Thanks to two doubleheaders, Colorado's minor league affiliates played six games last night, going 2-4.
Drew Pomeranz suffered his first AAA loss of the season in this one. He lasted only 3 innings, allowing 6 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits, striking out 4. The 4 unearned runs came on two throwing errors by Brendan Harris.
PuRP 20 Tommy Field led the Sky Sox (23-23 for the moment) with a 2-3 night in which he hit his 4th homer (a solo shot) of the year and added a double. Andrew Brown added a 2 run homer for the Sky Sox.
Game 2 went much better for the Sky Sox (24-23, 0.5 GB), as 5 separate players had multi-hit nights for the team. Leading the charge was Brown, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI. Field, Chris Nelson, Brandon Wood, and Wilkin Castillo added two hits each.
Guillermo Moscoso was solid on the mound to earn the win, going 6 innings (out of 7 in a minor league doubleheader), allowing 1 run on 6 hits with 3 strikeouts.
After blazing out of the gates, Tulsa (26-20, 1st) has fallen back towards the pack a little bit with a 2-8 stretch. The main culprit is the offense, which hasn't scored more than 5 runs in the last 9 games. They were punchless tonight, mustering 7 hits but no runs.
Parker Frazier lasted only 2 innings, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits to get the loss. The bullpen only allowed 1 run the rest of the way, but it's hard to win when you don't score.High Desert 18, Modesto 5
Modesto (23-24, 7 GB) actually jumped out to a 4-0 lead in this one and led 5-1 going into the 5th, but it got pretty ugly soon thereafter. High Desert scored the bulk of their runs in the 5th (5 runs), 7th (4), and 8th (8). The less said about pitching in such an extreme offensive environment as High Desert, the better. Suffice it to say that none of the pitchers should be too high on your PuRPs lists.
The Nuts were led offensively by multi-hit nights from PuRP 25 Cristhian Adames and PuRP 19 Corey Dickerson. Dickerson, in case you hadn't noticed, has a triple slash of .364/.420/.663 with 33 extra base hits in 46 games.
Game 1: Asheville 6, Rome 4
The Tourists (31-15 for the moment) continued to distinguish themselves as Colorado's best minor league affiliate by record with this win in the opener of their doubleheader. Asheville scored all of their runs in a 3 inning stretch from the 4th-6th (out of 7), then hung on as Rome scored 4 in the last two innings.
Chris Jensen threw 6 innings of 3 run ball, giving up 7 hits and punching out 2. Harold Riggins continued to knock the snot out of the ball, going 2-4 to bring his triple slash up to .315/.402/.570, while PuRP 11 Rosell Herrera (who has been struggling this year to the tune of a .194/.264/.233 line) added 2 hits.
Game 2: Rome 4, Asheville 3
With the loss in this one (to the last place team in the division), the Tourists (31-16, 0.5 GB) let the chance to pull into the lead of their division slip through their fingers. Sam Mende led Asheville with a 2-3 game, both of the hits being doubles.
Geoff Parker started the game, allowing 8 hits and 3 runs in 4 innings, but it was Russell Brewer out of the bullpen who took the loss. The Tourists had scored 2 in the top of the 6th to tie up the ballgame, but Brewer allowed a run in the 7th for a walk-off loss.