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Sunday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs, W 6-4: Mike Esposito walked the line in throwing a quality start last night as he went six innings and allowed three runs. Ramon Ramirez came in for the seventh inning and struck out two for his third hold. Ryan Speier has 17 this season, but he still slipped on the field back on April 24. Former Rockie Sun-Woo Kim allowed five runs in six innings and struck out seven, but picked up the loss.

Joe Koshansky had an RBI double in the first inning, which was followed by a Seth Smith two-run single that scored Stewart and Koshansky. Jayson Nix stole home plate in the seventh on a double steal that also saw JoKo steal second, his fourth of the season.

Tulsa, W 4-1, L 0-7: Sammy Deduno struck out 10 batters in the first game yesterday, which makes it back-to-back starts with double digits K's for "The Bull." He did walk three, in line with his ~3.5 K/9, but he saw only one run cross home plate in his seven-inning complete game performance. He also had an 8-3 GO-FO.

Rick Guarno homered in the fifth inning for his third of the season, Christian Colonel drove one run in on a ground out and another on double, and Jonathan Herrera drove the other one in.

As for the second game, there wasn't much offensively to be noted. On the pitching side, Juan Morillo struck out five in two innings and did not walk anyone. Zach Parker did start the game, but he was on a pitch count and used them up in the first inning. Bo McLaughlin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in the third inning.

Modesto, W 5-1: The Nuts' five-run sixth inning was accomplished with a Neil Wilson three-run homer and a Nick Haley two-run double. Everth Cabrera struck out three times and will be with Tri-City soon once EY Jr. returns.

Alan Johnson hurled a complete game and struck out seven. He allowed three of the four hits in the fourth inning.

Asheville, W 4-3: Hector Gomez collected three hits and drove in two runs, a ground out and a single. He also had his 20th double in the fifth inning. Mike McKenry and Jay Cox each drove in a run while Mike Paulk had two hits and an error. The error led to an unearned run.

Simon Ferrer went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned). He also struck out four. In his last three starts, Ferrer hasn't allowed more than two runs (his last start he allowed two in three innings). Tommy Baumgardner recorded his eighth save.