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