Sky Sox squeak one out over the New Orleans Zephyrs
Colorado Springs won this one 5-4 over New Orleans, thanks to a double and a triple from Paul Janish and a Jackson Williams home run. Rafael Ynoa had a two hit day and Kyle Parker tossed out a single and a walk as well.
Christian Bergman dealt with traffic throughout by surrendering 10 hits over six innings, but managed to limit the damage. The only runs to cross the plate on him were two solo home runs. It helped that he didn't walk a batter and he struck out five. Wilton Lopez's two innings each featured an earned run, but Chris Martin shut the door in the ninth, preserving the one run victory.
Three home runs lift Tulsa to victory over NW Arkansas
Harold Riggins, Ryan Casteel, and Jason Langfels each blasted homers in this game against the Naturals, but that wasn't the only offense. The Drillers piled up 17 base hits, including a key three-run double off the bat of Christhian Adames in the 8th inning to put Tulsa up by one. Two additional runs in the 9th turned this game into a comfortable 8-5 win, despite trailing for most of it.
Casteel, Brian Humphries, and Dustin Garneau all went 3 for 5 on this offense happy day.
Mike McClendon worked seven innings and allowed five runs (four earned) in the contest. Three Driller errors didn't help his cause, but the offense got him the win. Ken Roberts and Scott Oberg nailed the game shut.
Patrick Valaika continues to rake as the Nuts top the Storm
Pat Valaika's 3 for 4 night, including a double and a triple, led the Nuts to a comfortable 6-1 victory. Valaika isn't missing a beat after his promotion from Asheville, as he's hitting .339 as a Nut, with a .937 OPS. Today he played at second base, as Rosell Herrera returned to action (and singled). Will Swanner tossed out a couple base hits including a double.
Matt Flemer pitched seven innings of one run ball, striking out four. The victory bumped the Nuts up to a still-brutal 20-40 record.
Not much offense to speak of for the Tourists in this one. Jordan Patterson and Emerson Jimenez both doubled and singled. David Dahl and Cesar Galvez accounted for the other two base hits on the day. As such, the Tourists were limited to only two runs.
Konner Wade allowed two runs on four hits, though neither was earned. The four walks helped sink his day. The Sand Gnats actually had one fewer hit than the Tourists, but worked five walks to Asheville's zero. OBP is important I guess.
DSL Rockies allow six runs in the eighth to fall 9-5
The DSL is filled with raw kids just learning to harness their stuff. Alexander Guillen, the guy responsible for a six run eighth inning that turned a Rockies lead into a blow out loss, clearly isn't there yet. For the DSL Rockies, Daniel Suero had three hits and Manuel Melendez tripled.