Thursday Pebble Report: Tulsa's Tyler Matzek is on a roll

Charlie Drysdale

He's not producing a ton of strikeouts, but Tyler Matzek is putting up some strong numbers in the last two months. On Wednesday he rediscovered his strikeout pitch, getting eight while pitching a shutout into the seventh. Tri-City's Ryan Warner had a one run outing that set the tables for Julian Yan to win the game in the ninth.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 2-5 (54-49)

Leadoff hitter Charlie Culberson (#28 PuRP) saw his 14-game hitting streak come to an end on Wednesday with an 0-for-4 night. The second baseman is hitting .313 on the season with 14 home runs. Right fielder Tim Wheeler had a pair of hits and is batting .410 during his current 10-game hitting streak.

Pitcher Chris Volstad lasted 5.1 innings, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits, he had four strikeouts against the Oakland A's affiliate. Volstad ran into trouble in the first when he allowed three runs to cross the plate, including a three-run home run by Sacramento's Michael Taylor.

Double-A Tulsa - W 3-0 (48-53)

Starter Tyler Matzek (#9 PuRP) pitched a gem against the Cardinals affiliate on Wednesday, going 6.2 shutout innings and scattering four hits while getting eight strikeouts and walking four. The left hander began heating up with the weather in May and has held opponents to a 1.61 ERA in his last 10 appearances. During that time opponents are batting just .229 against the California native.

First Baseman Kiel Roling plated the two runs for the Drillers, with a two-RBI double in the third inning. The ball could have been his 22nd home run on any other day, but 12 mph winds blowing in from center field knocked the ball down to produce Roling's 21st double of the year. Right fielder Kyle Parker (#5 PuRP) was aboard during Roling's double after a single from a ground ball into left field. Parker later earned an RBI in the seventh inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

High-A Modesto - L 2-11 (50-54)

Cincinnati Reds 2011 first round pick Robert Stephenson shut down the Nuts offense with a fastball that touched 100 on Wednesday. Left fielder Jared Simon was one of the few Modesto hitters to produce anything on the night when he homered in the sixth inning. Shortstop Trevor Story (#4 PuRP) was 2-for-4, but has been mired in a slump where he's batting just .194 in his past 10 games.

Starter Chris Jensen (#26 PuRP) battled, scattering six hits in five innings, but the Nuts defense failed him with four errors in the game. Jensen's final line was eight runs scored, four earned, with five strikeouts and three walks allowed. After an impressive May, the young right hander has struggled in his past two months producing a 7.28 ERA in June and July.

Short-season Tri City - W 3-1 (20-20)

Starter Ryan Warner (HM PuRP) had an impressive game against the Mariners affiliate on Wednesday. The Colorado native pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run on six hits, one walk and earning six strikeouts. The right hander lowered his season ERA to 3.17 with the effort. Reliever Shane Broyles earned the win after pitching two scoreless innings, after his demotion from Asheville he has yet to allow an earned run in 14.1 innings pitched.

Right fielder Julian Yan (HM PuRP) came to the plate in the top of the ninth with the score tied 1-1. The Dominican jump started the Dust Devils offense with an infield single and then stole second base. Yan came around to score on a double by Cesar Galvez and then Galvez later scored on an error giving Tri-City enough for the win.

DSL Rockies - L 4-8 (23-21)

Right fielder Randy Reyes put on a show, with two doubles, one RBI and a run scored. Even with that performance, Reyes struck out twice, a trend that continued with most of the Rockies starters. Twelve strikeouts in all, with a K from every starter except third baseman Luis Castro, who went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rough day for the pitchers as they combined to give up 12 hits and eight earned runs. There wasn't a single pitcher with an ERA below 4.00 to appear in this game for the Rockies. Starter Ismael Viloria lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, with two strikeouts.

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