Tuesday Pebble Report: Alex Balog earns 1st pro win

Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

It's the last full Pebble Report of the season!

Rookie Grand Junction: W 8-4 (10-22 2nd half, 4th, 9 GB)

Alex Balog earned his first professional victory after surrendering four runs on eight hits in six innings. He struck out five. Balog was helped by a six-run outburst by the Rockies' offense in the second inning. Correlle Prime and Raimel Tapia both homered in the inning.

Ryan McMahon went 3-for-4 and hit his ninth homer of the season and Dom Nunez added three hits of his own.

Grand Junction is the lone affiliate in action on Tuesday. The Rockies take on Ogden again and will send Roy Oswalt to the mound in a rehab start.

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Triple-A Colorado Springs: L 4-3 (67-76, 3rd, 10.5 GB)

The Sky Sox managed just four hits, two off the bat of Hernan Iribarren (including a homer), in their season finale. Carlos Gonzalez, who was set to make his final rehab appearance, was scratched from the lineup before the game with a swollen right hand.

Armando Galarraga allowed just one earned run on four hits in six innings. Cory Riordan was tagged with the blown save and the loss after giving up two runs on three hits in two frames.

Double-A Tulsa: W 8-4 (68-70, 2nd, 4.5 GB)

The Drillers weathered a two-homer game from Springfield's Xavier Scruggs to win their regular-season finale. Tulsa will advance to the playoffs by virtue of winning the first-half title in the Texas League's North division.

Jayson Langfels went 2-for-3 with his 14th home run of the season and Kyle Parker and Tim Smalling added two hits apiece. Parker finished the season, his first in Double-A, with a .288/.345/.492 line and 23 home runs.

Tim Gustafson picked up the win after giving up just two runs on six hits in seven innings.

High-A Modesto: W 11-0 (75-65, 3rd, 8 GB)

The Nuts finished three games ahead of San Jose in the second half to earn a playoff spot. The impressive half was capped off with a 13-hit performance in which five different hitters, including Trevor Story and Harold Riggins, had two or more knocks.

Jordan Ribera had three hits and drove in four runs and starting pitcher Ben Alsup tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and racking up six strikeouts.

A Asheville: L 6-2 (63-73, 6th, 18.5 GB)

Jayson Aquino finished the season without a win, falling to 0-9 with a 4.78 ERA after allowing four runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out six. Asheville managed just five hits, but four were doubles. David Bergin had the Tourists' lone RBI in the team's season finale.

Short-Season A Tri-City: W 11-1 (34-42, 4th, 10 GB)

Julian Yan had two hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs to pace the Dust Devils' offensive outburst. Ashley Grater contributed two hits and two RBI and Wilfredo Rodriguez had a hit and a walk to cap off a fairly impressive end to his season. The 19-year-old catcher wound up hitting .270 with a .355 on-base percentage after a horrific start. He did, however, slug just .326.

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