Colorado Springs 6 @ Tucson 8
Michael Gosling wasn't particularly sharp in his five innings of work, but a
win is a win and Gosling picked up his third of the season, and first in a full
month, Monday night. Gosling gave up four earned runs on five hits and two
walks, and surrendered his sixth home run of the season. After giving up
just one homer in his first five starts (16.2 innings) Gosling has allowed five
homers in his last four starts (19.1). He allowed 16 homers in 128 innings
in Tucson last season.
Shortstop Sergio Santos continued rounding back into form with his second two
hit night in a row. Santos was 2-4 on the evening with a double and his
ninth home run of the year, a solo shot in the second, and drove three in.
Santos is 8-18 during his current five game hitting streak, with a double, two
triples and two home runs.
Center fielder Scott Hairston also has a hitting streak he's been working on,
and Monday he extended it to eight games with a 1-3 night came neatly wrapped
with a run and an RBI. During Hairston's streak he's gone 14-35 with two
doubles, a triple, six home runs and 11 RBI. That's nearly half his season
total in homers, and more than a third of his RBI on the year.
Third baseman Brian Barden had been mired in a 3-30 slump that had seen him
drive in only one run in his last ten games. He turned that around Monday
with two hits, two runs, and two RBI in five trips to the plate.
Phil Stockman, Jason Bulger, and Shane Nance all provided solid work out of
the bullpen. Nance earned his second save of the season, and the lefty has
been fantastic of late, allowing just six hits and one earned run in his last
Tennessee was Rained Out
Lancaster was Off Monday
Cedar Rapids 2 @ South Bend 4
In his second start after being promoted to South Bend Koley Kolberg was
shelled for six runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Monday was Kolberg's fourth
start of the season, and if you remove that disappointing second outing
Kolberg's numbers are amazing. Monday Kolberg had his longest outing of
the season, giving up just one earned run on six hits in six innings, but the
Silverhawks bats didn't get working until late, leaving Kolberg with his first
no decision of the year. Back to those season numbers. Couple
Monday's ND with Kolberg's two wins and he's gone 16 innings, giving up 12 hits
and just one earned run.
The only disappointing aspect of Kolberg's game has been his control.
In 20.1 innings pitched this year Kolberg has walked 10 hitters, but his K/BB
ratio hasn't suffered, he's struck out 26.
It wasn't until the bottom of the eighth that the bats finally got going, as
the Silverhawks plated three in the frame to take the lead. As usual Augie Murillo was at the center of it, starting things off with a one out double, his
second hit of the day. The Kernals issued an intentional walk to right
fielder Carlos Gonzales and chose instead to face Javier Brito. That would
be a mistake. Brito's ground rule double plated Murillo, and after a Cesar Nicolas pop out shortstop Mark Reynolds singled to bring in Gonzales and Brito,
giving the Silverhawks the lead.
First baseman Nicolas was 1-4 with a RBI in his first game back after
spending a month on the DL with a broken hand. He picked up right where he
left off, literally. The run scoring single extended his hitting streak to
nine games and his RBI streak to five games.
Esmerling Vasquez picked up the win, and while three relievers combined to
not allow a hit, they were far from perfect. Vasquez walked two in his two
frames, Mark Rosen faced only two hitters in the ninth and walked them both, and
even closer Matt Elliott issued a free pass before striking out the side and
earning his 13th save of the season.