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Wednesday Pebble Report:

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Colorado Springs: Seth Smith and Joe Gaetti both homered in yesterday's ten to four loss, combined with Matt Macri's three for four, two double day they showed that the offense was doing alright. The pitching obviously leaked like a sieve, mostly from Marc Kaiser and Mike Gallo in the later innings.

Tulsa: The Drillers didn't play.

Modesto: Alan Johnson pitched well enough to give his team a chance to win with six innings and two runs allowed. Because the Nuts' rally started late and came up short, however, Johnson was saddled with the L anyway in the six to five contest. Neil Wilson and Jeff Kindel drove in all five Modesto runs with two hits apiece. Chris Nelson doubled and walked and scored twice. Eric Young had a forgettable day, striking out three times and committing two errors in the field.

Asheville: The Tourists won a close, ten inning contest with Lake County that ended when Bret Berglund hit a long one out single to score speedy pinch-runners Spence Nagy and Anthony Jackson. Michael McKenry homered again to give the Tourists three runs in the first, which was their only other scoring before the Berglund single. Between those, they relied on solid pitching from Esmil Rogers and two relievers to stay even.

Tri-City: Cory Riordan hasn't been star-quality impressive in his debut, but he hasn't done anything to dissuade me from the opinion that he has the potential to be MLB worthy at some point down the road, either. Yesterday Riordan struck out eight in six innings and allowed seven hits and a walk. He allowed three runs which was good enough for a lead, but Spikane would come back to win nine to eight in the last two innings. Darin Holcomb continues to impress with his bat, he had two more hits including a double. Brian Rike, who's been excellent at getting on base in front of Holcomb thus far, had a single and a walk and drove in two.

Casper: Edgmer Escalona seems to be stretching his relief appearances in anticipation of a possible starting role down the road, with the last two going over three innings each. Both have been considerably more impressive than his shorter appearances earlier in the season. Yesterday he allowed only a hit and a walk and struck out four with a four to one GB/FB ratio on the outs in play. Following Escalona, Kenneth Durst had K's for five of the six outs he recorded as the pair dominated Billings and allowed Casper a rare two game winning streak. On offense, Jordan Pacheco and Beau Seabury each walked three times and combined to score five of Casper's ten runs. Seabury also homered in the ninth to add the final nail in the coffin.