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Thursday Pebble Report: Chacin whirls a gem, Cubs have no mercy on Sky Sox pitchers and infielder on the mound

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Pebble Star of the Night

Jhoulys Chacin (3.3, 3.23) had his best start of the young season for the Tulsa Drillers.  He allowed one unearned run on four hits in seven innings, all season bests.  He has now allowed 2 ER or less in all but one of his eight starts - April 26 at Springfield, when he gave up seven.

AAA Colorado Springs, L 18-4 - (19-13, 1.5 GB)

The only thing worse than Rockies pitchers last night were the Sky Sox hurlers.  The Springs allowed 18 runs on 25 hits in their drubbing to the Iowa Cubs, making it the second straight 20-hit game for the Cubs against the Sky Sox.  Six Cubs had at least 3 hits, but the Sox threw in 3 errors for good measure, one each by Jason Hirsh, Mark Bellhorn and Matt Miller.  The Cubs scored in all nine innings except the eighth, pitched by infielder Kenny Perez.

Unfortunately, a record crowd filled up Security Service Field to witness the carnage.

Jason Hirsh (3-2, 5.27) took the brunt of it with a Jason Marquis-like stat line: 4.1 IP, 8 ER, 11 hits, 2 BB.  He also got picked off second base.  Jarrett Grube allowed 5 runs, two earned, and IF Kenny Perez bit the bullet and mopped up the blood for 2.1 IP.  He got roughed up for 5 ER on 8 hits, most of it in the ninth.

Matt Miller had a double and two singles, while Mike McCoy and Christian Colonel rapped two singles.  Carlos Gonzalez raised his batting average to a season-high of .336 with a single and RBI double in 5 trips.  Box Score

Kurt Birkins (0-0, 3.71) is the next to walk the plank tonight at 6:05 MDT.  He'll be opposed by Jeff Samardzjia (0-0, 4.20).


AA Tulsa, W 3-2 - (17-15, 1.0 GB)

Jhoulys Chacin pitched the Drillers to the only win in the Rockies organization Wednesday against the Arkansas Travelers (Angels).  Chacin allowed only one unearned run, thanks to errors committed by Jeff Kindel and Darin Holcomb in the fifth on back-to-back hitters.  Andrew Johnston pitched the ninth for his tenth save, allowing one unearned run due to an error by SS Daniel Mayora.

Kindel had a bipolar day, collecting a single, double, walk and two runs at the plate but also got picked off first base and GIDP in addition to his error .  Daniel Carte also had a single and double.  Box Score

Tulsa will play Arkansas again tonight at 6:05MDT with Samuel Deduno (3-1, 3.68 ERA) on the hill against Tommy Mendoza (1-0, 3.18).  Deduno has allowed only one run in his last two starts, both wins.


High-A Modesto, L 6-5 - (19-13, 3.5 GB)

After debuting on the PuRPs list, Bruce Billings promptly pitched his worst game of the year, allowing all six runs on 8 hits and 2 walks in a loss to the Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers).  Billings also had just one punchout, the first time he has failed to reach 5 in any game this season.  Randall Taylor, Sean Jarrett, and Ryan Speier kept the Blaze scoreless amidst traffic the final six innings, but the Nuts couldn't make up the six run deficit.

Charlie Blackmon collected three singles, and Jay Cox hit a 2-run HR (4) along with two singles in the losing effort.  Jeffrey Cunningham also had two hits, one of them a two-out two-run triple in the seventh.  Box Score

Modesto will finish the last eight innings of their suspended game due to power failure two weeks ago at Bakersfield today as the first half of a doubleheader.  The regularly scheduled game will follow.


Low-A Asheville, L 7-5 - (14-18, 4.5 GB)

The Tourists allowed 3 unearned runs in their two run loss to the Rome Braves thanks to four errors.  Shortstop Carlos Martinez, CF Delta Cleary and pitchers Dan Houston and Isaiah Froneberger were the culprits.  Froneberger allowed three runs, two earned in the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie, and despite rallying with two doubles and a walk in the ninth, the Tourists couldn't make up the difference.

Asheville's offensive support came from the bottom of the order, as Patrick Rose, Carlos Martinez and Beau Seabury were 8-for-11 with 4 2Bs and 4 RBIs.  The rest of the order was 3-for-21.  Box Score

Ethan Hollingsworth (1-1, 2.33) gets the call tonight against Rome's Zeke Spruill (5-0, 1.83) at 5:05 MDT.


Sad stat:  Modesto was the only Rockies affiliate not to commit three errors last night.