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Friday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs, L 2-5: The sixth inning was U-Ball's undoing as he allowed three of his four runs that frame. A wild pitch scored one of the runs and another run came on Ryan Budde's steal of home. He walked two and struck out six in six innings.

Joe Gaetti tripled in a a run in the second and Joe Koshansky tripled in sixth, to be driven in by Edwin Bellorin right after that.

Tulsa: Postponed, double header today. Juan Morillo had a 100 MPH fastball while on the mound for the All-Star game.

Modesto, L 6-7: Dexter Fowler won't return this season as he will have surgery to repair his broken hand. As for last night's game, Brandon Hynick had an uncharacteristic outing with four walks and five runs (two earned) allowed. In his 3 1/3 innings pitched, Hynick saw EY Jr. and Jeff Kindel  commit errors. Andrew Johnston blew his sixth save of the season when he allowed a two-run homer to end the game.

The second inning saw Daniel Carte belt his seventh home run of the season, and Chris Nelson's sixth of the year, a two-run shot. Travis Becktel drove in the other run on a double.

Asheville, W 8-2: Mike Paulk's three-run homer, his eighth, and Victor Ferrante's two-run jack, his tenth, led the Tourists to victory last night. Daniel Mayora also had an RBI. Starter Andrew Graham added another impressive outing to the Tourists' string of great performances as he threw seven innings, allowed both runs, and struck out nine. The Tourists swept Greensboro.

Tri-City, W 2-1 in 11 innings: A Josh Banda bunt ground ball scored Mauris Loupadiere in the 11th inning to give the victory to the Dust Devils. Johnny Bowden homered in the seventh inning to tie the game at one each. Bruce Billings went five innings, struck out six, and allowed the only Everett run of the game. Cory Riordan made his first appearance for the team, pitching two innings, allowing no runs on three hits, walking one, and striking out two. He escaped the inning while having runners on second and third with no outs. Lars Davis suffered a broken nose during the game.

Casper, W 4-3: Casper's slow start is examined in Jack Etkin's latest farm report, which also informs us that David Christensen did not play the outfield until a couple of days ago due to arm soreness.

Murry, Pacheco and Christensen, the top three of the order, each drove in a run. Beau Seabury had the other RBI. Jeff Fischer started and allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out four, and had a 5-1 GO-FO. Stephen Shao went 4 1/3 innings with a 9-3 GO-FO. Randall Taylor picked up his first save of the season.