Reno 11, Colorado Springs 10
Well, that was a classic Security Service Field game. Except that it was in Reno, not in Colorado Springs, but whatever. The Sky Sox (10-7) scored five runs in the top of the tenth inning... only to see the Aces (Diamondbacks affiliate) come up with six in the bottom of the tenth. Esmil Rogers was fine in his second start back at AAA, surrendering two runs (one earned) over five innings and striking out three. It might take a while to get Rogers stretched out as he only threw 68 pitches. The more important question is whether the Rockies see Rogers as a reliever or a starter in the future; personally, I think he can still go either way, but the Rockies might consider moving him to the bullpen in Colorado Springs if they think that's where his future is. Cole Garner homered in the sixth and drew two walks; he has an OPS of 1.051 on the season. Juan Rincon (0-1) took the loss.
Sky Sox Top Three: Rogers (5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K), Garner (1-for-3, 2 BB, HR, 2 RBI), Matt Miller (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
Tulsa 4, Springfield 3
Another extra-inning game! The Drillers (6-10) prevailed in 11 innings, after a late comeback (two runs in the eighth, one in the ninth) allowed them to send the game to extras. Ching-lung Lo made his first start of the season, taking the place of top prospect Christian Friedrich (who's on the disabled list) and gave up one run in three innings. Craig Baker (1-1) took the win after striking out the only batter he faced in the 11th inning. The Drillers won it on a bases-loaded single by Kenny Perez in the bottom of the inning.
Drillers Top Three: Perez (2-for-5, R, RBI), Scott Beerer (3-for-5, RBI), Jeff Kindel (3-for-5, R)
Stockton 7, Modesto 3
Fourth-inning triples by Jimmy Cesario and David Christensen, sandwiched around a Scott Robinson RBI single, spotted the Nuts (9-6) a 2-0 lead. Juan Nicasio allowed Stockton to tie the game in the fifth... and then the bullpen (specifically, Chris Malone, Rex Brothers, and Jonnathan Aristil) came apart, allowing five runs over the last four innings. Malone (0-1) took the loss after a rather excellent start by Nicasio, who allowed five hits and no walks and struck out ten batters over five innings. Nicasio's excellent start to the season is worth pointing out here: in 22 innings of work, he has 23 strikeouts and just two walks. We've mentioned Cesario's hot start before, too, but we'll mention again that yesterday's 4-for-4 day has him at .463 for the season.
Nuts Top Three: Nicasio, Cesario (4-for-4, 2B, 3B, R, RBI), Christensen (1-for-3, 3B, RBI)
Augusta 7, Asheville 5 (Game 1)
Game 1 of the doubleheader after a rainout on Saturday went to Augusta, as the Tourists' (6-10) rally in the sixth inning came up short. Joe Sanders had a three-hit day and knocked his third homer of the season, but aside from him the Tourists couldn't get much going offensively; the sixth-inning rally was more a result of some defensive miscues by Augusta. And they couldn't overcome a poor start by Wes Musick, who gave up six runs and ten hits over six innings.
Tourists Top Three: Sanders (3-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 R), Nathan Hines (2-for-3, R, RBI, SB), Orlando Sandoval (1-for-2, R, BB, SB)
Augusta 7, Asheville 5 (Game 2)
Same score, different story. In Game 2, the Tourists (6-11) got a pretty good start from Dan Perkins (5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K), but Charlie Ruiz (0-1) gave up three runs in a third of an inning to take the loss. Ruiz has now given up three runs in each of his last two appearances, after tossing seven scoreless to open 2010. On offense, Eliezer Mesa had a three-hit day, raising his average to .397 on the season. Joe Scott -- a 42nd-round pick in the 2009 draft -- went 1-for-2 in his Asheville debut.
Tourists Top Three: Mesa (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Perkins, Orlando Sandoval (2-for-3, 2B, R)