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Monday Pebble Report: Ian Stewart Goes Yard, Sky Sox Hit 5 Bombs

AAA Colorado Spring Sky Sox (36-42, 3rd PCL North)

Sky Sox 11, Bees 10

Ian Stewart had a huge day at the plate, hitting 2 home runs including a 5th inning Grand Slam, while only striking out once in 5 trips to the plate. Eliezar Alfonzo had a pretty big day, going 3-for-5 with 2 bombs of his own. Cole Garner hit the 5th HR for the Sky Sox on Sunday, but was tossed in the 5th by HP umpire Jordan Baker after getting into some sort of tussle with Bees catcher Kevin Richardson, who was tossed one batter earlier. The Bees homepage is reporting the incident as a verbal altercation. Bryan Kilpatrick might have a bit of extra insight for us at some point.

As for pitching, well, Greg Reynolds and Ryan Ketchner both posted very similar awful lines:

Greg Reynolds 5.0 10 8 7 0 4 1 6.83
Ryan Ketchner 4.2 8 10 7 3 2 5 4.54

Yeahhhhhh not the best day for pitching. Bruce Billings and Eric Stults both added runs of their own, Stults blowing the save that was later recovered by a terribly fielded 9th inning by the Bees and a 1-2-3 inning from Jim Miller, capped with a Jeremy Moore strikeout.

AA Tulsa Drillers (36-39, 3rd TEX North)

Drillers 6, Cardinals 3

Christian Friedrich turned in a quality, if not questionable start. Friedrich went 6 innings, striking out 7, walking 2, allowing 10 hits, 2 HR, and 3ER. Adam Jorgensen, Joe Torres, and Daniel Turpen pitched perfect 7th, 8th, and 9th innings to cap this victory. 

Tim Wheeler, Darin Holcomb, Scott Beerer, and James Cesario all turned in multi-hit days for the Drillers, and Thomas Field and Beerer both went yard to lead off the 1st and 2nd innings.

A+ Modesto Nuts (33-40, 4th CAL North)

Sheng-An Kuo is not a very good closer. Bad, even. Like, Shawn Chacon bad. After a 9th-inning rally to break the 2-2 tie and put the Nuts on top 5-2, Kuo entered the game, allowed a homer, single, popup (1 down), single, homer. Nuts lose 6-5 in the bottom of the 9th. 

On the upside, Nolan Arenado had a 3-for-4 day with a walk and a homer, accounting for 3 of the 7 Nuts hits on Sunday. Edwar Cabrera had a solid start, going 6.2 innings, striking out 8 and walking 1, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits.

A Asheville Tourists (34-39, 4th SAL Southern)

Tourists 12, Braves 4

Everyone in the Tourists lineup had a hit, and 6 of the 9 batters recorded 2-hit days. Erik Stavert didn't have his best stuff, but he clearly didn't need it for the Tourists to take home the series win in this rubber game. Stavert went 6.2 innings, striking out 2 and walking 3 while allowing 4ER on 8 hits. Better than we can say about Braves starter Caleb Brewer, who only went 4.2 innings, striking out 4, walking 3, but allowing 10 runs on 10 hits, all spread throughout his entire outing. Corey Dickerson and Chandler Laurent both went yard for the Tourists, Laurent off of Brewer in the 3rd and Dickerson later in the 6th off of reliever Dan Jurik.


A- Tri-City Dust Devils (5-5, 3rd NOR East)

Dust Devils 5, Bears 6

Absolute heartbreaker for the Dust Devils, as apparently a 5-1 lead in the 9th wasn't enough to put the Yakima Bears down for the day. Christopher Dennis and Isaiah Froneberger combined in the 9th to allow 5 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, wasting the solid start from Nelson Gonzalez.

On the positive side, Rhett Ballard pitched 2.1 innings of 1-hit ball and Jordan Ribera and Blake McDade both notched 2 hits on the day.


RK Casper Ghosts (2-5, 3rd PIO South)

Ghosts 7, Raptors 8

Despite pulling within 1 run in the 9th inning, the Ghosts weren't able to overcome the deficits that starter Raul Fernandez and reliever Matthew Crocker put them in. Fernandez pitched 5 innings, allowing 6 runs on 9 hits - 3 of which were home runs - striking out 4 and walking none. Crocker allowed another 2 runs over his 2 innings of work, striking out 3 and also walking none.

The offense was bolstered by a a 4-5 day from 1B Harold Riggins, whose 3-run blast in the 8th gave the Ghosts new life in what seemed to be a surefire loss.