Welcome to another installment of Minor League Monday for the week of May 30! Apologies for this being a day late, but the RoxPile writers to spend a day with family yesterday in celebration of Memorial Day and post all of our regular Monday articles today. With that, let’s go.
DSL Rockies (2-0, Dominican Summer League)
The Rockies’ DSL team is enjoying a nice open to their 2011 season. Starting pitcher Johendi Jiminian gave up two back-to-back home runs, and was lifted after just two and one-thirds innings. They scored seven runs in the eighth inning, though only center fielder Raimel Tapia hit the only extra-base hit of the game, a double.
Casper Ghosts (0-0, Pioneer League South Division)
The Tri-City Dust Devils, the short-season Class-A affiliate, open their 2011 campaign with a five-game series against the defending Northwest League champions Everett AquaSox on June 17th.
Asheville Tourists (24-28, 4.5 GB – South Atlantic League Southern Division)
The Asheville Tourists (Low Single-A) went through a middle-of-the-road 4-3 week since our last report. Outfielder Corey Dickerson continued to stay hot, going 3-for-4 with a double in the Tourists’ last game, a 9-7 win over the Greenville Drive. The Tourists stand 4.5 back of the Savannah Sand Gnats, and are 15 games from elimination in the first half of the season.
Modesto Nuts (24-27, 12 GB in the California League North Division)
The Advanced Single-A Modesto Nuts dropped an 11-7 contest to the Inland Empire 66ers Monday night. Outfielder Kent Matthes had a double, the only extra base hit of the night for the Nuts. Though the Nuts and the 66ers both had a five-run inning, the Nuts strikeouts plagued them all night. Modesto stands 12 games back of the San Jose Giants, and are eight games from elimination in the first half of the season.
The Drillers kept pace in the Texas League North by going 3-3, and stayed tied for first with Northwest Arkansas. The headliner coming out of Tulsa was Christian Friedrich. Against the RoughRiders, he struck out five, walked one, allowed just two hits, and gave up one run for his fourth win on the year. First baseman Ben Paulsen had two hits and two RBIs to lead the Drillers to a 7-2 win.
First it was Matt Macri, then it was Mike Paulk. They both hit grand slams this weekend – Macri’s on Sunday, Paulk’s last night. That grand slam led the Sky Sox to an 8-6 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies last night, and pulled them to within seven games in the PCL Pacific North. Rex Brothers and Edgmer Escalona pitched three innings, and gave up three runs to make the game competitive, but it wasn’t enough. Eric Stults picked up his second win on the year.