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Saturday Pebble Report: Peter Tago Wins First Professional Start

Overall, the affiliates went 2-2 last night, but the big news was the debut performance of PuRP #6 and 2010 supplemental first round RHP Peter Tago, which you can read about after the jump. Speaking of PuRPs, look for a voting thread for the Spring 2011 edition of the list to go up later on today.

Colorado Springs 5, Round Rock 4

The Sky Sox (17-25), down a run after six innings, pushed across runs in the seventh and ninth innings to get the victory. Of the Sky Sox's 10 hits, 6 went for extra bases. 1B Mike Jacobs led the charge, going 3-4 with two doubles, while PuRP #7 OF Charlie Blackmon went 2-4 with a triple. The go-ahead run in the ninth came on a Jordan Pacheco (C, PuRP #14) single, one of two hits for him on the night.

Alan Johnson gave up four runs on seven hits in six innings pitched (including a 2 run HR off of a rehabbing Nelson Cruz), while PuRP #12 LHP Rex Brothers got the win (2-1) with a scoreless eighth in which he struck out two. Jim Miller got his second save with a clean ninth.

Springfield 7, Tulsa 2

The Drillers (22-18) got eight hits on the night, but all of them were singles. 3B Darin Holcomb was the only Driller with two hits on the night. Cory Riordan took the loss with five runs allowed in six innings. A bright spot for the pitching was another fine outing for PuRP #18 RHP Casey Weathers, who struck out two in a scoreless inning. After a rough start, Weathers has only allowed one run in six May outings.

San Jose 9, Modesto 1

The Nuts (20-22) suffered a blowout loss last night. Modesto only mustered three hits on the night, including a solo homer by OF Orlando Sandoval (2). The train wreck that is Nicholas Schnaitmann continued to the tune of 9 runs allowed in 4.2 IP (on 9 hits and 5 walks). This year, Schnaitmann is 2-5 with a 12.42 ERA in 33.1 IP. I don't think that this is going to work out. Alan DeRatt threw 4.1 IP of shutout relief for the Nuts.

Asheville 3, Lexington 2

And now, the main event. The Tourists (20-22) got a big pitching boost from the 18 year-old phenom Peter Tago. There has been a lot of hype about Tago given the movement on his pitches, and for tonight at least, the results were quite good. Tago (1-0) went 7 IP, allowing only 4 hits and 2 runs (one on a HR) while striking out 5 and only walking one man with a 7-4 GO/AO ratio. 2010 1st rounder Kyle Parker (OF, PuRP #9) continued his strong start, going 2-4 with a RBI. Juan Perez recorded his 8th save with a clean 9th inning.