The Sky Sox were two outs away from a combined no hitter. Drew Pomeranz (3-4 at AAA with this win) was perfect until a walk in the fifth inning. He lasted six innings, walking three batters while striking out eight. Mike Ekstrom pitched a clean seventh, followed by Zach Putnam in the eighth. Putnam was called upon to pitch again in the ninth, but was unable to prevent Luis Jimenez and Hank Conger from singling. Dustin Molleken finally ended the game on a double play.
The Sky Sox' offensive performance was huge. 17 hits were recorded. Only Matt McBride went hitless, though he walked twice, and of the players that got hits, only Omir Santos recorded less than two. Tim Wheeler and Hernan Iribarren had three hit outings, while Brendan Harris, and Brandon Wood each had two doubles each.
Despite allowing two home runs and nine total hits, starter Dan Houston was fairly effective, going 7 and a third innings, striking out five, walking none and allowing three earned runs. However, the back end of the bullpen was unable to keep a one run Drillers lead safe. Coty Woods allowed a double to lead off the ninth, and after the runner advanced to second on a walk to another batter, Woods was unable to field a sacrifice bunt, and the tying run scored. Zach Simons kept the first extra inning clean, but was unable to escape the 11th inning unscathed; two walks and a single won the game for NW Arkansas.
The Drillers outhit their opponents 13 to 12. Every starter had a hit except Kiel Roling. Josh Rutledge was one of five Drillers with more than one hit (his two included a triple). Corey Dickerson had his best offensive game in a while, hitting his third double since being promoted as one of his two hits. Michael Mitchell, Lars Davis and Warren Schaeffer, the bottom three in the order, combined 6 for 14.
The rest of the leagues are after the jump.
Modesto and Asheville were off for the occurrence of each of their respective leagues' All Star games. The Nuts' California League was slaughtered by the Carolina league, 9-1. No Nuts position players participated in the game. Christian Bergman pitched a good second inning, allowing only a hit. Tyler Matzek pitched the fifth; though he struck out two and didn't walk anyone, he allowed a two run home run after a baserunner reached when Matzek's first baseman failed to catch a feed from him at the bag.
The SAL South (where the Tourists play) also lost, though it was a much closer 3-2. The exact opposite case to the A+ level game, this time the only Rockies participants were position players, no pitchers. Of the five Asheville players to get into the game, only Delta Cleary Jr. produced a hit. Tyler Massey and Harold Riggins were in the starting lineup along with Cleary. Riggins was one of only two players to play the entire game, and got a RBI on a groundout in the ninth. Will Swanner got one at bat as a designated hitter and struck out. Samuel Mende played the second half of the game at shortstop.
Ryan Arrowood (in his professional debut), Chris Dennis (picking up the win) and Brook Hart combined for an excellent pitching performance, shutting out their opponents. Though the trio struck out only three, they also allowed just three hits and two walks.
Jordan Ribera led the Tri-City offense with three hits, three RBI and two runs scored. Catcher Tom Murphy made his pro debut, but was only given one at bat before being substituted with Anthony Aguilera, who continued a hot start to the 2012 season going 2 for 2 with a RBI. After going deep last night, Charlie Blackmon doubled, continuing to find his feet again before returning to higher levels. Fellow rehabber Joey Wong also notched a hit.
Ryan Garvey went 2 for 3 with a double, whilealso had two hits plus a RBI. Franmy Pena, making his USA debut, had a key two run double, but also struck out 3 times, as did outfield prospect Carl Thomore. The GJ Rockies struck out a total of 13 times, with only Cesar Galvez avoiding a K. The Rockies scored all five of their runs in a weird fifth inning that featured only two hits. Two wild pitches, two hit batsmen, an error and a walk all contributed to the offense.
Starter Alving Mejias (0-1) struggled mightily. In just three and two thirds innings, he allowed ten hits and walked two on top. Six runs (five earned) crossed the plate for Ogden, burying the GJ Rockies early. Raul Fernandez also struggled in relief, allowing two runs across one and a third, but Shawn Stuart (pro debut), Kyle Roliard and Jesse Meaux were all effective for the final half of the game.
Emerson Jimenez and Miguel Dilone each had multiple hits and scored a run. Wilson Soriano and Henry Garcia knocked in runs on their hits. Hamlet Marte walked twice.
The opponents made starter Helmis Rodriguez (0-1) pay for the four hits and walk he gave up over three innings pitched. He allowed three runs (two earned) in that time frame. Angel Reyes, a converted catcher, had his first bad pitching outing of the season so far, allowing three runs in his inning of relief.