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Thursday Pebble Report: Matt Holliday Dominates Las Vegas 51's

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I apologize for the later than usual Pebble Report.  I had significant difficulty connecting to the internet in the Great North this morning.


AAA Colorado Springs, W 2-1  (31-35, 3rd, 3.0 GB)

Right right right.  Matt Holliday plays for the Cardinals.  But the haul Dan O'Dowd brought in for Holliday dominated for the Sky Sox.  Greg Smith (2008, trade) had an absolutely fabulous start last night.  A solo home run by slugger Brad Nelson was the only blemish on the southpaw, who struck out six and walked one over eight strong innings.  Huston Street (2008, trade) also burned through the 51s, striking out two for a 1-2-3 save.  Offensively, Chris Nelson (2004, 1st round), Matt Miller (2004, 13th round), Jay Payton (2010, MiLB FA) and Paul Phillips (2009, MiLB FA) each singled twice.  Dexter Fowler went 0-for-3 and is 3-for-26 in his last six games with 10 K's.  

AA Tulsa, W 8-2 - (27-35, 3rd, 10.0 GB)

The Drillers got a rare offensive outburst, paddling 2009 12th overall pick Aaron Crow for six runs (five earned) in four innings.  Crow got the first two outs in the third inning, allowed a Charlie Blackmon (2008, 2nd round) single (one of his three hits), then struck out Eider Torres (2010, MiLB FA) for the third out.  However, Crow's pitch got away from catcher Jeff Howell and Torres reached first.  The Drillers then piled together a walk, single, double, error and two more wild pitches to notch five runs.  The big blow was a 3-run double from Ryan Harvey (2009, MiLB FA).  Bronson Sardinha (2010, MiLB FA) added a two-run single in the sixth.  

Keith Weiser (5-4, 2.84) (2006, 3rd round) threw a "complete game" six-inning outing, striking out six and walking no one.  That's the way it's done.

Single-A recaps after the jump.

High-A Modesto L 3-4 (10th) - (35-30, 2nd, 7.0 GB)

Rob Scahill (2009, 8th round) gave the Nuts a very solid start, departing in the seventh inning after allowing two runs on five hits and five K's.  Unfortunately, the Nuts' bullpen couldn't hold the lead.  Rex Brothers (2009, comp pick) relieved Kurt Yacko (2008, 8th round) in the eighth after a leadoff error.  Brothers allowed the runner to reach third on a groundout and wild pitch, then the tying run scored on a sacrifice fly.  Michael Marbry (2007, undrafted) allowed a walk-off home run to Ryan Wheeler in the tenth for the loss.

Offensively, Scott Robinson (2006, 30th round) and Thomas Field (2008, 24th round) both had two hits.  After getting two doubles, Field's wOBA is now .408, a cushy 110 points higher than last year in Asheville. 

Low-A Asheville L 4-5L 2-5 -  (25-34, 5th, 10.5 GB)

The Tourists lost both games of their double header at home Wednesday.  In the first game, Tyler Matzek (2009, 1st round) was pulled after the fourth inning after allowing two runs on four hits against two strikeouts and four walks.  The Tourists gave him an early lead behind a three run home run in the first by Nolan Arenado (2009, 2nd round).  Delta Cleary Jr (2008, 37th round) and Eliezer Mesa (2008, DR) joined Arenado with two hit games, but Chad Rose surrendered three runs in the final inning for the one-run loss.

In Game 2, Chris Balcom-Miller (0-4, 4.04) (2009, 6th round) got hit around a bit, as he was once again denied his first win this season.  The right-hander surrendered four runs on seven hits in five innings.  Angelys Nina (2007, DR) singled twice and Cleary tripled, but the team was mostly held in check by the Hagerstown Suns (Nationals).