Colorado Springs: I've ignored Jayson Nix as a prospect and potential contributor to the big league club for some time now, so I was surprised by his .290 batting average after a four hit, two double game against Las Vegas. Vegas has a typical hitter friendly PCL stadium, so it isn't quite as nice as if he did it in New Orleans, or another of the few pitcher parks in the PCL, but the eight game hit streak he's been on, with several multi-hit performances in there, are a nice development. Nix's defense would top most of the second base options I brought up the other day, and his toolbox should allow him to hit well, he just hasn't shown it yet. Let's hope that's changed.
Joe Koshansky had three hits, including a double, and the Sky Sox in all pounded out sixteen in an eight to two win yesterday. Marc Kaiser had a 14/3 GB/FB ratio on his in-play outs, and picked up his fifth win of the year.
Tulsa: The Drillers' game was suspended after twelve innings, David Ohno was there to see the game and put some notes on the game and Greg Reynolds' first game back from the DL in yesterday's Pebble Report, a couple of posts down.
Modesto: Andrew Johnston was the only Modesto representative in the California/Carolina League All-Star game and he pitched a scoreless inning in the Cal League victory.
Asheville: Daniel Mayora and Hector Gomez were hitless in five at bats, but the rest of the Tourist delegation did well in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Michael Paulk had two hits, Mike McKenry and Victor Ferrante one each, and Keith Weiser and James Burok pitched shutout innings.
Tri-City: A nice start for the Dust-Devils, as they collected thirteen hits in a ten to four win over Vancouver. Darin Holcomb was a perfect three for three with a walk and double, and Everth Cabrera and Helder Velazquez each collected two hits apiece. Sheng An Kuo pitched five innings, giving up six hits and three walks and all four runs. Three Tri-City relievers (Riquy Pena, Devin Collis and Drew Coffey) went the remaining four innings allowing just one more hit, three walks and striking out six.
Casper: The Rockies fell 7-6 in eleven innings in their season debut. Shane Lowe and Zack Murry had three hits apiece leading off, Shane Robinson and Jeff Cunningham each had two hits in the three-four holes, and the rest of the offense spread several hits around as well. Jhoulys Chacin unravelled a bit in the fifth inning, giving up four runs in that frame, but only two in the other four and a third innings he threw, and much like Tri-City, a shut-down bullpen kept Casper in the game until the very end.