Friday Pebble Report: Dan Winkler tosses 6 no-hit innings, Modesto gets first win

Rob Tringali

Dan Winkler and Antonia Senzatela had strong pitching performances go to waste, David Dahl went deep and Corey Dickerson was a home run short of the cycle on a night that saw the previously-winless Modesto Nuts grab the only win for a Rockies affiliate.

AAA - Round Rock Express 14, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 8

The Sky Sox had seven extra-base hits, including a pair of home runs from Jason Pridie and a double and triple from Corey Dickerson, but it was not enough to overcome the Round Rock Express in a 14-8 loss. Christian Bergman (No. 26 PuRP) allowed eight earned runs on nine hits in three innings of work in his second start of 2014.

Colorado Springs batted around in the top of the first, taking a 4-0 lead, but the Express scored three in the second and five in the third to chase Bergman from the game and take an 8-4 lead. The Express never looked back as the Sky Sox bullpen trio of Brooks Brown, Manny Corpas and Cole White was unable to keep the game within reach despite Pridie's homers in the seventh and ninth.

AA - Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Tulsa Drillers 0

Dan Winkler (No. 12 PuRP) held Corpus Christi hitless through six innings, but it was all for naught as the Drillers' offense let him down in what ended up as a 6-0 loss.

After Corpus Christi right fielder Andrew Alpin drew a two-out walk in the first, Winkler set down the next 16 Hooks hitters in order before shortstop Nolan Fontana walked and Alpin singled to lead off the seventh and Winkler was removed from the game. The Tulsa bullpen allowed both inherited runners to score, coughing up a total of four runs in the inning and two more in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Hooks' pitching trio of Ross Seaton, Luis Cruz and Jordan Jankowski scattered 10 hits in a shutout. Taylor Featherston (No. 22 PuRP) and Cristhian Adames (No. 13 PuRP) had a pair of hits each for the Drillers.

High-A - Modesto Nuts 6, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 5

Sean Dwyer's walk-off single gave the Nuts their first win of the season, a 6-5 triumph over the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. Modesto starter Andrew Brown gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings, but the bullpen trio of Tyler Gagnon, Shane Broyles and Rayan Gonzalez combined to allow just two hits in four innings, giving the Nuts a chance to make a comeback.

Modesto trailed 5-2 entering the bottom of the sixth when Will Swanner (No. 24 PuRP) hit a two-run home run, his first of the season, to cut the lead to 5-4. The Nuts won the game in the ninth when Rosell Herrera (No. 4 PuRP) reached on a two-out error that allowed the tying run to score and Dwyer's single plated Trevor Story (No. 6 PuRP), who had a pair of doubles in the game, with the winning run.

A - Hickory Crawdads 6, Asheville Tourists 5 (10 innings)

Antonio Senzatela (No. 29 PuRP) allowed just two runs on seven hits in six innings of work, but the Asheville bullpen coughed up the lead in an extra-inning loss to Hickory, dropping the Tourists to 4-4.

Senzatela left the game after six inning with the Tourists leading 4-2, a lead that would expand to 5-2 in the top of the seventh when David Dahl (No. 3 PuRP) hit his second home run of the season, but Crawdads second baseman Travis Demeritte tied the game in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run home run off of Asheville reliever Trent Blank. Hickory won the game in the bottom of the tenth when Julio Beras walked off with a single against Logan Norris.

Michael Benjamin contributed three hits, including a home run, to the Tourisits' offensive effort.

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