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Pebble Report - Stewart's larger than life again, most everybody else roughed up.

Starting in Tri City, the Dust Devils won three to two, Buzz Vargas and four relievers allowed only four hits and four walks in the win. Phillip Cuadrado, Sandy Almonte and Oscar Materano each had two hits.

Asheville lost a slugfest, thirteen to ten. Dragon Lo allowed six runs on six hits and a walk, including three homeruns in five innings. Lo actually wasn't as bad as the box score indicates, five of the runs came in the fifth where he lost the composure he had beforehand. Jason DiAngelo has been brutal this season when he comes in with runners already on base, he didn't leave any stranded again yesterday as he gave up a grand slam to Columbus second baseman Travis Denker and then a solo shot again to Denker later (combined with the homer he had off of Lo earlier, that made for a pretty nice afternoon) but Lo picks up the loss nonetheless in what I would think was an odd decision by the scorekeeper if I didn't already know that the oddness in the Tulsa box trumps this one by quite a bit. Anyway, offensively, Kyle Wilson and Dustin Hahn each hit two out, and Joe Koshansky one for the Tourists.

Modesto won eleven to nine, Ian Stewart was a perfect three for three with a walk and came a double shy of the cycle, and he didn't have any errors. Rick Guarno and Joe Gaetti each also had three hits apiece.

Tulsa got pounded, twelve to five, Jayson Nix had three hits and Jordan Czarniecki hit his first AA homerun. Aaron Cook took a beating though in his first AA rehab start, in three and two thirds Cook surrendered ten hits and nine runs. However, the losing pitcher turns out to be Gerrit Simpson, who allows just one hit in his one and a third innings (a single in the fourth which allows Tyler Minges to score his second run of the inning) and nothing else. Tulsa was already down eight to four when Simpson came in, they only score five total all game, the ninth run is meaningless, yet Simpson gets the loss. Tell me how that works and understand why I rarely mention our pitching prospects' records. Anyway, Jack Etkin of the Rocky Mountain News in his weekly article lets us know (scroll down to Tulsa item) that Matt Macri is finally about ready to play as well as having a feature on Shane Lindsay and info on several other prospects.

Colorado Springs won Ryan Shealy had a homerun and Ryan Spilborghs went three for three with a double and a walk. Despite Troy Renck's too quick assessment of Scott Dohmann as a failure, having a sub 4.00 ERA at the Springs is still pretty impressive and translates decently to the majors and we should see him again at some point in some pen (it might not be ours) in the big leagues this season.