Sky Sox lose a 9th inning heartbreaker
It was a rare pitcher's duel amongst the PCL teams of Colorado Springs and Tacoma, with the Sky Sox leading 1-0 heading into the ninth inning. Yohan Flande pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit against the Mariners' Triple-A affiliate. Chad Bettis relieved him, and worked two perfect frames in the seventh and eighth. They tried to get a third inning out of him to close the game down, but it was not to be.
Bettis plunked the first batter of the bottom of the ninth, and a Max Ramirez error on the subsequent sac bunt attempt put runners at first and second. Bettis got a force out, walked Nick Franklin, and struck out Jabari Blash to get to a two out, bases loaded situation. Unfortunately, he didn't win the battle, as Ty Kelly doubled home the two runs the Raniers needed to walk off on Colorado Springs. The Sky Sox allowed two hits all game, and failed to win.
There wasn't much offense on the Sky Sox side of the ball either. Paul Janish accounted for all the runs with a 2 for 3 day including a double and RBI. Perhaps the Sky Sox miss the departed Kyle Parker.
Tulsa Drillers get beat up
Mike Piazza, who must endure endless, tiresome grief for his name, made his second start for the Drillers, and it didn't go so well. The pitcher allowed five runs off ten hits in his five innings of work. He walked one and struck out one while allowing a home run to Patick Wisdom as part of a four run fourth inning. The Drillers clawed back to within a run in the seventh inning, but the Springfield Cardinals would pull back ahead to a 6-4 victory.
Tulsa scattered seven hits, but only two went for extra bases, a pinch hit triple by Harold Riggins and an RBI double from catcher Ryan Casteel. The Drillers benefited from two errors, but went only 1-7 with runners in scoring position, costing them the W.
Tri-City gets knocked around
Blake Shouse couldn't even make it through the first inning against the Boise Hawks, as he allowed four runs in his 0.2 ineffective innings. He walked two and allowed two home runs in his inauspicious debut. The Dust Devil bullpen didn't staunch the bleeding, as the Hawks hung a 12 spot on the board, securing a 12-3 whipping.
Dillon Thomas slapped a pair of doubles and Drew Weeks got on base all four times. Dust Devils hitting went an unfortunate 1-13 with RISP, but with the pitching implosion that didn't really matter. Tri-City fell to 1-4 on the season.
DSL Rockies fall to Red Sox to complete organizational sweep
So much losing! Manuel Melendez went 3 for4 out of the lead off spot for the Rockies, but another poor day with RISP (1 for 7) doomed another Rockies affiliate. Alejandro Requena got the loss for allowing three runs in the middle innings.