter Fowler, Chris Nelson and EY Jr had pretty impressive offensive lines for the two games as well.
Tri-City: Was off yesterday.
Casper: I swear these guys will be better next season. Just be patient.
Nice start for Esmil Rogers despite the three to nothing loss.