Christian Friedrich got lit up in this contest, allowing eight runs in his five innings of work (only five were earned). Two errors in the first inning by Rafael Ynoa and Ryan Wheeler resulted in three runs. The second inning was all Friedrich, though, as he loaded the bases in front of uber-prospect George Springer, who promptly unloaded them with a grand slam (Springer makes his Major League debut today).
The Sky Sox made it a contest by scoring eight runs in innings five through seven, but it wasn't enough. Tim Wheeler went three for five with a home run. Kyle Parker launched a big fly as well, his third of the season. First baseman Ben Paulsen had two home runs to his name today as well. Alas, the 16 hit, 9 run assault didn't overcome the shaky pitching.
Wilton Lopez worked 2.1 innings and allowed one run on two hits.
The Drillers shut out San Antonio behind the pitching stylings of Daniel Winkler. Winkler, who is often overshadowed by Jon Gray and Eddie Butler, went 5.2 innings while striking out nine. He allowed only three hits and three walks, and his season ERA declined to 1.06. Winkler's prospect pedigree might not be as shiny as Butler's or Gray's, but his season is very encouraging, and he could become a solid back-of-the-rotation player.
The offense was sparse, with Tulsa only pushing two runs across, but it was enough. Brian Humphries hit a double and a triple and scored a run.
The Drillers' bullpen was lights-out as well, sealing the last 3.2 innings while allowing only a single base runner.
Modesto's disappointing season continues after getting bushwhacked by the Rawhide (get 'em up, move 'em out!). The Nuts are just 2 and 11. Some scrub with obviously no Major League potential, Jhoulys Chacin, got the start, and allowed four runs in 2.2 innings of work. In all seriousness, Chacin's rehab start was all about testing the arm strength, so results are very much of secondary importance. Chacin was cruising until the third, when he allowed three base hits and a walk before hitting his pitch count.
The offense didn't do much. Trevor Story walked, hit a triple, and scored a run (two more strikeouts as well). His OPS is still awesome at 1.028. Will Swanner hit a double; his OPS is a robust .890.
Peter Tago worked one inning and walked three batters :(
Asheville vs. West Virginia was postponed due to inclement weather.