Pebble Report - Weekend Review: Riordan, Blackmon, Stavert star for Rox affiliates

AAA - Colorado Springs: L 9-8, W 3-1 (55-66)
In Saturday's game, the Sky Sox surrendered an 8-3 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Matt Reynolds (four runs on three hits and a walk without recording an out) and Edgmer Escalona (0.2 IP, two runs on three hits and a walk with two Ks) were the culprits. Alan Johnson was decent in seven innings, allowing three runs on four hits and striking out six. He was hurt, however, by two home runs. Franklin Morales tossed a scoreless eighth, walking one and notching a K. Kaz Matsui and Cole Garner led the offense with two hits apiece.

Reynolds and the Sky Sox bullpen cleaned things up yesterday, as his 1.1 innings of scoreless ball were part of a perfect day for the relief corps. Josh Muecke started the game and performed admirably in six innings, allowing a run on five hits while striking out four. Chris Nelson and Mike Paulk each had two hits and two RBIs.

AA - Tulsa: W 4-1, L 11-4 (55-63)
Cory Riordan was terrific for the Drillers on Saturday, as he tossed seven innings of one-run ball while allowing just four hits and punching out eight. Rex Brothers picked up the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth. Tulsa scored three runs with two outs in the top of the tenth, as Radames Nazario's bases loaded bunt provided the first run and Jordan Pacheco's double scored the next two. Pacheco had two hits, and Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-4 with two doubles.

Blackmon added three more hits and a double yesterday, as did Lars Davis. Michael Mitchell went 4-for-4 with a homer, but it wasn't nearly enough as Keith Weiser was touched for 11 hits in 5.2 innings, and Ching-Lung Lo couldn't keep the ball in the park - he allowed three homers.

A (Advanced) - Modesto: W 6-4, W 3-2 (60-59)
Joseph Sanders had two hits including a home run, and Ben Paulsen added two hits as well for the Nuts on Saturday. Kenneth Durst picked up the win in relief of Josh Sullivan, who appears to have struggled through 3.1 innings. Casey Weathers earned the save by striking out four in two scoreless innings.

In Sunday's game, Parker Frazier had a very impressive start, as he lasted six innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out three. In addition, he maintained an 11-to-3 GO/FO ratio. Modesto's offense ensured he wouldn't get pinned with a loss by scoring three runs in the top of the eighth inning. Erik Wetzel and Tim Wheeler each had RBI hits in that frame.

More recaps after the jump...

A - Asheville: L 4-3, L 10-6 (57-60)
Delta Cleary Jr. led the Tourists' bats on Saturday with two hits and a run scored, while Nolan Arenado and Carlos Martinez each doubled. Wes Musick seemed to have been pitching fairly well through four innings (despite a high walk total), but was pulled early. Coty Woods took the loss after allowing a couple of runs on four hits in 1.2 innings.

The Tourists went down 7-0 early yesterday, as Juan Gonzalez struggled mightily in two frames of work. However, they fought back with five runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. However, Greenville tacked on a couple of insurance runs and put the game out of reach. Eliezer Mesa, Jared Clark, and Nolan Arenado each had a couple of hits while Dallas Tarleton hit his third home run of the year.

A (Short Season) - Tri-City: L 7-1, L 7-2 (23-33)
The Dust Devils were outhit 15-1 by Vancouver on Saturday. Nathan Hines had that lone hit, but it was a disaster overall for Tri-City, who struck out fifteen times. Joshua Slaats took his first loss, as he gave up two earned runs on five hits in 3.1 innings. The good news is that he struck out five.

In yesterday's game, the Dust Devils allowed five runs in the top of the 11th inning on their way to another loss to Vancouver. Erik Stavert looked very good, as he went six innings and allowed two unearned runs on two hits and struck out ten. Unfortunately, Tri-City's only runs of the game were scored on first inning solo homers by Chandler Laurent and Leonardo Reyes.

Rookie - Casper: W 3-2, L 13-8 (24-28)
Alejandro Barraza did a nice job in his start on Saturday, as he tossed five scoreless innings, struck out four, and induced seven groundouts as opposed to just one flyout. Juan Perez (1.2 scorless innings, 2 Ks) picked up the victory as the Ghosts won in walk-off fashion - on a wild pitch. Corey Dickerson led the offense with two hits.

Dickerson, along with Rafael Ortega, Juan Crousset, and Joshua Powers added two more hits yesterday. Unfortunately, Alving Mejias allowed Orem to put up a nine spot before the game even reached the bottom of the fourth inning.

Dominican Summer League - DSL Rockies: W 8-2 (33-31)
Jose Briceno led the Rockies with four hits (including two doubles), while Eddy Morrobel went 3-for-5 and Miguel De Leon hit his first homer of the year. Carlos Leon picked up the win by pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out one.

The DSL Rox had yesterday off.

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