Colorado Springs Sky Sox 7, Memphis Redbirds 4:
The Sky Sox won behind the strength of the Wheelers, Tim and Ryan, who each hit home runs. Ryan's was a two-run shot, and for good measure he added an RBI double, bringing his RBI total to three on the day. Angelys Nina went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
Christian Bergman pitched just well enough to get the win, posting six innings and giving up seven hits and four earned runs. He had four strikeouts and one walk.
Chad Bettis made a two-inning relief appearance and didn't allow a baserunner while striking out two. Nick Masset, perhaps an underrated candidate for relief help for the big league club this season, stayed perfect in the ERA department by tossing a perfect ninth, which included a strikeout, to earn the save.
The vast majority of damage against Bergman came from Oscar Tavares (2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI) and Kolten Wong (1-for-4, R, RBI), two highly touted prospects in the Cardinals system.
Tulsa Drillers 4, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 1:
A rough outing in his second start of the season shocked many, but the Gray Wolf has recovered to put together a nice stretch. After flirting with perfection in his last outing, Jon Gray pitched a solid 5⅓ innings, striking out six and walking only one.
Since his start on April 11th in which he failed to get out of the first inning, Gray has given up one run in 17 innings and struck out 19 batters, walking only three. Even including the bad game, his ERA sits at 3.80 on the season and his FIP is only 2.53, suggesting his ERA should get better.
Such improvement would be par for the course with Gray; his first few starts in Grand Junction were not especially dominant but because he is such a thinker and hard worker, he tends to fix his issues quickly. After some rough starts in GJ last year he went on to torch Modesto. Because of that, it will definitely be interesting to see where he goes from here.
Tulsa's offense continues to be pretty abysmal apart from the play of Taylor Featherston who went 3-for-4 with a home run and was the only Driller in the lineup on Monday who has a batting average north of .300. He's batting .326.
Ryan Casteel drove in his eighth run of the season but is batting a paltry .222.
Scott Oberg picked up his fifth save of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.61.
Modesto Nuts 11, San Jose Giants 3:
It appears the Nuts have had enough of losing! Fourteen hits, 11 runs, a grand slam from Derek Jones and a 4-for-5 performance from Trevor Story, who is absolutely on fire, led Modesto to a win over the San Jose Giants.
The rare offensive explosion for Modesto was a welcome sight for a struggling team. Trevor Story is doing his best to prove that he is who we thought he was, smacking a double and a triple to bring his season slash line to .341/.434/.560.
His one out was, of course, a strikeout and his BABIP sits at a whopping .509, so he may be in for some regression soon. Still nice to see a guy with this much potential performing this well after a nightmarish 2013 season.
On the hill, Matt Flemer went seven solid innings giving up only three runs and striking out five.