Wednesday Pebble Report: Modesto hits 4 homers in victory

Mike Ehrmann

The Rockies farm system went 2-2, with the victories coming at the lower levels.

Colorado Springs, L 5-4 (30-20)
The Sky Sox held a 3-2 lead after the sixth inning, but then starter Drew Carpenter ran into trouble in the seventh. He surrendered a game-tying leadoff home run to Mike Zunino and walked the second batter of the inning, pushing him out of the game for Manny Corpas. Corpas allowed the inherited runner to score on a single and an unearned run on Charlie Culberson's fielding error.

Matt McBride (10) and Ben Paulsen (7) hit solo shots in the sixth inning. Corey Dickerson picked up three more hits, including a triple

Tulsa, L 10-1 (22-28)
It was another poor start for Tim Gustafson, as he allowed seven runs over 4⅓ innings. Relievers Josh Mueller and Juan Gonzalez didn't fare any better, combining to allow the other three runs.

Midland starter Murphy Smith threw seven shutout innings of one-hit ball and struck out eight Drillers. But when Carlos Fisher came in for the eighth inning, the Drillers started things off with a single and a walk and then took advantage of a wild pitch to put men on second and third. Cristhian Adames followed that with an RBI ground out to score Tulsa's only run.

Modesto, W 9-2 (24-27)
The Nuts had little trouble hitting the ball out of the park, putting four balls over the wall. Harold Riggins (9) started with a two-run shot in the four-run first inning; Juan Crousset followed with his first of the year in the fifth inning; Ryan Casteel, who went 4-for-6 and fell a triple short of the cycle, hit his eighth home run in the eighth inning; and David Kandilas, with his 3-for-6 night and also falling a triple short of the cycle, had a two-run blast in the ninth inning.

Trevor Story went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and stole his seventh base of the season.

Nuts starter Chris Jensen threw six scoreless innings of two-hit ball, striking out eight and walking one. Nick Schnaitmann struck out four in 1⅔ innings.

Asheville, W 9-4 (28-22)
Asheville and Hagerstown combined for 13 runs on 24 hits on Tuesday night, and it was the top of Asheville's lineup that delivered most of the offensive power. Shortstop Matt Wessinger went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, while second baseman Juan Ciriaco went 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and his 22nd stolen base. Designated hitter Rosell Herrera knocked a two-run shot out of the park in the eighth inning for his ninth homer of the season.

Cleanup hitter and catcher Tom Murphy added two hits (one double) and drove in a run. Batting eighth in the lineup, Jose Rivera went 3-for-4 and scored three times.

Starting pitcher Ben Hughes allowed just two runs in seven innings and struck out four.

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