The affiliates went 1-3 yesterday -- and none of the games were particularly close.
Bees! Your firearms are useless against them! Salt Lake City (yes, they are the Bees) shut down the Sky Sox in this one, with the Sky Sox (26-28, 3.5 GB) getting only a lone run in the 9th on a Chad Tracy single. Wilkin Castillo had two hits to lead the Sky Sox. On the mound, Rob Scahill only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.
Tulsa's month-long tailspin (11-17 in May) continued, as they lost their 3rd straight game to fall to 29-23. The Drillers started off the season so well that they are still 3 games up in the division, but their recent play has given cause for concern.
In this game, both PuRP 2 Nolan Arenado and PuRP 22 Kent Matthes hit homers (4 and 7 respectively) and PuRP 9 Josh Rutledge hit a triple, but not much else happened offensively for the Drillers. Nick Schmidt got roughed up, going 6 innings but allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, though he did strike out 7.High Desert 12, Modesto 2
The Nuts (26-28, 6 GB) were very accommodating hosts last night, allowing their visitors to walk all over them. Dustin Garneau had a multi-hit night for the Nuts, but that was about the lone bright spot. Brandon Hynick got beat up, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings, then Nick Schnaitmann allowed 5 more in a third of an inning. The less said about this game the better.
The Tourists (37-17, 1st) are quietly putting together an excellent season in the SAL. True to their name, they have been excellent on the road (18-6). This game was at home though, and Asheville needed to fight back from an early 3-0 deficit. They did so with ease, pulling away with 5 runs in the 5th and 4 in the 6th. Ben Alsup got the win (7-1) by throwing 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits.
PuRP 21 Will Swanner was 2-4 with a homer (6) and 2 RBI, Delta Cleary and Sam Mende continued strong years with multi-hit nights and 3 RBI each. As a quick aside, Swanner is hitting .330/.400/.643 with 23 extra base hits, Cleary is at .326/.408/.444, and Mende is hitting .333/.381/.571 with 28 XBH! That's a pretty potent line-up the Tourists run out on a daily basis.