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Casper: The newbies lost again nine to seven, Chris Cook homered in two hits and Corey Wimberly had three more including a double plus a walk. Brett Strickland pitched well in relief of Xavier Cedeno, Jamey Metzger did not in an inning between the two.

From today's Daily Dish at Baseball America:

? Corey Wimberly just keeps on doing what he did at Alcorn State: hit. The Rockies second baseman led NCAA Division I with a .462 average this spring, but he slipped to the sixth round of the draft because of his 5-foot-8, 185-pound stature. After going 3-for-4 in Rookie-level Casper's 9-7 loss to Missoula last night, Wimberly boosted his average to .364 in 187 at-bats in the Pioneer League. He has 22 stolen bases and a 14-17 walk-strikeout ratio on the season, and he is hitting .471 (16-for-34) during his current eight-game hitting streak.

Tri-City: Ethan Katz started in place of James Freeman and was a little uneven but was relieved after four innings by Rafael Sanchez who pitched very well for four innings of his own to get the win. Sanchez is old for the league at nearly twenty-three, but he has pitched well at both Casper and Tri-City this year. Travis Becktel hit a homerun and Michael Paulk hit two doubles in the six to four victory.

Asheville: Jose Valdez went two for four with a triple and stole a base on the road against Lake County. The RBI triple came in a six run fifth inning for the Tourists, which bailed out a shaky start by Ryan Mattheus before the bullpen lost the game late. Whether Valdez is legit or not has been one of the questions we've been discussing in psports' "Biggest Sleeper..." diary on the right, check out the info on Tulsa's Judd Songster as well. When Asheville returns home, apparently it will be to the same shoddy stadium parking, a personal peeve of mine at games, but maybe new ownership for the Tourists will correct that.

Modesto: The Nuts continue to lose, but Ian Stewart is really heating up, he went two for four with a double. Kyle Wilson hit a three run homer to close the gap late, but it wasn't enough as Modesto fell, six to four.

Tulsa: Sandy Nin had one of his least effective outings of late, yet still pulled out the win thanks to a Jud Thigpen three run, two out homerun and strong relief work from Yusuke Arakawa, Jentry Beckstead and Jim Miller, who recorded his third save with Tulsa.

Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox lost, eight to seven, as Zach Day looked a little better than he has been, giving up only three hits in six innings. The down side was he also gave up four free passes. Todd Greene homered twice as his rehab nears completion. Anderson Machado also had a pair of hits, including a double.

Tonight's Starting Pitchers:

Colorado Springs: Jason Young
Tulsa: Jon Asahina vs. Peter Bauer
Modesto: Steven Register
Asheville: Samuel Deduno
Tri-City: Buzz Vargas? depending on what happened to Freeman.
Casper: Chaz Roe

It should be a nice night for a lot of strikeouts and some fine pitching, particularly in asheville and Casper.