The Sky Sox were thoroughly outmatched in this game, managing only three hits. Corey Dickerson continued to triple up a storm, knocking his 12th of the year, as well as hitting in the only Sky Sox run to take a 1-0 lead in the third. Charlie Culberson scored that run after doubling. The final hit was a Lars Davis single. Davis also reached via the walk, the only Sky Sox walk in the game. The team struck out 11 times against Salt Lake pitching.
Starter Drew Carpenter was cruising until the fourth inning, where a leadoff walk ended in a large two out rally that included the first six of Salt Lake's runs. Carpenter allowed six hits and walked four in total during his three and two thirds, and picked up his sixth loss at the AAA level. Parker Frazier, in his AAA level debut, escaped the fourth inning, but allowed three triples in a row leading to three more Salt Lake runs. Michael Solbach, having hit a wall after pitching great for the Drillers between last season to his promotion in May, allowed the final opposing run. Coty Woods' clean two innings to end the game was far too little too late. In contrast to Salt Lake, Sky Sox pitching struck out just three.
The Drillers offense collected their five runs early, allowing for the late game pitching struggles to not make a difference. Kiel Roling batted in two runs and doubled, despite three strikeouts in the game. Angelys Nina doubled twice, and Joey Wong also had two hits. Jose Gonzalez walked three times and scored twice. The Drillers also struck out 11 times against their opponent's pitching, but was much more effective in capitalizing on opportunities around those at bats.
All three Tulsa pitchers allowed a run, though Tim Gustafson's came at the end of a solid six inning start in which he allowed five hits but did not walk a batter. Dan Houston and Mike Marbry each allowed a run in the final three innings, with Marbry picking up his second save.
The Nuts also managed just three hits in their game, but remained far more competitive behind (mostly) better pitching. Jared Simon hit his first home run since being activated from the DL last week, and knocked in another run on a sacrifice fly. Drew Beuerlein doubled in Trevor Story after he had singled and stolen second base. Kyle Von Tungeln walked twice, while Harold Riggins' lone walk led to a run scored. Modesto bats struck out "just" 8 times.
Chris Jensen's start was pretty good, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings. After Russell Brewer preserved a 3-2 Modesto lead, Nelson Gonzalez let the game go to High Deser in the eighth, allowing two runs on three hits. Kenneth Roberts struck out the side in the ninth.
Asheville, as usual in my pebble reports, was rained out. The DSL does not play on Sundays.