Sunday Pebble Report: System-wide Pitching Woes Still Produce Two Wins

Harry How

Colorado Springs' offense picked up a win despite a poor start from Drew Pomeranz; Tulsa and Asheville weren't quite so lucky.

Colorado Springs 11, Las Vegas 6

Drew Pomeranz wasn't particularly effective in his second start of the season, but a surge of offense got him the win regardless. Pomeranz allowed all six Las Vegas runs over five innings, split three each between the third and fifth, on nine hits and three walks. He struck out four. Manny Corpas and Mike McClendon held the opposition scoreless for the second half of the game.

The Sky Sox offense put up seventeen hits in the game, including eight doubles and a triple by Corey Dickerson. Arenado was responsible for two of those doubles. He is now hitting .448 on the year. Ryan Wheeler also put up two doubles as part of a three hit night. DJ LeMahieu also got three knocks. Every starting position player got a hit, and all but Lars Davis got at least two. Ryan Wheeler was the only starter not to draw a walk.

San Antonio 13, Tulsa 2

Tim Gustafson struggled mightily in this outing. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits and four walks, culminating in a seven run third inning he was unable to escape from. Cory Riordan allowed his inherited runners to score, but stopped the bleeding in the following two innings. San Antonio decided to end any potential doubt by knocking Tim Sexton around in his inning and two thirds, putting up another five runs on five hits and three more walks. Steven Hensley made his organizational debut, striking out two in a clean inning of work.

The Tulsa offense staggered once again, continuing a very weak early performance from the Drillers bats. A solo home run from Henry Wrigley and a RBI triple from Angelys Nina, both in the fourth inning, provided the only Tulsa offense. Joey Wong doubled, providing the only other Tulsa base hit. Kent Matthes, who had been one of the better bats in the lineup so far, had a terrible game, striking out four times and throwing the ball away on an assist attempt. Outfield prospect Kyle Parker singled and walked, looking to improve upon his slow start.

Lancaster 4, Modesto 6

Late inning offense saved the day in Modesto. Early on it was all Lancaster, scoring three runs off of starter Tyler Gagnon who allowed seven hits over five innings, and another off of reliever Nick Schnaitmann on two more hits and a pair of walks. In the sixth, a Jordan Ribera groundout and a Ryan Casteel double off of former Rockie Alex Gillingham put Modesto on the board. Gillingham continued to struggle the following inning, making an error on a pickoff throw and allowing two more hits before being replaced. Ribera would bat in another two runs at the end of the inning, with David Kandilas out at third base, still putting Modesto in the lead.

Casteel would homer to give Modesto its sixth and final run in the eighth. Casteel and Timothy Smalling each had two hits on the day. Russell Brewer and Scott Oberg pitched the eighth and ninth smoothly. Modesto pitching only struck out three batters in the game.

West Virginia 14, Asheville 9

In what has to be one of the most bizarre box scores I've ever seen, the Tourists waste a 9-6 lead by allowing eight runs to West Virginia in the ninth inning. Twelve errors were committed in the game between the two teams, enough to make a Dominican Summer League team look wonderful defensively. Among the Tourists five errors, Rosell Herrera's brought him to four errors at shortstop in the young season while third baseman Matt Wessigner committed a pair of his own.

Offensively, Herrera and Kyle Von Tungeln each had two hits and stole a base. Juan Ciriaco stole two bags of his own after reaching on a walk. Herrera and Tom Murphy went deep, while Von Tungeln walked three times in the game. Drew Beuerlein had a pair of hits and some runs batted in as well.

Starter Shane Broyles allowed three home runs among eight hits and five total runs over five innings, two solo shots and a two-runner. Relievers Roberto Padilla and Jesse Meaux struggled with control in their innings, but used the strikeout to avoid significant damage. This of course leads us to the spectacular meltdown from Tourists closer Raul Fernandez. After striking out his first opponent, a double and a walk was followed by a game-tying three run homer. Three straight singles led to Josh Slaats taking the mound, and after a run scored on an error by Ciriaco, Slatts would allow a second three run home run. The Tourists went down in order in the bottom of the inning.

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