Wednesday Pebble Report: Scahill, Gomez dominant in relief; Tapia extends streak

Doug Pensinger

Rob Scahill and Leuris Gomez played key roles for their teams on Tuesday thanks to dominant relief outings. Joe Gardner continued his string of impressive outings since being removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster while a pair of Grand Junction youngsters had headline-worthy performances.

Triple-A Colorado Springs: L 4-2 (55-53, 3rd, 5.5 GB)

Reid Brignac had three of the Sky Sox' six hits, including a game-tying, two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. Unfortunately for the Springs, Mitchell Boggs surrendered a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom half of the inning to New Orleans' Jake Smolinski.

Chris Volstad was decent in his start, lasting six innings and allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out four, but created a lot of traffic as a result of five walks. Rob Scahill was brilliant in 1 2/3 innings of relief, striking out four of the five batters he faced.

Jordan Pacheco singled and walked in four plate appearances in his first action since being demoted. Although the team plans to have him see more time at catcher, Pacheco started at first base.

Double-A Tulsa: W 4-2 (17-22 2nd half, 4th, 5 GB)

Delta Cleary Jr. had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a pair of runs to pace Tulsa's offense. Kyle Parker and Joey Wong also contributed a pair of knocks while Jaron Shepherd tripled and scored.

Josh Mueller started in place of Chad Bettis and allowed a pair of runs on three hits and two walks in four innings. Leuris Gomez did the heavy lifting, tossing three shutout innings while racking up six strikeouts, to earn the win. The 26-year-old righty is a little old for the level, but he's also dominating hitters like he should be; Gomez has a 1.52 ERA with 35 strikeouts and eight walks in 23.2 innings. He's allowed just 11 hits.

Joe Gardner earned the save after cleaning up a bases-loaded mess left by Juan Gonzalez in the eighth. Gardner was perfect in his two innings of work and notched a pair of strikeouts. Since being removed from the Rockies' 40-man roster on July 9, Gardner has struck out 12 batters and walked none in 13 2/3 innings while allowing just three runs.

High-A Modesto: L 8-6 (21-19 2nd half, 2nd, 0.5 GB)

Daniel Winkler's long stretch of games in which he allowed three earned runs or less came to an end on Tuesday against Bakersfield. Winkler gave up six earned runs on seven hits, including a trio of home runs. He struck out six and walked three in 4 2/3 innings.

Harold Riggins hit a solo home run for his 17th big fly of the year. Brian Humphries, Tyler Massey and Trevor Story had two hits apiece in the losing effort. Humphries also stole a pair of bases, and Story and Niko Gallego were guilty of theft once.

Low-A Asheville: L 9-5 (16-21 2nd half, 7th, 7.5 GB)

The Tourists jumped out to a 5-1 lead but were unable to hold on after Alving Mejias surrendered four runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Max White was the star of the game offensively for Asheville, doubling and homering in four at-bats. Derek Jones, Francisco Sosa, Michael Ramirez and Juan Ciriaco also had two hits apiece. Rosell Herrera and Tom Murphy combined to go 0-for-6 with a walk and a pair of punchouts in the three- and four-spots in the lineup.

Matthew Carasiti allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings of work, lowering his ERA to 7.94. He was pegged with a no-decision.

Short-Season A Tri-City: L 6-5 (3-5 2nd half, t-3rd, 2 GB)

The Dust Devils fell into a 5-0 hole in the middle innings but nearly rallied to win, and probably would have if they managed a single extra-base hit in the ninth inning.

Tri-City's first four hitters in the ninth reached base via a walk and three straight singles. After Michael Benjamin stole second base, the Dust Devils had runners at second and third with nobody out, and two runs had already crossed the plate. However, Sean Dwyer hit a comebacker for the first out of the inning and the Dust Devils were only able to manage a sacrifice fly after that.

Konner Wade took the loss after allowing two runs on five hits in five innings.

Rookie Grand Junction: L 13-11 (21-17 1st half, 1st)

Ogden blew a five-run lead early and darn-near squandered a seven-run advantage later, but the Raptors held on for a tight win over the Rockies in a game that featured 24 runs and 28 hits.

Peter Tago took a tremendous step in the wrong direction, allowing eight runs -- seven earned -- on eight hits and six walks in four innings of work. Naturally, as would be the case in a game in which a team allows 13 runs, the bullpen wasn't much better, although Carlos Yan worked a perfect eighth.

Ryan McMahon hit a pair of home runs and drove in six as part of his 3-for-5 night. Correlle Prime also had three hits and a homer, while Raimel Tapia extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a home run and a single.

Jordan Patterson joined the home run barrage by hitting his fourth of the year. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored. Jose Briceno had two hits, including a double, and scored twice.

Rookie DSL Rockies: L 8-2 (26-24, 5th, 11 GB)

The Rockies were easily dispatched of by a Yankees secondary squad who entered the game with a DSL-worst 10-39 record. Starter Carlos Polanco allowed six runs, though only two were earned, in five innings of work. Rockies pitchers surrendered three home runs, a pretty rare feat in the DSL. Yankees farmhand Wascar Rodriguez was responsible for two of those, his first two jacks of the year.

Omar Carrizales and Wilkyns Ramirez had two hits apiece for the Rockies. Luis Jean and Luis Castro each drove in a run in the loss.

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