Colorado Springs 5, Tacoma 4 (6 innings)
In a game shortened by the weather, the Sky Sox (9-6) prevailed behind Chaz Roe (1-2), who technically had a complete game as he went six innings. Roe wasn't all that sharp, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks (and only striking out one), but the Sky Sox offense came up with 11 hits. Cole Garner (2-for-4, triple, RBI) and Jay Payton (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) were the offensive heroes for the Sky Sox. Garner, who's now hitting .280/.379/.640 in 25 at bats this season, could be the first option for a callup if an outfielder goes down.
Sky Sox Top Three: Garner, Payton, Michael McKenry (2-for-2, double, walk)
Springfield 5, Tulsa 4
The Drillers (5-8), on the other hand, didn't have a great offensive game, which is kind of typical for them. Of course, Brandon Durden (0-2) did have his first bad outing of the year, giving up five runs over six innings. The Drillers very nearly rallied in the bottom of the eighth, but a GIDP by shortstop Radames Nazario killed it. Jason Van Kooten hit his first homer of the year, a solo shot in the third inning.
Drillers Top Three: Wilin Rosario (2-for-4, 2 runs), Van Kooten (1-for-4, HR), Kenny Perez (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
Modesto 7, Stockton 0
After two straight rainouts, the Nuts (8-4) came back to the field and shut down Stockton, behind the pitching of Rob Scahill (1-1), who pitched six scoreless. An RBI triple by Thomas Field (2-for-4) in the third got the scoring started, and Brian Rike added his third homer of the season in the fourth. That was more than enough with Scahill pitching well.
Nuts Top Three: Scahill (6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 4 K, 2 BB), Field, Rike (2-for-3, walk)
Lexington 8, Asheville 7 (15 innings)
The Tourists (6-8) wasted a strong outing by Juan Gonzalez (no, not that one), who departed after five innings with a 4-1 lead that the bullpen couldn't hold. Back-to-back homers by Joe Sanders (2nd) and Tyler Massey (2nd) in the 11th inning looked like they would seal it for the Tourists, but normally lights-out Charlie Ruiz gave up his first run of the young season (and second, and third) to let Lexington back in it. Paul Bargas (0-1) wound up losing in the 15th after giving up a single and then an error by Eliezer Mesa on the next play.
I should say a few more words about Gonzalez, who struggled in Casper last season and struggled in his first two starts at Asheville, but is posting strong peripherals (16 K, 4 BB in 14 IP) this year. He's only 20, so the Rockies could have another decent pitching prospect on their hands if he keeps it up.
Tourists Top Three: Gonzalez (5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K), Massey (3-for-7, double, HR, 3 RBI), Sanders (2-for-7, HR, 2 RBI)