The Coors Effect

June 4, 2010 4:04 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 3

Colorado Springs 10, Reno 5

The Sky Sox (25-28, 2.5 GB) saw starter Greg Smith leave in the second inning with an injury, after giving up three runs in 1.1 innings.  Fortunately for the Sky Sox, the three runs he gave up were five less than Aces starter Kris Benson (1-2) gave up in the same number of innings.  RF Matt Miller connected for his fifth homer of the season, one of two hits on the day for him, while SS Chris Nelson went 3-for-4, including his second triple of the season, and drove in three runs.  LF Jay Payton and 3B Travis Metcalf also had two hits apiece, and reliever Damian Moss (2-1) had a hit and drove in a run, though he also gave up two runs in 3.1 innings.  The Sky Sox continue the series tonight, with Kurt Birkins taking the mound.

Sky Sox Top Three: Miller, Nelson, Payton

Midland 2, Tulsa 1

The Drillers (21-30, 9 GB) got a solid outing from Keith Weiser (3-4), who went seven innings and gave up two runs on five hits and three walks.  But that wasn't enough as the Drillers' offense was only able to come up with one run.  2B Warren Schaeffer drove in the only run for the Drillers on a fourth-inning double, but that was the only run the Drillers managed to score off Midland starter Ryan Edell (1-0).  C Wilin Rosario had two hits and scored the only run, while SS Eider Torres had a pair of doubles.  Jared Lansford got his fifth save for Midland.  The Drillers play Midland again tonight, with Cory Riordan (1-4, 4.82) getting the start.

Drillers Top Three: Schaeffer, Weiser, Rosario

Lake Elsinore 6, Modesto 3

The game was tied heading into the ninth inning, but Lake Elsinore scored three runs off Rex Brothers (0-2) to get the win.  Reliever Juan Oramas (4-0) took the win after pitching three scoreless innings.  The Nuts (28-24, 4 GB) did get three runs off Lake Elsinore starter Steve Garrison, including one on a solo shot by DH Mike Zuanich (first in the Cal League, second of the season.)  CF Tim Wheeler had an RBI double, and C Jordan Pacheco was 1-for-4 with an RBI.  Nuts starter Dan Houston had a pretty good outing (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K).  Juan Nicasio (3-3, 4.85) takes the mound for the Nuts tonight as they continue the series with Lake Elsinore.

Nuts Top Three: Zuanich, Wheeler, Houston

Savannah 2, Asheville 1 (11 innings)

Tyler Matzek's third professional start was his best yet: he went six innings, gave up just one run on four hits and two walks, and struck out eight.  It wasn't enough for Matzek to get his first win as a pro, though, as the Tourists (23-30, 10 GB) got only one run on a sixth-inning RBI single by 3B Nolan Arenado, who was 2-for-4 on the day.  Chad Rose (3-3) took the loss after giving up a run in the eleventh inning.  Michael Powers (2-3) took the win.  DH Eliezer Mesa went 1-for-4, stole a base and scored a run.  Chris Balcom-Miller (0-1, 2.55) goes for Asheville tonight as they continue the series against Savannah.

Tourists Top Three: Arenado, Matzek, Mesa

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