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Friday Pebble Report

The Springs, : Mike Esposito allowed three homers, seven runs, and eleven hits. Two crossed the plate when Mike Gallo was on the mound, who also allowed two more runs. Seth Smith (9) and Joe Gaetti (3) each had homers in this loss. Smith had three other hits to go with the homer and now has four homers and an OPS of 1.568 in 10 July games. Smith's certainly hitting his way into at least a September call-up after that underwhelming April.

Tulsa, L 6-7: Aaron Rifkin, Matt Marci, and Chris Frey all had doubles in the game, but Rifkin outdid the other two with a homer. Christian Colonel drove in his 50th RBI, thirteen ahead of Matt Miller and Rifkin (37 each). Ching-Lung Lo and Steven Register both had undistinguished starts. Lo allowed four runs over six innings, and Register took the loss after Sean Rodriguez scored on a Jonathan Herrera fielding error.

Modesto, L 2-3: Cole Garner hits his third homer of the season, and I would assume it was as a lefty since Henry Sosa throws with his right hand. Eric Young Jr. walked twice and stole his 47th base. Chaz Roe had a fine start to go with almost no run support. He struck out nine over seven inning and walked only two.

Asheville, W 9-5 in 11 innings: Mike Paulk capped the night with a two-out, game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 11th to give the Tourists the victory. Daniel Mayora also added in two runs. Esmil Rogers was quite hittable last night as he allowed twelve hits in 6 2/3 innings. Only three of those hits, however, went for extra bases. Will Harris struck out another two batters, and James Burok allowed only one hit over the last three innings of the game. In 35 games, he has a

Tri-City, W 3-2 in 11 innings: With two outs in the bottom of the 11th, Maruis Loupadiere singled in Darin Holcomb to win the game last night. Everth Cabrera had RBI doubles in third and seventh innings to score the other runs. Drew Coffey had the starts and allowed two runs over seven (if Connor Graham signs in time to play this summer, it has been reported that Coffey loses his spot in the rotation). Marco Duarte, who moved to the bullpen so Cory Riordan could enter the rotation on Saturday, struck out three in three innings.

Brian Rike took BP with the team yesterday.

Casper, L 2-11: Isaiah Froneberger made his first appearance for the Baby Rox with mixed results: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K. Starter Jose Campos allowed four runs over four innings, threw two wild pitches, and had a balk. Campos will be out for a few weeks with a sore shoulder, and Kenny Durst is now with Casper.