Colorado Springs, W 5-4: An Alvin Colina RBI single drove in Clint Barmes to give the victory to the Sky Sox. More importantly, however, was Ian Stewart's night. He had two doubles, four RBI and three walks. Stewart hit his first double in the third inning when the bases were loaded, which cleared them. In the fifth inning he had the other double and that brought in his fourth RBI.
Jorge De Paula had a good outing outside of the first inning when he allowed three of his four runs. De Paula started the game off with an error by missing the catch at first to get Mark Kotsay out, but Kotsay was out at home on the next play when a relay from Sully to Nix to Colina worked successfully. JD Closser had a two-run single in that inning. After that inning, he allowed only two more hits and struck out two. Josh Newman struck out two in one inning of relief work.
Tulsa, W 5-4 9 innings, L 2-4: Matt Macri scored on a wild pitch to secure the victory for the Drillers in the extra-innings first game. Matt Miller and Christian Colonel both hit a home run in the game. Wimberly (10) and Frey (4) each stole a base. Samuel Deduno puts up a string of fours last night: four runs/earned runs, four walks, four strike outs. Much like De Paula, Sammy's troubles came in the first inning when he allowed two doubles to score three runs, but allowed only five hits in six innings. Juan Morillo picked up the win after two innings of one-hit ball and Steven Register now had 18 saves on the season.
In the second game, Christian Colonel broke up Armando Galarraga's perfect game in the fifth with a single. It wasn't until the seventh, and final inning, that Aaron Rifkin and Chris Frey drove in the Drillers' runs. Matt Daley made another start and gave up just as many runs (4) as he did in his last outing. Adam Bright struck out two over the last two innings of the game.
Modesto, W 4-3 12 innings: San Jose's Yosandy Ibanez intentionally walked Jeff Kindel in order to face Neil Wilson with the bases loaded and to have the force at every base. Ibanez walked Wilson, forcing in Dexter Fowler. Earlier in the game, Chris Nelson drove in two and Daniel Carte one.
Alan Johnson returned to Modesto and made the most of it in 7 2/3 innings. He allowed only one run and struck out five. Andrew Johnston suffered his third blown save of the season after he allowed a triple in the ninth and a single which drove in the batter who had the three-bagger. Pedro Strop struck out two in the tenth and Edgar Huerta struck out four in two innings to pick up the win.
Asheville: W 9-7: Well, as of now it looks as if news of Aneury Rodriguez's ascent to the Cal League was a bit premature, but he did well for himself last night. In six innings he struck out seven and allowed three runs. Like De Paula and Deduno, Rodriguez allowed those three runs in a single inning. It happened it the fifth inning on a two-run single and a double. In his first game with the Tourists, Esmil Rogers he allowed a homer and struck out two in one inning pitched. Craig Baker allowed three runs to score, but James Burok actually saw them cross the plate as he entered the game with the bases loaded. Tommy Baumgardner closed the game out for his fifth save.
In the fifth inning, Matt Repec hit a grand slam and has 11 RBI in nine games. Hector Gomez, Mike Paulk and Michael McKenry all had a couple of hits and Geoff Strickland had a double and a triple as part of his three hits and two RBI.