Colorado Springs: Joe Koshansky was going to get yesterday off, but he came through when given an opportunity to hit in the tying run as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. His single scored Doug Bernier and then one batter later, Koshansky and Omar Quintanilla broke up a potential double play to allow Lino Garcia score the eventual winning run. Ryan Speier closed out the ninth for the save and the four to three victory.
Tulsa Matt Miller hit his tenth homerun of the season and singled, but he and Jonathan Herrera were about the only offense Tulsa could dig up yesterday in afive to two loss. Ryan Mattheus pitched seven innings, but he gave up all five of Midland's runs, allowing six hits, four walks and an HBP.
Modesto: Alan Johnson did a better job on the run-prevention end in his seven inning stint than Mattheus, despite allowing a similar amount of baserunners. Modesto bettered San Jose five to three, as Chris Nelson hit two doubles and Justin Nelson and Jeff Kindel both continued their late season surges with two hits apiece.
Asheville: Esmil Rogers ran into trouble in the seventh inning after a strong start, as four singles and an errant pick-off attempt led to three runs. Rogers wound up allowing five of Columbus' seven runs in his portion of the game, with the other two being given up by Casey Weathers in the eighth off of an HBP and two run homer. This was obviously not a happy game for two of our brighter mound prospects, so let's hope they forget about it and move on.
Michael McKenry and Bret Berglund homered in the loss, and Jay Cox was the only Tourist with two hits.
Tri-City: Bruce Billings remains one of our lower level's most enigmatic talents, and his five inning ten strikeout performance yesterday is another tally in the reasons to take him seriously dish. He allowed two hits and three walks and left with the lead, but the Dust-Devils' pen wasn't able to hold on. One thing is for certain, Billings was definitely worth the 30th round selection we spent on him this year. Baseball America's profile had said based on a lackluster 2007 for SDSU that they had overrated him in 2006, but it seems his reputation among scouts might have gone too far the other direction this year. Nice find.
Casper: J.T. Zink was a cast-off from Boston's system and had been in the California League earlier this year, so don't read too much into his performance three rungs down yesterday. I'm more encouraged by the signs of life 2006 draftees Scot Robinson and David Christensen are showing, as well as 2007 draftee Jordan Pacheco. Christensen homered, walked and had zero K's, while Robinson and Pacheco had two hits apiece in the loss.