Thursday Pebble Report:

There was a theme of blown saves in the system last night.

Colorado Springs: Off

Christian Colonel was held hitless in the PCL/IL All Star game.

Tulsa: L 3-4

Casey Weathers had his third blown save of the season as he allowed a 3-2 lead to slip away in the top of the ninth. He retired just two of seven batters he faced, allowing two hits, two walks and hitting the other with a pitch. Troy Tulowitzki singled and scored a run in his rehab assignment.

Modesto: W 8-7

Nick Haley drove in four of Modesto's runs, three from a homerun in the second inning, and he also scored three, including the game winning run in the bottom of the thirteenth inning after he walked, stole a base and scored on Matt Repec's single. Irv Moss features Cole Garner this week, Garner had a pair of hits and a stolen base in the win. Andrew Johnston allowed three runs to score in the top of the ninth for his second BS of the season.

Asheville: W 11-8

So in this case the blown save was for the other guys, luckily, as the Tourists used a series of singles, a wild pitch and a balk to come back from an 8-4 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. They then walked off with the win in the bottom of the tenth thanks to Jeff Cunningham's three run blast. Robinson Fabian allowed the big deficit early, giving up all eight runs in four innings, so a lot of credit goes to the Tourists pen for clamping down for six innings from there. Joey Williamson had six K's in three innings, and Ethan Katz held the opposition scoreless in his first game back. Craig Baker and matt Reynolds also contributed scoreless frames. Offensively, Cunningham and Michael Mitchell homered. Mitchell also hit a run scoring single as part of the four run ninth, plating Brian Lapin. After a wild pitch advanced him and lead runner Everth Cabrera to second and third, respectively, Cabrera scored on a balk. Mitchell then scored on a single by Darin Holcomb (who also doubled twice). David Christensen replaced Holcomb on the bases and eventually scored the game tying run on a Brian Rike single.

Tri-City: L 4-10

The Dust Devils continue to slump after starting the season in such a promising fashion. Yesterday they gave up 22 hits to Boise, including an incredible sixteen by Parker Frazier in six innings. What's even more incredible is how all but one of those hits were singles, so that and the fact that  he went six tells me that he wasn't getting hit very hard, which is as good a sign as you can take from a start like this that better luck would have brought much different results.

Scot Robinson and Bo Bowman both homered for the second straight game for the offense.

Casper: W 6-4

A triple with the bases loaded in seventh inning by James Sims keyed the Ghosts comeback win. Sims triple tied the game, and then Zack Murry followed that up by singling home Sims for the lead. Sims, Wilin Rosario and Shane Lowe each had two hits for the Ghosts. Jeff Fischer started and went six innings, the last five of which were very solid after he allowed three runs in a shaky first that was compounded by a wild pitch and a fielding error (one of two on the night) by third baseman Angelys Nina.

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