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Colorado Springs: The sky Sox were once again victims of some vicious April weather patterns.

Tulsa: One of the more unlikely outcomes I've seen in the minors this year was Ryan Mattheus outpitching Angels' prospect Nick Adenhart for an 3-0 Tulsa victory yesterday. Mattheus kept the Travellers guessing for seven and a third innings, allowing just four singles and a walk to go along with a pair of strikeouts; 12/7 was his GB/FB split. On offense, Jordan Czarniecki provided two of the three runs after doubling and walking.

Modesto: Lake Elsinore took a club to the Nuts' bullpen in a 15-6 victory over our guys. Modesto starter Brandon Durden allowed nine hits and three runs in five and two thirds innings, but the real slaughter started right after he was pulled for Brett Strickland, Darric Merrell and David Arnold. Chris Nelson continued his hot stretch of late, collecting a double and triple to raise his season average to .279. He also scored twice, thanks mostly to Jose Valdez, who collected three hits and a walk batting right behind Chris.

Asheville: This is the Aneury Rodriguez we've been waiting for that showed up yesterday, as our young pitcher finally flashed some serious potential in yesterday's seven inning, one hit, two walk performance. Rodriguez K'd six and Ethan Katz and James Burok completed the eight to nothing shutout of the Gabe Kapler managed Greenville team. Daniel Mayora, Michael Paulk, Bret Berglund and Victor Ferrante all had two hits apiece for the Tourists. Paulk's early home and away splits are definitely bizarre for a left handed batter that plays for Asheville, he's hitting a robust .468 on the road, but only .211 at home. His 8 walks at McCormick show that the reason might be that pitchers are afraid of giving him anything worth swinging at there.