Colorado Springs 16, Tacoma (AAA) 9
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nick Noonan drove in four runs, while Nate Orf and Andrew Susac drove in three apiece as the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-39) beat the Tacoma Rainiers (52-53) 16-9 on Thursday.
Tacoma tied the game 4-4 in the fourth after D.J. Peterson scored on an error.
Following the big inning, the Sky Sox grabbed the lead with seven runs in the bottom of the inning, including a single by Susac that scored Noonan and Chris Colabello.
The Sky Sox later added four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to punctuate the blowout.
Andrew Barbosa (6-1) got the win in relief while Tacoma starter Christian Bergman (8-2) took the loss in the Pacific Coast League game.
Several Rainiers chipped in at the plate, as five players had at least a pair of hits. Peterson singled three times, scoring two runs.
Tulsa 12, Arkansas (AA) 2
TULSA, Okla. – Erick Mejia hit a pair of homers, leading the Tulsa Drillers (53-51) to a 12-2 win over the Arkansas Travelers (48-56) on Thursday.
Tim Locastro and Jose Miguel Fernandez also homered for the Drillers.
Mejia hit a three-run shot in the third inning off Nick Neidert and then hit a solo homer in the seventh off Kyle Hunter.
Eddie Gamboa (2-1) got the win with five innings of scoreless, two-hit relief while Arkansas starter Neidert (0-2) took the loss in the Texas League game.
The 10 extra-base hits for Tulsa included a season-high six doubles.
Modesto (High-A) 6, Stockton 4
MODESTO, Calif. – Willie Argo drove in Kyle Lewis and Luis Liberato with a sacrifice fly in the third inning, leading the Modesto Nuts (58-46) to a 6-4 win over the Stockton Ports (49-55) on Thursday.
The sacrifice fly gave the Nuts a 5-3 lead.
The Nuts tacked on another run in the fourth when Jordan Cowan scored on an error.
Stockton saw its comeback attempt come up short after Sandber Pimentel hit an RBI single, bringing home Skye Bolt in the fifth inning to cut the Modesto lead to 6-4.
Modesto right-hander Robert Dugger (1-0) picked up a quality start and the win after allowing four runs on five hits over six innings. Opposing starter Logan Shore (1-5) took the loss in the California League game after a rough outing in which he allowed five runs and four hits over three innings. Marvin Gorgas pitched two scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.
Brett Siddall doubled and singled for the Ports.
Quad Cities 6, Clinton (Low-A) 1
CLINTON, Iowa – Ronnie Dawson hit a two-run single in the seventh inning, leading the Quad Cities River Bandits (58-43) to a 6-1 win over the Clinton LumberKings (44-56) in the second game of a doubleheader on Thursday.
The single by Dawson started the scoring in a five-run inning and gave the River Bandits a 3-1 lead. Later in the inning, Daz Cameron scored on a wild pitch and Dawson scored on a sacrifice fly and Raymond Henderson hit an RBI single.
Salvador Montano (3-2) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while Michael Koval (2-6) took the loss in the Midwest League game.
The teams split the doubleheader after Clinton won the first game 4-3.
Spokane 6, Everett (Short-A) 4
SPOKANE, Wash. – Tyler Ratliff hit a three-run home run in the fourth inning, leading the Spokane Indians (19-23) to a 6-4 win over the Everett AquaSox (19-23) on Thursday.
The home run by Ratliff scored Kole Enright and Matt Whatley to give the Indians a 4-1 lead.
Everett answered in the top of the next frame when Joe Venturino hit a two-run single to get within one.
The Indians later tacked on two runs in the sixth when Ratliff and Melvin Novoa hit RBI singles to secure the victory.
Everett saw its comeback attempt come up short after Eugene Helder hit an RBI single, bringing home Joseph Rosa in the eighth inning to cut the Spokane lead to 6-4.
Luis Lopez (1-3) got the win in relief while Michael Suarez (4-2) took the loss in the Northwest League game. Josh Advocate retired the side in order for his third save of the season.
Stranding 12 men on base, the AquaSox did not take advantage of some good scoring chances in the loss. For the AquaSox, Helder singled three times, driving in a run and also scoring one.
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