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Colorado Springs: Four pitchers who have looked great at times in AAA this season, but weren't able to extend their success to the majors with the Rockies, combined to shut out Nashville 2-0 yesterday. Okay, so Mike Gallo hasn't had an opportunity to get bombarded in a purple uniform yet, but Bobby Keppel, Matt Herges and Ryan Speier have combined to allow 13 runs in nine and a third major league innings this year. Put them up against the Nashville Sounds however, and they throw a four hit shutout. Go figure.

Tulsa: The Drillers' game was postponed due to rain.

Modesto: Brandon Durden and the Nuts got shelled 11-3. Believe me, this game was about as fun to listen to as the Rockies game that preceded it. Eric Young caught up to the California League stolen base leader, Antoan Richardson, with his 18th swipe on the season. He's only been caught three times this year. His OBP is slowly creeping up, it's now at .312, and his K/PA rate is slowly creeping down. As long as that trend continues and he gets them to respectable figures, we should be very pleased, even without any significant slugging thus far. Speaking of OBP, I'm not the only one who's salivating at Dexter Fowler's .411 season number, am I?

Asheville: Keith Weiser continues to chase Josh Beckett for professional baseball's "wins to start the season without a loss" trophy. Okay, maybe there's not a trophy, but after notching number six yesterday with a sharp, seven inning, six hit, two walk, one run performance, Weiser's definitely starting to draw attention and is just one behind Beckett for the lead in the department. The Tourists' won their seventh game in a row, and Sean Jarrett nabbed his fourth save in the two to one win over Rome, as it seems the Tourists have found the answer to the one question (who's the closer?) that eluded them early this year. Weiser almost missed out on the victory, as had Michael Paulk not hit a sac fly to break up the one to one tie in the eighth, the honor of the W would have fallen to the also deserving James Burok. With the win and an Augusta loss, Asheville crept within two and a half games of the division leading Green Jackets. The Tourists' have a tough homestand coming up against two of the strongest teams from the North Division, so let's hope they continue through with the road sweep today and tomorrow.