Tulsa Drillers: The Tulsa Drillers lost a heartbreaker on Saturday, as San Antonio scored the game winning run in the top of the ninth inning, en-route to a 3-2 victory. Ryan Mattheus got the start for the Drillers, and pitched very efficiently, tossing five innings of two-run ball. Mattheus allowed five hits in the game, striking out five batters, while walking only one. He then handed the ball off to Jentry Beckstead, who pitched flawlessly out of the Drillers bullpen. Beckstead pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing no hits in the effort. Matt Daley picked up the loss in the game, though he did not pitch badly. Daley allowed an earned run in two innings of work, though he struck out three without walking a batter.
Centerfielder Christopher Frey had the only multi-hit night for the Drillers, picking up two knocks in the game. Frey also doubled in the contest, and scored once, upping his batting average to .375. Christian Colonel joined Rick Guarno in driving in the only Drillers runs in the game, as Guarno also doubled. Jeffrey Dragicevich scored a run in the ballgame, as only he and Frey had runs in the game.
Modesto Nuts: The Nuts got some good pitching on Saturday, but the bats went cold, and they lost a 3-1 affair to Visalia. Brandon Durden got the start for the Nuts, and he pitched very well, pitching five innings of scoreless ball. He allowed only four hits in the game, though he struggled with his command, walking four. He handed the ball off to Brett Strickland, who picked up his first blown save of the young season. Strickland allowed an earned run on three hits in his only inning of work. Darric Merrell was outstanding in relief for Modesto, as he threw up zeroes for two innings. He struck out one batter along the way, while walking one. David Patton really struggled as he picked up his first loss of the season, as he gave up two earned runs in his only inning of relief. Patton allowed four hits in the frame, while striking out one.
The Bats were silent on Saturday, and it doesn't get any easier for the Nuts, as future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson is slated to start against them on Sunday. The Nuts had only three hits in the game, as Jason Van Kooten had the best night of any Modesto Nut. Van Kooten went 1-3 in the contest, driving in the Nuts only run. Eric Young and Lino Garcia had the only other hit for the Nuts, and they both stole a base. Van Kooten also had a stolen base in the game, which was his third already this season.
Asheville Tourists: The Asheville Tourists jumped on Savannah early and often, building a 7-0 lead en-route to a 9-1 victory. Keith Weiser got the start for the Tourists, and he was magnificent on this night, allowing one unearned run in five innings of work. Weiser had the strikeout pitch working for him, whiffing eight Sand Gnats, while walking only one. Zach Simons was just as dominant in relief, as he pitched two scoreless innings. Simons allowed only one hit in his appearance, while striking out one. Ethan Katz was the final pitcher of the night for the Tourists, and he was untouchable as well. In two innings of relief, Katz did not allow a base hit, and struck out two along the way.
The bats were working on this night for the Tourists, as seven of their starters had base hits. Michael Paulk continues to rip the ball in 2007, as he had two hits in the contest, scoring three times. Paulk also doubled and had two runs batted in on the contest. Logan Wiens joined Paulk in the multi-hit column, as he stroked two hits as well. Wiens scored once, hit his first double of the season, and drove in a team-high four runs. Jay Cox did not have a hit in the game, though he made plenty of noise at the plate. The outfielder walked three times in the contest, stole a base, and scored twice. Hector Gomez also picked up a stolen base in the game, though he had two errors from his shortstop position.