AAA Colorado Springs, W 17-3 (11-9, 3rd, 2.0 GB)
The Sky Sox are blistering hot, as they have completely erased their 2-5 start with a six game winning streak. The Rockies farmhands extended a brutal welcome back to AAA for the recently demoted Blue Jay Brett Cecil, clubbing him for ten runs in 4.1 IP. Charlie Blackmon (2008, 2nd round) hit two home runs (one off the lefty Cecil) to take the team lead with six, and Ian Stewart (2003, 1st round) hit his second bomb in his first week back in AAA. Every Sky Sox hitter smacked a hit in the 24 hit barrage, with five men collecting three hits. Stewart went 4-for-4 with two walks and Jordan Pacheco (2007, 9th round) broke out of a funk with a 5-for-5 night.
It would appear to be a night ripe for offense, but the Sky Sox hurlers limited the Las Vegas 51s to three runs on 13 hits behind starter Josh Muecke (2010, MiLB FA). PuRP #27 Bruce Billings (2007, 30th round) struck out two and walked one in 1.2 scoreless innings.
Inclement weather in Arkansas postponed the Drillers' game for the second consecutive day. #3 PuRP Christian Friedrich (2008, 1st round) will get his third chance to make his start today as part of a double header Tulsa currently has a three game winning streak.
High A Modesto, L 3-4 - (7-12, 5th, 5.0 GB)
The Rockies' four affiliates have combined for just four losses in the last six days, but the Modesto Nuts are responsible for all four. Carlos Martinez (2006, DR) hit his first home run of the season, Mike Zuanich (2008, 28th round) went 2-for-2 with two walks, and #4 PuRP Nolan Arenado (2009, 2nd round) was turned away hitless for the second consecutive game but just fifth for the season. Parker Frazier (2007, 8th round) allowed four runs in six innings for the loss.
Low-A Asheville, W 9-8 (11) - (12-7, 1st)
After faltering a bit in spurts and stops, the Tourists have taken off, winning five consecutive games. #7 PuRP Kyle Parker (2010, 1st round) continues to bludgeon Sally League pitching, as he rapped out two doubles, a single and scored three times. Since returning to the line-up from his absence with "flu-like symptoms," Parker is 10-for-18 with three doubles, a home run...and just one strike out. Yeah, he is not overmatched at this level. Catcher Dustin Garneau (2009, 19th round) fell a double shy of the cycle while driving in six, and Joey Wong reached in three of four plate appearances.