Colorado Springs, L 6-7: On most nights, Jorge De Paula's outing would have put him on hook for the win. He exited after finishing the fifth inning and at that point the Sky Sox were up 5-3. He walked two and struck out five in his first start of the season. Jentry Beckstead and Josh Newman both had troubles with the strike zone as they walked three and two, respectively. Newman also threw back-to-back wild pitches in the seventh, eventually allowing Adam Jones to score on a ground out. Ryan Speier allowed Josh Newman's two walks to score in the 8th, while Ian Stewart and Joe Koshansky committed errors in that inning also. Sean Barker had two hits, one of which was his seventh double.
Tulsa, W 8-2: Jonathan Herrera paced the Drillers' offense last night with four hits in the lead off spot and two runs scored. Jeff Dragicevich hit his third home run in as many games. Duke Sardinha had two doubles and his RBI came in the Drillers' five-run fifth inning, along with Tino Sanchez's three-run home run. Ching-Lung Lo pitched quite well as he allowed only two runs in six innings. He did walk three and struck out four. Juan Morillo threw effectively for two innings as he allowed no hits and no runs and did not walk anyone, but he struck out none. Matt Daley struck out two in the ninth inning.
Modesto, W 1-0: A Chris Nelson sac fly in the top of the first was all the offense the Nuts needed to secure the victory. Dexter Fowler (5) and EY Jr. (13) each stole a base yesterday.
But the story of the game, and of Modesto's season, was Brandon Hynick. With the complete game shutout, he also struck out seven and allowed two hits. He's currently 3-0 for the season and has yet to allow an earned run in 32 IP. He's held opposing batters to a .164 BA.
Asheville, L 7-8: Aneury Rodriguez continues to show his promise as a youngster in the Sally League with a solid six innings last night. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked only one and struck out five. Ethan Katz, on the other hand, blew the 7-5 lead. He allowed all three runs on four straight singles before recording the first out of the inning. Bret Berglund, Anthony Jackson and Daniel Mayora each struck out three times, though Jackson at least had a two-run triple in the second inning. Logan Wiens came to the plate with the bases load in the first and cleared them with a double. As this article tells you, that AB for Wiens was a long one.