Monday Pebble Report: Balls in play don't necessarily lead to wins.

Mike Stobe

Yesterday's Rockies system games included two shutout losses for Colorado Springs and Tulsa and an excellent start from Eddie Butler in a win for Modesto. Meanwhile, a decent start from Shane Broyles in Asheville went spoiled by some bad defense.

Colorado Springs 0, Reno 4

Two doubles from Corey Dickerson as well as multi-hit games from Matt McBride and Charlie Culberson weren't enough to produce a productive offense for the Sky Sox. Those three players accounted for six of the seven hits for the team. Though they only struck out twice against enemy starter Zeke Spruill (who went the distance for Reno), no runs were plated.

Starter Drew Carpenter picked up his seventh loss, allowing a whopping 13 hits over 16 innings, though interestingly it was just two solo home runs that ended up scoring off of him. Parker Frazier allowed a two run home run in relief, accounting for all four opposing runs.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 0

In the second shutout on the farm, starter Roy Oswalt picked up his second loss. Only one of his three runs allowed was earned, a solo homer, but the other two went uncredited only because of a throwing error from Oswalt himself. Oswalt struck out four, walked two and allowed five hits over seven innings. Now fully stretched out, Oswalt will likely be making at most one more MiLB start before the team decides to promote him or not. Josh Mueller and Mike Marbry each allowed another run in relief.

Rafael Ortega's three walks matched three scattered hits to summarize the Tulsa offense. A Kent Matthes double was the only extra-base hit, with singles from Cristhian Adames and Angelys Nina in addition.

Modesto 10, Stockton 3

The only successful offense was paired with the system's best start in this game. Eddie Butler went seven innings, striking out 7, walking none and allowing just five hits. Unfortunately, two of them were home runs, and he allowed all three runs to the opponent. Kenneth Roberts finished the game with two clean innings.

Ryan Casteel led the offense with three hits, two of them doubles, knocking in two runs. Both Will Swanner and Brian Humphries went deep in the game as part of the two-hit club, which also included Taylor Featherston. Trevor Story, batting out of the leadoff spot, scored twice and provided the only walk this offense needed. Only Jared Simon and Harold Riggins did not record hits.

Asheville 2, Charleston 5

Not to be outdone by Carpenter, starter Shane Broyles didn't yield the loss race to his AAA system-mate, picking up his eighth of the year, which is a shame because his start wasn't especially bad, allowing three unearned runs on four hits over six innings. He struck out nine while walking just one. Errors from Rosell Herrera and Juan Ciriaco in the fifth inning were what doomed Broyles to the loss, as the pitcher allowed back to back doubles afterward, scoring all three runs under his watch. Ryan Arrowood wasn't especially terrible in two innings of relief, but also still managed to allow two runs with some well time offense from Charleston.

Two doubles from Tom Murphy were the highlight of this offense. Julian Yan also doubled in the game, while Derek Jones batted in the final Asheville run. Continuing the pattern, the Tourists put a lot of balls in play, striking out just six times, but in the end it wasn't enough to mount a winning campaign.

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