Colorado Springs, L 2-6 - 2B, GO, BB, K (backwards), BB, Mound Visit, HBP (Eric Chavez scores), Grand Slam, BB, 1B, GO. That was Franklin Morales' first inning. He hit a second batter the next inning, his final inning. Valerio De Los Santos went the next five innings, limited Sacramento to one hit, and struck out nine. Chris George walked four in 2/3 IP.
Starting shortstop Doug Bernier was thrown out of the game for arguing his strike out in the top of the third, along with manager Tom Runnells. Eduardo Cornejo replaced Bernier and had a two-run single in the fourth to score the Springs' only runs on the night.
Tulsa, L 5-7 - Alan Johnson couldn't complete six innings as he was pulled after 5 2/3 IP. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks. Adam Bright also allowed five hits in his 1 1/3 IP (3/2 R/ER). Casey Weathers pitched an inning, walked three and struck out three. Weathers started the eighth inning with back-to-back swinging strike outs, but then issued three straight walks (a wild pitch happened in between the second and third ones). Weathers escaped that jam by recording a swinging strike out to end the inning.
Tony Blanco hit his sixth home run for Tulsa. Jeff Kindel drove in two runs on a single in the first, as did Jeff Dragicevich. Daniel Carte had two hits and stole his third base. Dexter Fowler stole his 12th base to go along with his one hit.
Modesto, L 7-17 - Chaz Roe made his season debut, and it wasn't pretty. He allowed six runs in the first inning. That inning started with five straight singles, followed by a double, and then a triple. The next three batters went down to end the inning. He allowed two doubles in the second before settling down with back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth.
The pitcher had something to say on that inning after the game:
"The fastball was flat in the first inning and I left a few of them up," said Roe, who started 29 games for Modesto in 2007. "They didn't hit it that hard, and after that first inning I settled down and started getting the ball down."
He'll make one more start before heading to Tulsa, according to the article. Overall, Roe allowed 12 runs (seven earned) in 5 2/3 IP. Brandon Durden allowed five runs (two earned) in 1 IP. Simon Ferrer pitched a scoreless ninth.
There were six errors, two each by Daniel Mayora and Geoff Strickland and one each by Matt Repec and Anthony Jackson.
Every starter recorded at least one hit. Jay Cox led the charge with three and two RBI. Strickland and Mayora also drove in two each. Mayora also walked twice. Mike McKenry drove in the other run on a double.
Asheville, L4-6 - Cory Riordan lasted only three innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out four. The bullpen held Rome to two hits over the last six innings. Joey Williamson pitched the three innings after Riordan came out and struck out four. Matthew Reynolds and Edgmer Escalona allowed a hit each, but no runs.
The four runs were driven in by the first four batters. Everth Cabrera had double in three ABs, scored twice, walked twice, and stole his 29th base. Mike Mitchell collected three hits in five ABs and stole his 26th base. Brian Rike had two hits and stole his 10th base. Darin Holcomb drove in his run on a ground out.