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Thursday Pebble Report: Christian Bergman Twirls Another Gem

AAA All-Star Game - PCL 3, INT 0

The AAA All-Star game mirrored the MLB All-Star game from Colorado's vantage point. The team with the Rockies player won in a shutout, and that one Rockies player did not figure into the scoring, but a divisional rival had several players who did. Reno Aces (Diamondbacks) CF Adam Eaton and 2B Jake Elmore to lead off the game with singles, then came around to score. Aces reliever Jonathan Albaladejo retired the last two batters for the save.

As for the Sky Sox, Andrew Brown (2012, waivers) declined his invitation to the All-Star game to spend time with his family. In his place was Matt McBride (2011, trade) who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning, hitting a triple and getting stranded.


AA Tulsa - Off Day, (8-10, 2nd, 3.5 GB)

The Drillers had the night off to travel from Tulsa to Arkansas. Josh Outman pitches tonight for Tulsa.


High-A Modesto - W 9-0, (13-7, W1, 2nd, 0.5 GB)

Christian Bergman (2010, 24th round) spun seven dominant innings, holding the San Jose Giants to just four singles, striking out seven without walking a batter. The Nuts' All-Star is now 12-5 with a 2.91 ERA and is working on a 14 inning scoreless streak. Isaiah Froneberger (2007, 4th round) worked two perfect innings for the save. Yes, a save. He entered in the top of the eighth in a 2-0 game, then finished it off after the Nuts offense mercilessly dropped seven runs in the bottom half. Eight different Nuts collected an RBI in the game, with Delta Cleary Jr (2008, 37th round) leading the way with a double, two singles and a walk. #10 PuRP Kyle Parker (2010, 1st round) singled twice.

Low-A Asheville - L 3-9, (11-9, L1, t-3rd, 2.0 GB)

Chris Jensen (2011, 6th round) got beat around for six runs in the third inning, and the Tourists couldn't make up the deficit. #13 PuRP Will Swanner (2010, 15th round) doubled and singled, Taylor Featherston (2011, 5th round) smacked two doubles and #21 PuRP Harold Riggins (2011, 7th round) hit a home run.


Short-Season A Tri City - L 7-10, (13-13, 2nd, 3.0 GB)

Tom Murphy (2012, 3rd round) returned to the field for the first time since suffering an injury June 25, striking out twice in three hitless at-bats. #16 PuRP Rosell Herrera (2009, DR) seems to have a fire lit beneath him by his demotion, as he hit a grand slam among his two hits last night. He's 4-for-11 with just one strikeout with Tri-City. . A throwing error by Patrick Hutcheson in the eighth led to three unearned runs off Josh Hungerman, all of which came on a two-out bases loaded double with a tie score. TJ Oakes struck out six in 4.2 IP, allowing three earned runs. The loss snapped a five game winning streak and dropped the Dust Devils to 8-2 in July.

In the opposing team player name file, Jamodrick McGruder reached base all five times. McGruder is a 6-seed in this year's moniker madness, with two Rockies prospects finding homes...14-seed Dust Devil Matt Argyropoulos against Gauntlett Eldermire and 10-seed Modesto Nut Delta Cleary Jr, against Angelo Gumbs. Voting for round one ends Monday.


Rookie Grand Junction - L 3-6, (10-13, L4, t-2nd, 5.0 GB)

Johendi Jiminian (2010, DR) had much better control than he previously shown, walking just one of the 18 batters he faced, a fellow named Socrates Brito (also in Moniker Madness). He allowed three runs in four innings, striking out three. Julian Yan (2008, DR) homered (though he struck out in his ensuing three at-bats), and Matt Wessinger (2012, 5th round) went yard as well. Max White (2012, 2nd round) struck out twice, with an ofer dropping him to a .149 batting average for his career. Yet White remains vigilant and confident. Patrick Johnson (2011, 25th round) lowered his ERA to 1.42 with two innings of scoreless relief. David Dahl (2012, 1st round) had the worst game of his career, going 0-for-4 for the second consecutive night, with three strikeouts.


DSL Rockies - L 1-3, (20-14, L1, 1st)

Joel Payamps (2010, DR) worked five effective innings, striking out four and walking three. He allowed one run, though it was unearned. The offense was held to just six singles, two by catcher Wilkyns Jimenez. The loss snapped a four game winning streak for the club.


Lastly, a very crazy game happened last night, not the least of which was because one of the 3-hole hitters was a top Rockies prospect 10 years ago.