The Springs, L 5-9: If Clint Barmes winds up in a Tiger uniform tomorrow as part of a deadline deal, the best in-house option from the minor leagues to replace Matsui should he leave would be Jayson Nix. He drove in three runs last night, two on a double in the seventh. He's actually hitting better on the road (slightly) than at home this season. His numbers, however, are a bit misleading as June was his best month by far. Tim Harikkala relieved Jorge De Paula for 2 2/3 innings and allowed no hits. De Paula only went 3 1/3 innings and allowed seven runs. Denny Bautista had trouble throwing strikes, walking three.
Tulsa: Off-day for the TL. The Drillers will retire Mike Coolbaugh's jersey number, 29.
Modesto, W 6-4: Though he only had a single in the game, Jeff Kindel extended his hitting streak to 25 games last night in the come-from-behind victory. Chris and Justin Nelson combined to drive in three runs in the top of the ninth to come back from a one-run deficit. Nelson hit a two-run homer after Nelson singled in a the game-tying run. Brandon Hynick allowed four runs over seven innings and struck out five. Pedro Strop recorded his sixth save after striking out two in the final frame of the night.
Asheville, W 8-3: Keith Weiser picked up his 13th win yesterday after going six innings, allowing one run, and striking out five. Casey Weathers had a better second appearance by striking out two and allowing a hit in one inning. Jhaysson Agustin and Jay Cox both homered, whie Paulk, Repec, and Ferrante knocked in the other runs. The latter player had two doubles in the process.
Casper, L 1-5: The offense was held to three hits, all singles, by Jordan Walden. Jeff Fischer allowed all five runs, four on three homers, but also struck out seven. Stephen Shao came in for the sixth and finished the game with two hits allowed.