Starting off at Casper, the Rockies lost five to one as the offense has suddenly gone way south for the last two games. Xavier Cedeno picked up the loss, allowing seven hits, two walks and three runs while pitching into the fifth, but the outing wasn't that bad. Chris Cook had two hits including a double, Bret Berglund got on three of four times with a single and two walks (his season OBP is .519 after seven games) and he stole a base, Corey Wimberly and Cole Garner each added doubles, but obviously there wasn't much strung together as only Garner crossed the plate. Brandon Durden debuted with two runs allowed on three hits in two innings, although he did strike out four.
Tri-City won behind yet another dominant performance from Shane Lindsay, though not quite as amazing as his previous three. Lindsay went six with nine K's, four hits, two walks and a run allowed. Andrew Kreidermacher made his minor league debut out of the pen with a scoreless inning and Phillip Cuadrado, Travis Becktel, Pedro Strop and Chris Frey provided most of the offense. As I noted yesterday, Becktel's run has been quite impressive, he's now hit safely in thirteen out of his last twenty seven at bats.
Samuel Deduno picked up his sixth win for Asheville, bouncing back from an awful performance his last time through with a decent one yesterday. He went six innings giving up just one run on four hits and four walks while striking out seven. It's so nice to be able to mention Chris Nelson as contributin, las night he got on three out of four times with a single and two walks, Dustin Hahn hit a home-run in his two hits and Neil Wilson, Joe Koshansky and Matt Miller also had two hits apiece in the Tourists' victory.
Modesto finally lost after eleven straight victories as Visalia's Jeremey Flanagan kept the Nuts' potent offense off balance despite giving up six hits and five walks in six innings. Joe Gaetti, Christian Colonel and Jonathan Herrera were the only Modesto batters to get aboard more than once. Joshua Newman walked both batter he faced in relief as his newfound control issues continue to haunt him.
If you read the comments to yesterday's Pebble Report you'll know Tulsa had a difficult time getting things started as well, as Springfield's Chris Lambert had his best AA game of the season, striking out nine Drillers (three of them were named Tony Miller) and allowed only five baserunners before being pulled en route to a four - two win. Jon Asahina took the loss but wasn't terrible.
Finally, Colorado Springs used an effectively wild outing by Jason Young (he gave up five wwalks in six innings, but only three hits) to get by Sacramento. Dan Conway and Tomas Delarosa provided much of what little offense was needed as the Sky Sox won four to three.