AAA Colorado Springs, L 1-6 - (49-37, 1st)
The Sky Sox earned their fourth straight loss, losing 6-1 at the Salt Lake Bees (Angels). Greg Smith (1-1, 3.77) earned the loss in his third start in AAA. He allowed four runs on just three hits and three walks in five innings. Smith walked the first two batters of the game, and both scored, one on a sac fly and one on a 2-run HR by Brandon Wood (17).
Perhaps of more interest were the two relievers who pitched in rehab. Neither pitched well. Ryan Speier gave up three singles and a walk in allowing a run in an inning of work. Manuel Corpas needed 21 pitches to get through one inning in his first AAA appearance, only firing 10 for strikes while walking one and allowing a hit. Sal Fasano bailed him out by throwing out a runner attempting to steal.
Eric Young Jr tripled ito lead off the game and scored on a GIDP by Matt Miller for the only Sox offense.
The two teams take the field again tonight at 7:05MDT in Salt Lake.
AA Tulsa, Off Day - (5-6, 3.0 GB)
High-A Modesto, L 7-10 - (4-9, 6.5 GB)
The Nuts continue to struggle in the second half, this time losing a slugfest to the Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers). Brandon Durden got roughed up in his third straight start since returning from Tulsa, allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits, 3 BBs and got dinged for 2 HR. Still, the Nuts offense kept the score tied at 7-7 when Durden departed, and Randall Taylor allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over the final three innings for the loss. The Blaze scored five runs after the 5th inning, while the only Nut to reach in that time was a solo HR by Brian Rike (7).
Radames Nazario (4) also hit a HR. Jason van Kooten knocked two doubles and a single and Wilin Rosario laced a three run triple. Modesto faces the Blaze again tonight at 8:45 MDT.