Christian Friedrich allowed 2 hits over 7 1/3 innings against ina 2-0 win at Reno on Tuesday night. He also stuck out 4 batters while only walking 1. After two head scatching seasons, it seems the former #1 draft pick might just be figuring things out. Edmer Escalona got his second save of the season, and should be the logical backup to Rafael Betancourt at Coors Field. The Sky Sox offense was limited to two home runs by Chad Tracy and Wil Nieves (however both these guys are still well below the Mendoza line).
Most Rockies fans however had their eyes on the AA Tulsa game where the Drillers beat Corpus Cristi 6-3. Here Drew Pomeranz was making his final tuneup for his next expected start with the Rockies, and he did not disppoint with 4 scoreless innings, 4 hits, no runs, 4 strikeouts, and just 1 walk. Joey Williamson however got the win to improve his record on the season to 2-0.
And for the third lefty starter of the evening, Tyler Matzek continues to impress dispite his record falling to just 0-2, as the Modesto Nuts lost to Visalia in a low scoring contest 1-3. Matzek’s line for the evening was 5 innings and 4 hits with 2 earned runs, but get this he also had 8 strike outs allowing only (for him anyway) 3 walks. Although there was little offense, Chris Dickerson hit for a 1/2 cycle with both a double and a triple. Even with the poor record Matzek’s ERA now stands at 1.86 for the season, and a huge improvement over where he was at this point in Modesto last season.