The Sky Sox beat Oklahoma City on Friday, as the team got a big start from Kurt Birkins. The right-hander tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits, while walking none. He picked up his third win of the season, struck out three, and his only blemish was a solo home run. Damian Moss, Juan Rincon, and Randy Flores all picked up holds in the game, and Matt Belisle notched his fifth save of the season. The five pitchers used in the game combined to strike out nine.
Mike McCoy picked up his 37th stolen base of the season, going 2-3 in the game, as the shortstop moved his batting average to .317. Kenny Perez also had two hits in the game, driving in two, and Matt Murton hit his 24th double of the season. Matt Miller also had two runs batted in, driving his season total to an organizational best 89.
Four Drillers' hurlers combined to shut out Frisco on Friday, as the team scored three in the top of the ninth for a 3-0 victory. Ching Lo, Tommy Baumgardner, Andy Graham, and Andrew Johnston combined on a five-hitter, with Graham picking up his third win in relief. Johnston picked up his 31 save of the season, and now sits one behind Craig Baker for the organization lead. Tulsa has pitched well all season long, as the team sports a 3.76 earned run average.
Rex Rundgren and Mike Paulk were the only Drillers batters to put up multi-hit games on Friday, as they both had two hits in the contest. With his two hits, Rundgren moved his hit streak to three games, and is batting .351 over his last ten games. Paulk, who always hits, snapped a three-game hitless streak. Daniel Carte hit his eighth double of the season, and Jeff Kindel stole his seventh base.
The Nuts beat Bakersfield on Friday, as they got a big game from Matt Repec. The first baseman went 3-5, smacking his ninth home run of the season, and scored twice. He also drove in three runs, and is now hovering near the .300 mark. Warren Schaeffer also had three hits in the contest, scored once, and drove in a run. Lars Davis and Maikol Gonzalez also had runs batted in for the Nuts.
Craig Baker picked up his organizational-best 32nd save on Friday, as he closed out a great effort by Cory Riordan. Riordan went eight innings, allowing one earned run, while striking out nine. With his 11th win, Riordan is now one shy of the organizational lead, and his nine strikeouts moved him past Ethan Hollingsworth for second place in the system with 124. There is a reason why we ranked him as our 20th best prospect heading into the 2009 season.
Thanks to a seven-run fifth inning, the Tourists thrashed Hickory on Friday, 12-5. Mike Zuanich was a monster at the plate, smacking two home runs, while driving in three. Kiel Roling led the way with three hits, driving in four runs, and he scored three times. James Cesario had two hits for the second time in as many games, adding his seventh home run, and Delta Cleary also had his seventh dinger of the season. As a team, the Tourists smacked 13 hits.
Alan Deratt pitched five impressive innings, earning his second win of the season, as he struck out eight in only five innings of work. In total, Deratt allowed one earned run, walked none, and gave up only five hits. He has been much better in the starter's role in 2009, as he has a 3.10 earned run average in five starts. In 28 appearances from the bullpen, Deratt has a bloated 6.15 ERA, and just seems to pitch better when he starts.
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