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Saturday Pebble Report:

Colorado Springs: The five walks and two wild pitches belied some jitters for Franklin Morales in his AAA debut, and of course raise a caution for what we should look out for going forward, but he was otherwise dominant in his first start for the Sky Sox. Morales allowed four hits to Round Rock, all singles except for a double by Quintero, and induced a pair of double plays to help eliminate the threats he walked aboard. He struck out seven in six innings of work for the victory. Jayson Nix and Seth Smith both homered and had multi-hit games for the Sox. The two combined to drive in six of Colorado Springs' seven runs.

Tulsa: The Drillers walked off from a wild eleven to ten victory over Springfield thanks to a Tommy Duenas homerun in the bottom of the ninth. Jonathan Herrera scored three times, as he Christian Colonel and Aaron Rifkin all had multiple hits in the game. Rifkin hit a three run shot in the second inning to help keep Tulsa close in the slugfest. Ching Lung Lo got shelled for seven runs in five innings and thirteen hits allowed.

Modesto: We've given a lot of cred to Eric Young, Chris Nelson and Jeff Kindel for Modesto's surge this summer, but yesterday the trio combined  to go one for eight (Kindel didn't play) yet Modesto still won six to three, showing that there's a lot more going on than just those three. Props yesterday go to Jose Valdez and Justin Nelson who scored four of Modesto's six runs, as well as Nick Haley and Kyle Blumenthal who drove in four. Alan Johnson pitched eight innings with a 14/5 GB/FB ratio on his outs for his eleventh victory of the year.

Asheville: Esmil Rogers continued his stellar season with another quality start for the Tourists, and the bats backed him up in a ten to three win over Delmarva. This was actually Rogers' first win on the road this year, and he's had an odd reverse split given how hitter friendly his home stadium is. Geoff Strickland, Michael Paulk and Michael McKenry were the Tourists to get more than one hit. Paulk had a homerun and double for his two hits, and McKenry had four hits to improve the look of his road performance this year.

Tri-City: Bruce Billings' undoing was the homerun ball, he allowed three in just over five innings at Everett and four runs, or he otherwise would have another nifty looking performance under his belt with seven strikeouts and no walks. Billings now has a 55/5 K/BB rate in 44 innings, which is very good, but the 7 HR he adds to that is definitely a troubling aspect of his performance to date. Brian Rike and Kevin Clark each had two hits for the Dust-Devils.

Casper: Casper's game was postponed by rain.