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Thursday Pebble Report: Dodgers sweep Rockies at Coors, Albuquerque

Pebble Star of the Night

Mark Bellhorn hit 2 HR, one in each game of Colorado Springs' double header agaisnt Albuquerque.  He was only 2-for-8 with 2 BBs, but there's not anyone else that qualifies, sadly.

AAA Colorado Springs, L 8-10 & L 5-7 - (27-18, 1st)

GAME 1:  The Sky Sox built a 7-1 lead against the Albuquerque Isotopes  (Dodgers) going into the eighth and couldn't hold it.  Unfortunately, the guilty parties were Ryan Speier (4 ER) and Ryan Mattheus (2 ER), two reliever the Rox hope will help out on the big club soon.  Scott Munter walked two Isotopes and then gave up a 3-run walk-off HR to Blake DeWitt in the tenth.  Mark Bellhorn homered in the loss.  Box Score

GAME 2:  With the help another home run from Mark Bellhorn, the Sky Sox gaved Alan Johnson a 5-run lead before he every took the mound against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Dodgers).   It apparently was not enough, as Johnson allowed 7 runs on 9 hits in 5.1 IP.  He also allowed three hits to opposing pitcher Charlie Haeger, who scored two runs, good for the difference in te 7-5 Sky Sox loss.  It was the third time in four starts that Johnson has given up at least six runs.  Here's a great feature article on Alan Johnson, who went undrafted.

Carlos Gonzalez

#5 / Center Field / Colorado Rockies





Oct 17, 1985

Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run, in the ninth off long-time MLBer Scott Strickland.  CarGo, Eric Young Jr and Sal Fasano (yes :C) all stole a base.  Box Score

Colorado Springs finishes off the 4-game set with the Isotopes tonight at 7:05 MDT.


AA Tulsa, L 0-5 - (23-21, 3.0 GB)

Omar Poveda of the Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) threw a complete game three-hit shutout against the Drillers last night.  Poveda was protected from the Rule 5 draft last November by Texas as a 21-year-old.

Keith Weiser (2-4, 4.78) allowed 4 runs, 2 earned in 7 effective innings for the loss.  The Drillers managed just three singles off Poveda, one each by Mike Paulk, Jeff Kindel and Daniel Carte.

Esmil Rogers (3-1, 3.00) squares off with Frisco's Kasey Kiker (3-2, 2.74) tonight at 6:05 MDT.  Andy Graham was added to the disabled list, and Brandon Durden was promoted to Tulsa from Modesto.


High-A Modesto, W 8-7- (27-19, 2.0 GB)

Despite blowing a 7-2 lead, committing five errors and striking out 10 times in five innings against relief pitcher Chris Withrow, the Nuts held it together and managed to eek out the only organizational win, 8-7 in 10 inn. vs. the Inland Empire 66ers (Dodgers).  Jeffrey Cunningham doubled twice and Brandon Rike, Matt Repec and Jason van Kooten also doubled.  Lars Davis collected a 2-run triple off Dodger Opening Day starter Hiroki KurodaRadames Nazario singled van Kooten home for the winning margin in the tenth.

Nazario did not start but replaced Hector Gomez, who left after three at-bats.  No word yet on if the switch was due to injury, dugout squabble or promotion.  Connor Graham allowed five runs (two earned) in four innings but struck out seven.  Box Score

Modesto will play at the Inland Empire again tonight at 8:05 MDT. 


Low-A Asheville, L 3-9 - (17-28, 8.5 GB)

After losing again last night to the Augusta Green Jackets (Giants), the Tourists have dropped to the worst record in all of the South Atlantic League.  Robinson Fabian (1-4, 5.96) got lit up for 8 runs in 5.2 IP while the hitters struck out ten time and managed just one run off Paul Oseguara, who was making his second start of the year.

Delta Cleary reached base three times with both hits coming from the right side against the lefty starter which is good to see.The switch hitter has a ridiculous split this year, hitting .311/.354/.486 against righties but just .120/.154/.160 against lefties.  David Christenson went hitless with three strikeouts.  Box Score

Parker Frazier (1-3, 5.40) takes on Robert Carson of the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) at 5:05 MDT.