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Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox lost four to three last night as neither Jeff Baker nor Ryan Shealy could manage a hit off of Giovanni Carrara and other Dodger farmhands. Jeff Salazar and Kaz Matsui did their part as table setters, both drew two walks apiece and Salazar added a hit besides, but only two runs came of it. Zach Parker took the loss despite being reasonably effective for the PCL, giving up only four runs in the contest.

Tulsa: The Drillers might squander away the first half title if they don't get their act together soon. Another one run loss, five to four to Wichita, puts them in a tie with Springfield with only five games left. Tulsa plays one more against Wichita tonight and then finishes with a four game set at Springfield to decide the fate of the division. Last night Chris Iannetta hit a two run shot, his tenth on the year and Christian Colonel had a par of hits to pace what offense was there. Marc Kaiser took the loss, giving up three runs in a pretty bad fourth inning to spoil an otherwise effective start. The streaking Ubaldo Jiminez pitches tonight, so we hope Tulsa gets back on track.

Modesto: The Nuts lost a slugfest with the D-backs affiliate, the Lancaster Jet Hawks, thirteen to nine. Dragon Lo allowed five runs in five innings, but the Nuts were ahead nine to five when he left. It wasn't until Darric Merrell came on in the eighth that the J-hawks poured on the rout. Most of the Nuts offense came from minorleague journeymen Doc Brooks and Duke Sardinha, although Justin Nelson scored three of the runs and hit his sixth homerun as he battles back from a pretty bad start to the season.

Asheville: The Tourists won with a late rally, four to one. Brandon Durden was wild (five walks) but effective. He pitched deep into the game, going six and two thirds innings, and struck out five while only allowing three hits and an unearned run. EY Jr had a rare game where he was caught once trying and finished without a steal. Jason Van Kooten, Cole Garner and Chris Cook all had key doubles to help fuel the offense.

Tri-City: No news to report from the short season leagues, but this article from April on D-Devils new manager Frank Ocasio could serve as a primer to the man who's going to coach the team this year.