Tuesday Pebble Report: Tyler Matzek makes professional debut for Asheville

Asheville, W 3-2 (10 innings)
It was Tyler Matzek Night for Asheville as the 2009 first round pick made his full-season debut after almost two months in extended spring training. Matzek didn't allow a hit until a leadoff double in the fifth, but he finished the inning without allowing a run. On a pitch count (he reached 81), Matzek finished five innings, walked four, and struck out five. The radio announcers said he reached as high as 98mph and was consistently hitting 95-96 on the gun.

In the top of the ninth, Asheville led 2-0, but Sheng-An Kuo couldn't save the game. He started the inning off with a walk and then surrendered a two-run homer to tie the game. He finished the inning with three fly outs. In the bottom of the 10th, Kent Matthes started things when he was hit by a pitch. After an out, Joe Sanders doubled to put Matthes on third. Tyler Massey was intentionally walked to load the bases. Orlando Sandoval then singled in the winning run.

Colorado Spring, L 1-4
The Sky Sox certainly could hit Anthony Lerew, but eight of those nine hits were singles and only one run scored. Matt Miller, Chris Nelson, and Mike Paulk each had two hits. Taylor Buchholz allowed run in the seventh inning on two hits and two walks.

Tulsa, L 1-5
The Tulsa offense managed a run and four hits off Springfield Ryan Kulik in five innings and then went hitless against three relievers for the final four innings of the game. Cory Riordan surrendered two runs over six innings, walked three and struck out two. Al Alburquerque allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Modesto, L 2-10
San Jose jumped on Ethan Hollingsworth early, putting up four in the first inning. He gave up a total of six runs, but only two were earned due to three errors. He struck out seven. Mike Marbry allowed four runs in the eighth inning before Rex Brothers came in for the ninth and struck out two.

Tim Wheeler went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base. Ben Paulsen had two doubles, but never crossed the plate.



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