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Thursday Pebble Report: Offenses Sputter, All Affiliates Lose

AA Tulsa - L 2-6 (24-15, L3, 1st)

Kiel Roling (2008, 6th round) hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, his seventh on the season, but the Drillers couldn't manage any more offense. #22 PuRP Kent Matthes (2009, 4th round) singled, doubled and stole third base in raising his batting average to .198, while HM PuRP Mike Zuanich (2008, 28th round) saw his average dip to .198 after striking out in all four at-bats. HM PuRP Dan Houston (2008, 7th round) allowed three runs in 6.1 IP, striking out seven in the loss. Michael Marbry (2007, undrafted) put the game out of reach by getting touched up for three runs in the eighth. Jorge de la Rosa is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start tonight at 6:05 MDT.


High-A Modesto - L 3-5, (20-20, L2, t-3rd, 6.0 GB)

Christian Bergman (2010, 24th round) managed to only go four plus innings last night, allowing four runs on eighth hits. The Nuts managed just four hits on the night, but they still threatened to win late in the game. In the final two innings, six Nuts reached base via three walks, a hit batter and two hits, but Modesto only pushed one run across thanks to four strikeouts. In a two-run game, five Nuts were stranded on the bases in the final two innings. #19 PuRP Corey Dickerson (2010, 8th round) was held hitless for the third time this season and failed to reach base for just the second time. #25 PuRP Cristhian Adames (2008, DR) tripled and scored and Tim Smalling (2011, 15th round) drove in two runs with a walk and groundout. Juan Gonzalez (2006, VZ) is today's scheduled pitcher.

Low- A Asheville - L 4-5 (23-15, L2, 3rd, 2.5 GB)

The Tourists gave Nelson Gonzalez (2007, DR) a 2-run lead going in to the bottom of the ninth, but it wasn't enough. Gonzalez walked the leadoff man, and after a line-drive turned into an out, two consecutive Greenville Drive reached on infield hits. An RBI groundout cut the lead in half before the Tourists lost on a walk-off 2-run double. Sam Mende (2011, 31st round) doubled twice, driving in two runs and scoring a run, and Asheville got RBI singles from #21 PuRP Will Swanner (2010, 15th round) and Delta Cleary (2008, 37th round) . Vianney Mayo (2006, DR) was victimized by the blown save, as he was in line for the victory after leaving with two runs allowed in 5.2 IP.

The Tourists open a 4-game home series against Texas' affiliate, the Hickory Crawdads, tonight at 5:05 MDT. It is unofficially Tyler Anderson's (2011, 1st round) turn in the rotation.

AAA Colorado Springs - Off Day, (20-19, L1, 1st)

Yesterday was a travel day for the Sky Sox, as they moved from Memphis back to Colorado Springs. They will open a 4 game series against the Marlins affiliate, the New Orleans Zephyrs, this morning at 11:05 with Edgar Gonzalez (2012, MiLB FA) on the mound.