Colorado Springs, L 6-7: Ryan Spilborghs is a good player--a good player for the Rockies. But last night, he did well for the Sky Sox. He collected three hits last night, one being a homer. It actually tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but Steven Register allowed a run in the eighth to lose the game. Jason Hirsh allowed six runs in six innings. Four of those runs scored on two two-run homers.
Tulsa, L 1-3: Tulsa only had four hits last night. Chris Nelson had one of them and also walked twice. Chaz Roe went seven innings and allowed the runs (one on his 15th homer allowed). He did strike out seven. Zach McClellan needed only six pitches to get through his inning of work.
Modesto, L 4-5 in 10 innings: Will Harris was charged with the loss since he allowed the eventual winning run on base to start the 10th by walk (he allowed the next batter to reach on a single). Tommy Baumgardner replaced him and struck out the first batter he faced. Then Baumgardner committed a throwing error (the ball went into center field) to allow Lancaster the victory.
Simon Ferrer allowed three runs in five innings and struck out four. Jon George had two innings of clean relief after that before Will Harris entered. Harris allowed the other two runs. Mike McKenry hit his 16th homer.
Asheville, L 2-5: Jeff Cunningham collected both RBI when he hit his 18th homer of the season in the eighth inning. Mike Mitchell and Bo Bowman both had two hits, just like Cunningham. Mitchell, however, was caught stealing and picked off twice.
Bruce Billings allowed all four runs in 6 1/3 innings, two off a two-run homer and one each on a sac fly and a double. The former two runs scored in the first and the latter two scored in the eighth. Billings allowed a triple to start the eighth. He walked three and struck out five.
Tri-City, W 5-2: Juan Nicasio went 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs. His six strikeouts were the most since he K'ed eight on July 9. That was the last time Nicasio won, but he didn't pick one up last night. Carlos Luna won the game after pitching the next 2 1/3 innings, He allowed two hits and struck out two. Michael Marbry alloweda hit and struck out one in the next inning, and Tyler Trice recorded his first save.
Chad Lembeck's solo homer (3) and Jordan Pacheco's two-run double in the sixth proved to the important inning. Those runs were sandwiched in between a Patrick Rose RBI single in the fourth and a Kordan Pacheco RBI single in the eigth. Rose swiped his 11th base and Charlie Blackmon his 13th. Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Casper, W 15-4: The heart of the Casper lineup turned things on during the heart of the game. The Baby Rockies (they'll always be that to me--damn Ghosts!) scored five runs in the fifth and the sixth and three runs in the seventh. They also caused Orem to use six pitchers.
Maikol Gonzalez and Orlando Sandoval led the way with four hits each. While Gonazlez drove in three runs, Orlando Sandoval, who drove in two, fell a triple short of the cycle. Wilin Rosario, Jose Gonzalez, and Jimmy Cesario, who collected three hits, each chipped in with two RBI. Carlos Martinez went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two stolen bases (18). Sandoval stole his eighth, Gonzalez and Rosario their fourth, and Cesario his second.
Dan Houston went four innings, allowed three runs on five hits, and struck out three. Brandon Dill allowed a hit and struck out two in his two innins of work. Juan Rodrgiuez picked up the save after pitching the final three innings of the game. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk. He also struck out four.