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Friday Pebble Report

Jack Etkin's latest column is on the Asheville Tourists, and there are bits of new info out on some guys: In Tulsa, Oscar Rivera will start for Tulsa on Sunday and at least another game before he heads to the Springs, while Franklin Morales is out for two more weeks. In Asheville, Craig Baker's shoulder isn't 100%, and depending on when he's ready, Will Harris may take Baker's spot on the roster.


Colorado Springs, W 5-2: Jorge De Paula pitched seven strong innings and allowed one unearned run on three hits. After allowing a lead-off single, De Paula was perfect for the next three innings before giving upa single to start the fifth. The unearned run came in the sixth when pitcher Yovani Gallardo made an appearance as a pinch hitter. With Jose Macias on second, Joe Koshansky made a throwing error after Gallardo hit into a ground out.

Alvin Colina hit his first homer of the season in the fifth, putting the Sky Sox on the board for the first time last night. In the eighth inning, Joe Koshansky provided a few extra runs by hitting his fourth homer of the season, a two-run shot. Ryan Spilborghs recorded his sixth double, one of his three hits in the game.

Tulsa, W 7-3: Greg Reynolds won his third game of the season tonight with five solid innings. Just like De Paula, Reynolds allowed one unearned run on three hits, and he struck out five. He may have done more, but he was ejected in the sixth inning after plunking Sean Rodriguez. Matt Daley struck out three in two innings of relief after Reynolds' ejection. If someone has the story on the ejection, it would be helpful since the Tulsa World doesn't have anything up yet.

It was a great night to steal a base if you were a Driller. Frey, Guarno, Herrera, Colonel and Gaetti all stole second base. Both Frey and Gaetti wound up scoring after their steals. Matt Macri, Frey and Guarno drove their runs in during the fourth inning to give the Drillers a 4-3 lead at that point.

Modesto, W 5-3: The ModBee fills you in on Hynick's latest start and the offensive production of the night. Pedro Strop struck out two in the ninth and Andrew Johnston overcame a lead-off double in the ninth to record his seventh save. Dexter Fowler (10) and EY Jr. (19) each stole a base, while Daniel Carte had a walk. He now has two walks for the season.

Asheville, L 1-5: Aneury Rodriguez has been adapting well to the Sally League in his past five starts. He hasn't given up more than three runs in any of his starts since 4/13, when he allowed seven in five innings. His last four starts have gone at least six innings, and in 37 2/3 IP he has 36 K. So he got the loss last night, it happens when the offense doesn't score more than a run.

Victor Ferrante's double in the second scored Michael McKenry. That's three straight games in which Ferrante's driven in a run.