Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 6-10 (7-6)
The Sky Sox lost to the Las Vegas 51's in Colorado Springs on Saturday. Aaron Cook struggled allowing seven earned runs in 5.2 innings against the Mets affiliate. Although he did earn seven strikeouts to no walks, Cook showed unusual wildness on the mound with four wild pitches and a hit batsmen. His ERA sits at 11.68 after three games.
Nolan Arenado (#2 PuRP) had a tough game, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, lowering his average to .389. With his single in the eighth inning, Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Corey has had at least one hit in every game he's played this season. Right-fielder Tyler Colvin scored two runs with a double and walk in the game. First baseman Ryan Wheeler has activated the NBA Jam "On Fire" feature, batting .467 in his last ten games, he also scored two runs off of two hits and a walk.
Double-A Tulsa - L 2-5 (7-8)
Tulsa lost 2-5 to the Naturals in Northwest Arkansas on Saturday. Tyler Matzek (#10 PuRP) continued with his control issues throwing only 52 of his 86 pitches for strikes. He also earned most of his outs through the air, getting six flyball outs to three groundouts and three strikeouts.
Royals prospect Justin Marks frustrated the Drillers holding them to only three hits through most of the game. Centerfielder Rafael Ortega (#9 PuRP) earned his second hit of the season on a line drive to right field in the fifth. Ortega is 2-for-25 on the year after starting late with an injury. Kent Matthes (HM PuRP) tripled in the game and later scored one of the Drillers two runs. Leftfielder Kyle Parker (#4 PuRP) barely missed a home run in the eighth on a deep flyball to left-center that was caught at the fence. The ball would have meant at least extra bases with two men on.
High-A Modesto - L 2-5 (8-9)
The Nuts lost 2-5 on Saturday in Stockton against the A's affiliate. Starter Chris Jensen earned his third loss of the season, but pitched fairly well overall. He gave up three hits and three runs on the night in 5.2 innings. Max Muncy was the Nuts downfall, as he struck his minor-league leading eighth homer of the season.
Modesto scored two runs on a Tyler Massey homer in the third with Taylor Featherston (#22 PuRP) on base from a single. Will Swanner (#5 PuRP) and Harold Riggins (#20 PuRP) both had two hits in the game. David Kandilas (HM PuRP) showed patience at the plate with three walks and stole his sixth base of the season, he has yet to be caught on the year.
Low-A Asheville - W 1-0 (8-9)
Asheville won 1-0 against the Braves in Rome, Georgia on Saturday night. Starter T.J. Oakes earned the win going 5.2 shutout innings with five hits and two strikeouts. Oakes improved to 2-1 on the season, but also leads Low-A in hits batsman with four after hitting two on Saturday.
Catcher Jose Briceno missed most of 2012 with an injury, but he's catching up fast after being called up on April 15th when an injury sidelined Tom Murphy. He also threw out two runners on the basepaths. The Venezuelan had three hits on the night and is batting .333/.429/.444 after five games. Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) went 2-for-4 and had a pretty diving play up the middle to start a double play. Francisco Sosa took a hanging breaking ball over the left field wall for his third home run of the season.