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Monday Pebble Report:

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Colorado Springs: The Giants' Tim Lincecum could be a regular thorn in the Rockies side over the next few seasons, so maybe the team should consider keeping Omar Quintanilla around just for him. Q went two for three with a double and a single off of Lincecum, the rest of the team went one for eighteen, with fourteen strikeouts. Ouch. Eric DuBose pitched well, but against that he took the three to nothing loss anyway.

Tulsa: Jeff Dragicevich homered and doubled, but an eighth inning bullpen collapse proved the Drillers' undoing in a four to two loss. After getting four hits on April 25, Jonathan Herrera is now zero for his last sixteen. Is he just streaky, or have pitchers and defenses made adjustments to take away part of his game? My guess is that since it's AA, it's probably a combination of the two, and it will be interesting to see if he counter-adjusts.

Modesto: A rare blown save by Andrew Johnston cost the Nuts the victory in the tenth inning yesterday. Johnston retired just one of four batters he faced thanks to a sacrifice bunt, with Lucas May's three run jack being the final difference maker. Solid pitching before that by starter Brandon Durden and relievers Jon George and Pedro Strop kept the Nuts close as the offense continues to struggle finding a consistent groove. Daniel Carte had a single and double, and Lino Garcia hit his second homerun of the season, but those were the only highlights at the plate.

Asheville: A ninth inning rally from an eight to zero lead made this contest closer than it should have been, but Sean Jarrett stopped the bleeding in time to preserve the 8-6 win. Keith Weiser was sensational in six innings, allowing just four hits and K'ing seven. A balanced offensive attack, led by Michael Paulk, Bret Berglund and Jay Cox who all had two hits apiece, gave the Tourists the big lead. DH Michael McKenry was the only Asheville starter not to get a hit. Craig Baker had his worst relief appearance of the year, giving up five runs on five consecutive hits (homer, double, double, double, single) after striking out the first batter he faced. Zach Simons didn't fare much better after being rushed in to replace him before Jarrett finally shut the door.