Colorado Springs: Despite six snow-outs in the home schedule, the Sky Sox broke their single season attendance mark in yesterday's ten to seven loss to Salt Lake. Up until the ninth inning, it looked like the record breaking fans might have also seen a Sky Sox win, but Todd Williams allowed five runs in his two thirds of an inning before being bailed out by Josh Newman for the final out. Seth Smith drove in four with his two hits (including a solo HR) and Alexis Gomez had a solo homer as well to get gold stars on offense.
Tulsa: The Drillers were outscored 19-3 in losing both ends of a double-header with Wichita. Ryan Mattheus was left to take an eleven run, eventeen hit pounding in his five and a third inning stint in game one. Game two saw three Drillers relievers take the hill and give up eight runs in seven innings. At least Christian Colonel was able to pad his doubles total, hitting one in each game to give him 46 on the year.
Modesto: Brandon Hynick didn't have his A game on, but he still had enough for another quality start and his sixteenth win of the season. He pitched six innings and allowed six hits and a walk and two runs. Significantly, all of the hits were singles, showing that it's not like they were getting a lot of good contact off him. Chris Nelson went zero for four, but he scored what wound up being the winning run in the third inning after reaching on a run scoring, two base error (plating Lino Garcia, who had doubled earlier) and crossing the plate himself on a Nelson Robledo single. Davvid Patton and Tomas Santiago pitched three inings of scoreless relief to preserve the win. Santiago has an 18/2 K/BB ratio in his last ten games and four saves.
Asheville: Hynick wins, Weiser wins. It's the natural order of things, apparently. Keith kept pace with Brandon for organization lead in W's with a seven to four victory over Augusta. Weiser struggled a bit, allowing all four runs on seven hits and four walks. Luckily his offense and his bullpen were there to back him up, as Bret Berglund had three doubles and Mike McKenry homered again, hitting a two run shot as the highlight of a big five run seventh inning for the Tourists. Casey Weathers earned his second save in two days, this time pitching perfectly and striking out one. Will Harris had an identically effective frame in the eighth, BTW, and he too remans a very viable candidate for a Rockies bullpen role in the future.
Tri-City: The Dust-Devils and Spokane have flip-flopped in the standings the last three days. With yesterday's eleven inning victory over the Indians, Tri-City is once again on top by half a game. Sheng An Kuo pitched brilliantly for six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seve, while also keeping an 8/3 GB rate on his outs in play. He still seems to be on a positive trend in his last few starts and much like Bruce Billings, I'm very curious how he'll fare in Asheville next season. Phillip Cuadrado and Josh Banda homered and Brian Rike drove in the two eleventh inning runs with a double. Given his scrappy white guy profile and a seeming penchant for game-winning hits, I have a feeling that Rike has a strong chance to be a fan favorite and perhaps even a bit over-rated should he reach the Rox, but at least he also has the whole SABR friendly plate discipline thing going for him.
Casper: Jordan Pacheco had four hits and four RBI and finished a homerun short of the cycle in Casper's seven to four win. I really don't know if he was just trying to do much at first, or if he's made adjustments at the plate, but this is the player I thought we got when we drafted him and not the Pacheco that we saw early in the season. Scott Robinson had a pair of hits, a walk, a pair of stolen bases and scored twice and Warren Shaeffer also had two singles and two runs in the win.