Sunday Pebble Report: Sky Sox win on a Josh Rutledge two run homer

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Taylor Featherston nearly led Modesto back with a three run home run in the ninth inning. A former Rockies draft pick comes back to haunt the Asheville Tourists and Denzel Richardson keeps hitting and stealing bases in the DSL.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - W 2-1 (34-26)

Shortstop Josh Rutledge continued his barrage on the PCL when he deposited his second home run of the minor leagues into the left field stands. The home run drove in Corey Dickerson ( #7 PuRP) who went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, Rutledge finished with two hits on the night.

Cory Riordan made his fourth start of the year, throwing five shutout innings and scattering six hits. Cory struck out only one batter, but walked none in the effort. Nick Schmidt pitched three shutout innings of relief with a pair of strikeouts and Logan Kensing earned his sixth save of the year.

Double-A Tulsa W 3-0 (29-31)

Starter Tim Gustafson was part of the Drillers first shutout of the year when he limited the Springfield Cardinals to three hits in six innings pitched. Tim struck out five batters, walking only two and evened his record to 4-4.

Center fielder Rafael Ortega doubled and scored when Cristhian Adames (#18 PuRP) lined a ball to left field in the third inning. Delta Cleary tripled in the fifth and was helped by his pitcher when he scored on a Tim Gustafson single. Catcher Dustin Garneau scored the final run in the sixth, when he drove a ground rule double into the the left field stands and Angelys Nina brought him home on a base hit.

High-A Modesto - L 7-8 (29-33)

A three run home run in the second inning derailed Ben Alsup's night as he allowed four earned runs on three hits through five innings. Alsup struck out four and walked three, allowing his ERA to rise to 4.71 after the outing.

Shortstop Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) went 2-for-4 and is on a hot streak batting .391 in his past five games. Catcher Ryan Casteel added a pair of hits including a two-run home run in the sixth, his 11th of the year. The Nuts nearly completed a four run comeback when Taylor Featherston (#22 PuRP) launched a three run shot in the ninth with one out. Unfortunately the game ended when Ryan Casteel flied out to center field and Tyler Massey struck out swinging.

Low-A Asheville - L 2-4 (33-27)

Former Rockies third round draft choice Peter O'Brien destroyed Tourists pitching on Saturday. Colorado was unable to sign Peter back in 2011 and he proved his worth, knocking in two runs off a pair of doubles. Starter Ben Hughes walked five batters, including Dante Bichette Jr., finishing with four earned runs allowed in five innings.

Asheville hitters were able to accomplish very little against Charleston starter Evan Rutckyj who allowed only two earned runs and struck out seven. Matt Argyropoulos lined a single to left to jumpstart the Tourist offense in the seventh. He later came around to score on a Michael Ramirez single. Jason Stolz then reached on a line drive and scored when Matt Wessinger drove a ball into left field. Designated hitter Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) was hitless in three at bats, but reached base on a walk.

DSL Rockies - W 8-2 (4-3)

The Rockies trailed early when they loaded the bases in the third inning and then scored three runs off of walks and wild pitches. Right fielder Yonathan Daza knocked in two runs on a fly ball to right field. Daza finished with three hits in the game and is batting .476 on the season. Center fielder Denzel Richardson added two hits and stole his fourth base of the year.

Javier Palacios made his second start and went a solid six innings, giving up five hits and only one earned run. Palacios struck out three, with two walks and has an ERA of 0.82 on the young season.

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