Tuesday Pebble Report: Colorado Springs, Tulsa, Asheville Finish the Season, Tri-City Wins First Playoff Game

AAA Colorado Springs: W 6-5 (10 innings)

The Sky Sox won in walk off fashion to bring an end to a rough season. Both Jesus Merchan and Matt Pagnozzi had three hits in the game, with Pagnozzi's 10th inning double scoring Mike Paulk for the game winner. Paulk was 2 for 3 in the game with the only two Sky Sox walks as well. Only Joe Mather and Radames Nazario didn't get a hit.

The team promoted starter Cory Riordan and relievers Joe Torres and Dustin Molleken to the Sky Sox for this final game. It was the first AAA level game for all three players in their careers. Riordan started the game, going seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits, walking none while striking out four. Torres pitched a clean inning, while Mollken blew the save by allowing two runs. A clean tenth inning from Andrew Johnston opened the door for the Sky Sox win, and he picked up his second win of the season.

 

AA Tulsa: W 4-2

Mike Zuanich was 3 for 3 with his sixth AA level home run, the only extra base hit for Tulsa in the game. Drew Pomeranz snuck in one last AA appearance after his appendectomy. He threw three innings, allowing no hits or walks while striking out three. Rob Scahill finished the game's final six innings, allowing the two Northwest Arkansas runs on six hits. He also walked none and struck out three.

A+ Modesto: L 6-4

The playoff bound Nuts finished the regular season with an abominable start from Dan Perkins, who allowed all six runs to Visalia in the first two and a third innings of the game. Five Modesto relievers finished the game, allowing just two hits and a walk. Kiel Roling, Jared Clark and Eliezer Mesa each had multiple hits. Beau Seabury, fresh off the DL, knocked in two runs on a double, and yet another run on a sacrifice fly.

 

A Asheville: L: 5-0

Avery Barnes was 3 for 4 with a double. Brett Tanos had two singles. The Tourists didn't manage much more in terms of offense. Three Asheville errors didn't help starter Josh Slaats. Though he struck out eight batters, he allowed five runs (just two earned) on eight hits and four walks.

 

A- Tri-City: W 6-0 (Postseason)

The Dust Devils began their postseason with an incredibly strong outing from starter Christian Bergman, who threw seven innings and allowed just two hits and a walk. He struck out eight. Craig Bennigson allowed a hit and two walks in one third of an inning pitched, but was bailed out by Kenneth Roberts. Offensively, every batter reached base at least once, with only pinch hitter Jaron Shepherd not doing so on a hit (he walked). Tyler Massey batted in two runs on two doubles, while Juan Crousset hit a 3 run homer. Leonardo Reyes had two singles.

 

RK Casper Ghosts: L 3-2

The only MiLB team in the system that still has regular season games remaining after Labor Day, the Ghosts lost behind starter Patrick Johnson, whose first professional win will probably have to wait until at least next year. He got his fourth loss of the season after allowing three hits and four walks in four and two thirds innings pitched, which translated into three runs (two earned). Alving Mejia threw the rest of the game cleanly. Trevor Story hit his sixth pro homer, a solo shot, but ultimately allowed a run to score on a throwing error and negating the positive contribution. Story has 15 errors this season.Yafistel Roja had two hits, including a double.

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