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Wednesday Pebble Report: Top 2012 Draft Picks Impress at Grand Junction

Colorado Springs: Game postponed due to fire conditions. No make up date announced.

Tulsa: Tuesday was the first day of the AA All Star Break. No game was played.

Modesto 9, Lancaster 15

Though the Modesto offense was productive in the second half of the game, the early deficit from starter Leuris Gomez was enough to prevent Modesto's production from leading to a win. Gomez allowed nine runs, eight earned, over four and a third innings. Though he did not walk a batter, he gave up a whopping 13 hits in this period. Neither Craig Bennigson nor Chad Rose were particularly effective in relief either, each allowing three runs.

The Nuts had two 3-hit players as part of their 15 total hits. Dallas Tarleton continued a hot streak with three singles, while one of Jared Clark's three knocks was his organization-leading 14th home run of the year, a three run shot. Kyle Parker also went deep, his sixth, as part of a two hit game. Juan Crousset and Cristhian Adames also had two hit outings. Only Brett Tanos did not record a hit, though he did reach on a walk.

Asheville 8, Augusta 1

The Tourists' offense was led by utility infielder Jose Rivera, who went 4 for 4 with two doubles and two runs batted in. William Swanner and Brian Humphries both had productive games, each with two hits (including a double for Humphries), and three runs batted in between them. Trevor Story continued to slump; though he did have a RBI single in the third, he also struck out three times.

Starter Ben Alsup secured his eighth win of the year with an outstanding performance. The pitcher lasted through the first out in the ninth, allowing just two hits the entire game, one of which was a solo home run to account for Augusta's lone successful scoring. He walked one batter against seven strikeouts. Russell Brewer got the final two outs of the game, and though the reliever allowed two hits, he escaped the inning cleanly.

Tri-City, Grand Junction and the DSL after the jump.

Yakima 1, Tri-City 3

A 1-1 tie going into the bottom of the eighth was broken by a two run home run from Matt Argyropoulos, his first of the season. The third baseman, along with Miguel De Leon (in his second appearance since his promotion from Grand Junction) and Dillon Thomas (beginning to break out of his slow start, though he did strike out twice), had two hits on the night.

In this third start since being demoted from Modesto, Josh Slaats was once again superb. He allowed one run on four hits and a walk over six innings, striking out four. Brook Hart and William Rankin continued excellent starts to 2012 with scoreless outings. Hart was awarded his second win of the year, and Rankin his third save.

Orem 7, Grand Junction 12

2012 first round pick David Dahl went 3 for 5 with two triples and five runs batted in, leading Grand Junction to victory. Max White, our second sound pick, also had a great game, with two hits, including a double, and three runs scored. Cesar Galvez, Matt Wessinger, Wilfredo Rodriguez and Correlle Prime (in his professional debut) all had multi-hit games.

Ryan Warner started the game for Grand Junction, allowing one run (a solo home run) over three innings on four hits. Rockies supplemental first round pick Eddie Butler made his professional debut in relief of Warner. Though he allowed a solo home run of his own, he was generally effective, allowing just two hits. He was credited with the win, a cool thing to say about your pro debut. Of the GJ Rockies' relief corps, only Michael mason struggled; the reliever was unable to record an out before being removed after walking three batters and allowing two hits. All of these runners scored, heightening Orem's score.

DSL D-Backs 3, DSL Rockies 4

Infielder Miguel Dilone led the offense to victory, going 3 for 3 with a walk and 2 runs scored. Marcos Derkes also had three hits in the game. Wilson Soriano and Raimel Tapia had two hit games. Luis Jean did not produce a hit, but walked twice and scored.

Helmis Rodriguez demonstrated far above average control for a DSL league game, allowing 7 hits over 7 and a third innings, but walking none and striking out six. All three of the D-backs runs were unearned, thanks to poor defense from the Rockies, who had four errors (it was a game of poor defense all around, as the D-backs had five errors of their own). Angel Reyes, the former catcher, continues his successful transition to the mound with a scoreless finish to the game and his first save.