Monday Pebble Report: What else, but Jonathan Gray?

Doug Pensinger

Jonathan Gray. Jonathan Gray. Also, Jonathan Gray. Oh, Dustin Garneau hit a grand slam, so there was that. But still, Jonathan Gray.

Sacramento 12, Colorado Springs 4

Tim Wheeler, Hernan Iribarren and Xavier Nady each had two hits with a double, but the Sky Sox offense wasn't productive enough to contend in this game. Starer Collin McHugh struggled to minimize damage, allowing six earned runs over four and a third innings on eight hits and two walks. Things got worse in the sixth inning as Steven Hensley tried desperately get through the opposing lineup, only to be sabotaged by four errors by the defense in the inning. He allowed the other six runs to cross, all of them unearned. Mike McClendon and Logan Kensing finished the game cleanly.

Springfield 8, Tulsa 10

A high scoring game with 27 hits between the two clubs, the Drillers came out on top. Juan Crousset went 3 for 3 and a walk, also scoring three times. Angelys Nina tripled as one of two hits, and also knocked in two more runs. Tim Smalling got two hits and scored twice, while Tom Murphy also got two hits. Dustin Garneau hit a pinch hit grand slam. Even starting pitcher Christian Bergman got a RBI hit.

On the pitching side of things, Bergman (much like McHugh) failed to limit damage from hits, allowing five earned runs on eight hits over six and a third, though he did demonstrate good control, walking none. Joe Gardner also struggled in relief, allowing another three runs on four hits and a walk. Michael Solbach (who got the win) and Cole White (who got the save) bailed the other two pitchers out of rough innings.

Modesto 4, Lake Elsinore 1

All six Modesto hits were doubles in this game. Taylor Featherston was responsible for two of them, knocking in two runs. Jared Simon also knocked in two runs on his double. The real story of the game was Jonathan Gray, who struck out eight and allowed just two hits over five innings, lowering his Modesto ERA to 0.75. Nelson Gonzalez allowed the shutout to be broken due to a couple of poorly timed hits, but otherwise pitched well.

Charleston 8, Asheville 5

Asheville matched Charleston's 14 hits, but left 14 runners on base in this loss. Francisco Sosa had four hits, including a homer, making a strong bid to be re-signed this offseason by the club. Derek Jones also homered, and doubled twice for a total of three knocks. Zach Osborne also put together three hits, all singles.

Unfortunately, Ben Hughes and Brook Hart struggled on the mound. Starter Hughes allowed 12 hits over his six and a third innings, good for six earned runs. Another two came around on just two hits under Hart's watch. Trent Daniel pitched a clean ninth.

Both Tri-City and Grand Junction saw their games postponed due to weather.

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