It's opposite day in the Pebble Report, as we're going bottom to top today. The affiliates went 2-2 yesterday.
The Tourists (20-13, 3 GB) got an outstanding effort from the previously (before 2012) unknown Vianney Mayo, who has emerged as a pitcher worth watching this season. Mayo (2-3, 4.21 ERA) threw 7.1 innings of shutout ball, allowing only 4 hits (though he only struck out 2).
Both of the runs came in the 8th inning, as Tyler Massey and Sam Mende had RBI singles. Mende went 3-4 with 2 steals and a RBI while Delta Cleary was 2-4 to lead Asheville offensively. The Tourists had 9 hits in the game, all of them singles.
With the benefit of a major league pitcher in Jeremy Guthrie on the mound, the Nuts (17-18, 5 GB) cruised to an easy victory. Modesto scored 4 in the 1st and led 9-0 after 4 innings. PuRP 15 Rafael Ortega was 3-5 with a triple and a steal, Juan Crousset was 4-5 with 2 doubles, Dallas Tarleton was 3-5 with a double and 4 RBI, and PuRP 19 Corey Dickerson was 2-6 with a double and 2 RBI.
On the mound, Guthrie was great in his first (and perhaps only) rehab start. The righty went 4 innings, allowing no runs on 3 hits and striking out 4.
Upper levels below the fold.Arkansas 3, Tulsa 2
There was scoring in only 2 half innings in this one. In the bottom of the 2nd, Tulsa (21-12, 1st) got back to back solo homers by PuRP 22 Kent Matthes (5) and Grand Junction native Kiel Roling (4). Alas, that was the only offense they would muster.
Dan Houston (4-3) was cruising with a shutout into the 7th, but allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk in the frame to put the Drillers behind.
DJ LeMahieu went 3-5 with 2 RBI and Brendan Harris added a solo HR (2) for the Sky Sox (16-18, 1.5 GB), but those were pretty much the only bright spots in this one. Down 3-2 entering the 9th, Colorado Springs rallied with a run on a LeMahieu single, but Edgmer Escalona allowed a run in the bottom half of the frame to get the loss (2-1).
Rob Scahill had a good start for the Sky Sox, lasting 6 innings and allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits (though he walked 4) and punching out 5.