Thursday Pebble Report: Tyler Anderson Carries Tourists to First Place

Low-A Asheville - W 7-2, (30-15, W7, t-1st)

McCormick Field is treating the Tourists pretty well these days. After closing out their last road trip with two losses, Asheville swept their seven game homestand, which ties them with Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) for first in the Northern Division. #14 PuRP Tyler Anderson (2011, 1st round) led the way in his 3rd pro start, allowing just four baserunners - all hits, three doubles - in seven very strong innings. He struck out six, didn't walk a batter and allowed two runs, one of which was unearned thanks to an error from Harold Riggins (2011, 7th round). Anderson now has a 1.89 ERA, with 14 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 19 IP. He has allowed 6 hits in 14 innings at home.

The Tourists gave Anderson a comfortable lead in a 6-run 4th inning. After a leadoff double by HM PuRP Sam Mende (2011, 31st round) and a Riggins strikeout, Asheville lined up six straight singles. All three outs in the inning were made with two of the Tourists' top hitters at the plate - Riggins' strikeout, a #12 PuRP Trevor Story (2011, sandwich pick) flyout, and Delta Cleary Jr (2008, 37th round) getting picked off with Story at the plate. Cleary drove in three with two hits, Mende doubled twice, and #28 PuRP David Kandilas (2008, Australia) and Jared Simon (2010, 6th round) each doubled, singled and walked.

The Tourists traveled to Rome, Georgia after their early game yesterday. They'll have a doubleheader today, with Chris Jensen (2011, 6th round) taking the mound for a 3:00 MDT start in Game 1. Geoff Parker (2010, 9th round) will pitch Game 2.

AA Tulsa - W 5-2, (26-19, W1, 1st)

The Drillers got just one extra base hit, but it was a big one, as Angelys Nina (2007, DR) smacked a triple with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, one of his three hits on the day. #2 PuRP Nolan Arenado (2009, 2nd round) followed with a run-scoring single, one of his two hits on the day. HM PuRP Dan Houston (2008, 7th round) held the Rangers' AA squad at bay all evening, scattering seven singles against one run in seven strong frames. Parker Frazier (2007, 8th round) takes the mound against Justin Grimm at 7:05 MDT.

AAA Colorado Springs - PPD (23-22, L3, 2nd, 1.0 GB)

#1 PuRP Drew Pomeranz (2011, trade) still hasn't allowed a run in 25.2 IP in the minor leagues as Rockies property, but he didn't get a chance to extend that streak last night. Rain washed the game away into today, when the OKC Redhawks and Sky Sox play a double header. Pomeranz will be opposed by Jordan Lyles. Guillermo Moscoso (2012, trade) will pitch the second game.

A+ Modesto - Off Day (23-23, L2, 3rd, 6.0 GB)

The Nuts had an off day, as they traveled to High Desert. Get ready for some high offense the next three days.

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