Friday Pebble Report: Drew Pomeranz and Eddie Butler shine

Christian Petersen

Drew Pomeranz and Eddie Butler both delivered outstanding performances on Thursday. Pomeranz gave up one run and struck out six in six innings. Meanwhile, Eddie Butler flirted with a no-no and finished with eight scoreless innings. Overall, the Rockies affiliates went 2-2.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - W 13-5 (11-7)

Drew Pomeranz continued to pitch well for Colorado Springs on Thursday, allowing just one run in six innings of work. His only blemish was an RBI infield single off the bat of Tucson outfielder Daniel Robertson. Pomeranz struck out six and gave up just three hits and two walks. It seems the only thing Pomeranz still needs to work on is being a little more economical with his pitches as is took him 103 pitches to get through six innings. If Francis continues to struggle I wouldn't be surprised to see Pomeranz called up soon.

Not only did Drew Pomeranz pitch well, but the Sky Sox hit and hit very well. The Sky Sox pounded out 18 hits and 13 runs with every starter collecting a hit except for phenom Nolan Arenado of all people. Included in the 18 hit barrage where multi-hit nights from DJ LeMahieu, Charlie Blackmon, Tyler Colvin, Ben Paulsen, Charlie Culberson, Lars Davis, and even Drew Pomeranz. Out of the 18 hits, 11 were for extra bases with six doubles, four triples, and a home run. Blackmon had a triple and the lone home run on the night ,while driving in three runs. LeMahieu also collected three RBIs and the Sox were 9-20 with RISP on the night.

Double-A Tulsa - L 9-6 (10-10)

Tulsa blew a 6-0 lead to Arkansas Thursday. All six runs came in the first two innings and after that it was all Arkansas. The offense for Tulsa was highlighted by a 3-run HR off the bat off Kent Matthes in the second inning. The Drillers also got RBIs from Kyle Parker, Henry Wrigley, and Angelys Nina.

On the hill Tim Gustafson gave up four runs over five innings. He was followed by Joe Gardner who had all kinds of control problems during the sixth inning. He walked three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch before being pulled in favor of Isaiah Froneberger. Froneberger took the loss giving up three runs in two innings of work.

High-A Modesto L 6-2 (9-12)

Tyler Anderson, the Rockies first selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, pitched five effective innings giving up just one run on seven hits while striking out six and walking none. Anderson left with the game tied at one, but Nick Schnaitmann gave up three runs in an 1.1 innings and Modesto went on to lose 6-2.

Taylor Featherston his his first HR of the year for the Nuts, a solo shot in the eighth inning. The other run came off the bat of David Kandilas who singled home a run in the first.

Low-A Asheville - W 3-0 (12-9)

Eddie Butler was brilliant in this one taking a no hitter into the seventh inning before giving up a single to Michael Antonio. It was the only hit Butler would allow through eight innings of work. He also walked two batters. Butler was in control all game long throwing 66 of his 96 pitches for strikes while striking out four. The outing improved Butler's record to 2-0 and brought his ERA down to 1.84. Butler has only given up 12 hits in his 29.1 innings of work.

Asheville didn't need much offense, but they got two RBIs from Matt Argyropoulos and scored one other unearned run. Catcher Tom Murphy was 2-3 with a double to extend his eight game hitting streak and raise his average to .381.

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