The Springs, L 3-9 : While Mike Esposito allowed nine runs last night in 3 1/3 innings, only eight crossed the plate when he was in the game. Oh, wait, that's not really a consolation. Josh Newman allowed one of the two inherited runners to score. For the offense, Alvin Colina made the start at catcher and hit his fifth homer of the season. Seth Smith had his 25th double and an RBI, while Q had a 4-for-5 night (two doubles) in the lead-off spot.
Tulsa, W 3-0: Sean Thompson picked up his second win as part of the Rockies organization by throwing 6 2/3 innings of four-hit, scoreless baseball. Steven Register continues his journey to breaking the Drillers saves record (37 by Speier) with his 32nd of the season. Christian Colonel and Aaron Rifkin drove in two of the runs.
Modesto: The Cal League had the day off.
Asheville, L 4-5: Two throwing errors by Tommy Baumgardner in the bottom of the ninth led to the T's loss last night. Both occurred when the batter went for the sac bunt. It spoiled a great start by Aneury Rodriguez, who struck out seven and allowed only two hits in five innings. Josh Sullivan made his return and was knocked around for four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Will Harris came in for four outs and punched all four out. Unfortunately, he picked up the blown save because the inherited runner scored to tie the game at four. Mike Paulk had three hits last night, drove in two runs, and stole his 14th base. Geoff Strickland and Hector Gomez had the other RBI.
Tri-City, W 4-2 in 11 innings: Helder Velazquez hit a double in the 11th inning, and Darin Holcomb knocked him in on a double to score the go-ahead run. Philip Cuadrado added his second RBI of the night in that inning. Robinson Fabian allowed two runs over seven innings and struck out eight. Matthew Reynolds picked up his first professional win after striking out four in three innings.
Casper, W 9-1: Jhoulys Chacin went seven strong innings, struck out nine, and allowed one run on four hits. This was his fourth straight quality start, his third win in four games, and in four of his last five starts he has gone at least seven innings and struck out at least six. Scott Robinson picked up four RBI on a grand slam and hit a triple.