Starter Rob Scahill was mostly effective, picking up his second win on the year. He allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over five and a third innings pitched. Most of the Las Vegas offense came in the sixth inning off of reliever Jared Wells, activated from the disabled list earlier in the week. Wells allowed four earned runs over just two thirds of an inning. Stephen Dodson and Mike Ekstrom kept the lead from shrinking during the final third of the game. Though Ekstrom struggled with control and walked two batters over his two innings, he has been very effective so far this year and has yet to allow an earned run. As one would expect from any 17 hit game, there was a lot of offense to be found. Highlights include Jordan Pacheco with a solo home run, two doubles from Chad Tracy and a four RBI night for DJ LeMahieu. All three of them had three hit games. Only Wil Nieves did not collect a hit.
Kiel Roling and Warren Schaeffer provided most of the offense in this low-scoring affair. Each player recorded two hits and a run batted in. Roling scored both runs, which included his third home run of the season. Dan Houston was terrific through eight innings, allowing only one unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out seven Arkansas Travelers, and picked up his second win of 2012. Closer Josh Sullivan threw a clean ninth inning for his fourth save.
Modesto and Asheville after the jump.
Like Houston in Tulsa, starter Christian Bergman threw eight wonderful innings, leading his team to a win. He allowed one earned run on five hits and a walk. He struck out five, and also notched his second win of the season. Adam Jorgenson made his 2012 season debut with a Rockies affiliate after starting the year in Extended Spring Training with a clean inning for the save, including two strikeouts. The Nuts offense spread it around today, as only Chandler Laurent did not record a hit, although he walked twice. A solo home run from Corey Dickerson (his second of the year) to lead off the second inning got the offense started. Rafael Ortega tripled, but also struck out three times.
Lakewood's early lead was cut down by a late-game surge of offense from the Tourists, but reliever Kenneth Roberts was unable to keep the lead in the eighth inning. Starter Chris Jensen's line was littered with fours; innings pitched, hits, earned runs, strikeouts and walks all came as fours. Taylor Reid labored through his two innings of work as well; only Russell Brewer pitched a clean inning for the Tourists. After cooling down the past few games, Samuel Mende rebounded with a four hit outing, including two doubles. Harold Riggins and Jared Simon each hit their third home run of the season, and the two sluggers combined for seven runs batted in. Simon, Delta Cleary Jr, Jose Rivera and William Swanner each had two hits. Tyler Massey had an ugly game, going 0-5 at the plate and making two fielding errors in left field.