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Modesto pitching coach Butch Hughes sees shades of Catfish Hunter in Brandon Hynick, according to Jack Etkin's latest column. There's some interesting info about the two you'll want to read for yourself. I'd like to see Hynick and Iannetta working as the battery since they were both math majors in college.

We also learn that Xavier Cedeno will return to the rotation for Sunday's game.

Colorado Springs, W 12-1: Bad weather delayed the start of this game, but it certainly didn't affect the Sky Sox all that much. Seth Smith and Joe Koshansky combined to drive in nine runs last night. For Smith it was an RBI double in the seventh and a grand slam in the ninth when the victory was well in hand. Koshansky had a 3-run double in the first. Ian Stewart failed to record a hit but he walked twice. He has 10 walks and 15 strike outs so far this season, making it his best BB:K ration in his career for now. Starter Marc Kaiser went eight innings and scattered seven hits.

Tulsa, W 3-1: Greg Reynolds continued to roll through the Texas League after last night's outing. He went eight innings, allowed one run on three hits, and struck out six. That run came in the second inning and a relay by Miller to Herrera to Guarno stopped a second one from crossing home plate. It should also be noted that innings one and three through eight were perfect. Also, he only needed 91 pitches to reach eight innings. Steven Register saved his eighth game and he didn't allow a hit. In his last 10 innings, he's struck out 14.

Offensively, Joe Gaetti had an RBI groundout to score the first run, while Rick Guarno hit a sac fly in the second and Jordan Czarniecki scored on a balk in the third. The Czar had two doubles in the contest and his fifth steal.

Modesto, L 3-9: In the second inning, Kyle Blumenthal tripled in two runs and Dexter Fowler drove in another. The Nuts failed to score after that inning. Fowler also stole his sixth base, while EY Jr. swiped his 14th. Chaz Roe made his sixth start of the season and things could have gone better. In four innings he allowed four runs on five hits. He also walked six batters during his outing.

Asheville: Postponed. Jason McGill has the rundown on what happened, but didn't officially happen.