Casper won nine to eight behind a team of speedsters with a little pop provided by Chris Cook and Cole Garner. Eric Young, Junior, was zero for two in his 2005 debut but he did walk three times to start the year off with an OBP of .600 and he also stole a base. Corey Wimberly also stole one and was finally caught for the first time this year as well, but he finished with three hits. Daniel Mayora had three hits and Trevor Allen four for the Casper Rockies, and Alan Johnson had a very solid start for the win and is pitching well enough at Casper to break onto our prospect radar.
Aaron Cook allowed his first rehab hit, but that was all he allowed in four innings of work.. After seven total innings thus far at Tri-City, Cook has retired twenty-one of twenty-two batters he's faced, but not one by strikeout. The Dust Devils wound up losing anyway, two to one. Buzz Vargas picked up the loss, allowing the two runs in four innings after Cook, but Buzz has been pitching nicely for the Dust Devils this year so far also and the former Brave draft pick continues to be an intriguing story to follow.
Dragon Lo got roughed up again for Asheville, his inconsistency this year remains a source of frustration. Chris Nelson finished with two hits, including a double, two strikeouts and an error but he made some nice defensive plays besides that one. His namesake Justin Nelson did a little bit better at the plate you could say, with a three for three night (two doubles, a homerun) plus a walk.
Modesto and Tulsa were off.
Justin Hampson just keeps on losing for Colorado Springs, although he still isn't getting any run support, either. He lasted only two innings, and walked four, but that's not as bad as Scott Dohmann who only recorded one out while walking three. Ryan Spilborghs had a double and a walk, and Tim Olson a homer and a walk, but they were the only two Sky Sox to get on more than once.