Reno 10, Colorado Springs 3
The Sky Sox (11-8) bats were mostly silent last night, and that wasn't nearly enough to overcome a poor start by Tim Redding (0-1). Redding didn't make it out of the fifth inning and gave up six runs, all earned. On the offensive side, first baseman Mike Paulk went 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and two walks, but three Sky Sox starters were hitless.
Sky Sox Top Three: Paulk, Jonathan Herrera (1-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Shane Lindsay (1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K)
Arkansas 8, Tulsa 7
The Drillers (6-12) scored runs, but saw a 7-3 lead evaporate after the eighth inning. Starter Brandon Durden was quite hittable (5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K) but was able to keep runs off the board and keep the team in the game. Nick Bierbrodt (0-1) allowed the winning run to score, after Andy Graham blew his first save of the season. On offense, Scott Beerer led the way with two hits and two RBI, while Wilin Rosario drew walks -- progress with his plate discipline -- but also committed an error and allowed a passed ball. In all, the Drillers defense committed four errors on the night.
Drillers Top Three: Beerer (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI), Rosario (1-for-3, RBI, 2 BB), Radames Nazario (1-for-4, 2B, R)
Modesto 4, Bakersfield 2
The Nuts (11-6) won in large part because of a strong outing by Rob Scahill (2-1), who gave up one run on four hits over seven innings and struck out four. Jordan Pacheco had a three-hit night, one of them a double, and drove in a run, while shortstop Thomas Field had two hits and scored twice. Pacheco is now hitting .365 on the season and proving that his strong 2009 campaign in Asheville wasn't a fluke.
Nuts Top Three: Scahill, Pacheco, Field
Asheville 6, Augusta 0
Speaking of strong pitching efforts, the Tourists (8-11) got one last night from Juan Gonzalez (1-0), who pitched five innings of one-hit shutout ball, though he did walk four batters. Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela who just turned 20 this month, has struck out exactly a batter an inning this season after struggling for Casper last year. Gonzalez's effort was backed up by homers by first baseman Jared Clark (his seventh of the year) and right fielder Nathan Hines (his first), and two-hit nights by Avery Barnes, Angelys Nina, and Tyler Massey.
Tourists Top Three: Gonzalez, Hines (1-for-3, R, HR, 3 RBI, SF), Massey (2-for-3, 2B, R, BB)