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Saturday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox lost three to nothing, being held to six hits by Michael Tejera. Josh Wilson and Luis Gonzalez each had two of those hits, and lead-off man Jeff Salazar also got aboard twice with a pair of walks.

Tulsa: The Drillers brought out the whuppin' sticks last night, beating the Midland Rockhounds in a game that wasn't as close as the six to one score indicated. Of the fourteen hits logged by the Tulsa offense, half came from the bats of Seth Smith and Alvin Colina. Smith's four included three doubles and Seth also scored twice. Marc Kaiser had his second complete game in a row, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out five. Apparently he's turning things up a notch for the second half, the guru of efficient pitching now leads the Texas League in IP by a full twelve innings.

Modesto: The Nuts fell victim to the sprawl of the Inland Empire in California League play. Modesto only managed one run, as Matt Miller continued his late slump -going zero for four with two GIDP's. Dragon Lo took the loss, throwing a wild six innings in which he struck out six, walked four, hit two batters and allowed nine to get hits.

Asheville: The Tourists and Lexington Legends played six and 1/6 innings of a rain shortened game, but really they only needed one to decide the winner. All six runs in the game were scored in the sixth, with Asheville coming out the winner of a four to two contest. Koby Clemens had a two run error fielding a Travis Becktel bunt, and then Chris Cook drove in Becktel and Daniel Carte with a two run double to complete the Tourists' scoring. Alan Johnson pitched a solid, scoreless five innings before getting in trouble (two runs) and being relieved by Chad Bailey in the sixth.

In a side note from the game two days ago, apparently Chaz Roe can teach David Christensen about the importance of a good haircut for baseball success. Then again, with the way Christensen is hitting (keep reading, we'll get there) maybe the opposite holds true for our batters.

Tri-City: Daniel Mayora's two solo homeruns on a three for four night were the obvious highlights of an eight to two loss by the Dust-Devils. The homeruns came off a pair of pitchers who otherwise dominated Dust-Devil batters, so maybe this is a little alert flag for us to start keeping an eye on Tri-City's youngest infielder.

Casper: David Christensen led a pack of four Rockies with two hits apiece (Rhadames Nazario, Michael Milliron, and Logan Wiens were the other three). Our second round pick, Christensen, now has seven hits after four games. Casper finally won their first of those four last night by a score of three to two. Esmil Rogers gets the props after giving up just one run in six innings. He only K'd three so the dominance wasn't quite there, but in the Pioneer League that's impressive anyway. The twenty year old Rogers needs to eat, he's listed at 6'1" and 146 pounds.