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Colorado Springs: Ubaldo Jimenez was touched for six runs and nine hits in five and a a third innings in his AAA debut. Two triples by Portland cleanup hitter Jon Knott in the first and fifth innings resulted in four of the runs scored off Jimenez, if he could have somehow made them disappear he might have looked a little more effective. Ryan Shealy and Chris Iannetta both homered as their only hits in four at bats, it was Shealy's thirteenth and Iannetta's twelfth (first in AAA) on the season. Jeff Baker and Jayson Nix had two hits apiece.

Tulsa: Juan Morillo opened a Pandora's box in the third inning, walking three Travellers and allowing four singles and four runs before being pulled with two outs. By the time the Travs were finished four innings later, though, they had scored fourteen. Seth Smith did everything in his power to keep pace, going four for five with two doubles and a homerun three runs scored and two driven in. However, even with additional homers by Joe Gaetti and Alvin Colina it wasn't enough and the Drillers lost fourteen to seven.

Modesto: The Nuts lost four to two, wasting a hefty effort by Franklin Morales. Morales geve up all four runs, only two earned in six innings. He allowed only four hits and a walk and struck out seven. The Nuts offense was led by Chris Frey, who scored both runs on a single, a walk and two stolen bases. I do want to note that Jeff Dragicevich probably should be considered for Modesto's player of the month in June, raising his numbers considerably from the slump he had in the first two months.

Asheville: Speaking of hot Junes, Travis Becktel also regained his hitting stroke last month and let it carry over into last night. Becktel hit two doubles in five at bats and drove in four runs. He also stole a base, as did EY aka "Deuce", who also scored three runs on two hits and a walk. Other big news in the ten to five win was the return to the lineup of Dexter Fowler, who had a single, but also stole a pair of bases himself.

Tri-City: Aneury Rodriguez went six and a third innings and was pretty dominant, allowing just two runs on six hits and no walks (one HBP) he struck out six before being pulled in the seventh with a man on second for Devin Collis. Collis allowed the inherited runner to score and two more besides to pick up the loss. On offense, Daniel Mayora had half the teams hits, going three for four with a double. It's been an impressive forty AB's to start the season for Mayora, let's see if he can keep it up.

Casper: Congratulations to David Christensen on hitting his first professional homerun of the season, one of two hits for him on the night in four at bats. He did add one more K to his pile as well. Ronny Lopez continues to get hit around pretty hard in his American debut, last night giving up six hits and eight runs (four earned) in four innings, he did strike out five. As with our teen hitters there, watching his growth as a pitcher will require plenty of patience. Michael Gibbs continues to have a pretty brutal professional debut, in four innings now spread over five games, he's allowed eleven runs on seven hits and ten walks.