The Springs: L 2-5
The third inning proved to be the Sky Sox' undoing on Tuesday night, allowing four runs in the frame. Back-to-back doubles kicked off the inning with a run. The first of three errors took place when Tyler Bortnick hit a groundball single to DJ LeMahieu at short while Taylor Harbin held at second base. LeMahieu's errant throw allowed Harbin to advance to third base. On the next play, Chris Owings hit into a force attempt, but Charlie Culberson committed the second error of the inning when he missed LeMahieu's throw and saw Harbin score the second run of the inning.
Starter Christian Friedrich allowed a run in the next at-bat on a sac fly and departed from the game. He lasted just 2⅓ innings, having struck out one batter and walking two. But his night wasn't completely over once he got the hook, as Jeff Manship allowed the inherited runner (Owings) to score. Owings advanced to third on Matt Davidson's double and scored when Tuffy Gosewich reached first on Nolan Arenado's fielding error.
Manship completed 3⅔ innings and allowed another run on Davidson's fifth-inning home run. He struck out five. Manny Corpas allowed two hits and no runs over the final two innings of the game.
Arenado went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI double (11).
Tulsa, W 9-3
Shortstop Joey Wong hit a three-run home run. Shortstop Joey Wong hit a three-run home run? Shortstop Joey Wong hit a three-run home run! He finished the night 3-for-4 and is hitting .412 in limited action. The Tulsa World has some quotes from Wong on his performance.
OK, now that that's out of my system ... Kyle Parker (3-5, 2 R) hit his third home run of the season during the seventh inning. 3B Jayson Langfels also added a home run that inning. Seven of the Drillers' 18 hits went for extra bases, including Delta Cleary's first-inning double (3-5, 1 R) and Kent Matthes's RBI triple that drove in Cleary that inning.
Christian Bergman lowered his ERA to 0.54 and picked up his first win of the season after pitching 5⅓ scoreless innings of two-hit ball. He struck out five. In 16⅔ inning this season, he has 16 strikeouts and 10 hits surrendered (seven coming in his second start).
Modesto, W 4-3
Not only did reliever Scott Oberg blow the game in the top of the ninth, he also picked up the win. Oberg picked up the final out of the eighth inning and came back to start the ninth, issuing a walk to the leadoff batter. The next batter, Sean Jamieson, put down a sacrifice bunt that Oberg fielded but then threw awry, putting men on the corners. A bunt single to third base tied the game at 3-3. After that, Oberg loaded the bases on an intentional walk, but got a pop out and a ground out to end the inning.
Extra innings were not to be in this game, though. Harold Riggins led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, moved to second on Niko Gallego's single, and scored on Tyler Massey's walkoff single
Massey fell a home run short of the cycle, going 3-for-5. Will Swaner went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season. Trevor Story went hitless in four at-bats, struck out twice and had a fielding error.
Starter Ben Alsup went 5⅔ innings, allowed one unearned run on five hits and two walks, and struck out eight. He had a 6-1 GO-FO.
Asheville, L 4-11
The Tourists let slip this game in the top of the sixth inning when the Hickory Crawdads put five runs on the board, extending a 3-0 lead to 8-0. Starter Benjamin Hughes (5+ IP, 10 H, 6 R, 5 K) allowed a single and back-to-back RBI doubles before leaving the game with a runner on second base. Joshua Slaats came in and struck out the first batter he faced. However, he allowed the inherited runner to score on a single right after that and then surrendered a two-run home run. In the seventh, Slaats allowed his own pair of RBI doubles.
The Tourists put runs on the board on two-run home runs by 1B Drew Beuerlein and LF Francisco Sosa in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively. Beuerlein finished the game with three hits, as did 2B Juan Ciriaco.