Top prospect Eddie Butler had a strange outing yesterday. He worked seven innings, only giving up two runs, but he walked three while striking out only one. The two runs were both produced by solo home runs, one of them from former Rockie Great Rafael Ortega. Perhaps Butler was deliberately pitching to contact, but typically the flamethrower racks up the punch-outs. Either way, it's probably bad form to complain about a seven inning performance giving up two. His ERA for the year sits at 3.45.
But due to lack of offense, Butler got the loss. The lone Tulsa run came off a Harold Riggins pinch hit single. Kyle Hald of the Cardinals cruised through seven innings, striking out seven Drillers while only walking one. Ryan Casteel and Jared Simon notched doubles at least.
Kyle Parker went yard in this victory for the 14-17 Sky Sox, part of a two hit night. Every Sky Sox starter but Ryan Wheeler notched a hit, including a double from Ben Paulsen. All four runs were plated in the seventh inning.
Yohan Flande cobbled together five innings and only gave up the one run, though he dealt with traffic pretty much constantly. He escaped a bases loaded, nobody out jam in the fourth giving up only one run. The bullpen worked four scoreless, including 2 perfect frames from Rob Scahill.
The Nuts lost a heart breaker in this one, as San Jose scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to snatch the lead away. Ryan Gibbard worked five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Meanwhile the offense put two runs on the board in both the first and second innings, staking the Nuts to an early lead. Those runs were courtesy of Sean Dwyer and Will Swanner RBI singles in the first, and a Derek Jones two run homer in the second. Unfortunately, the Nuts couldn't get anyone else across for the rest of the game.
Bruce Kern allowed all three of the 8th inning runs that spoiled the game. Trevor Story walked and struck out twice in an 0 for 3 game.
Pitching Match ups for Today:
Modesto - Andrew Brown
Asheville - Alex Balog
Colorado Springs - Leuris Gomez