Monday Pebble Report: Wheeler, Story, Swanner improving

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Sunday's games saw several struggling prospects continue second half improvements.

Reno 6, Colorado Springs 7

Charlie Culberson led the Sky Sox offense with three hits, including a home run, scoring twice and knocking in two. Reid Brignac went 2 for 5 in his return from the DL. Charlie Blackmon and Tim Wheeler also each had two hits and scored runs. Wheeler singled in Blackmon in the ninth inning for a Sky Sox walkoff.

Collin McHugh made his first Sky Sox start, allowing four runs over five innings. Nick Schmidt blew the Sky Sox lead, allowing two runs (only one earned), but solid work from Steven Hensley and Logan Kensing at the end of the game allowed for the Sky Sox to win in walk-off fashion.

Corpus Christi 5, Tulsa 0

The Drillers managed just four hits in the game, with a Cristhian Adames double being the only one for extra bases. Angelys Nina walked in addition to his single. Kyle Parker struck out three times.

After spending much of the season in the Tulsa bullpen, Dan Houston returned to the rotation, replacing the promoted McHugh. Lasting just three innings due to his time in the pen, Houston allowed three runs, only one of which was earned due to a Kiel Roling error. Long reliever Josh Mueller pitched well, bit Mike Marbry allowed two solo home runs during his two innings, burying the Drillers further.

Modesto 7, Bakersfield 2

Trevor Story hit his 7th and 8th homers of the season in this Modesto win. Will Swanner also contributed with two hits and a homer, with Ryan Casteel also going deep. Tyler Gagnon was excellent, throwing eight innings, striking out seven and allowing just two hits and two walks.

Asheville 2, Rome 8 (Game #1, 7 innings)

Asheville was finally able to get in a few games for the first time in several days. In Game #1, Rosell Herrera had three hits including two doubles and Max White homered, but starter Matt Carasiti continued his 2013 struggles, walking five and allowing seven hits, combining into five runs over three innings. Ryan Arrowood also struggled with control in relief, walking three and allowing three unearned runs.

Asheville 2, Rome 3 (Game #2, 7 innings)

Tourists pitching was much better this time. Jayson Aquino's A-level debut went well, with three hits, a walk and a run over five innings. He struck out five. Unfortunately, Michael Mason walked two to start the seventh inning, and a single would bring them both around to score. Offensively, Matt Wessinger's double was the only extra base hit of Asheville's four. He scored one of the two runs. Francisco Sosa singled and ultimately came in to score on a Max White sac fly.

Tri-City 3, Boise 1 (10 innings)

Ashley Graeter had two hits with a double and a run batted in. Michael Tauchman also had two hits and batted in the other two Dust Devils runs. Ben Waldrip also had two knocks and Kyle Von Tungeln tripled, walked and scored a run in his 2013 Dust Devils debut. Ryan Warner allowed just one run on two hits and a walk in eight innings. Shane Broyles truck out the side in the ninth, while Bruce Kern pitched a clean 10th for the save.

Grand Junction 4, Idaho Falls 8

Raimel Tapia hit his first homer of the year as one of two hits. Jairo Rosario had two hits, including a double with a run batted in. Ryan McMahon batted in two runs. Helmis Rodriguez allowed seven of the Idaho Falls runs before leaving two outs into the fourth inning. He was not at all helped by the defense. Only three of those runs were earned, as Grand Junction committed five errors in the game, including two from Miguel dilone and one from Rodriguez himself. The bullpen was solid, with only Scott Firth allowing a run.

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