The Springs, L 8-9: Ryan Speier blew his fifth save of the season by allowing two runs in the top of the ninth. The Sky Sox took it to Henry Bonilla last night with seven runs, highlighted by solo homers from Barmes and Joe Gaetti. Seth Smith and Jayson Nix both had two hits last night and contributed with an RBI or two.
Tulsa, L 2-8: Samuel Deduno had a bounce-back start of sorts after he allowed three runs in six innings and struck out eight. He did walk four, but also induced seven ground outs. Matt Daley ran into trouble in the seventh when he allowed five runs that inning, three coming on two homers. Matt Miller drove in the two runs on a sac fly and a ground out.
Modesto, L 2-5: Chris Nelson hit his 18th homer of the season in the fourth inning. Justin Nelson and Jeff Kindel each had a hit, but the bats were mostly silent last night in the pursuit of a playoff spot. Chaz Roe (the subject of Jack Etkin's latest Farm Report) went six strong innings, allowed two runs, walked one, and struck out six. Jonathan George relieved Roe and allowed to two runs for the loss. Matthew Trent, acquired from the Cards last week, pitched two-thirds of an inning and struck out one.
Asheville, L 7-10: Daniel Mayora continued his doubles parade this season with three more last night, bringing his total to 42. He's now second in the league behind Brett Pill who has 43. Mike McKenry had his 19th homer, a two-run shot, but also struck out four times. Hector Gomez was the only batter not to record a hit. Simon Ferrer didn't have it last night as he allowed six runs over five innings and walked five. Andrew Kreidermacher then followed with two innings of seven-hit, three-run ball.
Tri-City, W 7-3: Connor Graham made his second start last night and went four innings, after having gone one, two, and three innings in his other three outings (two relief, one start). He allowed three runs (one earned), walked one, and struck out six. The relief pitching of Austin Chambliss, Joey Williamson, and David Arnold held the Emeralds scoreless for the last five innings. Helder Velazquez and Brian Rike had two hits and two RBI each and Kevin Clark hit his fourth homer in the victory. Maruis Loupadiere committed an error, his fifth, in the third inning, which allowed two runs to score.
Casper: The Pioneer League had the night off.