Daniel Winkler and a pair of Modesto relievers no-hit the San Jose Giants on Tuesday, a little more than a week after Winkler flirted with a no-hit bid against Bakersfield.
Winkler tossed seven no-hit innings, striking out seven while walking three. Nelson Gonzalez and Scott Oberg each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to seal the no-hitter, the first for Modesto in 26 years.
Modesto improved to 5-0 in the second half with the win. Ryan Casteel provided all the offense the Nuts would need with an RBI double in the top of the third inning to score Taylor Featherston, who finished with two hits. Harold Riggins hit a solo home run three innings later -- his 10th long ball of the year -- for good measure.
Winkler lowered his ERA to 1.99 and has 105 strikeouts in 90.2 innings. He's now 10-2 on the season.
The Sky Sox scored four times in the top of the second inning and held on for the victory despite Chris Volstad's rough outing. Volstad lasted just 3.1 innings and allowed five hits and five walks. However, he only allowed two runs and was bailed out by an impressive performance from the Sky Sox bullpen, which allowed one run over 5.2 innings.
Charlie Culberson had two hits from the leadoff spot and Tim Wheeler drove in two runs. Greg Golson hit his fifth home run of the year in the fourth inning, giving the Sky Sox a 5-1 lead at the time. Kent Matthes went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. His batting average dropped to .700.
The Tourists blew a 9-0 lead thanks to a pitching performance reminiscent of what their parent club has done on more than a few occasions this season. Asheville pitchers allowed 11 runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. Starter Matthew Carasiti could not get out of the fifth, allowing five runs while getting only two outs. Andrew Brown was failed by the defense, allowing four runs -- three unearned -- in his inning and two-thirds of work.
Tom Murphy had three hits and a home run -- his 14th of the season -- to pace Asheville's offense. Matt Wessinger, Dillon Thomas, Derek Jones and Juan Ciriaco had two hits apiece. Thomas and Jones each homered.
Third-round draft pick Sam Moll had an impressive pro debut. He started for the Dust Devils and went just three innings, but he did not allow a run while giving up just three hits and striking out four. He did not walk anybody. Trent Daniel recorded a four-out save to preserve Tri-City's lead, which was 6-0 at one point but was cut to two runs in the seventh inning.
Catcher Chris O'Dowd had two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Wilson Soriano also chipped in a pair of knocks from the leadoff spot. Michael Benjamin doubled and drove in a run and Sean Dwyer tripled and walked three times. He continues to be the top offensive performer on a team that has yet to homer in its first 11 games of the season.
The Rockies trailed for the first time this season after Orem scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. They wound up losing, of course, but it wasn't without some good news. Peter Tago had arguably his best outing as a pro, lasting just 4.2 innings but racking up six strikeouts and not allowing an earned run. Still, Tago has a long way to go; he should not be pitching at Rockies' lowest level in the states in his third professional season.
Jordan Patterson had three hits and an RBI, raising his average to .545. Correlle Prime and Ryan Garvey had two hits apiece for Grand Junction.
Hamlet Marte and Luis Jean had three hits apiece for the Rockies, who scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning to get past the Angels. Marte drove in a pair of runs, as did Henry Garcia. Luis Castro had two hits and two walks. He scored twice.
Cristian Quintin was the star of the game on the mound for the Rockies. He tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out six.