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Friday Pebble Report: Matzek Gets 1st Win, Tourists Win in Strange Fashion

The affiliates went 3-1 on a night where 3 first round picks and Ben Alsup were the starters.

Fresno 3, Colorado Springs 0

In what is an infrequent occurrence in the PCL, the Sky Sox (12-9, 2 GB) got shut out last night, managing only 4 hits (including a double by PuRP 20 Tommy Field) in the game. PuRP 6 Alex White took the loss despite a quality start, going 6 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6.

Tulsa 5, Arkansas 3

The Drillers (14-6, 1st) have opened up a 5 game lead in their division through 20 games. Tulsa got multi-hit nights from Michael Mitchell and Lars Davis, while PuRP 2 Nolan Arenado added a double (his 9th on the year) and two RBI. Nick Schmidt, acquired from the Padres for salary relief Huston Street secured the victory in this one despite a pretty identical line as White, going 5.1 IP with 6 hits and 3 runs, punching out 6.

More winning after the jump.

Modesto 13, Visalia 3

After a dreadful start to the season, the Nuts (9-12, 4.5 GB) seem to have discovered their offense, going 7-3 in their last 10 and extending their winning streak to 5. In all Modesto pounded out 15 hits on the night (and knocked the opposing SP out of the game after getting only 1 out), with Bryce Massanari (3-5, HR, 4 RBI), Jared Clark (3-4, 2B), and PuRP 15 Rafael Ortega (3-4, 2B) leading the charge.

PuRP 5 Tyler Matzek was the beneficiary of this outburst, getting his first win of the season (despite having pitched well in 3 of his 4 other starts). Matzek lasted 6 innings, getting 8 strikeouts on the night while allowing 2 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks.

Asheville 4, Lakewood 3

The Tourists (13-7, 2.5 GB) came from behind with two runs in the 9th to win it. They were aided in the inning by a bizarre set of occurrences that included two wild pitches and two throwing errors by the opposing catcher, one of which allowed PuRP 12 Trevor Story to score all the way from first.

Asheville was led offensively by Delta Cleary Jr, who went 1-3 with 2 BB and 2 SB. They managed only 7 hits (all singles) in the game, but Lakewood helped with 4 errors. Ben Alsup went 6.2 IP, allowing 3 runs on 9 hits on the start, but it was Kenneth Roberts that got the win in relief.