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Sunday Pebble Report: Iannetta hits first homer, Hollingsworth impressive (again)

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Colorado Springs: L 10-6 (12-10)
The Sky Sox had an offensive outburst of sorts, racking up 14 hits (four of which were of the extra base variety), but it wasn't enough to take down the Las Vegas 51's, as the Springs' pitching staff had a massive breakdown. First it was newly-acquired starter Josh Muecke, who allowed five runs on eight hits in four innings, including a home run. Then, Edgmer Escalona, who continues to have rough outings at the Triple A level, was touched for three runs in 2.2 innings, the big blow being a two-run homer off the bat of Jarrett Hoffpauir. The Sky Sox bats, led by Chris Iannetta, did their best to try to keep up at the plate. Iannetta hit a three-run homer off of former teammate Steven Register in the seventh inning, and was 2-for-5 overall. Paul LoDuca, Michael McKenry, Jonathan Herrera, Chris Frey, and Mike Paulk all had multi-hit games as well.

Tulsa: W 7-2 (8-14)
Speaking of offensive explosions, the normally light-hitting Drillers managed to get seven runs - five in one inning - off of Springfield starter Nick Additon on their way to the victory. Ryan Harvey (3) and Jason Van Kooten (2) each homered for Tulsa, while Anthony Jackson added three hits. Cory Riordan was solid in six innings, allowing one earned run on eight hits and striking out three. Organizational fillers Chris Malone and Scott Rice combined to shut down the opposition in three innings of relief.

Modesto: W 4-3 (13-8)
Modesto was able to do something that their parent club is seemingly unable to do: beat a team from the Giants organization. The Nuts received yet another quality start from Ethan Hollingsworth, as he allowed three runs on just four hits in 6.2 innings, and he struck out ten batters. The bullpen followed with a terrific effort; Kurt Yacko and Adam Jorgenson each struck out two batters in an inning of work , and Rex Brothers got the final out of the eighth inning via strikeout. Offensively, the Nuts were led by Jordan Pacheco, who went 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .395. Meanwhile, Brian Rike had a couple of hits and James Cesario hit a solo home run (1) and is hitting .416.

Asheville: L 9-3 (9-14)
Delmarva racked up 14 hits off of Asheville pitching, making it hard for the Tourists' offense to match. Starter Daniel Perkins allowed a couple of runs on four hits and three walks, and the bullpen didn't fare much better, combining to allow seven runs (six earned) on ten hits. The good news (I guess) is that they only walked one batter. Chad Rose was the lone pitcher not to allow a run, as he gave up one hit and struck out a batter in his inning of work. Eliezer Mesa continues to rake, adding two more hits (and a double) to his already impressive resume, which includes a .371 batting average. Orlando Sandoval had a couple of hits as well, and Joseph Sanders hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth.