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Monday Pebble Report: Slugfests From AA and Down

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AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox (13-18, 3rd in the PCL Pacific North)

Sky Sox 3, River Cats 5

The Sky Sox didn't have a starter today, and opted for a nice long chain of relievers including Sean White, Andy Graham, Jesus Colome, Eric Stults, and Matt Daley. Charles Blackmon and Willy Taveras both had 2-hit days, accounting for 4 of the 8 Sky Sox hits.

AA Tulsa Drillers (17-11, 1st in Texas League North)

Drillers 8, Naturals 9

Tim Wheeler continues his hit parade in the Texas League, going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Scott Beerer continues his quest to reinvent himself as a hitter with a 3-for-5 day and 2 runs and 2 RBI of his own. Everyone on the Drillers got a hit last night, but Keith Weiser allowed 4 runs without recording an out to start the 6th, erasing Christian Friedrich's 5IP, 3ER start (4K, BB, 2-run HR).

A+ Modesto Nuts (14-17, 5th in the California League North)

Nuts 7, Rawhide 6

Delta Cleary, Mike Zuanich, Kent Matthes, and Angelys Nina all had 2 hits apiece to push the Nuts over top of the Visalia Rawhide (that's such an awesome name). Chad Bettis went 7 innings, struck out 7, walked 1 and allowed 8 hits. Sheng-An Kuo gave up the lead in the top of the 9th, allowing 4 runs during his inning of work, but the Rawhide gave it right back, allowing 3 runs to the Nuts in the 9th, tying the game and leading to the 10th. Angelys Nina grounded out to begin the 10th inning, and then Mike Zuanich decided he'd had enough and crushed a ball over the LF fence off of Christian Beltre.

A Asheville Tourists (15-15, 2nd in the South Atlantic League Southern)

Tourists 5, Shorebirds 10

Ugly game for the Tourists, committing 3 errors during the game. Ricardo Ferrer gave up 6 runs in his 4.1IP, striking out 3 and walking 6, and Josh Hungerman allowed another 4 unearned runs cross the plate during his 1.2 innings of work. Good games for Helder Velazquez, Corey Dickerson, and Avery Barnes, all notching 2 hits (3 for Barnes, 2 doubles for Barnes and Dickerson). Joey Wong, despite going hitless, raised his season line to .315/.431/.481.