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June 5, 2010 4:21 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 4

Reno 8, Colorado Springs 6 (10 innings)

It was the usual Colorado Springs slugfest, but the Sky Sox (25-29, 3.5 GB) lost it in extra innings.  Edgmer Escalona (1-1) took the loss after giving up two runs in the tenth.  Huston Street pitched a perfect first inning, striking out one, while Esmil Rogers went the next four and struck out six -- but he also walked three and gave up five runs.  SS Chris Nelson had four hits, raising his average to .305, and one of those was a solo homer, his third of the season.  RF Matt Miller and 1B Brad Eldred had three hits apiece; CF Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 and is hitting .400 since being demoted to Colorado Springs.  All in all the Sky Sox had 15 hits but stranded a lot of runners.  The Sky Sox open a four-game series at division leader Salt Lake (Angels affiliate) tonight; technically the Sky Sox starter is "TBD," but it's Chaz Roe's (2-7, 7.32) turn in the rotation.

Sky Sox Top Three: Nelson, Miller, Eldred

Tulsa 2, Midland 1

The Drillers (22-30, 8 GB) got a strong outing from Cory Riordan (2-4), who went 7.1 innings, struck out 8 and gave up five hits and one walk.  Quietly, Riordan has turned in four good starts in a row; although he's just 1-1 in those starts, he has a 1.85 ERA in that stretch.  Tulsa got all eight of their hits off Midland starter Pedro Figueroa.  Three of them came off the bat of 3B Daniel Mayora, who had a double and drove in a run.  DH Ryan Harvey hit a solo homer, his eighth of the season, and Stuart Pomeranz retired the final two batters to earn his third save of the season.  The Drillers open a three-game series against Frisco (Rangers affiliate) tonight; top prospect Christian Friedrich (0-3, 4.76) takes the mound for Tulsa.

Drillers Top Three: Riordan, Mayora, Harvey

Modesto 4, Lake Elsinore 1

It was another good pitching performance for a Rockies prospect last night, as Juan Nicasio (4-3) struck out seven in 6.2 innings, walked two, and gave up one run on six hits.  Nicasio has been up-and-down this season, but he's generally shown good command as he's issued only nine free passes all season.  The Nuts (29-24, 4 GB) pounded out nine hits; 1B Ben Paulsen went 2-for-4 with a triple, raising his average to .317.  3B Maikol Gonzalez had two hits, one of them a double, and stole his eighth base of the year.  Adam Jorgenson worked the ninth for his 16th save.  Ethan Hollingsworth (5-3, 2.57) takes the mound tonight in the third of a four-game series against Lake Elsinore.

Nuts Top Three: Nicasio, Paulsen, Gonzalez

Savannah 6, Asheville 0

The good: SS Joey Wong, batting in the ninth spot in the order, went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles.  The bad?  The rest of the Tourists (23-31, 10 GB) went a whopping 0-for-26 against Savannah starter Mark Cohoon, who struck out ten.  The really bad?  Tourists starter Chris Balcom-Miller (0-2) wasn't dueling at all with Cohoon.  He gave up five runs on four hits and three walks in six innings, though he did strike out eight.  Sheng-An Kuo pitched a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.  Now, Balcom-Miller's start wasn't good, but there were eight strikeouts, and seven of the eight ball-in-play outs he recorded were via grounder.  Juan Gonzalez (2-1, 3.14) takes the mound tonight as the Tourists open a five-game series against West Virginia (Pirates affiliate.)

Tourists Top Three: Wong, Kuo, Balcom-Miller (yeah, sad...)

DSL Diamondbacks 5, DSL Rockies 4

The Dominican Rockies (2-2, 2 GB) got seven hits, drew three walks, and stole five bases.  Vianney Mayo (0-1) took the loss despite not giving up a hit or a walk, or hitting a batter, in 3.2 innings, though he did throw two wild pitches; starter Gustavo Brazoban gave up three earned runs in 5.1 innings.  LF Juan Morales went 2-for-4 with a double; SS Juan Ciriaco went 1-for-5 and stole two bases, but he also committed three errors.  3B Cesar Galvez went 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

Rockies Top Three: Morales, Mayo, Ciriaco

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