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Wednesday Pebble Report: Colorado Springs uses extra innings to pull out the victory

Colorado Springs, W 6-5 (10 innings)
The Sky Sox scored in five consecutive innings to pull out the win last night, having been down a run early in the game and then blowing it in the ninth. With Tacoma leading 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh, Jay Payton and Michael McKenry hit back-to-back homers, their firsts of the season to tie the game. Leading 4-3 in the top of the ninth, future closer Juan Rincon allowed two runs by way of a double, a walk, and two singles.

Travis Metcalf tied the game in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Back-to-back fly outs started the bottom of the tenth for the Sky Sox. But Big Brad Eldred smoked a double to left field in the next AB. Warren Schaeffer pinch-ran and moved over to third after an intentional walk to Jay Payton and a regular walk to Michael McKenry. Jonathan Herrera then hit a single down the third base line to score Schaeffer.

Samuel Deduno started game and allowed three runs on two homers. He walked only three this time and struck out six. Matt Reynolds relieved Deduno with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and held the line. Reynolds went 1 1/3 innings and struck out one.. Shane Lindsay walked two batters, but he also struck out two batters.

Tulsa, W 2-1
The Drillers pulled out the victory late in this game, scoring runs over the seventh and the eighth innings. Ryan Harvey led off the seventh with a homer, and Jason Van Kooten singled in Anthony Jackson in the eighth. Outside of Harvey's homer, the middle of the lineup came up as a dud. Jeff Kindel struck out twice and went 0-for-4, and Kiel Roling put up the same line.

Cory Riordan allowed San Antonio's lone run in the fourth inning. Overall he went five innings and walked and struck out two each. Forty-seven of his 68 pitches went for strikes. Ching-Lung Lo went 1 2/3 innings, allowed two hits, and struck out two. Craig Baker closed out the game for his fourth save.

Modesto was rained out. A double-header will be played today.

Asheville, L 1-5
The Asheville defense wants that first inning back. On three successive plays an error was committed. With two out, Joseph Sanders had a fielding error, putting a runner on first. J.D. Martinez doubled in a run when catcher Jose Gonzalez botched the catch at the plate. Helder Velazaquez couldn't field the ball on the next play, allowing a run to score.

Dan Perkins went six innings, allowing four runs in total. After the those two unearned runs in the first, Perkins settled down until the sixth inning when he allowed a two run homer. Eliezer Mesa, Jared Clark, and Orlando Sandoval each hit a double last night.