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Friday Pebble Report: Tourists Keep Rolling, Now 20 Games Above .500

The affiliates went 1-3 yesterday -- and none of the games were particularly close.

Salt Lake City 7, Colorado Springs 1

Bees! Your firearms are useless against them! Salt Lake City (yes, they are the Bees) shut down the Sky Sox in this one, with the Sky Sox (26-28, 3.5 GB) getting only a lone run in the 9th on a Chad Tracy single. Wilkin Castillo had two hits to lead the Sky Sox. On the mound, Rob Scahill only lasted 2.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.

Frisco 10, Tulsa 4

Tulsa's month-long tailspin (11-17 in May) continued, as they lost their 3rd straight game to fall to 29-23. The Drillers started off the season so well that they are still 3 games up in the division, but their recent play has given cause for concern.

In this game, both PuRP 2 Nolan Arenado and PuRP 22 Kent Matthes hit homers (4 and 7 respectively) and PuRP 9 Josh Rutledge hit a triple, but not much else happened offensively for the Drillers. Nick Schmidt got roughed up, going 6 innings but allowing 6 runs on 9 hits, though he did strike out 7.

High Desert 12, Modesto 2

The Nuts (26-28, 6 GB) were very accommodating hosts last night, allowing their visitors to walk all over them. Dustin Garneau had a multi-hit night for the Nuts, but that was about the lone bright spot. Brandon Hynick got beat up, allowing 7 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings, then Nick Schnaitmann allowed 5 more in a third of an inning. The less said about this game the better.

Asheville 11, Augusta 3

The Tourists (37-17, 1st) are quietly putting together an excellent season in the SAL. True to their name, they have been excellent on the road (18-6). This game was at home though, and Asheville needed to fight back from an early 3-0 deficit. They did so with ease, pulling away with 5 runs in the 5th and 4 in the 6th. Ben Alsup got the win (7-1) by throwing 7 innings, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits.

PuRP 21 Will Swanner was 2-4 with a homer (6) and 2 RBI, Delta Cleary and Sam Mende continued strong years with multi-hit nights and 3 RBI each. As a quick aside, Swanner is hitting .330/.400/.643 with 23 extra base hits, Cleary is at .326/.408/.444, and Mende is hitting .333/.381/.571 with 28 XBH! That's a pretty potent line-up the Tourists run out on a daily basis.