Monday Pebble Report:

Colorado Springs: Mike Esposito and three other relievers picked up for starter Marc Kaiser and shut down Portland, allowing the Sky Sox to come from behind for a six to five victory. Joe Koshansky had two hits, including his eighth homerun of the season, a three run two out blast in the first inning. Koshansky and Omar Quintanilla each scored twice, and all nine of the Sky Sox starters got at least one hit, including Kaiser.

Tulsa: Seriously bad news in the form of more shoulder discomfort for Greg Reynolds clouded the six to two loss to Springfield. According to the report, Greg is headed back to Denver to be evaluated after being scratched from yesterday's start. Christian Colonel was the only Driller to have more than one hit.

Modesto: Brandon Durden took the loss to Rancho Cucamonga, allowing four runs and eight hits in seven innings. Neil Wilson homered for the Nuts in the six to three loss, and Andrew Johnston allowed a two run homerun in the ninth of this disappointing contest.

Asheville: Aneury Rodriguez was pulled after just two innings in this contest, and so far I can't find a report on why that was, but the Tourists went on to lose to Lexington, four to three. Daniel Mayora was the only Tourist with two hits, but Matt Repec hit a key two run triple and then scored the other Tourists' run.

Tri-City: After winning their first game, the Dust Devils have now dropped five straight, losing 5-2 to Everett yesterday. Unquestionably the highlight from  our side was Sheng An Kuo, who went seven and a third innings and gave up just four hits with seven K's. Kuo also had another stellar GB/FB ratio of 11/3, and is thus far registering 6.75 ground outs to every out in the air after two starts. On offense, there was a homerun by Kevin Clark, but not much more to write about. Four of Clark's six hits this season have gone for extra bases.

Casper: Don't be too discouraged by Casper's winless record thus far. It is a little disappointing but keep in mind that the two teams we've played against use the Pioneer League as the second affiliate rung up the ladder, rather than the first like the Rockies do. So getting one hit and ten K's against a 23 year old like Paul Coleman isn't as bad as it appears in the box score considering much of our lineup are still teenagers. I've been impressed by the two youngest Rockies thus far, Carlos Martinez had two hits and a walk yesterday and Wilin Rosario had his third hit, a double, after homering for his first minor league knock a few days ago. I don't know anything more about this eighteen year old catcher yet, but it's definitely a promising start. Jhoulys Chacin, meanwhile, has been beaten around in a couple of starts so far, but he should rebound and there's plenty of time to let him develop.

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