AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Sky Sox 6, Rainiers 3
Mariners 2B prospect Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 on the night, but it wasn't enough to give the Sky Sox the final edge. Greg Reynolds went 6IP, allowing 8 hits, 2 runs, while punching out 6 and walking 1. Mike Jacobs had 2 hits on the night, one of them a home run, and Charlie Blackmon and Alfredo Amezaga added 2 hits apiece of their own. Willy Taveras must have seen our tweets about him being terrible so far, as he notched 3 hits of his own, including a homer to lead off the 5th inning. Matt Daley and Rex Brothers pitched the 7th and 8th fine (Daley 1K, Brothers 2K) and Andrew Johnston finished the 9th, despite allowing a run on 2 hits.
AA Tulsa Drillers
Drillers 2, Missions 3
Decent outing from Christian Friedrich last night, as he went 5IP, allowing 2 runs (including a solo HR), striking out 5 and walking 2. The Drillers nailed 2 homers off of Padres' top prospect Casey Kelly (who came over in the Adrian Gonzalez trade), but outside of Darin Holcomb's 3-for-4 night and Ben Paulsen and Tim Wheeler's solo shots, the offense was relatively tepid. Joe Torres ultimately took the loss, walking the first 2 batters he saw before getting an out on a sacrifice bunt. Casey Weathers was brought in to clean up the mess, and the first batter Weathers faced hit a sac fly to RF to score the goahead run. Drillers manager Duane Espy was tossed for arguing with the ump after the run scored.
A+ Modesto Nuts
Nuts 4, Blaze 2
Odd night for top prospect Tyler Matzek. He went 4 innings, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 1 and walking 2, lowering his season ERA to 6.97. The Rockies are keeping Matzek on very tight workloads, as evidenced by the mere 18 batters Matzek faced on the night. The good news was brought by Mike Zuanich, who had a hit and a walk and scored 2 of the Nuts' 4 runs. LF Scott Robinson also had 2 hits on the night, bringing his season line to .345/.406/.379 with 3 stolen bases.
A Asheville Tourists
Tourists 3, BlueClaws 4
Despite 3-hit nights from Avery Barnes and Tyler Massanari, the Tourists were unable to find the W in this tight game. Joshua Mueller pitched well, going 4.0 innings, punching out 5 and walking 1, only allowing 1 unearned run. Josh Hungerman coughed up the 2-2 tie in the 6th and 7th, allowing runs in each. Asheville rallied back for another run in the 8th, but BlueClaws reliever Juan Sosa was sharp enough to only allow one baserunner and end the game.