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Wednesday Pebble Report: Friedrich, Chacin and Nicasio Uneven in Second Starts

AAA Colorado Springs, W 5-4 (11th) - (3-3, 1st)
Jhoulys Chacin failed to build on his strong season debut last night, walking four and allowing seven hits and four runs without getting out of the fifth.  Both starts have come on the road, but his next scheduled start will be at Security Service Field.  Shane Lindsay, Joe Beimel, Andrew Johnston, Matt Reynolds and Juan Rincon pitched 6.1 scoreless innings the rest of the way, permitting just four singles to give the offense a chance to come back.  

The offense got all four runs back in the sixth.  Mike Paulk singled in a run and Warren Schaeffer hit a three run triple.  Schaeffer drove in the winning run in the 11th with a groundout - following two walks and a groundout. Eric Young, Jr. was given the night off, and no Sky Sox player has hit a home run yet this season.


AA Tulsa, L 4-6 - (1-5, 4th, 3.0 GB)

The San Antonio Missions (Padres) chipped away at Christian Friedrich Tuesday night, managing four runs (three earned) in five innings.  Two came by way of solo home runs.  In two separate innings, the Missions managed two singles before a sacrifice fly to account for the other two runs.  Ryan Harvey actually beat the runner with the throw once, but Wilin Rosario dropped the ball for an error.  Three of those singles were groundballs.   Ching-Lung Lo threw three spotless innings, allowing just a single in relief of Friedrich.

Wilin Rosario is determined to show he can handle the AA level despite his age, as the young catcher hit a home run as part of his two-hit day, pushing his early season average to .333.  Ryan Harvey hit a two-run home run to tie the game, but Craig Baker walked in the winning run in a rocky ninth.  Jeff Kindel and Daniel Mayora both had multi-ht games.

High-A Modesto, L 3-4 (13th)  - (2-3, 1.5 GB)

The Nuts also went extra innings, but they fell to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Angels).  The Nuts walked 11 times, had 20 AB with men in scoring position and struck out 12 Quakes.  Juan Nicasio gave up three runs in 5.1 innings, striking out just three, but Rex Brothers tossed two hitless innings.  Stephen Dodson and Kurt Yacko also were dominant, but Jonnathan Aristil gave up the winning run in the 13th, following two errors from Jimmy Cesario.  Cesario did have three hits and a walk, and Tim Wheeler walked three times.

Low-A Asheville, W 9-4 -  (4-2, 2nd, 1 GB)

After two losses to begin the season, the Tourists have now reeled off four consecutive victories.  Wes Musick (1-1) atoned for his disappointing Opening Day start in a big way, striking out five and allowing one run in six effective innings against the Hickory Crawdads (Rangers).  Rox Girl's man Eliezer Mesa had an off day, managing just a single in five trips to see his average drop to .609.  Russ's man Joey Wong also saw his average drop after a 2-for-3 day.  Mike Zuanich had two doubles and RBI, Angelys Nina had three hits and Helder Velazquez hit his first home run of the year.