Tuesday Pebble Report: Modesto rallies to preserve Daniel Winkler's impressive start

Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

Daniel Winkler spun another gem for the Nuts, who scored six runs in the final three innings to help their top starter avoid a loss.

High-A Modesto: W 6-2 (31-33, 4th, 8 GB)

The Nuts scored all six of their runs in the final three innings of the game, including four in the decisive 10th inning, to ensure that Daniel Winkler's fabulous start did not go to waste. Winkler tossed seven innings of three-hit, one-run ball and struck out eight against only one walk.

Modesto's 1-through-4 hitters combined for eight hits. Trevor Story had a pair of knocks from the leadoff spot, including a go-ahead single in the 10th. Taylor Featherston doubled, tripled and drove in two runs. Ryan Casteel hit his 12th homer of the season in the top of the eighth inning to get the Nuts on the board.

Winkler, though a bit old for High-A at 23, is 8-2 with a 2.35 ERA and has 90 strikeouts and just 20 walks in 76 ⅔ innings. Perhaps most impressively, he's allowed just 46 hits this season -- in the CAL League, no less.

*****

AAA Colorado Springs: L 8-6 (34-28, 2nd, 3.5 GB)

Michael Solbach and Brett Jacobson combined to allow six runs in 5 ⅔ innings, but the Sky Sox still had a chance to win until Coty Woods and Steven Hensley allowed runs via extra-base hits in the eighth and ninth.

Matt McBride went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs, his 12th and 13th of the season. Corey Dickerson added two hits and a walk from the leadoff spot, and every other Sky Sox starter had one hit except for Charlie Culberson, who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

AA Tulsa: W 5-3 (30-32, 2nd, 0.5 GB)

The Drillers pulled to within a half-game of Springfield (and Arkansas) behind Tyler Matzek, who picked up his third win of the year by going six innings and limiting the Cardinals to two runs on eight hits. Matzek walked two and struck out three.

Cristhian Adames had two hits and drove in a run. Angelys Nina went 1-for-3 and scored a pair of runs, one of which came on a second-inning two-run homer, his seventh of the season. Rafael Ortega was Tulsa's only starting position player to go without a hit.

DSL Rockies: L 8-7 (4-4, 4th, 3 GB)

Emerson Jimenez had two hits, including a double, and two RBI from the leadoff spot and Henry Garcia added a pair of singles. Jonathan Piron added a triple and an RBI, but it was not enough to overcome four Rockies errors.

Hector Villarroel got the start for the Rockies and gave up four earned runs on seven hits in four innings. He struck out two and didn't walk anybody.

Asheville was rained out.

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