The Sky Sox pounded 20 hits in this game compared to the 51's 12, but had to wait until a walk off ninth inning to actually secure the win. Down 7-6, singles from Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado, followed by a walk to Ryan Wheeler, set the stage for Tyler Colvin who knocked in both Blackmon and Arenado with a single for the win. Colvin and Blackmon each had two hits, while Arenado joins Tim Wheeler, Matt McBride and DJ LeMahieu having three hit games. Only two of those 20 hits, doubles from McBride and Charlie Culberson, were extra base hits. Corey Dickerson's pinch hit RBI single keeps his hitting streak going.
Christian Friedrich still isn't fully stretched out yet. The starter lasted four and two thirds, pitching well first but tiring quickly. Chris Volstad remained hittable in his Sky Sox debut, allowing a run on three hits over an inning and a third, but it was Mike McClendon that allowed the most damage with three runs off three hits and two walks over an inning. Logan Kensing also made his (much better) Sky Sox debut; he and Bobby Cassevah (who got his first win of the season) closed the door with smooth innings to end the game.
The Drillers' offense hasn't exactly been inspiring so far this year, but it came alive in this game. Cristhian Adames led the way with two hits, including a double, and knocked in three of Tulsa's eight runs. Dustin Garneau also had two hits, as did Henry Wrigley with a pair of doubles. The team walked nine times.
Dan Houston had a short but solid outing, despite only striking out one batter. He allowed one run on five hits over four innings. Joe Gardner was effective during the following three innings, allowing an unearned run on three hits. Mike Marbry threw two more scoreless innings; he has yet to allow a run in 8 and a third innings so far this year.
It was the only loss on the day, but the Modesto bats were far from quiet. Jordan Ribera in particular came alive, getting three hits including a double. David Kandilas and Harold Riggins doubled as well, while Taylor Featherston got a pair of hits. So where did things go wrong? The 13 strikeouts and the 0-9 with runners in scoring position are probably a good start. Sam Mende has still yet to hit a single this season; his only hit in 18 at bats is a double.
Starter Ben Alsup had poor control, matching his four hits with four walks in four innings, but minimized the damage to just one run. The difference in the game was a two run home run off of Nelson Gonzalez, who has struggled to begin the year. Kenneth Roberts allowed a Stockton insurance run.
The Tourists are banged up right now. Only five of the nine position players in this game opened the season with Asheville. In spite of that, they've managed to hold onto a .500 season this month. Derek Jones is taking advantage of his opportunity to play full season baseball in the stead of David Dahl. He hit his third home run of the season, one of two hits along with a double, and is hitting .345 so far with Asheville. Francisco Sosa also had a pair of hits, while knocked in two runs. Jose Rivera, who was sent from Modesto to Asheville to supplement their injury-plagued outfield, walked three times in his season debut in the SAL. Rosell Herrera has been one of the few positive starts for Rockies prospects so far, but he had a weak Sunday game, going 0-4 with three strikeouts.
Benjamin Hughes picked up his second win with a very nice start, seven innings pitched with one unearned run on just two hits and two walks. Alving Mejias allowed the second Rome run on two hits, with Jesse Meaux finishing out the game smoothly.