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Thursday Pebble Report: Tourists Clinch

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Reno 13, Colorado Springs 5

In the premier pitching matchup of the day across the minors between Diamondbacks stud Trevor Bauer and Rockies (hopeful) stud Drew Pomeranz, both pitchers were hit pretty hard. Pomeranz was efficient, pitching into the sixth inning, but allowing 10 total hits in 5.1 IP. Still, he struck out 5 and only walked one. That'll happen in Colorado Springs.

Troy Tulowitzki homered in his first rehab at bat against Trevor Bauer (which is pretty awesome) but left the game with some groin tightness. No word on how serious the injury truly is, but let's hope it's merely precautionary. Tim Wheeler continues to be quietly awesome for the Sky Sox. He still has yet to homer this season, but his .366/.395/.463 line over the last 10 games is extremely encouraging.


Tulsa 6, Northwest Arkansas 2

The Drillers finished the four game sweep over their division's toughest competition with another solid offensive performance. Josh Rutledge continues to be amazing, going 3-5 with a double on the day. He now has a 1.089 OPS in June, folks, and is looking more and more like a legit prospect. Nolan Arenado went 1-4 with a sac fly and new Driller Corey Dickerson continues to absolutely rake. He hit a double and triple on the day, and has 4 XBH in just 3 AA games. This may be a legitimate breakout for the former 8th round pick.

Joe Gardner was okay, but not great. He pitched into the 5th inning before turning to the bullpen to close out the game.


Modesto 9, Visalia 6

We really, really need to start talking about 2010 first round pick Kyle Parker. He's already fallen off the map for some, and that's a shame. Last night, Parker went 4-4 with a double and a HR and has now homered in two straight games. He's known for his raw power, but did you know he has a .393 OBP this season?

Also, check out his slash line from the past 10 games: .389/.542/.611 Spicy.

Aside from Parker, new acquisition Casey Frawley (from the Indians, of course) continues to enjoy batting for the Nuts. He went 2-5 with a double and HR, and has a .937 OPS for the Nuts in four games.

Starter/reliever Leuris Gomez was Leuris Gomez. 6 innings of very Cal League baseball, surrendering 6 runs on 8 hits.


Greenville 2, Asheville 1

Ben Alsup continued being excellent for the Tourists, throwing 7.0 innings of two run baseball while striking out 5. Alsup has thrown quality starts in 8 of his 12 games this season and has been the quiet ace for Asheville.

Offensively, the Tourists were held to just three hits on the game, but that doesn't matter. They clinched the SAL South Division first half title and are guaranteed a playoff berth for the first time since 2009. Congrats, Tourists!