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Sunday Pebble Report: Chacin and Friedrich struggle, but Balcom-Miller dominates

AAA - Colorado Springs: L 3-1 (47-60)
Jhoulys Chacin lasted just 2.2 innings as, despite only allowing one run, he could not find the strike zone, issuing four walks and giving up five hits. Josh Muecke was effective in 2.1 scoreless relief frames, but Franklin Morales and Edgmer Escalona each allowed a run in their respective innings of work; Morales walked two and gave up a hit, while Escalona allowed a solo home run. Matt Reynolds, as usual, tossed a perfect ninth while notching a strikeout. Travis Metcalf led the offense with a 4-for-4 effort, but they were all singles and the Sky Sox weren't able to do much else with the bats to help him.

AA - Tulsa: W 7-3 (51-53)
Wilin Rosario went 3-for-5 with a double and a couple of runs batted in to lead the Drillers to victory. Charlie Blackmon, Bronson Sardinha, and Michael Mitchell each had two hits as well. Similar to what happened in Chacin's outing, Christian Friedrich apparently had a hard time finding the strike zone as he allowed two runs on four walks and five hits in just 2.1 innings. Jonnathan Aristil wasn't terrific in 2.2 innings of relief, but he did enough to earn the victory as he allowed a run on a hit, but also three walks. Rex Brothers tossed two perfect innings and Bruce Billings earned the save by tossing two scoreless innings and striking out three.

A (Advanced) - Modesto: W 9-6 (54-52)
Thomas Field had a heck of a game for the Nuts, as he went 4-for-4 with a walk, and hit his 14th home run of the season - a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Tim Wheeler and Ben Paulsen also hit homers for Modesto, while Jordan Pacheco had a couple of doubles and scored three runs. Joe Sanders had two hits as well. Rob Scahill had a nice start, earning the victory by going six innings and allowing one run on just two hits (and two walks) and striking out eight. The bullpen combination of Kurt Yacko and Alan DeRatt almost spoiled Schaill's outing, as they combined to allow five runs on four hits and four walks in 2.2 innings. However, Adam Jorgenson was brought in to get the final out with the tying run in scoring position, and he succeeded.

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A - Asheville: W 10-0 (49-55)
Chris Balcom-Miller did his best impression of his 2009 self, completely dominating the Rome Braves for seven innings on his way to his second win of the season. He allowed just two hits, and struck out five while inducing 13 groundouts compared to just two flyouts. Daniel Perkins and Chad Rose successfully closed things out for the Tourists, whose offense was led by Orlando Sandoval and Nolan Arenado, who each went 3-for-5. In addition, Delta Cleary Jr., Eliezer Mesa, and Helder Velazquez had two hits apiece.


A (Short-Season) - Tri-City: L 3-2 (19-23)
Edwar Cabrera had a very good outing for the Dust Devils, going six innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits while striking out nine. However, his three walks hurt a little bit, and the Tri-City offense didn't do much to back him up as they had just three hits. Hector Gomez went 1-for-4 as he tries to make his way back up the ladder. Tyler Trice (two innings, two Ks) and Eric Federico (one inning) were perfect in relief.

Rookie - Casper: W 8-4 (18-21)
Todd Helton went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while Cristhian Adames had three hits including a home run to lead the Ghosts over Ogden. Rafael Ortega and Corey Dickerson each contributed two hits as well. Tyler Gagnon improved to 4-0 as he scattered ten hits in seven innings, but came away only allowing three runs, largely because he did not walk anybody. He struck out four.

Dominican Summer League - DSL Rockies: L 5-4 (31-20)
Rosell Herrera had a couple of hits and three RBIs, while Wilson Soriano had three hits and drew a walk. That was about it for the Rockies offensively, as they went without an extra-base hit. Raul Hernandez had a nice performance in relief, as he went five innings and allowed an unearned run on three hits and struck out five.