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Monday Pebble Report: Tulsa breaks out the bats, another Balcom-Miller start suspended

Franklin Morales is working his way back.
Franklin Morales is working his way back.

AAA - Colorado Springs: W 3-2 (22-27)
Kurt Birkins managed to get his ERA back below 10.00, as he went five innings and allowed a couple of runs on four hits while striking out six. However, the big story was Franklin Morales, who was absolutely dominant in three innings of work, as he punched out five Beavers while allowing just two base runners. Juan Rincon closed the game out despite giving up a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. The Sky Sox offense was led by Jay Payton (who had two hits and two walks) and Mike Paulk (who had a couple of hits and drove in two).

AA - Tulsa: W 9-2 (20-28)
Tulsa's offense pounded out 16 hits on their way to a one-sided victory over Frisco. Every Driller who stepped up to the plate had at least one hit, with Daniel Mayora and Wilin Rosario leading the way with three. Rosario (5) and Ryan Harvey (6) each hit home runs, while Rosario and Bronson Sardinha each picked up multiple runs batted in. Harvey, Sardinha, and Anthony Jackson all joined Mayora and Rosario in the multi-hit club. Brandon Durden sort of lucked his way through six innings of baseball, as he walked four batters and gave up six hits (including a homer), but escaped with only two runs on the board. Chris Malone pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four, while Craig Benningson made his season debut by striking out two batters in a perfect ninth.

A-ball recaps after the jump..

High-A - Modesto: L 8-1 (27-22)
The Nuts suffered the only blemish among the Rockies' affiliates on Sunday, as Ethan Hollingsworth was unable to minimize the damage, despite pitching just as well as his Stockton counterpart. Hollingsworth went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks, and struck out five batters. Stephen Dodson allowed three runs in relief, while Jonnathan Aristil allowed five baserunners in 1.2 innings and gave up a run, despite striking out two. Jordan Pacheco and Ben Paulsen each had two hits for an offense that was unable to capitalize throughout the entire game.

A - Asheville: Suspended in the 5th inning (20-28)
Chris Balcom-Miller pitched in his second suspended game of the season. This time, he tossed four complete innings and allowed two runs on six hits and a couple of walks and struck out three. Not eye-popping numbers, but he did induce six groundouts compared to only two flyouts. Joey Wong led the offense with two hits at the time of the suspension. Two of the Tourists' runs were unearned.