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Monday Pebble Report: Sky Sox Mount Huge Comeback

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AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox (18-26, 3rd PCL Pacific North)

Sky Sox 15, Express 10

Good ol' fashioned Colorado Springs Slugfest, thanks to the high altitude and ...wait, it was in Round Rock? Wow.

Billy Buckner and Bruce Billings combined to allow 9 runs (8ER) in a combined 5.1 innings of work. Rex Brothers relieved Billings in the 6th, pitched 1.2 innings, punched out 4, walked 2, and further staked his claim to the MLB bullpen. The Sky Sox tagged Express starter Zach Jackson for 6 runs in 6 innings, got another run off of Mark Hamburger (seriously), another off of Beau Jones, another 4 off Justin Miller (who walked 3 without recording an out), and finally another 3 off of Ryan Tucker to cap the comeback.

Eric Young Jr's only hit of the game was a 3-run triple in the 8th that drove in Willy Taveras, Matt Macri, and Matt Pagnozzi. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least 1 hit: Josh Fields went 4-for-4, and Willy Taveras, Chris Nelson, Charlie Blackmon, Jordan Pacheco, and Matt Macri all had 2-hit days.

 

AA Tulsa Drillers (23-19, 1st TEX North)

Drillers 6, Cardinals 8 (12 innings)

Juan Nicasio turned in a strong start, going 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, striking out 3, and walking nobody. Downside was that those 3 runs included 2 homers. Daniel Turpen and Joe Torres gave up the 5-3 lead in the 8th. Casey Weathers gave up the go-ahead run 10th, only to have it given right back by Nick Greenwood. With a 6-6 tie in the 12th, Joey Williamson gave up 2 runs on a homer and RBI single. Tulsa was unable to bounce back against Samuel Freeman.

Not a miserable game for Drillers bats, as 4 players had multi-hit games (Hector Gomez and Scott Beerer 3 apiece, Wil Rosario and Ben Paulsen 2 apiece), but just not enough to overcome the Springfield Cardinals.

A+ Modesto Nuts (21-23, 4th CAL North)

Nuts 4, Blaze 5

Daniel Perkins went 4 innings and allowed 4 runs before giving way to Kurt Yacko who pitched 4 innings of scoreless relief. 4-4 tie going into the 9th, and Sheng-an Kuo allowed 3 straight singles to give up the lead to the Blaze, who held on to win it 5-4. Nuts pitching gave up 15 hits to Blaze batters, and Nuts bats got 8 of their own. Good games for Mike Zuanich and Nolan Arenado, who both had 2 hits in the game (Arenado's were a double and triple), but ultimately it just wasn't enough to wrap up a W.

 

A Asheville Tourists (20-24, 4th SAL Southern)

Tourists 6, Legends 9

Josh Mueller went 5 strong innings, allowing only 2 runs to go with 2 strikeouts, but Bruce Kern and Rafael Suarez were unable to back him up, allowing 7 runs between the both of them (5 ER) over 3 innings of relief. Shame, too, as the Tourists were able to tag starter Juan Minaya for 3 runs before the 4th and then David Martinez for another 3 over the next 3 innings. Lexington outhit the Tourists 15-10 in the game, thanks to 5 separate multi-hit games from their lineup. Brett Tanos, Bryce Massanari, and Kyle Parker all had multi-hit games of their own, but ultimately the Tourists bullpen fell short.