A+ Modesto: W 11-10 (66-59, 2nd, 1 GB)
It was a crazy affair in Modesto, as the Nuts found themselves down 10-3 after the third inning, only to storm back with two in the fifth inning and five in the sixth to tie the ballgame. Dallas Tarleton's two-out double in the eighth inning drove home the go-ahead run, and Isaiah Froneberger would hold Visalia scoreless in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory.
Christian Bergman had a day to forget, allowing ten runs on nine hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. He also served up two home runs. However, the bullpen had his back, as four relievers, led by Chad Rose and his four K's in 2.1 innings, combined to toss 6.1 scoreless innings.
Timothy Smalling had three hits and three RBI to pace the Nuts' offense, while Delta Cleary and Helder Velasquez had two apiece. The latter hit a home run, as did Kyle Parker, whose long ball marked his 20th of 2012.
A Asheville: W 6-3 (79-47, 1st)
The Tourists used some late-game magic to win as well, as Tyler Massey hit a three-run walkoff homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to seal the victory. The homer followed a sac fly off the bat of Trevor Story, which tied the game at three apiece. Massey's homer was one of two hits on the day for the outfielder, while Samuel Mende also had two knocks.
Asheville starter Chris Jensen gave up ten hits in 5.1 innings, but limited the damage to three runs thanks to seven strikeouts. Nelson Gonzalez earned the victory by tossing 3 scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one.
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AAA Colorado Springs: L 5-4 (68-61, 2nd, 4 GB)
Rob Scahill pitched extremely well for the Sky Sox, but Salt Lake took advantage of some timely hitting and, combined with a meltdown from Zach Putnam, robbed him of a win. Scahill allowed just three hits in 6.2 innings, striking out seven and walking one. However, he was charged with four runs, mostly due to a first inning in which he hit a batter, allowed a single and a triple, and threw a wild pitch.
Every batter in the Sky Sox lineup had at least one hit, with the exception of Chad Tracy. Tim Wheeler led the charge with three hits, including a double, and an RBI.
AA Tulsa: W 8-2 (63-62, 2nd, 7.5 GB)
Parker Frazier scattered nine hits in 7.2 innings, but only allowed two runs while striking out four and walking nobody. He improved to 5-13 on the season.
Nolan Arenado hit his 11th homer of the season as part of a 2-for-5 day. Kiel Roling and Lars Davis also had two hits apiece, while Tim Torres led the offense with three.
A- (SS) Tri-City: L 16-4 (27-37, 3rd, 6 GB)
There weren't a whole lot of positives in the box score for the Dust Devils, who were outhit 15 to 5 on the day. Kyle Von Tungeln provided a chunk of the offense with one swing, as he smacked a two-run homer in the top of the eighth. It was Von Tungeln's first HR of the season.
Of the five pitchers that appeared in the game for Tri-City, only Angel Reyes was not scored upon. He pitched to just one batter, and retired him via flyout. Shane Broyles took the loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk.
Spokane's Joey Gallo hit two homers, one of them being a grand slam in the eighth inning. Gallo, the Rangers' sandwich-round pick in the 2012 draft, was just promoted to Spokane after crushing 18 homers 43 rookie-ball games. He's also just 18 years old. Holy crap.
RK Grand Junction: W 3-2 (32-27, 1st)
The Rockies won a rare pitchers' duel, although the two teams combined for 21 hits. Every batter in the Grand Junction lineup had at least one hit, with Wilfredo Rodriguez being the only guy that had two. He also drove in two runs and drew a walk. He is hitting .343 on the season.
Eddie Butler continues to have an impressive debut campaign, as the Rockies' sandwich-round pick allowed just one run on seven hits in six innings. He struck out six and didn't walk anybody.