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Saturday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs: Ryan Shealy put up a monster game at the plate and Jeff Salazar had a huge game as well as the Sky Sox won twelve to eight last night. Shealy went four for five with two homeruns and two doubles and knocked in seven of the Sky Sox' runs. He's now got forty-three hits and thirty-nine RBI in just thirty-six games, twenty-three of those hits have gone for extra bases as he's proving himself to be a dominant AAA force that needs an MLB assignment. Salazar, meanwhile, is looking better than he has in three years, as he seems to finally have figured out that he'll never be a homerun hitter, not even at altitude.  And as long as he's okay with fashioning his game around doubles, plate discipline, and taking pitches the other way when needed, he'll continue to put up numbers like he has in the first six games of the year. He went three for four last night with a double and walk and probably would have scored more than twice had Luis A Gonzalez not ground into two double plays batting second.

Tulsa: Ubaldo Jimenez is quickly moving back into the elite prospect group, tossing his first shutout and complete game of the season last night, allowing only three hits and a walk and striking out ten. U-ball has now won four straight games and has an ERA of just over one in that span. Since this May 19 game, he's had an incredible turnaround in his control. He walked six in four and two-thirds innings in that game, which equals the amount he's walked in the twenty-six innings since. Chris Iannetta hit his ninth homerun and eighth and ninth doubles of the season to lead the offense.  Note that on the season, Iannetta now has as many extra base hits as he has strikeouts, twenty, and just one less walk. That's a very positive sign for prospects, showing the three key plate abilities: power, hitting for contact and plate discipline. Seth Smith and Joe Koshansky also had three hits apiece.

Modesto: Jonathan Herrera had three hits and a walk and scored three times batting leadoff, while Humberto Cardenas had probably his best outing of the season and the Nuts won, seven to three. Cardenas allowed no runs on six hits in six innings of work.

Asheville: The Tourists won five to four in eleven innings with two game saving two run rallies. The first came in the bottom of the ninth off of Greenville reliever Blake Maxwell to tie the game at three, and the second two innings later to overcome a one run deficit to win the game.  Cole Garner proved to be the clutch prospect and hero of the game here, knocking in the Tourists' first two runs on doubles, and then scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth on a Phillip Cuadrado single. He wasn't done, though, in the eleventh he scored the winning run after singling in Chris Nelson for the tie, and eventually moving around to score the winning run on a bases loaded walk to Kyle Blumenthal.