Las Vegas 3, Colorado Springs 1
A hit by pitch, a wild pitch, and a single in the first inning produced the only run of the game for the Sky Sox (11-9, 0 GB), who were then shut down by Las Vegas starter Robert Ray. Mike Paulk had a three-hit night, but unfortunately, the rest of the offense didn't do much, and while Chaz Roe (1-3) pitched fairly well, he did give up three runs and took the loss on a night when he got almost no support from the offense.
Sky Sox Top Three: Paulk (3-for-4), Matt Miller (1-for-4, RBI), Roe (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
Arkansas 4, Tulsa 0
While Chaz Roe got almost no support from the Sky Sox offense, Keith Weiser (1-2) literally got no support from the Tulsa offense. The Drillers (6-14, 6 GB) were on the wrong end of a no-hitter by Arkansas pitcher Ryan Brasier last night. Daniel Mayora and Jeff Kindel drew back-to-back walks in the fourth inning, but Mayora got caught stealing, so Brasier faced just one batter over the minimum. Tulsa's offense is clearly struggling.
Drillers Top Three: You know... I'm not even going to bother.
San Jose 5, Modesto 1
The Nuts (12-7, 0.5 GB) couldn't get much offense going, either. What's with all our affiliates putting up virtually no offense last night? Thomas Field drove in the only run on a squeeze play in the fifth inning, and unlike Colorado Springs and Tulsa, you can't really say the starting pitcher, Dan Houston (2-1), had a good game. Houston gave up eight hits in 4.1 innings, though he was victimized a bit by errors.
Nuts Top Three: Field (1-for-3, 2B, RBI, SB), Maikol Gonzalez (1-for-3, R, SB), Jordan Pacheco (1-for-2, 2 BB)
Asheville 2, Delmarva 1
Like the rest of our affiliates, the Tourists (9-12, 4.5 GB) didn't have a good offensive night, but in their case, it was enough to win. Usual reliever Alan Deratt started and went just 3.1 innings, striking out five and giving up one hit; Sheng-An Kuo (2-0) picked up the win after pitching 4.2 innings of relief before handing it off to Charlie Ruiz, who got his fifth save of the year. Amazingly, both Tourists runs scored without a hit: in the fourth inning, Joe Sanders walked, stole second, moved up to third on an error, and scored on a double play. In the eighth, Avery Barnes was hit by a pitch, moved up to second on a groundout, stole third, and scored on an error. The Tourists only managed five hits on the night.
Tourists Top Three: Deratt (3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K), Kuo (4.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), Barnes (1-for-2, R, SB)