Saturday Pebble Report: Dan Winkler dominates again

David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

There may be more than two pitchers in Tulsa to get really, really excited about.

A few big names had big nights on the farm as the affiliates split the evening going 2-2

Triple-A: Memphis 9, Colorado Springs 3

For the fourth time in his last five starts, Christian Friedrich gave up at least five runs. This outing was actually looking pretty good for a while, as Friedrich worked through the first five innings only allowing two runs. Unfortunately, the train derailed in the sixth as the Redbirds batted around and scored five runs on five hits and a walk. The trend is bad news for Friedrich who continues to be extremely hittable despite a 29/10 strikeout to walk ratio. When that ratio is strong and hitters are still making this kind of contact against you in the minor leagues, it's generally a very bad sign in terms of your chances to have success at the next level.

Offensively, seven different Sky Sox players recorded a hit, but nobody had multiple hits. Kyle Parker and Jackson Williams each had a double, and Angelys Nina had the only triple of the game. Parker now has an .899 OPS on the season.

Double-A: Tulsa 4, Arkansas 2

Dan Winkler was very strong again; going seven innings while allowing two runs on eight strike outs and just one walk and four hits. Amazingly, this outing raised Winkler's ERA to 1.22 on the season. Winkler has now struck out 41 batters in 37 innings on the season and hitters carry a scant .136 average against the forgotten gem in the Drillers rotation. After Winkler left the game, Kraig Sitton, who quietly has a 0.68 ERA on the season and Scott Oberg easily closed the door and secured the win.

The big inning of run support came in the fifth when Tulsa put three on the board on a bases clearing double from Ryan Casteel who now has strung together three good games at the plate in a row after a rough start to the season. Casteel joined Taylor Featherston and Delta Cleary Jr. as the three Drillers with a pair of hits in the game. Unfortunately, Tom Murphy struggled again going hitless for the fourth time in his last five games, dropping his OPS on the season to .575.

High-A: Bakersfield 8, Modesto 4

This game was not as close as it looked. Nuts' starter Andrew Brown took a beating; giving up eight runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings of work. Every hitter Brown faced put the ball in play as he didn't record a walk or a strikeout. When he walked off the mound, his team was in the hole 8-0.

The Nuts would make the score look respectable when they grabbed two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth. Chris O'Dowd recorded the only multi hit game and half the extra base hits for Modesto as he picked up a pair of doubles. Will Swanner and Sean Dwyer, batting directly behind O'Dowd had the other doubles, but it was the bottom of the lineup who knocked in the runs as Jordan Ribera, Derek Jones, and Juan Ciriaco each had an RBI.

Low-A: Asheville 14, Lakewood 3

This was an annihilation. Every single member of the Tourists had a hit and they scored at least one run in all but two of the innings they batted. A half dozen runs were on the board for Asheville after the first frame, and they picked up an additional 11 hits after that point. David Dahl went 2-5 at the top of the lineup and stole his eighth base of the season, Patrick Valaika had a double and a walk and actually saw his OPS on the season DROP to 1.002, Ryan McMahon racked up five more RBI in this one, and Raimel Tapia was on base four times and extended his streak of at least two RBI a game to five. The only thing the Tourists didn't do offensively in this one is hit a ball out of the yard.

On the mound, Konnor Wade had what was probably his best start of the season as he went seven innings and allowed only two runs to drop his ERA on the season to 4.97.

Saturday Probables:

Colorado Springs: Christian Bergman (3-1, 6.35 ERA)

Tulsa: Jon Gray (2-2, 3.80 ERA)

Modesto: Matt Flemer (3-1, 5.11 ERA)

Asheville: Johendi Jiminian (4-1, 1.27 ERA)

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