Thursday Pebble Report: Josh Rutledge Sets Nuts Record Long Hit Streak

AAA Colorado Springs -  Ppd (51-60, 3rd, 12.5 GB)

Carlos Gonzalez was scheduled to make his first rehab start last night for the Sky Sox.  When the game was delayed by rain, he was scratched from the starting line-up.  When the rain persisted, the game was postponed.  It will be made up as a double header today, with Greg Reynolds getting the start in Game 1 at 5:05MDT.  No word yet on how they will handle CarGo's rehab schedule.  Playing two games in one day out of the chute might not be preferable.

 

AA Tulsa - L 4-5  (19-20, 2nd, 1.0 GB)

Dan Houston (2008, 7th round) was very effective for most of the night, but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals pushed four runs across in the fourth inning against him.  The ill-fated inning started with an error, walk and flyball single, followed by a bases clearing triple, ending with an RBI groundout.  Houston pitched six innings and was tagged with 5 runs (4 earned) despite permitting just three hits.  A Bronson Sardinha (2010, MiLB FA) hit a solo home run, Erik Wetzel (2008, 13th round) had three hits and Michael Mitchell (2007, 25th round) had two hits as the Drillers fell despite outhitting the Royals' affiliate 9-4..

High-A Modesto -  L 2-3 (22-17, 2nd, 1.0 GB)

It has been an exciting season for the Nuts, with Kent Matthes (2009, 4th round) setting the Modesto Nuts single-season home run record.  Last night, #24 PuRP Josh Rutledge (2010, 3rd round) set the Modesto Nut hit streak record at 27 with an infield single in the first inning, then fully legitimized it with two singles later in the game. He needs a hit in his next eight games to tie the Modesto team record.  A Kiel Roling (2008, 6th round) groundout and David Christensen (2006, 2nd round) sac fly accounted for both Nuts runs. 

Daniel Perkins (2009, 27th round) allowed two runs in six strong innings, leaving in the seventh after allowing a leadoff double a 2-1 lead.  Kurt Yacko (2008, 8th round) came in and coughed up the lead, though it could hardly be called a poor outing.  His first batter reached base when #5 PuRP Nolan Arenado (2009, 2nd round) misplayed a ball into a fielder's choice, a squeeze bunt tied the game, and Rancho Cucamonga got the lead after a groundball single and sacrifice fly.

 

Low-A Asheville - W 7-3 (21-18, 3rd, 4.0 GB)

Josh Mueller worked six effective innings for the victory, scattering seven hits and allowing two runs.  #15 PuRP Corey Dickerson (2010, 8th round) doubled twice and drove in a run, Avery Barnes (2009, 11th round) had two hits and drove in two, and Joey Wong (2009, 24th round) smacked a 3-run triple to open and early lead over the Yankees' affiliate.

 

Short Season-A Tri-City - W 2-0 (6-2, 1st)

Christian Bergman (2010, 24th round) has been pitching really well.  No, really REALLY well.  After throwing seven shutout innings last night, the right-hander has now put up 23 straight goose-eggs, striking out 18 to just 2 walks in that span.  All four hits he allowed were singles, with three coming on the ground.  The Dust Devils offense didn't offer much (just three hits), but it was enough with Bergman on the hill.  Tri-City scored both of their runs in the sixth inning with the help of two Eugene errors.  Jared Simon (2010, 6th round) had two of Tri-City's hits, though neither figured into the scoring.

 

Rookie Casper -  W 7-0 (4-0, 1st)

The Ghosts continue to turn over a new leaf in the season's second half, winning each game and dominating opposing batters.  This time, it was Raul Fernandez (2008, DR) who turned in the strong start, allowing just one single while striking out seven Ogden Raptors.  Matt Crocker (2010, 12th round) and Jeremiah Sammy (2009, undrafted) delivered the shutout by going the last three innings.  Robert de la Cruz (2007, DR) doubled twice, Harold Riggins (2011, 7th round) walked twice, doubled and scored twice, while Julian Yan (2009, DR) and Rosell Herrera (2009, DR) walked twice to ease hitless evenings.

 

DSL Rockies - Ppd  (33-22, 2nd, 3.5 GB)

Weather wreaked havoc in the Dominican yesterday, as only one game in the whole league was played yesterday.  The Rockies team saw their road game postponed against Cubs1.

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