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Friday Pebble Report: Chad Bettis Struggles In Modesto Loss

Modesto, L 2-9
It was bound to happen sooner or later. Chad Bettis had a stinker. He allowed five runs on six hits, three walks and three wild pitches in four innings. He did strike out six, however. He often went deep into counts, throwing 102 pitches, but manager Jerry Weinstein believes things could have been a lot worse.

Leuris Gomez compounded the issues when he let San Jose get to him, allowing four runs in the seventh inning. His final line was 3 IP, 5 H, 5 K, 4 R, 3 BB, and 1 WP.

The Nuts picked up four hits with Mike Zuanich and Kent Matthes driving in runs on a double and a triple, respectively, in the third inning.

Colorado Springs, L 3-8
Round Rock's Chad Tracy struck for two home runs and four RBI off Claudio Vargas on Thursday night. Vargas gave up eight runs in four innings before Sean White and Bruce Billings kept the Express off the board for the final four frames. Billings walked one and struck out two.

Outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with two doubles (14) and an RBI. He also picked up an assist on a play at home. Chris Nelson added a double and an RBI in a 2-for-4 night. The team went 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Tulsa, L 0-2
Christian Friedrich dodged a few dicey situations, but he couldn't avoid it in the sixth inning. After retiring the first two batters, Friedrich issued his second walk and then saw Salvador Perez deposit a ball over the right field wall. That was all the offense needed in the game. Friedrich finished the game with six innings pitched, two runs allowed on four hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Four Northwest Arkansas pitchers (starter Jeremy Lamb left the game after six pitches and two outs due to elbow discomfort) held the Drillers to three hits, while striking out nine. Hector Gomez, Darin Holcomb (double), and Thomas Field collected the hits. Ben Paulsen struck out four times and had a fielding error in the fifth inning.

Asheville, L 6-12
Erik Stavert has had an interesting pattern to his starts since April 16. On that day, he allowed seven runs in 4.1 innings. Three starts later he allowed seven runs in three innings. And three more starts later (May 19), he allowed seven runs in 0.2 innings. It wasn't pretty.

He gave up three doubles, three singles and one home run before Josh Hungerman entered with two outs. Hungerman ran into his own troubles when he allowed three runs in the second (sac fly, RBI double, wild pitch to set up RBI single).

Chandler Laurent went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the third inning, while Bryce Massanari hit his 10th homer of the season, a solo shot. Kyle Parker struck out four time