AAA - Omaha Storm Chasers 16, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9
The Sky Sox and Storm Chasers engaged in a slugfest at Security Service Field last night, and then the ninth inning happened. Jair Jurrjens started for Colorado Springs and gave up five runs in six innings and left the game in a 5-5 tie. Omaha then scored three in the seventh to take an 8-5 lead.
In the ninth, the teams almost managed to equal the 8-5 score in one inning, combining to score a dozen runs. The Storm Chasers scored eight in the top of the inning against Sky Sox relievers R.J. Seidel and Tim Smalling (who is actually an outfielder) to take a 16-5 lead. The Sky Sox then scored four in the bottom of the ninth to close the game to 16-9, but could not get any closer.
AA - Tulsa Drillers 8, Midland RockHounds 5
After not allowing a run in his last four starts, Tulsa lefty Tyler Anderson (No. 11 PuRP) took just two batters to allow a run in Midland, allowing a two-run home run to Conner Cumbliss in the first inning. However, he still pitched well enough to secure his fifth win of the season, allowing three runs on two hits in six innings with three walks and four innings, throwing 96 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Luckily for Anderson, the home run he allowed in the first inning only tied the game as Ryan Casteel (No. 15 PuRP) hit a two-run homer of his own, his 15th of the season, in the top of the first. It was one of three hits for Casteel and 16 for the Drillers on the night as they cruised to an 8-5 win.
High-A - Stockton Ports 6, Modesto Nuts 0
A 6-0 shutout loss in Stockton dropped the Nuts to a staggering 49 games below .500 at 34-83 on the season. Ports first baseman hit his 34th home run of the season, a three-run shot, to get the ball rolling for the Ports, who never looked back. Modesto had just four hits on the night, one of them coming from David Dahl (No. 2 PuRP).
A - Asheville Tourists 5, West Virginia Power 4
First baseman Correlle Prime (No. 23 PuRP) had a pair of doubles and the go-ahead single in the seventh to lead Asheville to a 5-4 win over West Virginia. With the Tourists already up 3-0 thanks in part to Jordan Patterson's (No. 29 PuRP) two-run home run, the Power scored all four of their runs in the fourth against Asheville starter Zach Jemiola. Prime then tied the game with an RBI double in the fifth before giving Asheville the lead for good in the seventh.
Short-Season A - Vancouver Canadians 8, Tri-City Dust Devils 6
Three hits, including a double and triple, from left fielder Drew Weeks were not enough for Tri-City to overcome Vancouver, dropping an 8-6 decision to the Canadians. The Dust Devils jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings, but Vancouver came back with three in the fourth and two in the fifth against Ryan Castellani and Logan Sawyer to take a 5-3 lead they would not relinquish. Tri-City did get the go-ahead run to the plate with two outs in the eighth, but Sam Bumpers struck out to end the threat.
Rookie - Grand Junction Rockies 9, Billings Mustangs 5
Four stolen bases in the first inning, including a steal of home by Forrest Wall (No. 12 PuRP), helped stake the Rockies to a 2-0 lead after an inning, which expanded to 6-0 after three, and lead them to a 9-5 victory over Billings. Sam Howard pitched five shutout innings with six strikeouts to help preserve the lead before the Rockies bullpen let the Mustangs back into the game. Randy Reyes' ninth-inning three-run homer sealed the win for Grand Junction. Also, Michael Cuddyer went 2-for-4 in the second game of his rehab assignment.
DSL - DSL Yankees1 5, DSL Rockies 2
Run-scoring doubles from Jose Gomez and Daniel Suero were not enough to help the Rockies overcome an early deficit in a 5-2 loss to the Yankees in the DSL. All five Yankees runs were scored against Rockies starter Erick Julio, who pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, three earned, while striking out five in the loss.