Colorado Springs: 9-3 L (56-54)
New Orleans amassed 9 runs off of 15 hits on their way to a win over Colorado Springs. After a tied score through the first six innings, Josh Rutledge singled in Xavier Nady in the seventh to put the Sky Sox in the lead 3-2. However, New Orleans answered back with four runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to come away with the win.
Coty Woods was the first pitcher of the night who fell victim to New Orleans' offensive onslaught. He was tabbed with three earned runs as well as the loss, and left the game with the bases loaded after only one out. Mitchell Boggs followed, and allowed four earned runs off of six hits, a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch, and a walk. Steven Hensley allowed one inherited runner to score before inducing the final out of the eighth inning.
Tulsa: 5-3 L (52-57)
After five scoreless frames, Tulsa scored two runs in the sixth against the last place NW Arkansas team, but were not able to overcome the deficit. Through the first five innings, only Cristhian Adames had reached base at all, including a single in the first and a walk in the fourth. A Kiel Roling double and Dustin Garneau home run were the only extra base hits, and the Tulsa offense accrued 9 strikeouts.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth inning, Kyle Parker hit a line drive single to left field and drove in the first two runs of the game for Tulsa. Delta Cleary was thrown out at third to end the inning. Dustin Garneau hit a solo shot (his tenth homer of the year) in the ninth to tack on one more run.
Asheville: 2-1 L (54-53)
Matt Flemer pitched a solid seven innings for Asheville, but was credited with the loss as Asheville's offense was stymied by Hickory's pitching staff. Flemer allowed two runs on four hits, including a solo home run. He struck out seven and didn't walk a single batter.
Derek Jones hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning. The offense accrued sixth other hits, all singles, and reached five times via walk, but this did not translate into run production. Rosell Herrera continues to be a player to watch, as he was 1-for-3 with two walks in last night's game.
Tri-City: 4-3 L (23-25)
After pitching five scoreless innings, Tyler Anderson became his own biggest foe in the sixth inning. After walking the first batter, he made a fielding error on a sacrifice bunt, followed by a single to load the bases. He then made a throwing error which allowed two runs to score, followed by a wild pitch witch allowed a third run to score. Anderson was responsible for all three runs of the inning even though none of them were earned.
Tri-City's offense did not strike until the bottom of the eighth, but their 3 runs were not enough. Michael Benjamin (3B) drove in all three runs with a base-clearing double. The offense accrued only 5 hits while striking out 12 times.
Grand Junction: 8-3 L (21-19)
Grand Junction converted their 10 hits- including two doubles and a home run- into only three runs as they fell to the Ogden Raptors 8-3. Raimel Tapia hit two singles to extend his hitting streak to 29 games. He is currently batting .384 with a .975 OPS.
The Grand Junction pitching staff allowed 14 runs, including three home runs. Devin Burke was credited with the loss, as he allowed three runs off of five hits and three walks in five innings of work. Danel Palo allowed three more runs off of 6 hits, and Dylan Stamey allowed two more runs in his inning of work.
David Martinez failed to record an out as he was tabbed with the loss. He allowed a double, three singles, and three walks. After a very good start to the year, he has allowed five or more runs in his last two starts.
The offense amassed 5 runs off of 10 hits and six walks. Joel Diaz and Wilkyns Jimenez had two hits apiece, and Luis Jean's double was the only extra base hit of the game.