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Thursday Pebble Report: "Giambino" makes Sky Sox debut

AAA Colorado Springs, W 6-2 - (69-61, 1st)

Jason Giambi got his first official start last night after walking in his first Sky Sox AB of a postponed game Tuesday.  He batted third and hit two singles in four trips, including a line drive RBI single in the fifth that gave the Sox a lead they would not reliquish against the Salt Lake Bees (Angels).  Christian Colonel had three hits, including two doubles, driving in two.  Matt Miller had a couple singles as well.

Kurt Birkins dominated in his start, striking out five of the six batters he faced before being replaced by Damian Moss after just 27 pitches.  Matt Belisle got his sixth save.

The Bees and SkySox square off again tonight at 6:05MDT at Security Service Field.

AA Tulsa, W 7-6 - (32-26, 1st)

Ching Lung Lo put the Drillers in a 5-0 hole by yielding five runs in five innings, but Tulsa made up the entire deficit in the fifth inning on the strength of six singles out of seven batters and a fielding error.  A passed ball put Tulsa up going to the ninth but Andrew Johnston blew the save on a double and single.  That just set up Jeff Kindel's one-out, bases loaded walkoff single, the only hit in the inning.  Kindel had three of the Drillers' 11 singles, and every Tulsa hitter hit safely except Brad Corley and Dayton Buller.  Andy Graham pitched three perfect innings in relief.

Keith Weiser (8-13, 5.25 ERA) will start against NW Arkansas' Marco Albano (3-6, 3.66 ERA) at 6:05MDT tonight.

High-A Modesto, L 1-3  - (30-28, 10.0 GB)

The Nuts could only manage five hits in the rubber game vs the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) with Scott Beerer's double being the only XBH.  Beerer was cut down trying to score on a Lars Davis single, then Davis scored on a knock by Hector Gomez for Modesto's sole run.  Cory Riordan (11-7, 3.85) allowed three runs in 8 strong innings for the loss.

The Nuts open a home series tonight vs the Bakersfield Blaze (Rangers) at 8:05MDT.

Low-A Asheville, W 3-0 -  (37-20, 1st)

Alan Deratt, Isaiah Froneberger, Michael Marbry and Adam Jorgenson combined for a 6-hit shutout, striking out 12 Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) in the process.  All three Tourist runs and four of their six hits came in the sixth.  After Beau Seabury singled, Thomas Field and Scott Robinson both reached base on bunt singles.  An error on Robinson's bunt, a groundout from Jimmy Cesario and a single from Kiel Roling each plated one of the three runs.

Both teams retangle tonight at 5:05MDT. 

SS A Tri-City, W 4-3 - (39-26, 1st)

The Dust Devils defeated the Yakima Bears (Diamondbacks) last night for the fourth time in as many days.  Tri-City scored three runs in the fourth on three singles, a double steal and an ensuing throwing error by the catcher.  Eric Federico replaced starter Rob Scahill in the sixth, who threw five dominant shutout innings.  Federico promptly allowed Yakima to tie the game via two doubles and two singles.  Tim Wheeler scored the winning run in the ninth after he doubled and scored on a Jeremiah Sammy single.  Wheeler also had his 3rd triple on the season in the game.

The Dust Devils play in Yakima again tonight at 8:05MDT.

Rookie Casper, L 2-5  (11-11, 9 GB)

Speed ruled the first inning for the Ghosts against the Orem Owlz (Angels).  Eliezer Mesa singled to drive in Avery Barnes, who had singled and stolen second leading off the game.  Nolan Arenado moved Mesa to third with a groundout after Mesa took second on the throw home and Jared Clark walked.  Clark and Mesa then pulled off a double steal with Mesa getting credit for a theft of home.  Unfortunately, that's all the scoring Casper would do, though Nolan Arenado did extend his hitting streak to 15 games with a single and double.  

The Ghosts take on the 20-2 Owlz again tonight at 7:05MDT with Chris Balcom-Miller (4-0, 1.21) on the bump.