Sunday Pebble Report: Corey Dickerson homers, nearly Cycles


The Sky Sox came from behind to win behind a big performance by outfielder Corey Dickerson. Chad Bettis has a solid outing for Tulsa and Asheville steals nine bases in a rout.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - W 10-7 (21-13)

The Sky Sox rallied to overcome a five run deficit to defeat the Omaha Storm Chasers in Colorado Springs Saturday night. Starter Jeff Manship surrendered five runs early and lasted just four innings, raising his ERA to 7.01 on the year.

Left fielder Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) started the rally with a bases clearing triple in the fifth inning. Dickerson finished the game a single short of the cycle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple and a home run. The Sky Sox didn't take the lead however until the seventh when Ryan Wheeler hit a two run homer, his fourth of the season. DJ LeMahieu had tripled earlier in the inning, extending his hitting streak to 20 games.

Double-A Tulsa - L 6-8 (16-18)

The Drillers jumped out to a five run lead before ultimately falling to the Arkansas Travelers in Tulsa Saturday. Starter Chad Bettis (#6 PuRP) was solid through five, allowing two earned runs on four hits and earning four strikeouts, with no walks. Reliever Joe Gardner (#19 PuRP) pitched two innings and gave up four earned runs on four hits and a walk. The Angels No. 3 prospect Randal Grichuk had his way with the Drillers, hitting two home runs and collecting three RBI.

Center fielder Rafael Ortega (#9 PuRP) returned from the disabled list and laid down a bunt single to start the game. He was 2-for-5 with a run scored on the day. Angelys Nina deposited his third home run of the season and was later intentionally walked. The 165 pound Nina has two homers in his last three games. Henry Wrigley added his fourth home run of the season in the third inning.

High-A Modesto - L 5-6 in 10 innings (15-21)

The Nuts lost in extra innings to the Reds affiliate in Bakersfield on Saturday. Geoff Parker made his first start of the season lasting 2.1 innings and giving up four runs with no strikeouts and one walk. Nick Schnaitmann came in and went 3.1 in relief allowing only a single earned run on three strikeouts. Scott Oberg came on in the 10th with the game tied and served up a home run on his first pitch to the Reds No. 20 prospect Kyle Waldrop. Waldrop had two homers on the night and has seven on the season. Oberg's record dropped to 1-4 on the year with four blown saves and he has eight saves to his credit.

Catcher Ryan Casteel hit his fifth home run in the seventh inning that tied the game at five. The dinger was Casteel's lone hit of the game and he's batting .292 on the season. Shortstop Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) went 1-for-5 and has a six game hitting streak. Designated hitter Brian Humphries collected three hits and raised his average to .324. Outfielder Tyler Massey also had three hits, including two doubles.

Low-A Asheville - W 12-4 (19-15)

The Tourists defeated the White Sox affiliate, snapping Kannapolis' three game winning streak in Asheville on Saturday. Starter Jonathan Vargas went five solid innings allowing only two runs on three hits, but he walked four batters.

Asheville's hitters had their way with the Kannapolis battery, stealing nine bases and recording three home runs in the game. Designated hitter Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) recorded his seventh home run of the season and went 2-for-5. Left fielder Francisco Sosa smacked his sixth homer of the year and also stole his 12th bag of the year. Kyle Von Tungeln went 0-for-4, but reached twice on walks and took two bags, including stealing home in the first. First baseman Derek Jones homered and doubled on a 2-for-4 night. Right fielder Dillon Thomas collected his first hit of the season, on a double in the first inning.

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