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Saturday Pebble Report:

Colorado Springs: L 6-10

Josh Newman and Alberto Arias each allowed four runs to score in relief of Josh Towers, as the Dodgers AAA affilliate took a liking to the Sky Sox bullpen. Three of Newman's runs were "unearned" which is a distinction I hate anyway, but it's particularly invalid when the pitcher himself errs to allow the runs to score, as was the case here. Defensive miscues weren't solely confined to the pitchers, Jayson Nix doubled his error count for the season with two in the game. Nix also doubled at the plate, as did Sean Barker and Seth Smith.

Tulsa: W 9-8

In a topsy turvy game half as good as the Rockies last night (well, at least with half  the scoring) the Drillers came back with two runs in the ninth to win in walk-off fashion after giving up a 6-1 lead earlier in the contest. Singles by Jeff Kindel, Daniel Carte, Brian Esposito and Eduardo Cornejo completed the rally. Early in the contest Kindel and Tony blanco hit back to back homeruns and Dexter Fowler got aboard four out of five times by going two for three with two walks. Fowler has a nine game hit streak. Minus the zero for one he had in a pinch hit appearance June 20, Fowler's hit in 21 straight games as a starter.

Modesto: W 4-3

Consecutive doubles by Victor Ferrante and Jay Cox in the second plus Michael McKenry's two run homer in the sixth gave the Nuts all their scoring in front of the second largest crowd in Modesto's minor league history. Simon ferrer allowed three runs early but after leaving in the fourth, the bullpen held the Oaks at bay before and after McKenry's blast.

Asheville: W 9-6

Cory Riordan allowed all six opposition runs in five innings of work, giving up twelve hits, six of them for extra bases. He struck out eight and walked none for a little good news in an otherwise bleak line. Kevin Clark, The other good news is that the Tourists actually won, taking advantage of a weaker Rome bullpen. David Christensen, Kevin Clark and Darin Holcomb all homered against the Braves starter, to keep things even, but a three run rally, all with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, provided the mortal blow. Clark walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Holcomb singled him in, Jeff Cunningham then tripled in Holcomb and a Brian Rike finished things off with his third single of the night. Joey Williamson, Craig Rodriguez and Craig Baker held the Braves scoreless for the last four innings to complete the win.

Tri-City: W 3-1

Kenny Durst pitched five scoreless innings and a ninth inning, two-run homerun by Patrick Rose provided the winning margin. Josh Banda also homered for the Dust Devils for their other score.

Casper: W 12-2

Congratulations to Jeff Fischer for finally getting his first professional victory yesterday. After a rough 2007 and some anemic run support at the beginning of 2008, the Ghosts offense finally came through for Fischer in a big way yesterday. Orlando Sandoval had four hits, and Mike Zuanich and Alex Feinberg each had three. Carlos Martinez, James Sims and Eliezer Mesa each had a pair, as the offense was fairly evenly distributed.

Fischer pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits in six innings, he struck out six and had an 8/4 GO/AO rate. Chad Rose and Eric Schuler bounced back from their last appearances by throwing scoreless frames in the blowout, as did Ronny Lopez to finish the game.