After failing to score many runs in general, including getting shut out in every single game on Wednesday, the Rockies' farm continued to see their offense sputter on Friday. However, that doesn't mean there weren't solid individual performances.
The two most notable members of the Sky Sox offense each reached base twice as Kyle Parker (.893 OPS on the season) had a fourth inning walk and a sixth inning single and Tim Wheeler (.891 OPS on the season) had singles in both the second and sixth innings. The only other member of the Sky Sox to reach base more than once was also the only member of the team to have an extra base hit as he went 2-4 with a double.
On the mound, Yohan Flande Flande held the Cubs to just two runs earned runs in six innings, but poor defense behind him (including Paul Janish's fifth error of the season) allowed two more runs to score and helped tag Flande with his fourth loss of the season. Dan Houston pitched the seventh and Brooks Brown tossed the eighth and both both gave up multiple runs to balloon their ERA's to 6.00 and 7.00 respectively. However, Nick Masset worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to keep his ERA at 0.00 for the season.
Not a single member of the Drillers recorded a multi hit game or an extra base hit in this one. However, the did draw five walks which allowed Tom Murphy, Harold Riggins, and Jayson Langfels all to reach base twice.
Unfortunately, the one run they scored was not enough. Richard Castillo didn't give up an earned run in six innings, but like Flande, the defense failed behind and gave made three errors as he was tagged with the loss.
The only positive things that happened for Modesto in the first four innings of this game before the rains came and halted it were doubles from David Kandilas and Derek Jones and a third inning RBI from Chris O'Dowd.
One the other side of the ball, starter Devin Burke was lit up in 3.1 innings of work giving up six runs, five earned, with three strike outs and a pair of walks. It was Burke's first start ever in Modesto as he started the year in Asheville and earned a quick call up to High-A.
This was the best played game of the night. Alex Balog was excellent throwing seven innings only giving up one run on his way to a win. What's particularly important to note about Balog is how he put this outing together. He only struck out one and walked two, but he seems to already be a student of the Rockies' school of ground balls as he recorded a 10-1 ground ball to fly ball ratio. With the effort, he lowered his ERA to 3.38.
Offensively, something very rare happened. David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, and Ryan McMahon all failed to reach base, but Patrick Valaika went 2-4 with an RBI and catcher Ashley Graeter drove in the other run to help secure a tight win for the Tourists.
One the mound tonight:
Colorado Springs: Christian Friedrich
Tulsa: Eddie Butler
Modesto: Ryan Gibbard
Asheville: Konner Wade