Thursday Pebble Report: Tom Murphy and Rosell Herrera Blast Home Runs For Asheville

Tyler Anderson started on Wednesday - Christian Petersen

Two affiliates lost on walk-off hits, while the Sky Sox had a chance to win in the ninth and couldn't. Asheville powered up on Wednesday as both David Dahl and Julian Yan had their best games of the season.

Triple-A Colorado Springs- L 7-8 (14-10)

The Sky Sox lost 7-8 in Salt Lake City on Wednesday against the Angels affiliate. Starter Justin Berg allowed only three earned runs in 6.1 innings, but all three came in the fourth inning, mostly off a two-run homer from the Bees centerfielder Trent Oeltjen. Reliever Manny Corpas came on in the seventh and lasted only two outs, but faced eight hitters, giving up five earned runs.

The Sky Sox faced former starter Billy Buckner and did well, scoring five runs. Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) had three hits in five at-bats, two for extra bases including a triple and a double. Corey was in the center of the scoring as he drove in two runs and scored two himself. Shortstop D.J. LeMahieu had two doubles in a 4-for-5 night with two RBI. Charlie Blackmon struck out four times and Matt McBride struck out in the ninth with two men on base.

Double-A Tulsa - L 3-4 (13-13)

The Drillers lost 3-4 on a walk-off home run, against the Angels affiliate, in Arkansas on Wednesday. Starter Tyler Matzek (#10 PuRP) limited damage to just three earned runs, in 6.2 innings pitched, and his ERA sits at 3.24 on the season. While he walked only three batters, Tyler also struck out just two and his strikeout ratio has dipped to 7.9 K/9 on the year. Parker Frazier (#28 PuRP) relieved Matzek in the seventh and pitched the rest of the way. The home run allowed raised Parker's ERA to just 2.33.

Right fielder Kent Matthes (HM PuRP) started the Drillers offense in the fourth as he singled, stole second and then advanced to third on a wild throw. Grand Junction native Kiel Roling earned the RBI on ground ball to the left side. Matthes and Roling each had two hits on the night, including a double apiece. Centerfielder Delta Cleary Jr. went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

High-A Modesto - L 6-7 (9-17)

The Nuts lost on a walk-off double to the Diamondbacks affiliate in Visalia on Wednesday. Closer Scott Oberg faced one of Arizona's top prospects with the bases loaded in the ninth inning. Third baseman Jake Lamb doubled in two runs, bringing his OPS to 1.165 and giving Oberg the loss and his third blown save of the year. Starter Tyler Anderson (#8 PuRP) went six innings, allowed five earned runs, five hits, struck out six and walked only three. Anderson's ERA sits at 3.74 on the year.

The Nuts offense flexed its muscle on Wednesday, belting three home runs. Ryan Casteel's fourth homer of the year gave the Nuts a brief lead in the top of the ninth. Casteel had three hits on the night, including two doubles and raised his average to .293. Shortstop Taylor Featherston (#22 PuRP) hit his second home run of the year and centerfielder David Kandilas (HM PuRP) chipped in his first home run of the season. Kandilas went 2-for-3 with a walk and broke out of his three game slump. Third baseman Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) went 0-for-4 and is in the middle of his own three game hitless streak.

Low-A Asheville - W 10-2 (16-9)

The Tourists defeated the Rangers affiliate in Hickory on Wednesday 10-2. Starter Shane Broyles pitched well, earning eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings, but left with the game tied in the fifth. Reliever Ryan Arrowood earned the win as he pitched 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) and Tom Murphy (#15 PuRP) are among the South Atlantic League leaders in home runs after belting their sixth (Herrera) and seventh (Murphy) on Wednesday. Centerfielder David Dahl enjoyed his first multi-hit game of the season, going 3-for-5 and scoring a pair of runs. Dahl is hitting .313 on the year. Derek Jones played first base and had a pair of hits, raising his average to .329. Right fielder Julian Yan (#26 PuRP) had his best game of the season, going 4-for-5 with three doubles.

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