Sunday Pebble Report: The Good Tyler Matzek Returns

High-A Modesto - W 2-1 (10), (31-32, W1, 3rd, 6.0 GB)

#5 PuRP Tyler Matzek (2009, 1st round) rebounded from a tough previous outing in a strong way. He worked 7+ dominant innings, striking out 7, walking 3 and allowing one lonely little 7th inning single. It wasn't good enough for the win, as the bullpen and the Dickersonless-lineup both failed to back him up. Manager Len Sakata removed Matzek after walking the leadoff batter in the 8th inning. Reliever Nick Schnaitmann (2008, 22nd round) then threw a wild pitch and allowed two two-out singles to allow a game-tying run to score, charged to Matzek. Catcher Dustin Garneau (2009, 19th round) was hero #2 on the night, as he doubled, walked and singled twice, the latter being a two-out walkoff single in the 10th inning. He also threw out speedster Billy Hamilton stealing third base, moments after Hamilton stole his 70th base of the season. Kraig Sitton (2010, 7th round) worked a perfect tenth for the win in lowering his ERA to 1.91.

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AAA Colorado Springs - L 2-10, (29-33, L2, 3rd, 7.0 GB)

In case Jeff Francis' performance yesterday made you curious about auditioning Carlos Torres (2012, MiLB FA), he gave reason to abandon such thoughts in AAA last night. The Athletics' AAA club bludgeoned him for nine hits, seven runs and two longballs, while he recorded just ten outs. He also threw two wild pitches. Meanwhile, Tyson Ross had no problem pitching in Colorado Springs, tossing six shutout innings. #10 PuRP Tim Wheeler (2009, 1st round) and Andrew Brown (2010, waivers) both had multi-hit games including a double for the Sky Sox.

AA Tulsa - L 3-4, (32-28, L2, 2nd, 1.0 GB)

HM PuRP Dan Houston (2008, 7th round) allowed four runs in five innings, two on a pair of solo home runs, and four runs proved to be too much for the Tulsa offense. #9 PuRP Josh Rutledge (2010, 3rd round) doubled and singled, and catcher Lars Davis (2007, 3rd round) had a couple hits. The loss dropped the Drillers out of first place. Tulsa is 3-5 in June after an 11-17 May and 18-6 April.

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Low-A Asheville - L 5-9, (42-20, L1, 1st)

After throwing one of the best pitching performances in the organization, a complete game shut out, his last start, Alex Gillingham (2011, 11th round) failed to build on his progress Saturday night. The West Virginia Power singled Gillingham to death to the tune of 7 runs on 10 singles and a double. HM PuRP Sam Mende (2011, 31st round) homered, singled and walked and Harold Riggins (2011, 7th round) doubled, singled and walked. Despite the loss, the Tourists' magic number to clinch the 1st half South Atlantic League title dropped to four.

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DSL Rockies - W 4-3, (4-3, W1, t-2nd, 1.0 GB)

18yo OF and Opening Day leadoff man Denzel Richardson (Saint Maarten) hasn't had a great start to his career, starting 2-for-18 with 7 K's and two caught stealings. His last at-bat yesterday was a big one though, a bases-loaded walk-off double that turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 win. 18yo 1B Henry Garcia hit a home tun, the first one by the DSL team on the season. Antonio Senzatela (2011, VZ), who was one of the top Latin American arms available last summer, made his first start of the season, striking out three in five innings, allowing just one run. He was born in 1995, and while he may be in the DSL through 2014 due that, he's certainly a name to know.

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