Only Modesto kept the organization from getting swept last night.
The Sky Sox (13-16) could only muster solo homers from Brad Emaus (2) and Matt Pagnozzi (1) while OF Charlie Blackmon (PuRP 7) had two hits. Josh Muecke gave up five runs in five IP, while Matt Daley provided a bright spot with yet another clean inning. He has still yet to give up an earned run this year in 10.2 IP.
The Drillers (16-10) were undone by shoddy defense (4 errors) and poor pitching. Starter Josh Sullivan lasted only three innings, while Joey Williamson also got knocked around in relief. CF Tim Wheeler (PuRP 16) continued his strong start to 2011, going 2-4 with his 8th homer to lead the offensive effort. The 23 year old Wheeler has a .300/.377/.650 line so far -- including 17 extra base hits and six steals from the leadoff position!
The Nuts (13-16) won their fifth straight game (they are 10-5 at home, 3-11 on the road) with six runs on six hits. Providing the majority of that offense was RF Kent Matthes, who went 3-4 with a double, a three run HR (3), and 4 RBIs. Parker Frazier got his first win of the year (1-4), going five innings and giving up two runs on eight hits, while Sheng-An Kuo got his sixth save. Kuo, like Matt Daley, has yet to allow an earned run this year in 11 IP, striking out 13 and walking 2.
Delmarva 6, Asheville 5 (F-10)
The Tourists (15-13) outhit their opponents 12-8 but still fell short. OF Chandler Laurent led the offensive surge for Asheville, going 3-4 with a double, a solo shot (1), and 3 RBIs while C Bryce Massanari continued his white-hot start with a 4-5 night. Massanari might be a little old for Low A at 25, but there's no denying that he can hit -- he's got a triple slash line of .394/.453/.702 with 7 homers and 8 doubles so far. Yet another catcher in the system to look out for. 3B Brett Tanos added a 2-4 night with 3 runs for the Tourists.
Starter Edwar Cabrera struggled a little bit, giving up four runs on four hits in six innings, but he continued his insane strikeout ways, punching out six men and walking none. For those of you keeping track at home, that's 50 Ks to only 2 BBs for Cabrera so far.