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Monday Pebble Report: Nicasio Dominant for Tulsa, Nuts' Defense Cracks.

AAA Colorado Spring Sky Sox

Sky Sox 3, Padres 9

Eric Young Jr, Matt Macri, and Chris Nelson all had multi-hit nights (Young's hits were a 2B and 3B) and Willy Taveras made a nice play as part of an 8-6-2 putout of Matt Clark at the plate after a Luis Martinez double. Sean White, Justin Miller, and Edgmer Escalona pitched a combined 4.2IP of scoreless relief. That's where the good stuff ends.

Billy Buckner gave up 9 runs on 9 hits, 4 walks, and only 2 strikeouts, getting pulled after only 3.1 innings of work. Buckner's season ERA sits at an unsightly 8.06.

Interestingly enough, all of those runs were scored without a home run being hit.

Small sample and all that, but I wonder how long Juan Nicasio will stay in AA Tulsa. Speaking of which...

AA Tulsa Drillers

Drillers 3, Cardinals 0

Juan Nicasio would retire after striking out Charlie Cutler in the bottom of the seventh, allowing no runs on only four hits and 10 strike outs for the second straight start. Daniel Turpen would come in to replace Nicasio for an out in the seventh, but was unable to get a pitch in as the umpires sent the game for a second rain delay. The game would not resume as umpires called it after a 30 minute stoppage with Tulsa beating Springfield 3-0.

via Mike Scott of KSPR Springfield

That's right, Juan Nicasio has 40 strikeouts to just 4 walks in only 28.2 IP. Those are otherworldy good numbers. 

As far as the game goes, Nicasio drove in a run on a single in the top of the 4th, and Mike Daniel drove in another two: 1 by sitting there with the bat on his shoulder while Cardinals pitcher Kevin Thomas threw a wild pitch, and then another when he finished the AB with an RBI single. 

A+ Modesto Nuts

Nuts 7, Rawhide 12

Yes, there's a team called Rawhide. Awesome. 

The Nuts were clearly able to muster SOME offense, notching those 7 runs on 9 hits, but Parker Frazier didn't give them much to work with, allowing 8 runs (7ER) on 6 hits and 3 walks. Nuts reliever Chad Rose didn't do much to help, either, allowing 4 runs of his own (3ER). On top of that, the Nuts committed 5 errors in the game. It's not as if Visalia pitched perfectly, as starter Eric Smith allowed 7 runs (4ER, thanks to a PB by catcher Rossmel Perez). Oh well, sometimes these games just happen.


A Asheville Tourists

Tourists 8, Drive 6

This is really Bryce Massanari's world; you're just along for the ride. Massanari continued his domination of the Sally League, notching another 2 hits and bringing his season average up to .395 (1.185 OPS). Albert Campos pitched well enough in his start, going 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (4ER) while striking out 5 and walking only one.