Sunday Pebble Report: Two teams lose in extra innings, Friedrich has a solid high-A debut, and more.

Colorado Springs: L 6-5 (29-19)

Mark Bellhorn went 4-for-4, while Mike McCoy and Christian Colonel each had two hits, in the losing effort. Carlos Gonzalez came back down to earth a bit, as he was hitless in five at bats and struck out twice. Jason Hirsh was roughed up in five innings of work, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits (two of which were home runs) and also walking a batter. On the positive side, the bullpen pitched four scoreless innings, highlighted by Ryan Speier's hitless inning of work which lowered his ERA to 16.88.

Tulsa: L 11-9 in 13 innings (24-23)

It was no Boston College/Texas, but it was still a long game. The two Mikes - Paulk and McKenry - each had three hits. Among McKenry's hits was a 2-run homer in the second inning. Jhoulys Chacin had a solid outing, giving up just two runs on seven hits in as many innings, but the bullpen really blew it - namely, Adam Bright, who gave up 4 runs (on a hit and three walks) in the same amount of time it took him to get one out. Austin Chambliss wasn't a lot better (as his 5 hits and 3 runs allowed in just an inning and two-thirds would suggest), but at least he was able to record three strikeouts. Eventually, Jon George would take the loss after having the wheels fall off during his third (and final) inning of work.

Modesto: W 5-4 in 10 innings (29-20)

The Nuts were able to outlast Inland Empire in Christian Friedrich's high-A debut after Matt Repec stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Friedrich went 7 strong in his first outing with Modesto, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks, and struck out 7. The fantastic 1-2 punch of Edgmer Escalona and Matthew Reynolds essentially slammed the door for the Nuts. Escalona struck out two batters in his lone inning of work and has a 1.88 ERA; Reynolds, who had a punch out in two-thirds of an inning, now sports a 0.88 ERA. Offensively, Charlie Blackmon and Lars Davis each collected two hits, and Blackmon added a couple of stolen bases as well.

Asheville: L 11-8, W 5-2 (19-30)

In game one, the Tourists enjoyed solid offensive games by Delta Cleary, David Christensen, Thomas Field, and Ryan Peisel (who each had two hits), but Dan Houston's pitching performance negated all of that. Houston was smacked around for 9 runs on 10 hits in just 3.1 innings.

In game two, Cleary and Christensen managed to stay hot, as each player hit a home run in the ballgame.  Jonnathan Aristil struck out 4 batters in a short start, and the bullpen (consisting of Michael Marbry, Kurt Yacko, and Adam Jorgenson) held on for the victory.

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