Saturday Pebble Report: Modesto pitching staff, Asheville starter unable to find strike zone in losses

It was one of those nights when all of the Rockies' affiliates would have preferred postponements.

Colorado Springs had its game postponed due to inclement weather.

Tulsa, L 3-4
Bruce Billings let things get away in the sixth inning when he allowed three of his four runs. A walk and a wild pitch led to an RBI single. Springfield's James Rapoport then knocked a ball out of the park for his first homer of the season. Nothing too exciting offensively outside of Wilin Rosario's third homer of the season and Jason Van Kooten's triple. Shortstop Radames Nazario went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Modesto, L 4-6
The Modesto pitching staff combined to walk 10 batters last night, and it hurt the Nuts in the seventh inning when two bases-loaded walks broke the 4-4 tie and put the Nuts down by two. Starter Kenny Durst accounted for four of the walks (and four of the runs) in his 3 1/3 innings. Isaiah Froneberger wasn't charged with any of the runs, but he issued the first bases-loaded walk. Kurt Yacko relieved him and immediately gave up the other bases-loaded walk. Offensively, Tim Wheeler hit two doubles last night, and Jordan Pacheco had one double.

Asheville, L 1-5
Eliezer Mesa started the game off with a single, stole second, and then moved over to third when the throw on the steal attempt went awry. Avery Barnes followed with a double to plate Mesa. The Tourists then hung up offensive zeros on the board for the rest of the game. Jared Clark, however, collected two doubles last night.

Jonathan Vargas allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked seven, four coming in the second inning (one run scored that inning). Alan Deratt allowed two runs (on a homer) over the final 3 2/3 innings and struck out four.

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