Monday Pebble Report: Sky Sox offense saves blown lead, Asheville wins in extras

Scott Cunningham

It was a good day for late inning offensive heroics, as the Sky Sox, Tourists and Dust Devils all overcame late inning adversity. Only Modesto was unable to succeed in overcoming their significant deficit.

Colorado Springs 9, Las Vegas 7

The Sky Sox knocked almost twice as many hits as their opponent, but a bullpen explosion made the game a lot closer than it needed to be. Drew Pomeranz was excellent over six and two thirds, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out 11. After retiring one batter to finish the 7th, Michael Solbach was unable to retire anyone in the eighth, allowing five baserunners, all of whom would score. Coty Woods would allow a sixth run to tie the game at 6. After the Sky Sox regained the lead in the ninth, Woods struggled further in the ninth, allowing yet another run before Mike McClendon entered the game and was finally able to put the game down.

Charlie Culberson and Ben Paulsen hit back to back homers in the fifth, while Ryan Wheeler's two run shot helped regain the Colorado Springs lead in the top of the ninth inning. Matt McBride had three hits, including two doubles. Tim Wheeler also continued a better offensive performance since returning form the DL with three singles. Corey Dickerson had two big hits, a double and triple. Culberson and Drew Garcia each had two knocks.

Bakersfield 12, Modesto 3

David Kandilas' two hits (a home run and a double) and two outfield assists were certainly the highlights of this terrible game. He also committed a fielding error, one of two in the first inning, the other coming from outfielder Jared Simon. Drew Beuerlein walked three times, while Brian Humphries, Taylor Featherston and Ryan Casteel each added another hit. This was all the offense had to offer.

Starter Tyler Gagnon allowed four runs (two earned) over six innings. Six hits, two walks and seven strikeouts complete his line. The rest of the damage came when Nick Schnaitmann walked the bases loaded, and Russell Brewer allowed them to score on a grand slam. Geoff Parker allowed another two runs in mop-up duty.

Lexington 7, Asheville 8 (11 innings)

Julian Yan was the star of the offense in this game, belting two home runs including the game winner, doubling his seasonal total. Tom Murphy doubled twice and doubled in two runs. Francisco Sosa and Juan Ciriaco also had a two-hit game.

Matthew Carasiti got the start for Asheville and allowed a whopping ten hits over five and two thirds,walking three while striking out just one. The damage was limited to just four runs. After a clean inning and a third from Alving Mejias, Brook Hart struggled to nail things down and allowed three more runs, two of them earned. These unearned runs both came behind errors from Max White. Rayan Gonzalez and Andrew Brown pitched well in extra frames, with Brown picking up his third win, all in relief.

Vancouver 3, Tri-City 4

Alec Mehrten proved to be the star of this game, tripling in a run in the first inning and knocking in two more in a three run eighth to regain the lead for the Dust Devils. Michael Tauchman went one for two with a walk and a run scored in his professional debut. Patrick Hutcheson and Ben Waldrip also got hits.

Johendi Jiminian allowed all three runs over his six and two thirds. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out six. Offseason amateur free agent signee Marc Magliaro picked up the win in his pro debut, while Trent Blank picked up his second save.

Tulsa's game was postponed due to weather.

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