Colorado Springs, W 13-6
Another day, another multi-homer game by the Sky Sox: Willy Taveras' (7) solo shot in the first inning tied the game, Eliezer Alfonzo (6) knocked out a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh, and Brad Emaus (8) and Ian Stewart (10) hit two-run and three-run home runs, respectively.
Cole Garner picked up two hits and an RBI. Recently acquired Ryan Rohlinger collected two doubles and scored twice.
Esmil Rogers made a rehab start and allowed one run in the first inning, but kept Reno off the board after that by the time he left in the fifth inning. He struck out eight, walked one and gave up six hits.
Tulsa, L 6-2 (7 innings)
Tim Wheeler's 16th home run of the season came in the fifth inning with one on and two outs, but that was all the scoring for the Drillers in the first game on Thursday. Josh Sullivan picked up a complete game, but he allowed all six Springfield runs in the fourth inning. Four runs came on two solo homers and a two-run shot. The latter was his by Springfield's starting pitcher, Michael Blazek.
Tulsa, W 10-5 (7 innings)
The Drillers scored in four of seven innings and were led by Scott Beerer's three hits, falling a triple short of the cycle. He and Ben Paulsen each hit their solo home runs in the fifth innings. Wilin Rosario went 0-for-4.
It's Casey Weathers' birthday today and he threw a clean sixth inning. Starter Joey Williamson allowed three runs in three innings, including two on a home run in the third inning.
Modesto, L 5-11
Starter Dan Perkins failed to make it out of the third inning, allowing eight runs on seven hits and six walks. Leuris Gomez, Chad Rose, and Kurt Yacko would each allow one run during their stints on the mound, the latter pitching the last three innings.
Delta Cleary led off the bottom of the first with his first home run of the season. Mike Zuanich picked up two of the team's six doubles, though the team was 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Asheville, W 5-4 (10 innings)
While we wait for official word on where he will play football this fall, Russell Wilson was busy on Thursday night in the top of the 10th inning. He singled to left field to start the inning, moved to second on a sacrifice and then settled in on third via a passed ball by Gary Sanchez. Wilson then scored the go-ahead run on a Rafael Ortega single to center field.
Cristhian Adames and Mark Tracy each hit their third home run of the season. Edwar Cabrera allowed two runs on nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven. Bruce Kern blew the game in the bottom of the eighth when Anderson Feliz doubled in two runs to tie the game.
DSL Rockies, L 3-6
17-year-old INF Miguel Dilone went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Jose De La Cruz, 19 in two days, tripled but struck out three times. Angel Lezama, who turned 17 on March 1, allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out four and walked zero.