Once again this week our own RhodeIslandRoxFan is writing the Saturday Pebble Report. Who knows, maybe this will become a regular thing? -ed
AAA Colorado Springs - W 6-2, (10-6, 2nd, 1.0 GB)
For the sixth time in their last seven games, the Sky Sox were victorious. #6 PuRP Alex White twirled 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing just three of the first 19 batters he faced to hit a fly ball out of the infield. He did surrender three walks, but the lasting memory of this outing will be White's ability to stay in control of the game with his strong sinker.
Offensively, the big stars were "that other guy in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade" Matt McBride, #20 PuRP Thomas Field, and the Tucson defense. McBride was on base four times raising his OPS on the season to an impressive .895, Field led the team with three hits and two RBI, and the Tucson defense committed four errors. Perhaps the most disappointing element to this contest was Charlie Blackmon, who took an 0-5 and continues to struggle. He's now batting just .172 on the season.
AA Tulsa - L 3-1, (9-5, 1st)
Parker Frazier took the loss but probably deserved better here as he went six innings, giving up three runs and collecting four strikeouts.
The Drillers offense was once again handcuffed by the Springfield pitching staff. This time, five different Cardinal pitchers combined to strike out 11 Drillers and limit the Tulsa offense to just a single run. However, all four of the top 30 PuRPs starting this game (#2 Nolan Arenado, #9 Josh Rutledge, #22 Kent Matthes, and #26 Ben Paulsen) did get on base at least once.
High-A Modesto - L 9-0, (4-11, 5th, 7.5 GB)
In a game that was sadly emblematic of Modesto's season to date, not much went right for the Nuts. Starting pitcher Juan Gonzalez was the lone bright spot as he held Stockton to just two earned runs and seven strikeouts over six innings. He wouldn't come anywhere close to getting the win however as his defense made four errors behind him while the offense was shut out for the second straight game.
The other big story on this night was #19 PuRP Corey Dickerson going hitless for the first time all season; 0-4 with two strikeouts. Dickerson's overall numbers remain strong (.965 OPS) but his inability to draw walks so far should be summoning at least a small red flag here. In fact, Dickerson has just one walk all season in 61 plate appearances resulting in his batting average (.377) being higher than his OBP (.375).
Low-A Asheville - W 7-3, (11-4, 2nd, 0.5 GB)
The Tourists extended their winning streak to seven on Friday night but for the first time since April 12th failed to score at least nine runs in a game. All of the damage was done via the long ball as Tyler Massey hit a pair of three run shots in his first two at bats to drive in six. #12 PuRP Trevor Story also went deep - his fourth on the season - and his OPS now stands at 1.119.
On the mound, Ben Alsup got the win and improved to 3-0 on the year by tossing seven innings of two run baseball.