Monday Pebble Report: Modesto powers to victory, Asheville blows early lead

Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

A mixed bag on the Rockies farm, with a comeback win for the Sky Sox and a late inning loss for Asheville among the games. Modesto slugged their way to victory, while the Tulsa Drillers continued their unfortunate trend of being the least interesting team in the system this year.

Fresno 6, Colorado Springs 8

Drew Pomeranz wasn't at his sharpest, allowing five runs on seven hits while walking four in five and two thirds, but good work from Bobby Cassevah, Rob Scahill and Coty Woods (who picked up the win) in relief kept the Sky Sox in the game. Logan Kensing allowed his first earned run of the year in the ninth inning, but secured his fifth save nonetheless.

Corey Dickerson led the offense with three hits, including a triple, and scoring two of the Sky Sox runs in addition to batting one in. Ben Paulsen had two knocks, with two RBI and two more runs scored. Josh Rutledge had two hits, one of which was a double. Matt McBride hit his ninth home run. Only four of the Sky Sox' eight runs were batted in, as Fresno's four errors created many opportunities for Colorado Springs, including their eighth inning rally to take the lead.

Frisco 4, Tulsa 1

As has been the case just about every pebble report I write, the Tulsa game on Sunday was fairly uneventful. Kent Matthes' double was the only Tulsa extra base hit. Angelys Nina batted in Kyle Parker on a ground ball out. All of these things happened in the second inning. Just about everything else was uneventful from an offense perspective. No Drillers got multiple hits, though all but Joey Wong and Cristhian Adames got at least one.

This time it was the Rockies' affiliate's turn to make a late game defensive blunder. Christian Bergman had been cruising until the seventh inning, when a Kyle Parker error followed by several hits led to three unearned runs off of the starter. The final Frisco run came off of Mike Marbry in the ninth. Isaiah Froneberger pitched a clean inning and a third in between.

Modesto 11, Lake Elsinore 5

Modesto smacked five home runs to lead them to a decisive victory, including two from Harold Riggins. Brian Humphries, Ryan Casteel and Trevor Story also went deep, Story as one of three hits in a breakout performance from the struggling infield prospect. Juan Crousset and Drew Beuerlein also had three-hit games.

Danny Winkler pitched to his sixth win in 2013, striking out eight across five and a third. He allowed two runs on six hits and three walks. Leuris Gomez continued to pitch well in relief. Kenneth Roberts allowed three runs over the final inning, but only one was earned as a Story error allowed the inning to get off the ground.

Rome 7, Asheville 5 (10 innings)

The Tourists got off to an early 4-1 lead, giving starter Matt Flemer (making his first professional start; he served only as a reliever after signing last year) a comfortable cushion for his Asheville debut. Flemer lasted five innings, allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, walking none and striking out six. But the Asheville bullpen was unable to preserve the lead, as once reliever Brook Hart departed from two clean innings, Michael Mason allowed Rome to tie the game with three runs in the eighth, with Patrick Johnson allowing two more in the top of the tenth.

Francisco Sosa's eighth home run was a three run shot, giving the Tourists that early lead. He had two hits on the day, as did Tom Murphy who has been significantly less hot as of late. The rest of the notable offense consist of a Jose Rivera triple, doubles from Max White and Jason Stolz and a run batted in for Rosell Herrera on a groundout. The Tourists struck out 14 times during the game, with only Herrera managing to escape the K every at bat.

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