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Colorado Springs: Alvin Colina singled in Doug Bernier for the go ahead run in the eleventh inning, and then later scored an insurance run himself on a Jayson Nix single as the Sky Sox won five to three. Bernier, who singled to lead off that inning also doubled and had two RBI. Jeff Baker homered for the Sky Sox in anticipation of his return to the big club tomorrow. Meanwhile, Dan Serafini celebrated his roster expansion call-up by allowing Tacoma to tie the game on a run and two hits, while Juan Morillo handled the news more appropriately, striking out three of the four batters he faced.

Tulsa: Ryan Mattheus seems more than ready for some time off to rest his arm, as his rough second half to the season got a little worse with yesterday's seven to four Drillers' loss. Mattheus allowed all seven runs in five innings on ten hits and a walk plus three HBP's. His pitches still seem to have some sink with a GB/FB out ratio of 10/3, but not much else. Duke Sardinha and Rick Guarno each had two hits batting at the bottom of Tulsa's order. Corey Wimberly stole his 35th base.

Modesto: Brandon Hynick could also be ready for the off-season breather after throwing a lot of innings this season. Yesterday's results seem to show that maybe he too has lost a little on his pitches, nine hits and eight runs allowed in four innings will do that. Only five of the runs were counted as earned, but two of Modesto's five errors were Hynicks' own. Two more E's were also registered by Chris Nelson, giving him 31 on the season. That's the only thing not to like about Chris in 2007, however, as a three run homerun gives him nineteen bombs on the year, and he's now within one RBI of 100. Jeff Kindel also homered in a fourteen to five loss that was otherwise short on highlights.

Asheville: The Tourists' made a valiant comeback attempt in the completion of Thursday's suspended contest, with Simon Ferrer and his knuckleball being called on to provide four solid innings between his regular starts. Homeruns by Matt Repec and Mike McKenry and a two more runs scoring on Mike Paulk and Jay Cox hits in the eighth actually gave the Tourists' a four to three lead heading into the ninth. However, Casey Weathers apparently liked the symmetry of entering and leaving the SAL with his least impressive appearances, as he allowed three runs to score for Hickory in the six to five loss. Jonel Pacheco, who messed up Aneury Rodriguez's outing the other day, also homered against Weathers, I hope the Rockies trade for this guy just so he'll stop beating up on our prospects. At any rate, Repec added his second homer of the game in the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to six-five, but no additional runs meant that's how it ended.

In the second regularly scheduled game, Repec added another homer to give him three on the day, and Victory Ferrante went three for three with two RBI, but Esmil Rogers and the T's pitching collapsed in a fourteen to four blowout which allowed Hickory to clinch a playoff spot and eliminate the Tourists from contention for one of their own.

Tri-City: While Asheville kind of sputtered down the stretch, the Dust-Devils have taken off, and yesterday's six to four win over Yakima gives them a 10-2 run over their last twelve and a two game edge in their division on Boise with four games left to play. The one two punch in the lineup was in gear, Michael Mitchell and Helder Velzquez each scored twice, Velazquez off of two hits, a walk and a stolen base, and Mitchell from one hit, a walk, an HBP and three SB's (also two CS's). Jordan Pacheco (not related to the Tourist beater) collected two more hits and an RBI, and Lars Davis had two hits, a walk and two RBI. Sheng An Kuo earned the victory with a decent five innings. He allowed one run on four hits and two walks. Riquy Pena picked up his sixteenth save, second in the NWL to Salem-Kaizer's Daniel Otero.

Casper: We haven't had much of a look until the last week or two at fourth round selection Isaiah Froneberger this season, but he's really been sharp in these appearances, yesterday picking up his first professional save with an inning and a third to close out Casper's five to four win. Froneberger struck out three and allowed just one hit. Dating back to August seventeenth (the day he returned from a month layoff) he's pitched four and two-thirds innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk with seven K's. Given the hits allowed, it might not seem that impressive at first, but considering the context of an eighteen year old in the Pioneer League, it's not bad at all. Casper scratched out its five runs with a balanced attack throughout the lineup, only one double and no homeruns, but Carlos Martinez scored two of the five.