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Colorado Springs: Lost to Las Vegas again, seven to four. The offense had been doing poorly thus far, so it was nice to see more contributors to the cause last night, even if it was in a losing effort. Clint Barmes led off and had two hits, including his first homerun. Joe Koshansky also homered for the first time this season, and Omar Quintanilla tripled. Ian Stewart, meanwhile, finished with two singles and a walk in three AB's. All of Ian's hits this year have been of the one base variety, but he seems to be getting some good swings in. Josh Newman had a fine appearance in relief of Bobby Keppel, and if we really need a lefty, I'd prefer him over Martin or Gallo.

Tulsa: The Texas League was off for travel yesterday, but you can stop by the Tulsa World for more from pitching coach Bo McLaughlin on yesterday's Greg Reynolds performance, as well as a brief preview of tonight's game in San Antonio featuring Franklin Morales.

Update [2007-4-12 9:53:39 by Rox Girl]:

Even more on Greg Reynolds from BA's Chris Kline this morning, as he talks with Bill Geivett.

Modesto: Chaz Roe looked much better in his second start of the season, fanning six and allowing only four baserunners in six innings. What's really encouraging to me is how he warmed up as the game progressed on a chilly night. After allowing his only run against on two singles a walk and a sac fly in the second, Roe allowed just one more baserunner on a groundball single. From his manager, courtesy an article by Kelly Jones of the Modesto Bee:

"Chaz struck out the last five guys he faced with an outstanding breaking ball," Nuts manager Jerry Weinstein said. "He scuffled early. He had an early release point. About the fourth inning, he found his release point, and he especially found his curveball."

Roe wouldn't pick up the W, as the Nuts were held scoreless until pinch runner Dexter Fowler and Chris Nelson scored on a Daniel Carte single in the seventh. Carte's been looking very good over five games with only three strikeouts thus far (matching his doubles total) and he's always had the tools with the bat, so we're going to watch him carefully this season. Modesto held on to win, three to one as Darric Merrell and Andrew Johnston (save number one on the year) continued the shutdown of San Jose's offense.

Asheville: The Tourists lost again to the Charleston RiverDogs, six to two. Andy Graham didn't have as good a performance as he did in his opener, as he just wasn't generating the sink on his pitches as much. I like him as a sleeper a lot, though, as he's a shrewd pitcher and it sounded from the webcast like he was nonetheless mixing his pitches, particularly his changeup, effectively last night. The eight K's in four innings help bear this out. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, so you know he wasn't on, but his ability to adapt and keep things close impressed me. Zach Simons and Ethan Katz are repeating the Sally League and a bit old for it, so don't read too much into their gaudy relief numbers until we see them put up something similar at higher levels. Hector Gomez and Michael McKenry had two hits apiece, which were probably needed as they've been pressing a bit on offense to start the year. Keith Weiser pitches tonight.