Tuesday Pebble Report: Tulsa clinches first-half title despite rainout

US PRESSWIRE

Tulsa didn't even have to play to celebrate on Monday. A few of the other affiliates did play, but none were able to come out victorious.

AA Tulsa: PPD (34-34, 1st)

The Tulsa Drillers clinched the first-half title in the Texas League's North Division on Monday despite not playing due to inclement weather.

Tulsa, which sits at 34-34, finished a half-game ahead of Springfield, which could have tied or overtaken the Drillers had the two teams played their scheduled games on Monday. However, 10 inches of rain dumped on the area, forcing the cancellation of both games of a doubleheader, one of which was a make-up for Sunday's rainout.

The Drillers are scheduled to begin the second half today in Springfield with Christian Bergman, who is coming off a solid start against the Cardinals after allowing seven home runs in his previous two outings, set to take the hill for one of the league's hottest teams. Tulsa has won 11 of 15 during the month of June.

*****

AAA Colorado Springs: L 12-7 (38-31, 2nd, 3.5 GB)

Corey Dickerson added three hits to his tally and Ben Paulsen and Matt McBride homered for the Sky Sox, but it wasn't enough to get past Las Vegas, which took advantage of 10 walks issued by Colorado Springs pitching.

Dickerson increased his batting average to .382, which leads the Pacific Coast League, and now has 102 hits on the season, second only to Reno's Chris Owings. Paulsen's homer was his 10th of the year, while McBride cleared the wall for the 15th time, moving into a tie for second in the league with Memphis' Brock Peterson.

Unfortunately none of that mattered as the Sky Sox were battered around on the mound, starting with Jeff Manship, who allowed nine runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits in five innings. Brett Jacobson was especially ineffective in two-thirds of an inning of work, surrendering three runs on a hit and five walks.

Short-Season A Tri-City: L 5-4 (2-2, 2nd, 2 GB)

2013 draftee Sean Dwyer doubled and drove in a run, but he also struck out three times in the loss. That was a pattern for the Dust Devils, who were punched out 13 times by Everett pitching. Michael Benjamin doubled twice and Ben Waldrip added a pair of hits.

Colorado native Ryan Warner allowed four runs on seven hits 5.1 innings. He struck out four and walked two while taking the loss. Bruce Kern worked a scoreless eighth with a pair of strikeouts as he works his way back to Modesto.

DSL Rockies: L 13-7 (7-7, 4th, 6 GB)

The Rockies were taken care of by the Dominican Summer League's best team, the 13-1 Rangers, thanks to a five-run ninth inning. The Rangers have another Profar working his way through the system; Juremi Profar was a thorn in the side of the Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.

Luis Brito Jr. singled twice and drove in four for the Rockies, while Luis Castro added a pair of hits, including a triple, and drove in two.

Starting pitcher Carlos Polanco lasted just three innings and surrendered seven runs -- four earned -- on five hits and a pair of walks.

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