Asheville 15, Charleston 12
Tyler Anderson had the first rough start of his career by allowing six runs over five-plus innings. Gary Sanchez hits a three-run home run off Anderson in the fourth inning while Anderson was charged with the other three runs in the eight-run sixth inning. Three straight singles and two of Asheville's five errors (Charleston has four errors) allowed those runs to score, chasing Anderson out of the game.
Nelson Gonzalez relieved Anderson and allowed five unearned runs in the remainder of the sixth inning. A bases-loaded balk and some more errors came during the inning. But he picked up the win because Asheville responded with six runs in bottom of the sixth, moving from an 11-9 deficit to a 15-11 lead.
Trevor Story went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run (8) and three total RBI. He also walked twice. The bottom of the lineup did most of the damage with Taylor Featherston, Jared Simon, Ryan Casteel and Brian Humphries each driving in two runs. Featherston and Simon each had three hits.
The Sky Sox battled back with a five-run sixth inning, cutting the score to 9-8, but that was as far as the team came to a comeback. Dustin Molleken allowed a run in the seventh inning. Andrew Brown's sixth home run of the season was a three-run shot in the top of the first inning.
Midland 2, Tulsa 1 (10 innings)
Playing to a 1-1 tie at the end of nine innings, Tulsa's Joey Williamson came in to pitch the 10th inning. He walked the bases loaded while striking out two batters -- and then a passed ball by Jose Gonzalez put Midland up, 2-1. As the Tulsa World notes:
Tulsa Drillers coach Dave Schuler's pre-game memo to his pitchers proved prophetic.
Schuler's notation on the clubhouse bulletin board said, "Watch the leadoff base on balls, 'Dodging bullets on the last 3,' the baseball gods told me our credit is all used up for leadoff walks."
Starter Dan Houston went 6.2 innings and allowed one run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning. He struck out five. Nolan Arenado drove in Josh Rutledge on a single in the first inning, collecting one of the team's three hits in the game.
Rancho Cucamonga 12, Modesto 2
Modesto starter Juan Gonzalez lasted just four innings, allowing 10 runs (seven earned) on 12 hits and three walks. Brett Tanos committed a fielding in the fourth inning that set up a four-run inning for Rancho Cucamonga.
Timothy Smalling hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third inning. Those were the only runs Modesto was able to score.