Colorado Springs: Jayson Nix's solo homer was the only scoring play for the Sky Sox in a two to one loss to Sacramento. Tim Harikkala was effective, albeit inefficient in his five innings as it took him 101 pitches to get to that point despite only allowing two runs. Mike Gallo and Juan Morillo were stellar in relief, but the offense couldn't come back against the RiverCats.
Tulsa: Matt Miller had two doubles and Jeff Dragicevich had two RBI and another outfield assist (no errors, of course) in Tulsa's six to three loss to Arkansas. Corey Wimberly stole his thirty-first base of the season.
Modesto: Chaz Roe continued his second half string of effective outings with another solid effort in Modesto's four to two victory. Like Harikkala, he could have been a little more efficient as his outing was only five innings deep with five hits and three walks allowed, but he limited the damage to two runs, which in this case was enough for the Modesto offense and bullpen to build off of for a victory. Nick Haley was the only Nut with more than one hit, although Jeff Kindel got on base three out of four times with a single and two walks.
Asheville: The most stellar pitching performance in the organization last night was turned in by Aneury Rodriguez, but he was the hard-luck loser in a two to nothing loss to Hickory. Rodriguez struck out eleven in seven innings, and allowed just five hits and two walks in the loss. The Crawdads' Jonel Pacheco was the real thorn in Aneury's side, as he tripled and homered off of Rodriguez and scored both of Hickory's runs. Geoff Strickland had two hits for the Tourists batting leadoff, but a zero for eight day by Daniel Mayora and Michael McKenry following him made those hits futile.
Mayora and Hector Gomez -as well as Modesto's Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr- were named to their leagues' All-Star teams.
Tri-City: The Dust Devils lost six to nothing to Yakima. Connor Graham pitched four scoreless innings, but he stranded at least two runners in three of them, and didn't have a clear frame in any, allowing eight hits while striking out two. He was particularly lucky in the first, as Yakima loaded the bases with none out, but line drive caught by shortstop Helder Velazquez followed by a strikeout and a fly to center got him out of the trouble. Drew Coffey wasn't nearly as lucky, giving up a triple and single after striking out the first two batters in the fifth, and then balking in a run in the sixth to pick up the loss. Phillip Cuadrado and Michael Mitchell each had two hits, and Mitchell stole his 27th base of the season.
Casper: You have to dig all the way back to Brandon Miller's high school career at Clovis, California to find the last time he had this kind of success on the mound, and considering he is a college senior draft pick beating up on the younger hitters of the Pioneer League it would be unwise to think too much of his results in six starts with Casper thus far, but the results as a regular starter have been positive for the left-hander, and his peripherals are all where we would want them to be. Yesterday in Ogden he struck out nine in seven innings, walked none, and induced nine outs on the ground compared to three in the air in Casper's five to two win.
Leonardo Reyes led-off as a DH and had three hits to extend a streak to seven games. He just turned nineteen early in the month, so I figure he's probably a player worth keeping an eye on.