Offensively, the Sky Sox did not do much all game long, until the plated four runs in the top of the ninth. Slugging first baseman Joe Koshansky drove in two runs in the game, going 1-4, and Sean Barker drove in the only other earned run of the night. Barker has played well in limited duty this season, batting .409 in six games. He has also hit four doubles, has homered, and he has three runs batted in. Jayson Nix, mired in a season-long slump, stole his second base of the year on Thursday, and scored for the sixth time. Seth Smith, Ian Stewart, Ryan Spilborghs, and Barker all scored in the game.
Tulsa Drillers: The Drillers got drilled on Thursday, as Springfield won a laugher 13-1. The only good pitching performance from a Tulsa pitcher was from Matt Daley, who pitched 2.2 innings of scoreless ball, striking out two. Starter Ryan Mattheus was ripped to the tune of six earned runs in 4.0 innings of work, as he earned his first loss of the season. Zack Parker got the worst of it, as he only lasted 0.1 innings. In that span, Parker allowed four runs (three earned), walked four, and struck out one. Jentry Beckstead allowed three runs (two earned) in his two innings of relief, striking out one, while allowing two hits.
Though they scored only one run, the Drillers did have some players who put together solid nights at the plate. Tulsa had three guys go for multi-hit games, and wrapped nine hits overall. Duke Sardinha led the way with two hits in his three at-bats, driving in a run, while raising his batting average to .286. Sardinha also doubled in the game. Joe Gaetti also had two hits, driving in a run, which was his seventh ribbie of the young season. Tim Olson, who has been solid all year for Tulsa, was the third prospect with a multi-hit night, as the young second baseman had two hits in four chances. Chris Frey scored a run in the game, and Matthew Miller drew two walks.
Modesto Nuts: The Nuts dropped another game on Thursday, losing to the San Jose Giants 9-7. Brandon Durden got the start for Modesto, his third of the season, and he was victim of some shoddy defense. He allowed nine runs in the game, though only four were earned, as he and the rest of the Nuts combined for four errors. Durden struck out four in the game, walked two, and allowed nine hits. Darric Merrell pitched excellent in relief, as he held the Giants to only one hit through 3.0 innings of work. It was by far the best relief appearance of the season for Merrell, who has really labored through the first couple of weeks of the season. In his previous eight innings of work, Merrell had allowed ten earned runs.
Jeff Kindel had a big night for the Nuts, smacking his first triple of the year, while picking up a multi-hit game. Kindel went 2-4, driving in three runs, and scored once himself. Shortstop Chris Nelson also had a big day at the plate, smacking two hits in three chances, while driving in two. Nelson also scored once and had his second stolen base of the season. Cole Garner and Neil Wilson also drove in a run for Modesto, while Lino Garcia scored twice in the game. Dexter Fowler, who has been struggling from the leadoff spot, walked twice, and scored once. Jason Van Kooten had a rough day at the dish, going 0-5, while striking out three times.
Asheville Tourists: The Tourists lost to the Rome Braves on Thursday, as Rome rallied late in the game to pull out a 7-5 victory. Aneury Rodriguez, making his third start of the year, was victimized by some bad defense, as only one of his four runs allowed were earned. Rodriguez, who's ERA currently sits at 8.53, struck out seven batters in only three innings of work. Ethan Katz continues to mow down hitters, as he ran his scoreless innings streak to 12.2 to open the season. Katz pitched three innings, allowing no hits, while striking out one. Sean Jarrett picked up his first loss of the season, but he has been very solid for the Tourists this season. Jarrett currently has a 1.04 ERA in his six appearances this season, with Thursday being the only time he has allowed a run. Thomas Baumgardner was the last pitcher of the evening for the Tourists, and he allowed one earned run through 1.1 innings. Baumgardner has struggled this season, as he currently has an ERA over 6.00.
Asheville actually outhit the Braves on Thursday 10-8, with Jay Cox and Anthony Jackson registering multi-hit games. Cox drove in a run, scored once, and raised his batting average to .236. Jackson, batting leadoff, had two hits in five at-bats, and also drove in a run. Michael Paulk went 1-3 in the contest, and his .370 batting average is currently the best in the organization. Jhaysson Agustin, batting only .136, also drove in a run in the game, though his two errors proved costly.