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Saturday Pebble Report: Lower levels display great pitching on eve of Independence

Colorado Springs, W 8-2
Greg Smith made a start for the Sky Sox but did not factor into the decision. In 4 1/3 innings, Smith allowed two runs on six hits and a walk, while striking out three. Scott Munter, Ben Julianel, Ryan Speier, and Matt Belisle allowed no runs over the final 4 2/3 innings.

Everyone on offense had at least a hit, though Eric Young Jr. at the top of the order and Sal Fasano, Chris Frey, and Jonathan Herrera at the bottom of the order were the one ones to have two hits each. Young and Matt Murton drove in two runs.

Tulsa, L 1-7
Keith Weiser didn't have a great night, allowing five runs on ten hits in seven innings. Three scored in the first, one in the fourth, and one in the seventh (on a homer). He also tied for a team-best two hits last night with Jeff Kindel (who had the only extra-base hit of the night for Tulsa).

Modesto, L 3-7
Bakersfield's three home runs doomed the game for Brandon Durden. Five of the six runs he allowed scored on those three long balls, and three of them came on two homers in the first inning. Carlos Luna allowed the seventh run on a homer.

Hector Gomez stepped to the plate in the eighth with the bases loaded but hit into an out. Charlie Blackmon and Matt Repec each had an RBI.

The Mod Bee reports that this game had the largest crowd in Modesto history.

Asheville, W 5-1
Juan Nicasio dominated Savannah last night to the tune of 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings and no runs allowed on two hits. David Christensen hit his 11th homer, a two run shot, in the seventh. Jordan Pacheco went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored, and his ninth stolen base.

Tri-City, W 12-0
Continuing the good pitching, Dan Perkins struck out seven in five innings and surrendered only two hits. Kyle Walker came in for the final four innings, struck out two, and gave up only one hit. He picked up his second save.

Alex Feinberg went 2-for-2 with two walks and four RBI. Scott Beerer and Leonardo Reyes combined to go 4-6 with five RBI out of the DH's spot. Mike Zuanich did not have a hit, but he did walk three times and score twice.

The Tri-City Herald has more on the game.

Casper had both games rained out.