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Friday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs, W 5-1 - Cory Sullivan led the offense last night by hitting his second homer of the season, a three-run shot in the third inning. Seth Smith had a double and an RBI. Jayson Nix had a hit, scored twice, and walked twice.

Sean Smith allowed one run on two hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out five. Cedrick Bowers picked up the win after striking out two in the fifth inning. Chris George, Matt Daley, and Steven Register pitched in relief. Register allowed the other two Nashville hits.

Tulsa, L 1-2 - Matt Miller's ground out RBI in the third inning was all the offense last night for the Drillers. All six hits the Drillers had were singles. Corey Wimberly stole two bases and has 10 for the season.

Brandon Hynick allowed two runs (both in the first inning) on seven hits and one walk in six innings. He also struck out six. Casey Weathers returned to action and had a clean sheet in the seventh inning.

Modesto, W 9-7 - Simon Ferrer picked up his first win of the season in one of his better starts this season. In seven innings, Ferrer limited Bakersfield to two runs on three hits and three walks. Brandon Durden did not fare as well as he allowed three runs on two walks and a double. Andrew Johnston allowed one run in the ninth, but picked up his seventh save.

Jay Cox hit his  first home run of the season, a three-run shot, in the second inning. Mike McKenry hit his third, a two-run blast, in the ninth. Cole Garner went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Asheville, L 0-4 - Brian Lapin and Lars Davis had two hits each, but Lapin's triple was the only extra-base hit for the Tourists. Helder Velazquez had the other hit. Darin Holcomb stole his third base, but Velazquez was caught for the fourth time. Brian Rike had two fielding errors.

Cory Riordan pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out five. Matthew Reynolds pitched to three batters in the sixth inning and allowed two hits and walked the other batter before leaving without recording an out. Edgmer Escalona finished the last 2 2/3 innings of the game, struck out two, and allowed one hit.

Asheville radio announcer Jay Burnham has a blog about the team as they travel around the Sally League throughout the season.

Spence Nagy retired from baseball. I believe we missed that yesterday.