Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 2-1 (14-11)
The Sky Sox lost a pitcher's duel 2-1 Thursday in Salt Lake City. Aaron Cook put in his best performance of the year pitching six strong innings allowing just one run. Cook had a GB/FB ratio of 9/0. Nick Schmidt took the loss giving up a walk-off sacrifice fly in his third inning of work.
The only offensive fire power for the Sky Sox came from a Matt McBride solo shot in the second inning. Other than that blast, Colorado Springs' bats were silent, managing just five other hits, all singles.
Double-A Tulsa - Postponed
High-A Modesto - L 5-4 (9-18)
Modesto lost late Thursday night in 12 innings 5-4.
Chris Jensen pitched 4.1 innings and was tagged for four runs, three earned in the start for the Nuts. Jensen was followed by an excellent relief effort that saw five Modesto pitchers combine for seven innings and allow just one run, albeit an unearned run, that saddled Kraig Sitton with the loss.
Modesto's 2-5 hitters all collected multiple hits on the night and they combined for 10 hits. However, they could not deal the decisive blow. They were lead by Harold Riggins three-run home run in the third, but the bats were mostly quiet after that.
Low-A Asheville - L 6-3 (16-10)
The Tourists lost 6-3 despite outhitting the Hickory Crawdads 10-6. The Crawdads were aided by three Tourists' errors that allowed three unearned runs to score.
Eddie Butler -coming off a brilliant one-hit eight inning performance - took the loss pitching 5.2 innings allowing five runs, two earned. For Butler it was his first loss of the season. On a positive note, Butler struck out eight, a season high for the right-hander.