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Thursday Pebble Report: Brian Rike Learns Pitching is Hard, DSL Throws 11 Inning 2-Hit Shutout

This guy homered off Felipe Paulino last night.
This guy homered off Felipe Paulino last night.

AAA Colorado Springs - L 5-13, (34-37, L1, 3rd, 10.0 GB)

Carlos Torres (2012, MiLB FA) threw 75 pitches last night, but he wasn't on a pitch count - he just sucked. Torres couldn't get out of the third inning, allowing nine runs to the Salt Lake Bees. He walked five and allowed eight hits, four of those going for extra bases. This came in the same stadium against the same team the Sky Sox nearly no-hit on Tuesday. Andrew Brown (2012, MiLB FA) was a triple shy of the cycle, Brandon Wood (2012, MiLB FA) hit his 6th home run and Tim Wheeler (2009, 1st round) stayed hot with a two-hit night.


AA Tulsa - L 6-7, (40-31, L2, 1st)

Parker Frazier (2007, 8th round) out-dueled a rehabbing Felipe Paulino in Springdale, Arkansas last night by striking out 7 in 6.1 innings. He was charged with five runs, but only one of them was earned thanks to an apparent contagious strain of Rockiesfailvirus. Ben Paulsen (2009, 3rd round) was charged with a missed catch error at first that resulted in two runs. Joey Williamson (2007, 36th round) replaced Frazier and unleashed two wild pitches. On the first, catcher Jose Gonzalez (2006, VZ) relayed the throw to Williamson in time for a play at the plate, but Williamson couldn't handle the throw for an error. He then walked a batter, and the 4-run inning came to a close with the eventual game-winning run scoring on a two-out popup to second base that fell for a "single."

Two homegrown hitters hit home runs off Paulino - Jonathan Herrera hit his first during his rehab assignment, and Nolan Arenado (2009, 2nd round) poked his seventh of the season. The Drillers are still 8-3 in their last 11 games, with all three losses coming by one run.

Short Season A Tri City - W 5-3, (3-3, W3, 1st)

Roberto Padilla (2011, 8th round) continues to pitch well for the Dust Devils in whatever country he is in. The lefty held the Vancouver Canadiens to just one hit in six shutout innings, striking out four and walking three. He has allowed one earned run in 11.2 IP. Tom Murphy (2012, 3rd round) kept his hot start to his career going with two RBIs on a double, single and a walk, and Jordan Ribera (2011, 21st round) rapped two singles. Dillon Thomas (2011, 4th round) and Derek Jones (2012, 8th round) both went ofer and are each just 1-for-9 on the young season. Trent Blank (2012, 30th round) made his pro debut and struck out two in the ninth...but he also walked three and allowed a single to forfeit the shutout. William Rankin (2011, 17th round) allowed a two-run single in relief before shutting the door for his second save.


Rookie Grand Junction - L 3-14, (0-3, 4th, L3, 3.0 GB)

Johendi Jiminian (2010, DR) made his state-side debut Wednesday, and he must have been nervous. Either that, or we have another Matzek in the system. The 19-year-old Dominican walked four in the first inning, including the first three batters he faced, and exited after three innings with six walks and two wild pitches. He only allowed one hit though, a second inning triple. Zach Jemiola (2012, 9th round) had a strong pro debut, working two scoreless innings.

Brian Rike (2007, 2nd round), drafted as an outfielder, worked two scoreless innings Monday in his first appearance after transitioning to pitcher. His second appearance...didn't go so well. After inheriting a two run lead in the seventh, he allowed a triple, sac fly, hit a batter, double, walk, sac fly and a walk. Raul Fernandez (2007, DR) wasn't any better, allowing all four men he faced to reach. So manager Tony Diaz turned to catcher Drew Beuerlein (2012, MiLB FA) to pitch in an inning that started with the Rockies owning a two-run lead. He allowed two runs but retired four of the nine batters he faced to get the team safely to the infirmary. Julian Yan hit a home run and Matt Wessinger (2012, 5th round) and Jason Stolz (2012, 17th round) each singled and stole two bases in the loss.

The Rockies travel to Idaho Falls to play the unbeaten Chukars tomorrow at 7:15 PM MDT. David Dahl (2012, 1st round) will be making his pro debut!


DSL Rockies - W 1-0 (11), (8-8, W1, 3rd, 3.5 GB)

The Dominican League team got the opportunity for revenge against Cubs1 after losing 8-3 Tuesday, and the pitchers delivered that revenge. Joel Payamps (2011, DR) was dominant for seven innings, striking out five, turning in an 11-4 GO-AO ratio and allowing just one single. He did walk two and hit two batters. Reliever Manuel Montilla (2009, DR) was even better, striking out five and allowing just one baserunner in four scoreless innings for the win.

Raimel Tapia (2010, DR) doubled to lead off the 11th, then scored the lone run in the game on a walk-off two-out single by catcher Jairo Garcia (2011, DR), one of three hits on the day for Garcia.


High-A Modesto - Off Day, (34-36, L1, 3rd, 7.0 GB)

The Nuts had an off day as part of the All-Star break. They open a 4-game home series against the Stockton Ports (Athletics) tonight at 8:05 MDT.


Low-A Asheville - Off Day, (47-23, L2, 1st)

The Tourists also had their final off day as part of the All-Star break. They open a 4-game home series against the Rome Braves tonight at 5:05 MDT, with Ben Alsup scheduled to get the start.