Kolberg Great; Nicolas Returns; Hairston on Fire

Kolberg Great; Nicolas Returns; Hairston on Fire

Scott Hairston is learning in center, but opposing pitchers are learning he's already figured it out at the plate; Koley Kolberg is proving he does belong on a staff with A.J. Shappi and Ross Ohlendorf.

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 nine appearances.

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.

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