Sunday Pebble Report: Eddie Butler strikes out nine and Kyle Parker plays first base

Charlie Drysdale

Even with a five inning leash, Eddie Butler nearly reached double digit strikeouts on Saturday. Tyler Matzek enjoyed his longest outing of the season and Kyle Parker is breaking in a first base glove.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - W 5-4 (47-41)

Starter Chris Volstad took the mound after the game had been delayed for an hour due to poor weather conditions. Volstad went on to pitch five innings, allowing four earned runs, on eight hits, striking out three and giving up a home run. Volstad relied on the groundball, getting seven of his eleven outs that way and saw his ERA rose to 4.76 on the season.

The Sky Sox offense used a comeback in the eighth to overcome the Diamondbacks affiliate. Led by Charlie Blackmon, the Sky Sox center fielder went 3-for-4 with two RBI and now has an average of .285 on the year. Xavier Nady, Ryan Wheeler and Ben Paulsen all notched doubles in the game. That leaves Nady's average sitting at .308 since the Rockies signed him to a minor league contract.

Double-A Tulsa L 2-4 (41-43)

Starter Tyler Matzek recorded his longest outing of the season on Saturday night, going seven innings and allowing only a solo home run to score. Matzek nimbly worked around four hits, walking just two and striking out two. Tyler's ERA fell to 3.59 on the year. Reliever Cole White earned the loss and blown save after giving up three earned runs in less than an inning of work.

The Drillers were led by Kiel Roling, who produced three hits in five at bats, including a double and a home run. The Drillers don't have a single batter with a +.300 average in the starting lineup and Kyle Parker is slumping, going 0-for-5 and batting .219 in his last 10 games. Make note however, Kyle Parker played first base for the second consecutive night of the season. Friday was the first time Parker has manned that position in a minor league game for the Rockies organization.

High-A Modesto - L 2-3 (42-45)

Starter Eddie Butler pitched extremely well, but earned the loss on Saturday against the Oakland A's affiliate. Butler gave up just four hits, walking one and getting nine strikeouts. His downfall was a three-run home run in the second that would have been a long out in most parks. The effort raised Butler's season ERA to 2.76 for the Nuts.

Left fielder Brian Humphries continues to lead the Nuts in hitting, going 2-for-4, with a double and his average now sits at .332 on the year. Catcher Ryan Casteel had a double, RBI and walk. Will Swanner was the Designated Hitter and responded with a pair of hits.

Short-season Tri City - W 5-3 (9-14)

The Dust Devils enjoyed solid pitching on Saturday as starter Johendi Jiminian lasted six innings, giving up just a three-run home run and striking out three. Johendi's ERA sits at 3.94 on the year. The bullpen pitched three shutout innings and haven't allowed an earned run in their last 11 innings pitched. Marc Magliaro, Bruce Kern and Trent Daniel were all responsible for the clean innings of relief.

Left fielder Michael Tauchman had a pair of hits, including a double to raise his season average to .264. Shortstop Michael Benjamin scored a pair of runs after earning two hits and walking in the game. Cleanup hitter Wilfredo Rodriguez walked and scored a run, but was otherwise 0-for-3 and is batting .196 on the season.

Short-season Grand Junction - L 4-8 (11-6)

Starter Joel Payamps earned the loss on Saturday as he was too hittable, giving up four extra base hits and allowing four earned runs, while striking out just two. Payamps ERA now sits at 5.03 on the season.

Shortstop Emerson Jimenez is blazing in Grand Junction this season, maintaining a .400 average after going 2-for-5 against the Royals affiliate. Jimenez leads the Pioneer league with 24 hits on the season, one ahead of his teammate Raimel Tapia who is batting .355 after getting three hits on Saturday.

DSL Rockies - L 2-3 (16-15)

The Rockies used four different pitchers in their loss on Saturday to the DSL Marlins. Andres Matos started the game, but lasted only 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. David Martinez earned the loss, with an unearned run allowed in 4.1 innings of work.

The Rockies offense was limited to just three hits, led by Luis Castro, who doubled and scored the lone run of the game. Castro is batting .295 and switched between third and first base during the game.

Low-A Asheville (44-38)

Cancelled due to rain. The Tourists have had 12 games postponed due to inclement weather this season.

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