Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1, Memphis Redbirds 0
Christian Bergman pitched eight innings of shutout baseball, allowing only four hits, but could not secure the meaningless "Win" stat as the game was still tied at zeroes when he departed the mound.
It was an excellent outing from a pitcher some have considered as a candidate for a spot start with the big league club to help bridge the gap between the Franklin Morales Era and the Jon Gray and Eddie Butler Era.
Derek Blalock who covers the Sky Sox writes:
Over his last 30 innings, the 26-year-old has a 0.30 ERA with 17 punchouts and six walks, lowering his season ERA to 3.24 from 6.35. His 0.30 ERA in May is second in the PCL and fifth in the entire Minor Leagues for the month.
Also of note in this one is Jason Pridie recording his 14th multi-hit game of the season and tacking on two stolen bases to go with them. Also nice to see Josh Rutledge pick up a pair of hits, hopefully he is feeling better and can return to the big league club soon.
Tulsa Drillers 4, NW Arkansas 3
Eddie Butler was doing some very Eddie Butler-y type things until the sixth inning in which he walked three hitters and had to give way to Ryan Arrowood.
Butler still pitched his 5.2 innings without allowing any earned runs. The only scoring that came while he was on the mound was off of a Jason Langfels throwing error. He only struck out two hitters and walked four which is discouraging, though mostly just the walks as Butler has been focusing this season on pitching to low contact a bit more.
The wildness may have been due to a number of things including poor umpiring or if he just didn't have full command of his pitches. Still great to see him battle and give up nothing earned on only three hits even without his best stuff.
Asheville 10, Greenville 3
The Tourists put up yet another crooked number in the battles of the "Villes", beating the Green with their Ash.
Raimel Tapia was the offensive hero in this one going 3-3 with 3 runs scored a HR and 4 RBI. He also walked twice which may be the most encouraging sign about how he is seeing the ball right now. After a slow start, Tapia is gaining steam, bringing his season slash line to .279/.331/.393 with three home runs and seven stolen bases.
Despite feeling like Tapia has under performed expectations, he still sits above league average at 107 wRC+.
Not to be completely outdone by his old Grand Junction teammate, catcher Jose Briceno added a 3-5 performance (needed to get those two walks in to match Tapia!) and drove in three runs. David Dahl was 2-5 with a run scored from the lead off spot and cleanup hitter Ryan McMahon went 1-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and an RBI double.
Johendi Jiminian was just okay on the mound. He didn't need to be anything special with all the scoring his side was doing but still managed to walk four guys over 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs. Trent Blank (one of my favorite names in the organization) worked 3.1 scoreless (and hitless) innings of relief to pick up the win.
I am a silly person who fails at things occasionally. The Modesto Nuts site was being wonky for me this morning and told me the game had been rained out. Prospect whiz and Purple Row regular sleepyteak caught my mistake and offers this report:
Flemer pitches 7 innings with 2 BB and 4 hits to lower his ERA to 5.03. Valaika in his A+ debut was 0-4 with a SO but he just flew across 3 time zones to play so cut him some slack. Offensively baby O'Dowd hit his first homer of the season to go along with a double to score 2 of the 4 Modesto runs. Swanner, Kandilas, and Wessinger had 2 hit nights. Nuts had 11 hits but only O'Dowd's were for extra bases.