In PuRP news, I have tabulated the ballots and will be revealing the Spring 2011 PuRPs list starting this week, five names at a time.
The Sky Sox (26-30) won their third straight (despite getting out-hit 8-6) behind a two-run homer from Ian Stewart (his 7th in AAA) and a bases-clearing double by Josh Fields (playing 1B, he made two errors in the game). Claudio Vargas got the win with two innings of scoreless relief, while Jim Miller pitched a scoreless ninth for his 5th save.
The first place Drillers (28-24) ahem, drilled Midland yesterday, pounding out 16 hits (ten going for extra bases) and 14 runs. Six players sported multi-hit games, led by RF Bronson Sardinha's 3-5 night with a HR (3) and 4 RBIs. Also homering for Tulsa were SS Hector Gomez (2-5, his 7th, PuRP 11), 2B Thomas Field (2-3, his 6th, PuRP 24), and 3B Darin Holcomb (2-4, his 3rd). Josh Sullivan got the win on the bump (2-2), going seven innings and giving up only one run on three hits.
The Nuts (27-28) won despite getting only 3 hits to Lancaster's 8. After Dan Houston (6-1) allowed a run in the first, the righthander settled down and pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out eight and walking only one. Michael Marbry set them down in the ninth for his second save. OF Delta Cleary (PuRP 30) got both RBIs in the game, getting a sacrifice fly in the 6th and a RBI single in the 8th.
Corey Dickerson's phenomenal night after the fold.
Or should I say, Corey Dickerson 10, Augusta 5. The Tourists (26-29) got 13 hits on the night, including 3 homers and 3 doubles. All three of the homers came off the bat of LF Corey Dickerson (PuRP 15) -- two 3 run shots and a 2 run bomb (his 10th, 11th, and 12th). Oh, and he had two sacrifice flies as well, bringing the RBI total to an even 10 on the night. Dickerson (22) is hitting .287/.357/.638 on the year. At this point it looks like the Rockies have about six outfielders in the system that project to be at least reserve major leaguers at this point, with Dickerson and Cole Garner (if he ever gets a chance) rounding out that crew.
OF Chandler Laurent had the other 3 RBIs for the Tourists with a 2-2 night. Meanwhile, PuRP 20 Albert Campos (3-4) was the beneficiary of run support, getting the win in five innings of work despite giving up nine hits and five runs.
The Rockies' DSL team (3-2) joined the big league club as losers last night. The DSL club committed 5 errors on the night. Jayson Aquino, who was mentioned on a few PuRPs ballots, got his second start of the year and went 3 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 3 but walking 4. First-baseman (and leadoff hitter?!?) Cesar Galvez (19) led the Rockies with a 2-5 night, two doubles, and a stolen base.