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Thursday Pebble Report: Starting pitchers at all levels provide strong performances

Colorado Springs, W 5-2
Samuel Deduno picked up his first victory of the year by allowing a run on two hits in five innings. However, he walked three and struck out only one inning. Deduno had a great GO-FO of 11-3, and he threw 43 of his 79 pitches for strikes. Future Rockies closer Juan Rincon struck out two on the way to his fourth save.

Second baseman Warren Schaeffer went 2-for-4 with a home run. Jonathan Herrera collected two hits, two runs scored, and two walks.

Tulsa and the rest of the Texas League had the night off.

Modesto, W 3-1
Ethan Hollingsworth owned this game. In seven innings of work he struck out six and allowed only three hits. He had a 10-3 GO-FO. Offensively, Tim Wheeler grounded out twice, but he drove in two runs by drawing bases-loaded walks twice. He walked three time in total. Ben Paulsen went 3-for-4 and Ryan Peisel went 4-for-4.

Asheville, W 5-4
Dan Perkins handed the bullpen a sizable 5-0 lead after the fifth inning. He struck out five in five innings and allowed no runs. Unfortunately, Leuris Gomez and Josh Hungerman made this game a whole lot closer than it should have been. Gomez allowed only one run; most of the blame falls on Hungerman's shoulders. After inducing a double play in the seventh inning, Hungerman loaded the bases on two walks and a single. Jared Prince then unleashed a bases-clearing double to bring the game to within one. Paul Bargas and Charlie Ruiz held things down in the eighth and ninth.

The one through four spots in the Asheville lineup produced the offense last night. Leadoff batter Eliezer Mesa collected two hits and drove in a run. Angelys Nina had two singles and scored twice. Mike Zuanich drove in two and had a double as part of his two hits.