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Saturday Pebble Report:

Colorado Springs: Seth Smith hit for the cycle by the seventh inning in the Sky Sox game against Las Vegas, so with nothing left to do in his last at bat in the eighth, he just deposited another homerun -a three run shot- over the right-center field fence. It was the first cycle for the Springs since Choo Freeman's in 2005, and incidentally, Freeman was in attendance last night with the opposition.

Jolvert Cabrera also had five hits, including a homerun and two doubles, and Chris Iannetta finally chowed signs that he's getting his groove back on with a four for four, two double night. Tim Harikkala got the win in the thirteen to three rout by spreading ten hits over six and a third.

Tulsa: The Drillers lost nine to two, with Sameul Deduno taking most of the damage. The line for Sammy the Bull had both good and bad aspects. Nine K's in six and a third innings, for instance was good, but six runs allowed on six hits and three walks was not. Duke Sardinha hit a two run homerun for the Drillers' only scoring.

Modesto: Like Deduno, Xavier Cedeno continued his habit of either being great or terrible as well, allowing nine runs on nine hits in four and a third innings. The Nuts wound up losing fourteen to four, with Eric Young scoring three of them. Young finished a homerun short of the cycle himself on a three for four night.

Asheville: Aneury Rodriguez came up with the pitching performance of the night for the organization -although read further to see that Jhoulys Chacin has equal claim to that title- throwing a complete game shutout with three hits and two walks allowed. He never allowed more than one person on base in any inning, and none of the Catfish got past second at any point. He also struck out ten on his way to his ninth victory of the season. Rodriguez has kept a pace of almost exactly one strikeout per inning in his 135 IP this season, which is a good sign that he's still a solid prospect.

It's a good thing that Rodriguez was throwing darts, as the offense sputtered somewhat. Michael Paulk had a rare off-night with a zero for five performance including three strikeouts. Bret Berglund was the only Tourist with more than one hit, and he also drove in one of the three Asheville runs.

Tri-City: Phillip Cuadrado had a pair of doubles for the Dust Devils, and Brian Rike and Kevin Clark also added two hits apiece in the five to three victory. Robinson Fabian was effective over six innings pitched, with five K's while only allowing five hits and a walk. One of the hits was a two run homerun in his final inning of work, or the line might have looked even better still.

Casper: Speaking of fine looking lines, Chacin's seven inning, thirteen strikeout performance definitely qualifies. Chacin allowed three hits and three walks, and continued a run of dominance that started with his July 21 start against Missoula. Casper eked out three runs in support of Chacin. Leonardo Reyes, Jordan Pacheco and Zack Murry scored one apiece.