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Colorado Springs: Jorge Piedra's batting stroke seems to be back finally. He hit two homeruns and had three RBI last night in a seven to four Sky Sox loss. There wasn't a lot more of note on the offense's side, although Zach Parker went one for two and raised his average to .375. It's too bad he can't funnel some of that goodness over to his pitching as he allowed three runs, six hits and five walks in only five innings of work.

Tulsa: This is where the bulk of good news in the Rockies system came from yesterday. Joe Koshansky (13) and Troy Tulowitzki (7) both homered, and Chris Iannetta had another sick line as well: 3 AB, 3 R, 2 H (1 3B), 2 BB, 2 RBI, and 1 K. Koshansky could have used Iannetta's triple to complete the cycle as his three hits included everything except for that. Ian Stewart and Seth Smith also doubled in the Drillers' eleven to four victory that was closer than the final score indicated. Heading into their five run ninth, Tulsa was only ahead by two.

Modesto: The Nuts offense showed new manager Glenallen Hill that the next few months of the season could be a struggle at times, as the team struggled to plate baserunners in a six to one loss. Chris Frey got aboard twice via walk, and Matt Miller had a pair of singles. These and other small contributions proved futile in the game context.

Asheville: The Tourists were shut out eight to nothing in the first game of a double header as Zach Simons forgot he wasn't in a slow pitch softball league. Simons allowed nine hits and five runs in four innings of work, he walked one and K'd zero and his GB/FB ratio was 3/7. He did pick two runners off, but this outing was still a far cry from what he did five days ago. Of course it's not like the offense (three hits) showed up to support him, either. The second game was suspended with Augusta ahead one to nothing after one inning due to rain.