Colorado Springs: L 3-6, W 6-3; The Sky Sox and Tucson Sidewinders decided to let each other win games with identical scores yesterday. In the first game, Brian Lawrence continued his streak of unimpressive starts. Keep in mind he hasn't had one in AAA that hasn't been at a dry, high altitude environment, but in six innings he allowed ten hits, including six doubles. Chris Carter and Jamie D'Antona hit a pair of two baggers apiece for the opposition. For our side, Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith hit doubles, but that was it for extra bases. Ian Stewart finally got his first RBI of the season on a single and a walk, but his bat's been encouraging nonetheless. How encouraging? In the second game he extended a hitting streak to six games and has an OBP of over .405. There have only been four strikeouts in 32 PA's this season for Ian. The natural power's in there with Stewart, and will come out eventually, the contact hasn't been at times, so this is good news for us if he continues with this pace.
Tulsa: L 3-5 Juan Morillo blew a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning for the Drillers by not retiring one of the five batters he faced. Two of the runs scored after he left on a double off Jarrett Grube, but still, two hits and two walks doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that Morillo will be ready to help the big league club anytime soon. Jonathan Herrera had two hits in the game.
Modesto: The Nuts were rained out yesterday, a common theme it seems.
Asheville: The Tourists were also kept out of play because of rain, and today will play their first ever day/night double header, with the first game underway right now (down one to nothing at the moment). Michael Paulk is drawing some attention from MiLB observers and pitchers drawing his first IBB the other night. Asheville Citizen Times reporter Jason McGill has this note and more (including praise for Simon Ferrer's 58 mph knuckleball) in his blog. Also read the article on Anthony Jackson, and what Jackie Robinson means to him.