Postponed due to rain. Tyler Chatwood takes the hill today at 4:00 PM MST.
Tulsa 4, San Antonio 5 in 11 innings
A couple of errors -- one from pitcher Richard Castillo and one from short stop Christian Adames -- gave San Antonio the lead in the first inning. Adames made up for his gaffe in the third when he doubled in Tim Smalling and Tyler Masses who had each singled in the inning, putting the Drillers up 2-1.
Castillo, too, seemed determined to make up for his error pitching a strong six innings on only 54 pitches, giving up only two hits and striking out three. So far in 2014, Tulsa starters have a combined 1.32 ERA in 27.1 innings, allowing 3 hits and 4 earned runs.
The defense, on the other hand, has been an issue. They were charged with three errors in this one and after leading the league in fielding last year have already committed 12 on the young season.
The 2-1 lead lasted until Kraig Sitton gave up a solo-home run to Lee Orr. When pitcher Nelson Gonzalez gave up a run in the tenth, the Drillers appeared sunk. But Ryan Casteel struck back with a long home run of his own, tying the game yet again. However, Kenny Roberts would not fair much better in the final inning of the game, surrendering two runs, though one on a missed ground ball to first baseman Casteel.
Determined to fight back, Tom Murphy led off the bottom of the inning with a home run (his second of the season) but it wouldn't be enough as the next three batters were retired in order.
Modesto 12 Visalia 14
Trevor Story hit for the cycle but wasn't the only one making contact on this day. Story was 5-6 with two RBI and two runs scored bringing his early average to .364. Trevor also stole a base, his fourth of the season.
Rosell Hererra grabbed another two hits and two more RBI but the day belonged to guys named -- or almost named -- Rivera. Jose Rivera smashed a grand slam in the fourth inning and Jordan Ribera drove in three, including a two-run blast.
Matt Flemer had a rough day, only getting through two innings and giving up eight runs on nine hits. That's an ERA of 36.00 if you were wondering (which was actually better than his counterpart Jesse Darrah who ended with a 47.25 ERA --oh, the Cal League!).
Daniel Watts gave up five runs in relief, but Henry Garcia threw three clean innings and was matched by one a piece from Kyle Winkler and Jimmie Sherfy.
Tough to lose when you score 12 runs, but its hard to stay anywhere near in control of crazy games like these. Hopefully this game is a confidence builder for Trevor Story after a tough season last year.
Postponed due to rain. Konner Wade on the hill tonight.