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Saturday Pebble Report: All Levels Lose, But Nick Schnaitmann Astounds

Reno 9, Colorado Springs 5
Guillermo Moscoso made his Sky Sox debut with a solid debut of 5 innings pitched, 6 strikeouts and 2 runs allowed. The eight hits are a bit much and he took the loss, but Zach Simons was the pitcher who let the game get out of hand.

Simons entered in the sixth inning and saw D.J. LeMahieu commit the first of his three errors in the game. Konrad Schmidt reached first base on the fielding error and eventually scored on a Cole Gillespie two-run single. A.J. Pollock then doubled in Gillespie for the third run of the inning while Cody Ransom hit a 2-run homer a couple of batters later.

In the eighth inning, Adam Ottavino allowed back-to-back double to allow a run to score, but it was D.J. LeMahieu's defense, or lack thereof, that struck again. He committed a fielding error and a throwing error on a force attempt, allowing the ninth and final run to score.

Offensively the Sky Sox did their damage in the 1st and 9th innings. Chad Tracy (who walked three times) had an RBI ground out in the 1st inning to score Tim Wheeler (who doubled to reach base). In the 9th, a Brandon Wood RBI single, a Wil Nieves two-run double and a Hernan Iribarren double put four runs on the board.

San Antonio 5, Tulsa 1
Tulsa struck first with a Kent Matthes RBI double that scored Nolan Arenado (who reached on a single), but that fourth-inning run was the only one pushed across the plate. The Drillers had just four hits, three coming in the fourth inning. Michael Mitchell had the third one in that inning while Tim Torres singled in the seventh.

Dan Houston had been cruising through the first five innings, allowing just two hits and picking off a batter. However, he allowed a walk and three straight singles, scoring a run, to start the inning. A sac fly and a two-run single plated the remaining runs. Houston threw 82 pitches for 51 strikes for the entire game after he left that game following the third out.

San Jose 15, Modesto 3
This game is all about Nick Schnaitmann, and you should read the Modesto Bee's hagiography of the pitcher:

Yet through all of this, there was a distinct bright spot at the end of that long and treacherous tunnel, in the person of Nick Schnaitmann.

The lanky righty, who struggled through a difficult 2011, came in to get the final out of San Jose's eight-run fifth inning and remained on the mound to restore order.

By the time he finished, the Vacaville resident had worked 3ª scoreless innings, striking out six and allowing only one baserunner while working quickly to bring a merciful end to the proceedings.

[...] At 6-foot-6 he automatically has the presence to be intimidating on the mound, and didn't hurt that persona Friday when he hit 93 and 94 mph with his first two deliveries.

Poor Nick Schnaitmann. I really feel bad for him since his helium can't last much longer.

Delmarva 7, Asheville 2
Baltimore's Dylan Bundy is a god among boys in the South Atlantic League. On Friday night, Bundy struck out six in three perfect innings, all swinging according to the box score. Vianney Mayo drew the start for Asheville and allowed five runs in seven hits and four walks in 4.1 innings.

Samuel Mende, Harold Riggins and David Kandilas each doubled while Trevor Story had a hit in two at-bats and walked twice.