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Wednesday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox lost nine to five, with relievers Jamie Cerda and Eduardo Sierra giving up two runs apiece in the final two innings. Other struggling S. Sox include Omar Quintanilla, who's batting .174 in the PCL, and Jayson Nix who after a zero for three night with two K's (and a sac fly) is now down to .233. On the good side, Jeff Baker is heating up, he had a pair of hits, including a double and three RBI. He's now knocked in sixteen already in the month. Of course, Baker and Ryan Spillborghs (also two for five, now sporting a .420 OBP) play positions we don't need a lot of help with in the bigs right now, so take that for what it's worth.

Tulsa: Juan Morillo pitched five solid innings, allowing no runs on three each of hits, walks and K's. Seth Smith had three hits in the leadoff slot, and Matt Macri, Christian Colonel and the Doug Bernier each had two apiece. Tulo and Czar both were held out for the second straight game, Tulowitzki after being hit by a pitch in the leg Sunday, and Czarniecki for illness. Both have been listed as day to day and should be back soon.

Modesto: Samuel Deduno had another mixed outing, giving up four runs in six innings, while striking out seven and walking none. He now has an impressive 22/4 K/BB ratio after nearly sixteen innings, but he's also given up sixteen hits in that span with an unimpressive 4.02 ERA. I figure that last number should start to drop soon, but if it doesn't it could be some cause for concern going forward. Corey Wimberly and Neil Wilson had two hits, and Matt Miller had three for the Nuts in a losing cause.

Asheville: Xavier Cedeno had a rough outing, lasting only three innings and giving up four runs on five hits and four walks. Thanks to Dexter Fowler (two for five with a triple and bunt single, two stolen bases) and Kyle Blumenthal (three for four, two doubles and a HR) the Tourists were able to keep it close, but finally lost six to five. Brett Strickland finally allowed his first hit of the season (an infield single) in his fifth appearance. Sally League hitters are no match for him, let's see what he can do against stiffer competition.

Update [2006-4-19 16:3:54 by Rox Fan in NY]: Ian Stewart debuted at #4 on BA's first installment of their Prospect Hot Sheet.