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Monday Pebble Report: Sky Sox Drop 24 On Grizzlies

AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox (22-29, 3rd in PCL Pacific North, 8.0 GB)

Sky Sox 24, Grizzlies 6

Oooooh, they laid a hurtin' on the Grizzlies. I don't even know where to begin with this. Let's just take a stab at it with a bulleted list:

  • The Sky Sox had a 13-run 5th during which pitcher Claudio Vargas scored. Twice.
  • Vargas also scored a run during the 6th. He walked twice and singled.
  • Only 2 players in the Sky Sox lineup did not score a run: 2B Brad Emaus (who was 3-for-6 on the night) and RHP Bruce Billings.
  • Only 1 player for the Sox did not have a hit, and that was SP John Maine, who reached on a Fielder's Choice and subsequently scored.
  • The Sky Sox scored runs in every one of the 8 innings they batted in.
  • The Sky Sox committed 1 error which made all of Maine's 4 runs unearned.
  • The Grizzlies committed 6. 15 of the 26 runs were earned.
  • Maine only went 3 innings, so he wasn't eligible for the Win, which went to Claudio Vargas, who also went 3.
  • There was a Save awarded in this bloodbath: Bruce Billings pitched 3 innings in relief and did not relinquish the 18 run lead. That gets him a save. Yep, look it up.
  • Matt Macri hit a Grand Slam. On his Birthday.
  • Macri's Grand Slam was one of only 2 homers hit in the game: The other was a solo shot by Cole Garner.
  • 36 Sky Sox batters reached base by walk or by hit.
Everyone else past the jump

AA Tulsa Drillers (25-23, 2nd in the TEX North, 1.0GB)

Drillers 3, RoughRiders 9

Daniel Turpen, Keith Weiser, and Sean Jarrett all took the mound for the Drillers, and all surrendered 3 runs en route to this 9-3 beating. Tulsa had 11 men reach base, but then went 1-for-7 with RISP. Sounds familiar, right?

The Tim Wheeler hit parade continues, however, and this surprising prospect is up to a .330 batting average on the 2011 campaign and a 1.056 OPS (.441 wOBA, 166 wRC+). That's a phenomenal line for the Texas League. All that seems to be holding him back is a surefire starting spot in AAA Colorado Springs.


A+ Modesto Nuts (24-26, 4th in the CAL North, 11.0 GB)

Nuts 14, 66ers 3

It took the 66ers 18 batters to finally get a hit off of Nuts starter Dan Houston. Houston went 7 innings on the night, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5. Clearly a frustrating 7th for Houston, but it didn't really matter, because by that point the Nuts were already leading 9-0. 6 different Nuts had multi-hit games, 3 of which were 3-hit games. Keil Roling crossed the plate 4 times and Nolan Arenado drove in 4 runs.

6-run 2nd innings will do that for a team.


A Asheville Tourists (22-28, 4th in the SAL Southern, 4.5 GB)

Tourists 1, Drive 4

In the only game of Sunday night that didn't have a margin of victory of 6 or more, the Tourists were absolutely stymied by Greenville starter Brandon Workman, who struck out 7 in his 6 innings of work, allowing only 1 run on 6 hits. Tourists starter Albert Campos did his best to match Workman, going 7 innings, allowing 4 runs on 9 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2. Nary a longball was hit between the two squadrons, yet both posted a triple. 

Catcher Bryce Massanari got the day off in favor of Dustin Garneau, but he's still batting .364/.425/.642 on the season.