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Pebble Report - Simons, Deduno solid, others not so much

Casper: Aneury Rodriguez lasted less than three innings for Casper giving up eight hits and six runs. Cole Garner also had a rough night, going zero for fives, but other than that, the rest of the team did very well. EY Jr had three hits including a triple, Daniel Mayora homered and scored a pair and the Rockies wound up winning largely because of an effective long relief outing by Jamey Metzger.

Tri-City:Zach Simons allowed only three hits (and no walks) in seven innings of work, and typical of his performance to date, he had just a single strike-out as well. That low WHIP figure is obvioulsy what he thrives on, it will be interesting to see if he continues to force batters to make weak contact as he advances. I worry as he gets farther along, more advanced batters will be able to wait for a mistake by fouling him off until he slips. As Rockiesbiggestfan mentioned yesterday, Michael Paulk has indeed been heating up lately. He's another later round steal from the draft who we convinced not to return for a senior season at college and he went three for three last night. Jason Van Kooten also had a pair of hits in the seven to one win.

Asheville: Samuel Deduno looks completely back from his injury, he allowed one run on eight hits and a walk and struck out eight batters in seven innings last night. Jose Valdez hit two homeruns to lead the Tourists offense at home.

Modesto: The Nuts continue to slump, pretty much since the callup to Tulsa of Chris Iannetta, and they lost again last night seven to three despite getting twelve hits. Ian Stewart had three of those, including a double (which was the only Modesto hit for extra bases). Jonathan Herrera had three, and Seth Smith and Christian Colonel a pair each.

Tulsa: The Drillers lost three to one, Jon Asahina pitched okay, but there wasn't a lot of offense behind him. Jayson Nix had a single, a pair of walks and a stolen base and that was about the best the Drillers could muster.

Colorado Springs: Todd Helton doubled, Todd Greene had three hits in four tries, so their rehabs seem mostly complete. Ryan Spilborghs had a busy night: he scored three times on a single and two walks, stole a base and had two outfield assists and an error. the Sky Sox won, eight to two after cracking the game open on JJ Davis' pinch hit grand slam in the eighth.