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Tuesday Pebble Report: After Rockies Lose Close Game, Several MiLB Affiliatres Follow Suit

AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox: L 4-3

Starter Edgar Gonzalez had his best outing in his short time within the Rockies organization, allowing just two hits and two walks over seven innings pitched. One of the hits was a solo home run, the only run Gonzalez allowed. The game was tied at one run each until the eighth inning, when Mike Jacobs doubled in Alfredo Amezaga and Warren Schaeffer. Eric Stults allowed a solo home run of his own in the eighth, but kept the lead. It was closer Jim Miller who let the game get away in the ninth, allowing a walkoff two run home run to the Sacramento River Cats. It was Miller's fifth blown save, as well as his fifth loss.

The Sky Sox only managed four hits in the game. In addition to Jacobs' RBI double, Matt Macri doubled, while Schaeffer and Ryan Rohlinger singled. There were also four Sky Sox walks. In his second game with the Sky Sox, Jorge Cantu has not yet produced a hit.


AA Tulsa Drillers: L 3-1

Another close loss, though in this case, the opposing Arkansas Travelers got the job done early instead of late in the game. Starter Rob Scahill got his ninth loss of the year on an average outing, allowing three runs on eight hits over six innings on the mound. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two. Relievers Dustin Molleken and Joe Torres each pitched clean relief innings.

Designated hitter Mike Zuanich was the only Driller with multiple hits, with two singles and a run scored. It was center fielder Tim Wheeler that batted in Zuanich, his 78th RBI of the year. Wheeler was 1-4 on the day with a single and a strikeout. A double from shortstop Hector Gomez was the team's lone extra base hit.

A+ Modesto Nuts: W 9-6

At last, a win, one which was helped along by the fact that the Stockton Ports had five errors in the span of the game. Of the nine runs scored by the Nuts, only four were charged to Stockton pitching. Most of the runs were scored in just two innings, with five runs in the third and three in the sixth. Delta Cleary Jr. tripled to lead off the game and was brought home on a Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly to account for the only remaining run. Kent Matthes was 2 for 4 with his 22nd home run of the year. Angelys Nina, who has had a hot bat as of late, also had two hits, including a double, and scored twice with two RBI. Arenado and catcher Beau Seabury had doubles as their only hits on the day, with a run scored and another batted in each. Every player in the starting lineup had one hit or more. Matthes and Kiel Roling each had two stolen bases in the game, of which were Roling's first two of the year. Both situations were double steals with Matthes nabbing third and Roling second.

Parker Frazier didn't limit damage during his start, allowing five Stockton runners to cross the plate over seven innings on nine hits and a walk. He struck out three. Reliever Chad Rose allowed two hits and a run in the eighth, yielding to Coty Woods who struck out the only batter he faced to exit the inning. Closer Mike Marbry pitched a clean ninth for his eighth save of the season.


A Asheville Tourists: L 9-8

Both the Tourists and the Charleston RiverDogs had 14 hits and 2 errors, but the key run column differed just barely. The offense was led by Cristhian Adames, who knocked in 2 runs on 3 hits, including two doubles. Rafael Ortega, Helder Velazquez and Dustin Garneau had two hit games, as did Corey Dickerson, who hit his 22nd homer of the season. Kyle Parker hit his 18th home run as his only hit. First baseman Mark Tracy was the only starter without a hit in the game.

Starter Nick Schnaitmann was rocky early, allowing four runs in the first two innings, though only two of those runs were credited to Schnaitmann, thanks to the 20th error of the year by Velazquez. After the second inning, Schnaitmann found a rhythm and did not allow any more runs through the rest of the seven innings he threw. He totaled nine hits allowed and two walks against two strikeouts. The Tourists entered the eighth with a 7-4 lead, which was protected by Isaiah Froneberger with a clean inning, despite allowing two hits. Unfortunately, in a rough night for organizational closers, Juan Perez allowed five runs in the top of the ninth inning, putting Asheville two runs behind. This was Perez's sixth blown save this season, and ended up his fifth loss as well. A throwing error from Tracy made it so only four runs were earned. The Tourists manufactured one run in the ninth, but it would not be enough.


A- Tri-City Dust Devils: Off Day


RK Casper Ghosts: W 4-2

Rosell Herrera and Francisco Sosa each had two hits and a RBI in the game. Will Swanner and Harold Riggins doubled for their only hits. 2011 supplemental pick Trevor Story didn't get a hit, but walked twice. Alex Gillingham started the game, and his two earned runs over five and two thirds innings thrown led to his second professional win. He allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out four. Three and a third innings of relief from Alejandro Barraza, Russell Brewer and Michael Wolford was effective. Despite only one strikeout between them, only one Idaho Falls baserunner was allowed. Wolford was awarded this fourth save.


DSL Rockies: W 4-2

Second baseman Miguel Dilone had two hits on the day, as well as a RBI and his twelfth stolen base of the year. Right fielder Cristian Quintin hit his third home run of the year, a solo shot. Starter Johendi Jiminian allowed just two earned runs over six innings pitched on seven hits and no walks, but would not be given the win. It was reliever Carlos Leon on the mound when the Rockies took the lead in the eighth, leading to his second win of the season. Despite allowing two hits and a walk in the ninth, Andres Medrano was able to overcome the closer curse of the day and strike out the side without allowing any runs to cross. It was his 13th save of the season.