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Monday Pebble Report: Christian Friedrich's Return, Trevor Story's Monster Day, More

AAA Colorado Springs - L 4-3 (13-11, 2nd, 1.5 GB)
Christian Friedrich made his first start since returning from the DL, and allowed two runs on four hits in five innings. Both runs came on a homer by Roger Kieschnick. Friedrich struck out three and walked one. Overall, it was an encouraging outing, particularly since he's coming off of an injury. Matt McBride paced the Sky Sox with two hits and an RBI. He's now hitting .375.

AA Tulsa - W 3-2 (17-6, 1st)
Seemingly no matter who pitches for the Drillers, they keep on rolling. This time, Dan Houston used six innings of one-run ball to get past Springfield. Houston gave up just four hits and struck out five while walking two. Josh Sullivan picked up his sixth save by pitching a scoreless ninth which included two punchouts. Tulsa only had six hits on the day (and none went for extra bases), but Kiel Roling's big two-run single in the sixth put the Drillers on top for good.

High-A Modesto - W 7-4 (11-13, 4th, 3.5 GB)
Four different players had multiple hits for the Nuts, and Corey Dickerson continued his strong campaign with an RBI triple, leaving his batting average at .337. Christian Bergman was on the hill for Modesto, and he worked 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits, striking out four and walking two. Chad Rose was key out of the bullpen, retiring four batters (two via K) while only giving up a single.

Low-A Asheville: W 9-8, W 12-1 (16-7, 2nd, 0.5 GB)
When play resumed today following last night's game suspension, Trevor Story stepped up to the plate with two runners in scoring position. Story proceeded to shoot a ball into center field, plating both runners and giving the Tourists a 2-0 lead. It was the first of a few big hits on the day for Story, as he tripled in the fifth to drive in another two runs. Brian Humphries added three hits of his own to help boost the Tourists' offense. Somebody had to be awarded with the victory, and that somebody was Jefri Hernandez, despite the fact that he allowed three runs on four hits in an inning of work.

Game 2 saw Asheville utterly dominate, as Humphries, Delta Cleary Jr., and Rosell Herrera each had multiple hits. In addition, Story homered, walked twice, and drove in three more runs, bringing his total to seven on the day. Chris Jensen picked up the win for the Tourists, as he lasted six innings and gave up just a run on three hits while striking out a pair and walking two, as well.