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Sunday Pebble Report: Asheville Starts the Fireworks Early

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Team should not sell the farm--Renck.

"Jimenez walks on wild side".

Asheville: Normally this should be the Springs' spot, but when the team scores 21 runs (to the opposing 9) it deserves to have top billing. Cole Garner had the best night as he went 5-for-6, with a double (17), 2 homers (12), 7 RBI (45) and 4 runs scored. Folwer, Young, Cuadrado and Carte all had three hits each, while Paulk and Blumenthal had 2 each. Fowler had also scored 4 runs and also had a solo homerun. Blumenthal had 3 RBI, two off a homerun. Jason Van Kooten and Travis Becktel were the only two to not have a hit or an RBI, but did score a total of 3 runs. Young (57), Garner (19) and Fowler (23) each stole a base. Brandon Durden went 7 innings, allowed 7 ER on 9 H and K'ed 4.

Colorado Springs: Mike Esposito beat Tim Stauffer 5-1 last night. Esposito went 8 innings, saw 1 run cross the plate on 5 H and K'ed 5. Manuel Corpas pitched the final inning and K'ed 1. Rivera, Shealy, Nix and Esposito all had an RBI each. Chris Iannetta also collected 2 hits in 2 ABs and walked once.

Tulsa: The Drillers spilt the double-header yesterday. In Zach Parker's first AA start since his demotion from the Springs, the Drillers hit their way to a 6-4 win for him. He went 5 innings and allowed 4 R on 5 H. Jim Miller, now clsing for the team as a result of Corpas' promotion, recorded his first save of the season. Tulowitzki, Smith, Stewart, Gaetti and Macri all had doubles. Smith also had a homer, while Tulo drove in 2 runs. Gaetti and Czarniecki also chipped in an RBI each.

The second game, a 9-3 loss, saw Ian Stewart and Matt Macri each with an RBI. Tino Sanchez, who saw a good chunk of service with Tulsa last year, played his first game for the Nuts yesterday. He also had an RBI. Alberto Arias and Josh Newman were both roughed up, Arias for 6 runs and Newman for 3.

Modesto: The Nuts lost 5-1 yesterday on 4 hits. Frey, Miller, Davies and Sardinha had the hits. Frey's was a double. Samuel Deduno pitched 5 innings, let 5 runs cross home on 8 hits and also K'ed 9.

Tri-City: Jeff Samardzija and Jeremy Papelbon dominated the Dust Devils in 7 innings of work. They combined for 10 Ks (5 each) and only 1 hits in the 4-0 victory. Josh Sullivan had a good start despite taking the loss (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R {0 ER}, 2 BB, 9 K). Michael McKenry and Brian Aguailar had the hits. Anthony Jackson stole his 3rd base.

Casper: Despite a 4-0 lead for 4 innings, the Rockies lost this one 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th. Hector Gomez led the game off with his first career homer and also added a second RBI later in the game. Pedro Perez, Jhaysson Agustin and Austin Rauch each had an RBI. David Christensen collected two more hits and also K'ed once. Robinson Fabian went 5 innings and allowed 5 hits. He allowed 2 R, walked 2 and K'ed 2. Chris Buechner made his first appearance and K'ed 1. Yull Silanp pitched 1 2/3 innings and let in 2 R. He also K'ed 4.