You know those days where the offense really clicks and every batter that comes to the plate has a hit on the day? Well, the Sky Sox had the opposite of that last night as every hitter that had an at bat against the Nashville Sounds had at least one strikeout on the day. Sounds starter Brad Mills and reliever Donovan Hand combined to strike out 15 Sky Sox on the night and hold Colorado Springs to just three hits, a pair of singles from Kyle Parker (No. 5 PuRP) and a double by Jason Pridie.
Sky Sox starter Christian Bergman (No. 26 PuRP) had a solid outing, allowing three earned runs in five hits in seven innings with five strikeouts, but got no help from his offense and took the loss. Another interesting anecdote from the game is that no one on either team walked in the contest that took just an hour and 59 minutes to play.
After having his outing delayed two days by rain, Jon Gray (No. 1 PuRP) had his second rough start of the season, allowing eight runs (all earned) on eight hits with a pair of walks and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Six of the eight hits Gray allowed went for extra bases, three doubles, a triple and a pair of home runs. Gray threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes and saw his ERA on the season rise to 3.86. Delta Cleary Jr. hit his first home run of the season for the Drillers.
The Drillers lost the nightcap of their doubleheader with Frisco in a pitchers' duel between Frisco's Luke Jackson and Tulsa's Carlos Hernandez. Frisco struck first in the top of the first with an RBI double from third baseman Ryan Rua. The RoughRiders then added a pair of unearned runs in the fourth, extending their lead to 3-0. Tulsa battled back in the bottom of the fourth when Taylor Featherston (No. 22 PuRP) doubled and scored and cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth on an RBI double from Harold Riggins, but could not get over the hump.
Modesto became the second Rockies affiliate to be shut out on the night, as they were held to just four hits in a 6-0 loss at Inland Empire. Three of the four Nuts hits came from right fielder David Kandilas, including a pair of doubles, but no one was able to drive him in.
A two-run home run from first baseman Wade Hinkle got the 66ers on the board in the fourth against Modesto starter Matt Flemer, who allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings. Inland Empire followed the two-run shot in the fourth with a single run in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth to reach the final winning margin of 6-0.
The Tourists got the only win for a Rockies affiliate yesterday with a 4-1 triumph in Charleston. Asheville jumped out to the lead quickly, scoring three runs before a man was out in the top of the first. David Dahl (No. 3 PuRP) and Cesar Galvez led of the game with back-to-back singles and both scored on a two-run triple from Raimel Tapia (No. 16 PuRP). Tapia then scored on a single by Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP).
The three runs in the first turned out to be all that Tourists starter Konner Wade would need, as he allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings with a walk and seven strikeouts. Troy Nieman pitched a pair of hitless innings with four strikeouts to earn his second save of the season.