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Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox' offense was hitting on all cylinders yesterday, but unfortunately so was Salt Lake's in the nine to eight loss. Eveybody n the lineup got at least one hit and Joe Koshansky's two run homer brought him within one of 100 RBI on the season. The Springs' pitchers, particularly starter Tim Harikkala, didn't fare quite so well.

Tulsa: The Drillers lost a close four to three contest against Springfield. Tommy Duenas hit a homerun as part of his three hit night, and Christian Colonel and Curtis Frey each had two hits in the loss. 86 Wins pointed out the solid season Colonel's been having the other day, leading the Texas League in doubles and total bases, for instance, while being in the top ten in most other offensive categories. Part of why we haven't said much about it is that this is Colonel's second year in Tulsa (through no fault of his own with Koshansky, Stewart, et al blocking him) but he shouldn't be disregarded as a potential key bench bat for the Rockies or another MLB club down the road.

Modesto: The celebration for making the playoffs will have to wait until at least tonight, as Stockton came through with a seven to four victory over the Nuts yesterday. Three of Modesto's four runs were scored via solo homerun, two by Cole Garner and one by Chris Nelson. It's been a struggle for Garner this season, but he's been making progress the last month or so.

Asheville: Aneury Rodriguez couldn't handle the pressure of being on Baseball America's Prospect Hot Sheet, apparently as he gave up eight runs in five innings. He didn't walk anybody, but he did give up nine hits, including three homeruns. Hector Gomez also got some pub from BA recently (for paid subscribers), and he lived up to the hype with two hits, including a homerun. Mike McKenry also hit a three run homer for the Tourists.

Tri-City: The Dust Devils took a patient approach to yesterday's contest, drawing eleven walks on their way to an eight to seven victory. Robinson Fabian had a pretty solid start for Tri-City, pitching into the seventh inning, he struck out five and walked three with six hits allowed.

Casper: The Rockies were off.