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Tuesday Pebble Report

Colorado Springs, L 2-3 - Ian Stewart had an RBI triple in the sixth to bring the game to a 2-2 tie. Seth Smith and Sean Barker each had two-hit night. Smith also had an outfield assist to get the out at second in the second.

John Koronka went six innings and allowed the third run in the bottom of the sixth, giving Sacramento the eventual win. He gave up nine hits and walked four. Chris George pitched the last two innings and struck out two.

Tulsa, L 4-6 - Xavier Cedeno went 3 1/3 IP last night, allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and two walks. Jarrett Grube closed out the fourth inning before giving way to Edward Valdez. He pitched the next two innings and struck out three. Casey Weathers pitched an inning and struck out one. Ryan Mattheus allowed an unearned run in the eighth inning.

Dexter Fowler had two hits and an RBI. Justin Nelson and Jeff Kindel each had three hits, though Nelson wound up with his fifth homer for one of those hits. Tony Blanco and Xavier Cedeno each drove in a run (and committed errors). Corey Wimberly had the other error for the Drillers and stole his 18th base.

Modesto, W 11-9 - Cole Garner left the game during the top of the second inning after being hit by a pitch. Starting that inning, the Nuts scored in four consecutive innings. Matt  Repec double in two in the second, a Mike Paulk force out and a Mike McKenry single added two more runs in the third, Nelson Robledo's first homer and Daniel Mayora's double in the fourth saw two more added to the scoreboard, and Mike McKenry's singled in Geoff Strickland (who reached on a triple) in the fifth.

The eighth inning saw four more runs scored to give the Nuts the lead after being down 9-7 entering the inning. A Victor Ferrante RBI single, a Mike McKenry bases loaded walk, and a Matt Repec two-run single put the Nuts ahead 11-9.

To make things a bit clearer, McKenry drove in three runs and Repec four.

Shane Lindsay went only three innings last night. He allowed eight runs, but only three earned. Five runs came in the second inning: one on a double, two on two singles, two on a triple, and a steal of home. He allowed a three-run homer the next inning. David Patton, Andy Graham, and Andrew Johnston each threw two innings. Johnston picked up his ninth saved and still has not allowed an earned run this season in 18 IP.

Asheville, W 9-3 - The Tourists felt like scoring late in order come out with the win. The seventh inning saw Helder Velazquez hit a triple to score David Christensen, which was immediately followed by a Beau Seabury RBI double. Mike Mitchell drove in Seabury after Everth Cabrera walked. Cabrera (26) and Mitchell (15) pulled off the double steal, but neither scored.

The Tourists were up 3-2 at this point and things went wild in the top of the ninth. After Velazquez led off the inning with a single, Beau Seabury put down a sac bunt, but wound up reaching base on a fielding error by the pitcher. Cabrera put down a sac bunt and moved the runners over to second and third. Mike Mitchell was intentionally walked to load the bases. Jeff Cunningham then walked, scoring Velazquez. With Darin Holcomb at the plate, the opposing pitcher balked in Seabury, which, I assume, led to the opposing manager being thrown out of the game for arguing the call. Holcomb got out, but Kevin Clark singled in Mitchell. A pitching change was made before David Christensen batted. Christensen then hit a three-run homer, his third on the season.

Bruce Billings went seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out four. Craig Baker pitched a clean eighth inning.