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Colorado Springs, L 8-9: Clint Barmes had his sixth homer last night, making that three for the month of July. Q hit his second homer of the season to bring the Sky Sox within one in the ninth, but Clint Barmes struck out swinging to end the game. Joe Koshansky added two RBI (72 for the season), and Jayson Nix had three more hits. The pitching wasn't great with Bobby Keppel allowing eight run in six innings.

Tulsa, W 6-1: Half of Tulsa's runs scored were unearned as a result of some bad defense (there were five errors by Corpus Christi in total). Jordan Czarniecki had two doubles in the contest and his 12th stolen base. Christian Colonel (6) and Jonathan Herrera (12) each stole a base, while Corey Wimberly stole two for 19 this season. Ching-Lung Lo had a good start, even with three walks. He went six innings and allowed only an unearned run. Three of the hits he allowed were consecutive singles in the sixth, but he was able to get a pop out and a double play to end the inning and his night.

Modesto, W 4-3: Justin Nelson hit his third homer of the season, a two-run shot, with Kindel and Carte adding the other RBI. Alan Johnson had a rare power-pitching performance last night with nine strikeouts over eight innings. Pedro Strop recorded his second save, but walked two and allowed a run in the ninth inning.

Asheville, W 7-5 in 10 innings: The top (Jackson, Gomez) and bottom (Cox, Berglund, Strickland) of the order helped score the runs, but only Mike McKenry in the middle of the order drove in a couple of runs (one being the winning run). Cox drove McKenry in on a triple, his fourth this season, in the tenth to put the score at 7-5. Keith Weiser had a so-so start. The good, he went seven innings and struck out five. The bad, he allowed four runs on eight hits and walked three. Will Harris struck out three in his inning of work. Tommy Baumgardner blew the save in the ninth by allowing an unearned run (a Jay Cox throwing error), but picked up the win after striking out three in two innings.

Tri-City, W 6-5: Darin Holcomb hit his second home run this season and drove in another on a sac fly, which was most of the offense. Helder Velazquez, Logan Wiens, and Radames Nazario had the other RBI. Velazquez (3) and Everth Cabrera (8) each stole a base. After Drew Coffey allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, the bullpen shut down Boise for the rest of the game. In only his second pro appearance, Joey Williamson came in during the eighth inning and struck out one in a hitless frame.

Casper, L 10-11: A high-scoring affair, but the Baby Rockies came out on the wrong side. Chad Lembeck hit his first professional homer, a three-run shot, as part of a five-run second inning. David Christensen drove in two,a solo homer and a sac fly. Carlos Martinez, playing second base last night, drove in two runs. There were five more errors committed by the team, with shortstop Warren Schaeffer committing two of them. Luis Noboa had the start and allowed seven runs (three earned), but also struck out seven.

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Update [2007-7-8 15:41:50 by Russ]: The Futures Game starts in about 20 minutes on ESPN2. Franklin Morales (World) and Ian Stewart (U.S.) will appear for the Rockies.