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Pebble Report - pitching 2009 looks promising

The only boy who could ever teach me...

Okay, so I don't think Chaz is related to the preacher man except for in unholy stuff, but I'm hoping our version turns out as nice.

Casper: Chaz Roe joins Aneury Rodriguez as teens to watch, allowing just two hits and three walks through six innings to go along with five K's. Alan Johnson follows with an equally strong pitching performance (no walks, but five singles) as Casper performs an altitude-ball miracle and shuts out Orem twice in the double header (seven innings each game). Orem's best chances came in the third of either game, the only times besides the very last frame where runners advanced past first. Andrew Johnston (still zero earned runs and zero walks allowed!) and Brett Strickland pitched a scoreless inning each in closing out the wins.

Tri-City: Travis Becktel orders for the whole family: two doubles, two singles and a side of fries in five at bats as the Dust-Devils win seven to five. In addition, Michael Paulk, Jason Van Kooten and Pedro Strop all reached base three times to lead the offense.

Asheville: Kyle Wilson and Matt Miller hit dingers, but the rally for the Tourists falls short. Wilson remains an interesting jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none (he had a PB and allowed an SB as catcher last night) type prospect whose bat speaks to me.

"The leadoff spot is good for me and I feel comfortable there, like that's my natural spot," said Herrera, a 20-year-old second baseman from Venezuela. "If I want to play in the big leagues I need to play well and use my speed. I put the ball in play, I move the runners, I take walks, I do my job on defense."
from the Modesto Bee

Modesto: Jonathan Herrera is doing his best of late to prove my faith in him well-founded as he goes three for three (all doubles) walks twice, scores a pair, knocks some in and steals a base in a fantastic game (and showing a promising knowledge of what's important leading off) carrying the Nuts in a nine to six victory. The Nuts hit eight doubles in all (Randy Blood added a pair and Tulo, Colonel and Stewart one each) and a triple (Hammerin' Joe Gaetti) in the victory. Marc Kaiser was a bit shaky again, allowing eleven hits through five innings.

Tulsa: rained out.

Colorado Springs: Jeff Salazar hit his first AAA homerun and the surging Sky Sox won again even without Ryan Shealy in the lineup. Salazar is benefitting a lot by having legit number two hitter Omar Quintanilla behind him, the two went four for eight, and throw in Eddy Garabito's three for five night from the three spot (in place of Ryan Shealy - alright so it's a little less power there) and you can see why the Sky Sox have had so much success. When the Rockies close down the Cory Sullivan - Aaron Miles era on the big club, similar winning will take place in Denver.