The Springs, W 6-5 in 8 innings & L 2-3 in 7 innings: In the first game, Adam Melhuse hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to send the Sky Sox to victory. He also drove in one of the three runs scored in the first inning on a double. Joe Koshansky had an RBI single and Matt Miller had a sac fly to account for the other two runs.
Franklin Morales had a bit of a problem: eight walks. Yes, eight. He also struck out five. In his five innings, Morales saw three runs (one earned) score. Fifty-seven of his 111 pitches went for strikes. Register "blew" the save in the sixth inning when he allowed a run on two hits and a walk.
In the second game, Edwin Bellorin had a triple and Mark Redman allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Tulsa, W 2-1 in 10 innings: Neil Wilson led off the bottom of the tenth and ended the bottom of the tenth. He did so because he hit the game-winning home run. Brandon Hynick struck out eight in eight innings, surrendering one run on four hits in the process.
Modesto, W 8-4: Interesting scoring by Modesto and Bakersfield. Brandon Durden went 5 2/3 innings, striking out six. He allowed all four runs in the first inning. Except for Mike McKenry's walk in the second, the Nuts were being no-hit. But then came the fifth inning. McKenry led off the inning with a double and scored on a Jason Van Kooten single. Radames Nazario doubled in two more runs, and Daniel Mayora and Victor Ferrante each knocked in one. With five runs scored and two men on Mike McKenry came to the plate for a second time in the fifth and hit his 13th homer. He also commited his ninth error (a missed catch) and picked off an opposing batter at third.
Asheville, W 6-1: Everth Cabrera fell a triple short of the cycle in his 4-for-5 night. One of those hits was a two-run homer. Warren Schaeffer did have a triple and knocked in two with it. Brian Rike drove in the other two runs.
Connor Graham walked four and struck out six on his way to his 10th win. He allowed one run on four hits in six inning. Sheng-An Kuo, Edgmer Escalona, and Ethan Russell Katz combined to allow only one hit over the last three innings of the game. Escalona allowed the hit.
Tri-City, L 6-7 in 11 innings: Leonardo Reyes, Scott Robinson, and Thomas Field all had homers yesterday, but they were not enough to win the game. Field's gave the Dust Devils the lead in the top of the 10th, but the reliever couldn't save the lead. That reliever was Austin Chambliss, and he allowed five of the last six runs Everett scored.
The good news, however, is that Christian Friedrich is dominating. He struck out 10 in 5 2/3 innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits and a walk.
Casper. L 5-17: Looks as if the youngest guys know how to follow in the footsteps of their older counterparts. Orlando Sandoval had a two-run homer (3-for-4 in the game( and Jose Gonzalez hit a solo one (two RBI total for the night).
Which pitcher didn't allow a run last night? The final one: Juan Rodriguez. Edwar Cabrera allowed six in 2 1/3 innings; Andres Marrero saw two score in 1 2/3 innings; Matt Baugh gave up five in two innings; and Chad Rose allowed four in 2/3 of an inning.