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Monday Pebble Report:

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Colorado Springs: The Sky Sox only managed one extra base hit out of nine total, and only one walk, which makes it difficult to sustain any sort of rally and they ended up losing to Fresno 6-2. Ubaldo Jimenez had a walk, an HBP, and three wild pitches in six innings, so his command wasn't as on as his 6/1 K/BB ratio might indicate.

Tulsa: Ryan Mattheus pitched seven shutout innings, struck out seven, and allowed only four hits, two walks and an HBP to get aboard. Meanwhile, the Tulsa offense exploded for twelve runs, as the bottom three hitters in the lineup (Aaron Rifkin, Jordan Czarniecki and Rick Guarno) all hit HR's. Cleanup hitter Christian Colonel also homered and doubled, and Jonathan Herrera scored three times after doubling twice and singling.

Modesto: Brandon Hynick had another one of his "bad" outings, allowing a whole three runs over six and two thirds innings pitched. Two of them came in the seventh off a two out Ben Copeland triple before he was pulled, but in truth, he is allowing a considerable amount more hits of late than he was early in the year. He gave up nine in all yesterday, but he also struck out seven. The Nuts' offense was mostly ineffective outside of Dexter Fowler, Chris Nelson and Jeff Kindel. Fowler left the game early, I'm not going to have time to check why this morning, so you might want check the ModBee link at the right.

Asheville: Hector Gomez had four hits to pace the Tourists in an explosive twelve to two win over Hickory that had several other contributors as well. Aneury Rodriguez pitched a solid six innings to rebound from a tough outing against Augusta last week. His K/BB ratio over the last ten games is 54/16 in just over 56 innings pitched, with several quality starts among the ten (most barely qualifying with six innings) so it looks like he's maturing into the Sally League after a rough start.

The team takes a break for a few days for the SAL All-Star Game, and then resumes Thursday night in Lexington. I'm going to try and make that game -as my travels take me close to Kentucky this week- so I'll add my report to Russ' Pebble Report on Friday.