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Friday Pebble Report: Affiliates Split Games 2-2

Colorado Springs 5, Tacoma 4 (F-6)

The Sky Sox (9-6, division leaders) pulled out a win in a rain-shortened game. In six innings, Colorado Springs managed 11 hits, with Eric Young Jr (2003 30th round), Cole Garner (2003 26th round), Jay Payton (MiLB FA), Michael McKenry (2006 7th round), and Travis Metcalf (MiLB FA) each contributing two hits. The Sky Sox did most of their damage in a four run fifth inning highlighted by Payton's bases-clearing double.

2005 supplemental first rounder Chaz Roe (1-2) went all six innings to get the win, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks while maintaining a 2:1 GB/FB ratio.

Springfield 5, Tulsa 4

The Drillers (5-8, 4 GB), fell behind early and couldn't quite complete the comeback. Jason Van Kooten (2003 46th round) hit his first home run of the year while Willin Rosario (2006 DR FA) and Kenny Perez (2005 trade with Red Sox) adding two hits each. Brandon Durden (2005 4th round) took the loss (0-2), giving up five runs on seven hits in five innings pitched, including the embarrassment of giving up a home run to Springfield's pitcher, Gary Daley.

Modesto 7, Stockton 0

Behind a strong pitching performance from 2009 8th rounder Rob Scahill (1-1), the Nuts (8-4, 0.5 GB) won in convincing fashion. Scahill went six innings, giving up three hits, and the bullpen preserved the shutout. Offensively for the Nuts, Brian Rike (2007 2nd round) homered (3) and went 2-3 while Thomas Field (2008 24th round) added two hits.

Lexington 8, Asheville 7 (F-15)

The Tourists (6-8, 3.5 GB) lost a wild one, a fifteen inning game that saw the use of seven Asheville pitchers.  Asheville took an early lead and had a strong pitching performance from 20 year old Juan Gonzalez (Venezuala FA)--five innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts, but the bullpen lost it, giving up three runs over a two inning span.

In extras, the teams traded punches, with both clubs getting three runs in the 11th inning. The Tourists' extra inning offense came courtesy of back-to-back home runs by Joe Sanders (2009 5th round) and Tyler Massey (2008 14th round) and an Avery Barnes (2009 11th round) double, but it was not enough as Lexington got three in the bottom half and then scratched out a run in the 15th off of 2009 13th rounder Paul Bargas (0-1). Barnes went 3-6 while Sanders and Massey both had multi-hit games for Asheville.