Wednesday Pebble Report: Sky Sox split doubleheader; Harold Riggins hits 20th HR in Modesto victory

Charlie Drysdale

It wasn't a great night down on the farm, with losses at every level except for the Hi-A Modesto Nuts. The Sky Sox split a doubleheader for the other win on Tuesday.

Colorado Springs, L 8-6 in 7 innings (58-62)
The Sky Sox battled back after Sean Gallagher allowed a five-spot in the first inning (three on a homer), but there weren't enough innings for them to make it successful, as the two teams had a doubleheader to complete on Tuesday.

Gallagher did start the Springs' scoring in the four-run third inning with an RBI ground out, however. Pacheco drove in the second run on a fielder's choice that he beat out, but was thrown out at home when he attempted to score on a wild pitch (Tim Wheeler scored from third while Pacheco came in from second). Pacheco added a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the seventh.

Colorado Springs, W 2-0 in 7 innings (59-62)
The Sky Sox bounced back in the final game of the double dip, winning the makeup of Monday's game. Ryan Wheeler (9) and Xavier Nady (13) hit back-to-back homers to start the fourth inning for all the runs in the game.

Collin McHugh pitched six scoreless innings, scattered four hits, and struck out five. Logan Kensing closed the game out for his 14th save.

Tulsa, L 8-6 (60-59)
Tim Gustafson let this one get away early by allowing six runs over the first three innings. He left the game with one out in the fifth, having surrendered another run and leaving a runner on base. Leuris Gomez allowed the inherited runner to score, putting the game at 8-2 in favor of Midland.

The Drillers offense stirred in the top of the sixth with Cristhian Adames' two-run single and Kyle Parker's RBI single, but after that the only other run came on Tyler Kuhn's eighth-inning RBI single. Adames and Parker each had two RBI, but the latter went 4-for-5 at the plate. Kuhn finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, two walks, and three runs scored.

Modesto, W 9-3 (60-61)
The Nuts broke open a 1-1 game in the bottom of the fourth inning with Will Swanner's sacrifice fly and Harold Riggins' three-run blast (20) to center field. In the fifth Trevor Story added a two-run triple, and an inning later Matt Wessinger added two more runs on a single. Swanner added the other run on a single in the second inning.

Tyler Anderson made his second start since his return to Modesto, allowing three runs in six innings on six hits and three walks. He struck out six.

Asheville, L 7-1 (57-61)
Francisco Sosa drove in Asheville's only run of the game in the second inning on his 17th home run of the season. The offense piled up 10 strikeouts, with seven of nine starters going down that way at least once.

T.J. Oakes surrendered all seven of Hickory's runs, though only five were earned. He struck out three. Juan Ciriaco and Oakes each had an error in the first inning, eventually leading to the first two runs as unearned. Alving Mejias and Brook Hart combined to pitch two clean inning and strike out three.

Tri-City, L 7-2 (26-31)
Antonio Senzatela lasted just four innings Tuesday night, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out five. The third inning saw those runs come across the plate, two on a single and the other on a wild pitch. Senzatela worked out of a jam in the fourth inning: after striking out the first two batters he walked the next three before inducing the inning-ending grounder to second base.

Pat Valaika and Kyle Von Tungeln drove in Tri-City's runs; Chris O'Dowd hit a triple in the first but was stranded at third in a bases-loaded situation when Valaika grounded out.

DSL Rockies, L 4-2 (28-33)
The Rockies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with 1B Henry Garcia's two-out RBI double and extended it to 2-0 in the sixth with DH Hamlet Marte's sac fly. Then the Rockies' relief effort fell apart in the seventh.

The 6'3" lefty Hector Villarroel, who turned 18 on Aug. 12, pitched 4⅔ scoreless innings, held the Angels to three hits and three walks, and struck out six. Jesus Torres relieved Villarroel and pitched into the seventh. He allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning before seeing the leadoff runner score on a wild pitch. The Angels then put down back-to-back sac bunts, the first of which resulted in a fielding error by catcher Joel Diaz. A second error followed during Juan Moreno's at-bat, pushing a second run across the plate.

Hector Guerrero took Torres' place on the mound. After intentionally walking his first batter to load the bases, Guerrero committed a fielding error that allowed a third run to score. A flyball single to right field put the fourth run of the inning on the board. Right fielder Randy Reyes, however, threw out a runner at home on the same play.

Grand Junction, L 12-3 (24-27)
Grand Junction's pitching failed to show up in this contest. Zach Jemiola allowed five runs over 4⅔ innings, including a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Carlos Estevez replaced Jemiola but fared no better, surrendering five runs in the sixth inning.

Jordan Patterson drove in two of Grand Junction's three runs, including a ninth-inning solo homer (8).

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