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Monday Pebble Report: Wild 8th gives Sky Sox Only Win in Organization

AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox (30-34, 2nd PCL Pacific North)

Sky Sox 7, Aces 6

A massive collapse by the Reno Aces bullpen in the 8th inning took a simple 6-2 Aces lead to a 7-6 Sky Sox victory. Kam Mickolio, brought in to pitch the 8th, allowed 3 hits, 3 walks, and 5 runs. Check out this 8th:

Ryan Rohlinger walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch hitter Mike Paulk replaces Edgmer Escalona.
Mike Paulk strikes out swinging.
Willy Taveras singles on a ground ball to center fielder Collin Cowgill. Ryan Rohlinger to 2nd.
Alfredo Amezaga singles on a ground ball to center fielder Collin Cowgill. Ryan Rohlinger scores. Willy Taveras to 2nd. Fielding error by center fielder Collin Cowgill.
Josh Fields doubles (20) on a fly ball to right fielder Evan Frey. Willy Taveras scores. Alfredo Amezaga to 3rd.
Kam Mickolio intentionally walks Mike Jacobs.
Brad Emaus walks. Alfredo Amezaga scores. Josh Fields to 3rd. Mike Jacobs to 2nd.
With Eliezer Alfonzo batting, wild pitch by Kam Mickolio, Josh Fields scores. Mike Jacobs to 3rd. Brad Emaus to 2nd.
Eliezer Alfonzo out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Collin Cowgill. Mike Jacobs scores.
With Matt Macri batting, Brad Emaus steals (3) 3rd base.
Matt Macri called out on strikes.

Not the best overall outing for the offense, but they clearly made the most of what they had when they could. Sky Sox starter Alan Johnson allowed all 6 runs (5ER) over 7 innings of work, punching out 6 and walking 2. Interestingly enough, not a single homer was allowed in this game.


AA Tulsa Drillers (30-31, 3rd TEX North)

Drillers 6, Naturals 7 (12 innings)

Regrettably, while the score looked similar to their AAA counterparts, the Drillers coughed up the winning run on a sac fly in the bottom of the 12th. 6 Drillers pitchers took the mound on Sunday, and after Adam Jorgensen continued his struggling season by letting 2 on, he was pulled for Keith Weiser, who allowed a single and a sac fly to end the game.

Despite the rough finish, the real goat of the game was Stephen Dodson. He came into the game to begin the 8th, faced 6 batters, left with nobody out and the bases jacked. Joe Torres did his best, but 5 runs crossed in that 8th inning to tie the game at 5.

Teams exchanged runs in the 9th, and then the Naturals were able to finish it off in the 12th.

A+ Modesto Nuts (28-34, 4th CAL North)

Nuts 1, Giants 4

San Jose mustered 13 hits and 2 walks, but only converted 4 runs. Good for them that the Nuts' offense stayed home, only plating one run on 6 hits and 3 walks. Nolan Arenado and Scott Robinson had 2 hits apiece, and Parker Frazier went 6 innings, striking out 5, walking 1, and allowing 2 runs. Kurt Yacko allowed another 2 runs in 3 innings of relief, striking out 4 and walking 1.


A Asheville Tourists (30-33, 3rd SAL Southern)

Tourists 3, Crawdads 12

Nasty night for Tourist pitching. Erik Stavert went 4 innings, allowing 10 runs on 12 hits and one walk.

Christhian Adames had a 3-hit outing, scoring 2 of the Tourists 3 runs on two solo shots. Bryce Massanari continues to punish the Sally league with another 2 hits, raising his season line to .350/.438/.597. I do wonder when he'll be sent to Modesto - or if.


DSL Rockies (6-5, 4th Dominican Summer League Boca Chica Baseball City)

Off Day