With this loss, the Sky Sox now find themselves 35 games under .500. Dan Houston allowed four runs in six innings of work which included two home runs, and Josh Roenicke allowed a run in both of the innings he pitched for what was another evening of disappointing pitching for this club. Over the last 13 games, opponents have averaged 7.38 runs a game off this staff. Some of that can be attributed to where they play, but certainly not all of it.
Offensively, Kyle Parker and Ben Paulsen each recorded two hits. Both of Paulsen's hits were doubles and he knocked in the only two runs Colorado Springs plated all night.
After being named the Texas League pitcher of the year on Thursday, Tyler Anderson went out and did what he's done all season: make life miserable for opposing hitters. It took Anderson just 79 pitches to get through his six innings of work. He allowed a run, but even that was unearned as Taylor Featherston's 15th error of the season in the first inning contributed to the only run that crossed the plate while Anderson was on the hill. The 2011 first round selection also struck out six, walked only one, and allowed just a single hit all night. His ERA on the season is now down to 1.98, and it's a phenomenal 1.01 over his last 11 starts.
Offensively, the wealth was spread around. Tyler Massey, Taylor Featherston, and Will Swanner each had a double, while Swanner and Ryan Casteel were each on base twice for the Drillers. Trevor Story did not have a good night at the plate going 0-3 with a pair of strikeouts, but his did make a great defensive play with an over the railing catch in foul territory with the tying run at third base for the final out of the game.
Well, it was a heck of a night for David Bergin, who homered from the DH spot in the second and and later became the only Nuts' pitcher of the night without a run charged to his name in the eighth.
As you can undoubtedly tell from the score, this game was a disaster for the pitching staff. Nobody lasted more than 2.2 innings, they walked nine on the night, and they allowed nine runs in the sixth inning alone. Their only excuse was the four errors made behind them in the field.
On the other side of the ball, Dean Espy joined Bergin in the home run column. It was the ninth home run of the season for both players. Michael Tauchman had the only other extra base hit of the game for the home squad; an RBI triple in the third.
Zach Jemiola allowed five runs in his five innings on eight hits which included a pair of home runs. The long ball has been an issue all season for the 20-year-old, as he's now allowed 18 of them in 142.1 innings of work.
Offensively, the Tourists were held to three runs thanks to just a single extra base hit all night and a 3-16 effort with runners in scoring position. Correlle Prime joined Ryan McMahon in the 100 RBI club with his seventh inning double, while Raimel Tapia, Dillon Thomas, and Emerson Jimenez all had multi hit games.
The Dust Devils nearly dug their way out of the 5-1 hole they found themselves in after Logan Sawyer surrendered five runs in 5.2 innings of work, but the two runs Jerad McCrummen allowed in the ninth proved too much to overcome. Sandwiched in between however were two strong innings from Sam Moll, who struck out two, allowed just one hit, and didn't allow a walk or a run.
The most productive member of the team offensively on this night was Shane Hoelscher, as he was on base four times with two walks, a single, and a double. Marcos Derkes, Sean Dwyer, and Wilson Soriano all also doubled.
Aww, isn't that cute. The baby Rockies bullpen wants to be just like the one in parent club of the organization. After 5.1 strong innings from Sam Howard, who allowed one run while striking out three and not walking anyone, the relief core imploded. Leading 9-1 going into the bottom of the seventh and 9-2 going into the bottom of the eighth, they couldn't hold the advantage as Ogden scored a touchdown in what should have been the second to last frame and then plated the winning run three innings later. The biggest culprits were Cristian Quintin, and Taylor Black.