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Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox lost their seventh straight in humiliating fashion, as the Iowa Cubs pounded them eighteen to eight. Jorge De Paula allowed eleven of them in just three innings, with six of them earned. Six Sky Sox had at least two hits for the offense, so perhaps that was a good sign that the slump could be coming to an end soon.

Tulsa: The Drillers' Sam Deduno had his slump continue also yesterday, with a short four and a third inning outing wherein he walked seven batters. Rick Guarno went three for three and Jordan Czarniecki had two hits, incuding his ninth homerun of the year in the eight to six loss.

Modesto: Brandon Hynick had yet another solid start, but he was outduelled by Stockton's Vincent Mazzaro in the four to one Modesto loss yesterday. Hynick pitched seven innings, allowing just four hits and three walks. Chris Nelson had two hits, including the only extra base hit for the Nuts, a third inning double.

Asheville: Rain postponed the Tourists' game.

Tri-City: Dust Devil pitching was just not able to stop Eugene from scoring, as ten runs were given up. Marco Duarte and slumping Sheng An Kuo in a relief outing combined to allow nine of the runs. Everth Cabrera hit a two run homerun and Kevin Clark doubled and scored the only other Dust Devil run.

Casper: It was the same deal in Casper as the floodgates opened for Helena and seventeen runs were allowed by three pitchers. The only pitcher to not allow a run was Parker Frazier, which was a nice change from his season to date. The performance of the bottom two rungs in the system this year doesn't give me a lot of confidence that our system is maintaining the talent levels we've had the last few seasons, but we'll see how these players develop.