Saturday Pebble Report: Farm system fails to replicate big league club's winning ways

Colorado Springs, L 0-4: One of the major problems Samuel Deduno has faced over his minor league career has been keeping his control. Tonight was one of those nights, and it hurt him in the third inning when he walked two batters and threw a wild pitch. Tacoma scored two runs that inning, the only two Deduno allowed. The Bull left after the fourth inning, having allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits and four walks. He also struck out six, throwing 46 strikes on 85 pitches. Shane Lindsay pitched the eighth inning. He started off the inning with a walk but then struck out the next three batters.

There wasn't much going on offensively. Eric Young Jr. struck out three times for the low-light of the evening. Mike Paulk committed two fielding errors.

Tulsa, L 3-9: Scott Beerer had a double as part of his two-hit, two-RBI night, but that was pretty much all the offense the Drillers could muster. Kenny Perez collected three singles and scored a run. The defense committed four errors: two throwing by Hector Gomez, one throwing by starter Cory Riordan, and one fielding by Kiel Roling. Riordan must wish his season started off in a better way. He allowed eight runs over 5 2/3 innings, seven of them coming in the first two innings. Koby Clemens hit a two-run homer off of Riordan in the first.

Modesto, L 3-4: Ethan Hollingsworth allowed three runs (all in the fourth inning) on seven hits and struck out five batters. Jonnathan Aristil provided three innings of solid relief, allowing a run and striking out four. Tim Wheeler stole his first base of the season. But he did better things in the seventh by drawing a walk and then scoring on a two-run double by Jordan Pacheco. Things picked up in the eight inning when back-to-back walks at the the start of the inning provided a bit of a spark. A double-steal took place, and Thomas Field (who took third) wound up scoring on a throwing error on that play. Wheeler then hit into an inning-ending double play. In the ninth, Jordan Pacheco singled, moved over to second a ground out, and then was out at third when Scott Robinson hit into a fielder's choice. Robinson stole second and third, but Thomas Field struck out swinging to end the game.

Asheville, L 3-9: Tourists hitters combined for four hits last night, two off the bat of Orlando Sandoval. First baseman Jared Clark blasted his first homer of the season in the sixth inning to plate two runs (he also committed two fielding errors). Starter Dan Perkins failed to make it out of the fifth inning, having allowed six runs on 10 hits and two walks. Perkins got in trouble early, surrendering a triple and a sac fly in the first. A leadoff double in the second turned into a run, but a key double play ended the inning with the bases loaded. Perkins really felt it in the fourth with a bunch of singles that eventually scored a couple of runs and a homer. A second triple by Lakewood didn't produce anything. Chad Rose allowed three more runs before Paul Bargas and Charlie Ruiz each pitched scoreless innings.

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