The affiliates went 2-2 on the day, with the upper two levels getting the wins and the lower two taking the losses.
Pedro Hernandez had a strong start in this one, throwing eight innings of eight hit, two run ball. The 25 year-old Hernandez, who pitched for the Twins last year, struck out four and walked one. Meanwhile, the Sky Sox offense was spraying hits left and right - 17 in all, 12 singles and five doubles. Ryan Wheeler and Evan Frey had three hits each for Colorado Springs, while Tim Wheeler (PuRP 26), Jason Pridie, Angelys Nina, and Paul Janish each had two hits apiece. The win moves the Sky Sox to 17-18 on the year, two games out of first place in the division.
Jon Gray (PuRP 1), doubtless inspired by the performance of Daniel Winkler the day before, took the mound and once again turned in a great performance. Gray went 6 2/3 innings in this one on 78 pitches (57 for strikes), allowing four hits and a run with two strikeouts and a walk. In his past five starts, Gray has allowed just four earned runs in 29 2/3 innings while striking out 28.
Ken Roberts came on and provided 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three, and Scott Oberg pitched a clean 9th. On offense, Ryan Casteel (PuRP 11) and Delta Cleary each had two hits while Cristhian Adames (PuRP 13) had a hit and three RBI. The win moves Tulsa to 17-18 and a three way tie for first place in a mediocre division.
The Nuts actually out-hit their opponent 7-4 in this one, with catcher Chris O'Dowd (son of Dan) providing three of them, but they couldn't muster any runs. They had a chance late, loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Trevor Story and Jordan Ribera both struck out to end the game.
Devin Burke pitched five scoreless innings for Modesto, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out four. Peter Tago did not have his finest outing, walking five in 1 1/3 innings. In fact, Tago walked in both runs to take the loss. The loss moves Modesto to 10-27 on the year, 16 games out of first.
The Tourists had 10 hits in this game, but their opponents had 16 hits. Zach Jemiola had an outing to forget, lasting just three innings and allowing eight runs (four earned) on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout. Asheville committed four errors on the night, including three by PuRP 7 Ryan McMahon (bringing his total to 12 on the year). McMahon was also 0-5 at the plate.
Wilfredo Rodriguez (PuRP 18) went 4-4 to continue his hot start to 2014. The 20 year-old catcher is hitting .391/.466/.516 in 73 plate appearances to start the year. Speaking of hot starts, Pat Valaika (PuRP 21) kept his strong start going with another multi-hit game, while Raimel Tapia (PuRP 16) added two hits to bring his last 10 game slash line to .333/.395/.564. Corelle Prime added a solo shot (6) for the Tourists, who dropped to 18-16 on the season, 6.5 games out of first.
AA: Tyler Anderson
High A: Ryan Gibbard
Low A: Antonio Senzatela