Nolan Arenado has a big game in Sky Sox victory
Take heart; he isn't far off. Nolan Arenado continues to rehab in Colorado Springs with great success, as he went 3 for 5 with a double in yesterday's 9-7 victory. Today should be his last tune up game, leading to his return on Thursday. Nolan won't save this team, not with the slop currently in the starting rotation, but he should help make the games at least watchable again.
Speaking of rotation slop, whatever was dogging Juan Nicasio in the big leagues is still with him in the minors. Juan labored through five innings, only giving up two runs but needing 99 pitches (only 59 of which were strikes). He walked four and struck out four while allowing five hits. You can basically imagine the outing in your head, since we've seen it two dozen times over the last three years.
Regardless, the Sky Sox pulled this one out with a barrage of doubles and relief pitching that sucked, but didn't suck enough to lose the game. Tim Wheeler, Jackson Williams, Ben Paulsen, Evan Frey, and Arenado all connected for two-baggers. Frey (the center fielder, in case you were wondering) drove in three.
Boone Logan faced two batters and got them out. Greg Burke gave up three runs and Chris Martin gave up two, but Brooks Brown saved the game.
Modesto loses yet again
The sun rises in the east, the spring blooms into summer, and the Modesto Nuts lose another baseball game. This time it was a 7-3 clunker as Jayson Aquino and the defense imploded in a four run fifth inning that only featured two hits, both singles. Two walks, a hit by pitch, and a Rosell Herrera throwing error helped San Jose out.
Will Swanner hit a pair of doubles and center fielder Michael Tauchmann his his second homer of the season, a solo shot. Other than that, not much doing for the Nuts.
Asheville moves to 52-30 with 5-2 victory
Ryan McMahon went through a bit of a power outage recently, but he looks to be shaking it off as he homered yesterday, his 12th of the year. Asheville was actually outhit 11 to 5, but they got the same number of hits with RISP (2 for 5) as did Greenville (2 for 14). Asheville scored all their runs in a five minute stretch in the sixth inning as Raimel Tapia cleared the bases on a double, immediately followed by the McMahon home run. Correlle Prime also doubled in the game.
Alex Balog gave up 12 baserunners in 5.1 innings, but somehow wriggled out of most trouble, only giving up two runs. Trent Daniel and Matt Carasiti cleaned up the game with minimal fuss.
Boise demolishes Tri-City 14-3. Marcos Derkes, Francisco Sosa, and Chris Rabago all had two hit games
GJ Rockies lose a tight one to Orem Owlz in the bottom of the ninth. They fought back from a five run deficit, but got walked off on to lose 7-6. Randy Reyes and Dom Nunez both homered for the Rockies.