Albuquerque 9, Colorado Springs 12
Michael Cuddyer's first rehab appearance couldn't have gone better. He was 4 for 4 with a home run, a double and three runs batted in. Brandon Wood hit a grand slam, his ninth homer of the year with the Sky Sox, as part of a three-hit, six RBI night. Chad Tracy had two knocks, including a double. Charlie Blackmon doubled and walked twice, scoring three times.
Rob Scahill suffered through this game with neither control nor deceptiveness working in his favor. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits and four walks over five and a third innings pitched. Jeff Marquez, in his organizational debut, allowed another run on three hits and two walks over an inning and two thirds, but was credited with the win, his fifth of the year, the other four coming with the Tacoma Rainiers in the first half of the season. Coty Woods threw a clean ninth inning to pick up his seventh save with the Sky Sox, his 27th overall this season.
The Drillers were off, traveling to Frisco. This will be their final off day before 20 straight games to finish their season.
Christian Bergmann was much more hittable than usual. He allowed nine hits over five innings, which translated into seven runs allowed. Thankfully, with good outings in the bullpen from Chad Rose (4th win), Kurt Yacko and Isaiah Froneberger (5th save), the Nuts were able to stay in the game as their offense went crazy.
Kyle Parker hit two solo home runs, his 16th and 17th of the year, and scored a third time after walking. Juan Crousset had four hits, all singles, but drove in three runs in the process. Dustin Garneau had three singles and a run batted in, while Brett Tanos doubled as one of two hits. Jared Clark went hitless, but walked three times.
Last Tuesday, the MiLB affiliates socred a lot of runs without a lot of extra base hits. In this game, five of the nine Asheville hits were doubles, and a sixth was Taylor Featherston's tenth home run of the year, one of two hits for the infielder, while Jared Simon doubled as one of his two hits. Samuel Mende doubled and stole a base. THe team struck out just three times.
Daniel Winkler picked up his ninth win of the year with an excellent outing, allowing a solo home run as one of just four hits. He walked none, allowed no other runs and struck out six over his six innings pitched. Tyler Gagnon's promotion to the Asheville bullpen continued smoothly with another clean inning, while Russell Brewer's clean inning continued a solid season with the Tourists. Jefri Hernandez allowed a run on two hits to close the game.
Tri-City 3, Eugene 4 (11 innings)
Shane Broyles allowed six hits over five and a third inning, with two runs crossing the plate. Chris Dennis and Trent Blank were effective in relief, but Seth Willoughby allowed a run in the ninth inning to tie the game. Michael Wolford came in to pitch the 11th, but walked three batters, including the winning run in to score, retiring only one opponent. It was his second loss, both with the Dust Devils.
Yafistel Roja was the most productive member of the Dust Devils lineup, reaching four times on three hits and a walk, but he was only brought around to score once. Francisco Sosa stole three bases in the game. Anthony Aguilera walked three times. There were no extra base hits for Tri-City.
David Dahl's hit streak remains alive, as a first inning single extended the event to 26 games, and he would come around to score on a two-run single from Ashley Graeter. He also stole his 11th base. The GJ Rockies actually scored more runs than hits (five), thanks to pairs of walks from Matt Wessinger and Jeff Popick. Julian Yan knocked in three runs on his 13th home run of the year, which came of favorite Purple Row name Damien Magnifico, who was pitching for Helena. Max White continues his average (read: not awful) stint, with a run batted in, a single and a walk.
Eddie Butler continued his excellent start to his pro career. The pitcher picked up his sixth win, allowing five hits against five strikeouts over six innings on the hill. He did not walk a batter. Patrick Johnson, Raul Fernandez and Scott Oberg were effective in relief.
A first inning triple from Wilson Soriano would yield the only run for the DSL Rockies, as he came around on a groundout from Jose De La Cruz. The team would record just three more hits in the game. Starter Joel Payamps lasted six innings, allowing just one hit and two walks, but one run to cross the plate. A run scored off of reliever Caros Polanco would prove the winning factor for the Reds. Polanco's loss was his first decision of the year.