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Friday Pebble Report: Losing is Contagious

Unfortunately, all the Rockies' minor league affiliates took their direction from the big club yesterday, going 0-4.

Portland 2, Colorado Springs 1 (F-11)

The Sky Sox (4-4) lost their third one-run game despite a nice outing by Tim Redding, who went seven IP and struck out six, only giving up one run on two hits. The only offense for the Sky Sox was a home-run from Brad Eldred in the seventh, his first of the year (in all Colorado Springs was held to just four hits over 11 innings). Andrew Johnston (2005 9th round) took the loss (1-1), allowing a run in the bottom of the eleventh on a two-out single.

Corpus Christi 4, Tulsa 0

The Drillers (1-6) managed one more hit than the Sky Sox, but none pushed across any runs. Ryan Harvey led the charge with two hits and a double. Cory Riordan (2007 6th round) went six innings and gave up four runs on six hits, striking out six, but took the loss (0-2) for Tulsa.

Inland Empire 9, Modesto 4

Modesto (3-4) managed four runs on seven hits, including two each by Brian Rike (2007 2nd round), Maikol Gonzalez (2008 35th round), and James Cesario (2008 46th round). Rob Scahill (2009 8th round) had a rough outing and took the loss (0-1), lasting only three innings and giving up five runs.

Hickory 5, Asheville 3

The Tourists (5-3) got multi-hit performances by Jared Clark (2009 12th round), who homered, Eliezer Mesa (signed out of DR), who is batting a cool .563 so far, and Mike Zuanich (2008 28th round). Nicholas Schnaitmann (2008 22nd round) took the loss (1-1), going 3.1 IP and giving up four runs on seven hits.