Friday Pebble Report: Pomeranz delivers encouraging performance

Doug Pensinger

Rockies affiliates win two and lose two on Thursday. Drew Pomeranz was effective, striking out nine and only walking one in 5.2 innings of a scoreless outing,

AAA Colorado Springs - W 4-2 (8-6)

Lefty Drew Pomeranz was perfect through 3.2 innings before running into trouble in the 4th. After retiring the first two batters of the 4th he gave up his first base runner of the night, a single to right field off the bat of Kila Ka'aihue. He then walked and hit the next two batters loading the bases before striking out Tyler Kuhn to end the threat. Pomeranz final line was 5.2 innings, two hits, one BB, and nine Ks. He threw 96 pitches, 60 of which were strikes. All in all an encouraging start for Pomeranz. His ERA now sits at 3.31 and the W brought his record to a perfect 2-0.

Nolan Arenado's six game streak in which he had at least one extra-base hit and an RBI was snapped as he went 0-4. His average is now a pedestrian ,417. Arenado isn't the only one doing damage in the middle of the order for the Sky Sox. Corey Dickerson and Ben Paulsen have also been tearing the cover off the ball and after a slow start Tyler Colvin seems to be finding his swing again. Dickerson tripled home a run, Paulsen was 2-4 with an RBI, and Colvin doubled in the contest.

AA Tulsa - L 3-2 (6-7)

Chad Bettis gave up one run in 4.2 innings as well as four hits and five K's. The only damage against Bettis was a solo shot in the first inning to the first batter he faced. Despite not walking anybody it took Bettis 91 pitches to get through his 4.2 innings. Joe Gardner relieved Bettis and took the loss giving up two runs in his 2.1 innings of work. Gardner's ERA sits at 8.38 in 9.2 innings on the season.

Offensively the bats were quiet for Tulsa. Kent Matthes was 3-4 with a 2B and Kiel Roling connected for his 3rd home run of the year. Kyle Parker was 0-3 and Rafael Ortega, who saw brief action with the big league club last year, was 0-4. Ortega's average dropped to .050.

High-A Modesto - W 8-5 (8-7)

Tyler Gagnon started for the Nuts and gave up 5 runs in 3.1 innings of work. His relief fared better, pitching the final 5.2 innings without giving up a run. Nick Schnaitmann got the W with 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Nelson Gonzalez, Kenneth Roberts, and Scott Oberg also were un-scored upon. Oberg got his 5th save and the Nuts closer has yet to give up a run.

Trevor Story was 2-4, Ryan Casteel had two hits including a home run to go along with 3 RBIs, and Jordan Ribera was 2-4 with a double, home run, and 2 RBIs.

Low-A Asheville - L 7-1 (6-9)

Shane Broyles dropped to 0-2 on the year for the Tourists surrendering six runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out one. Brook Hart pitched two innings of relief and gave up a run followed by Patrick Johnson. Johnson pitched around two base hits in his inning of work to leave unscathed.

The lone run for Asheville came on an RBI single from RF Julian Yan. Francisco Sosa, Derek Jones, and Juan Ciriaco picked up two hits a piece.

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