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Friday Pebble Report: Tyler Matzek Still Experiencing Growing Pains

Colorado Springs (3-5), W 18-13
Thursday afternoon provided for a potent offensive afternoon between the Colorado Springs Sky Sox and the Reno Aces, the Sox pulling out the 18-13 victory. Charlie Blackmon paced the offense with a 4-for-6, three-run, two-RBI performance. He hit a solo home run, his third of the season, in the sixth inning. He stole second base, his first of the season, but made two fielding errors.

Multi-hit and multi-RBI games came for Cole Garner (2 hits), Mike Jacobs (3 hits/2 doubles, 2 RBI), Chris Nelson (1B, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI), Jordan Pacheco (2 hits, 2 RBI), Josh Fields (2B, HR, 2 RBI), and Alfredo Amezaga (3 hits 3 RBI).

Clayton Mortensen allowed three runs in the first inning (including a solo homer) and left the game. Six other relievers appeared in the game, but only Matt Daley and Rex Brothers pitched scoreless innings.

Tulsa (3-4), L 2-8
Catcher Wilin Rosario hit a fourth-inning home run, and Tim Wheeler hit a sac fly in the fifth to finish the Drillers' scoring for the night.

Starter Christian Friedrich allowed two singles to start the game and then gave up the gopher ball to J.D. Martinez for an early 0-3 deficit. He allowed a run in the fourth and the fifth innings, but it was the seventh that made things looks worse. After giving up a single and issuing a walk to start the inning, Friedrich left the game. In came Dustin Molleken, who allowed a single and sac fly to score the inherited runners. Molleken would allow another run-scoring single before the inning ended.

Modesto (4-4), L 1-3
It was another one of those nights for lefty Tyler Matzek. He wound up going deep into counts and reached a 75-pitch limit 3.1 innings into the game. He allowed the run i the third inning after he walked two and saw a single push the runner on second across home plate. He finished the night with one run allowed on two hits and four walks while striking out five.

Alan Deratt and Coty Woods held Stockton to two hits over the last 4.2 innings, but click through the above link to find out how things went down on Stockton's two-run sixth inning.

The Stockton starter, Robert Gilliam, held Modesto to three hits, the relievers giving up zero hits. Catcher Dallas Tarleton led off the sixth inning with a single and crossed home plate later on a LF Scott Robinson double. Nolan Arenado had the other hit.

Asheville (5-3), W 4-2
The fifth inning was kind to the Tourists last night, letting them score four run then. Two singles, a throwing error, and a triple (in that order) allowed the runs to score. Kyle Parker scored one of those runs, going 2-for-4 with a double. Dustin Garneau had the RBI triple and stole third base too, but he allowed two balls to get by hi,. Mark Tracy and Avery Barnes swiped bases as well.

Albert Campos picked up his first win of the season, limiting West Virginia to two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk in seven innings.