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Tuesday Pebble Report: Corey Dickerson Hit In Nose, Tulsa Picks Up Late Win

Tulsa 3, Arkansas 2
In the eighth inning, the Drillers lost outfielder Corey Dickerson after he was hit in the nose with a ball while at the plate. Arkansas was up, 1-0, at the time and then took a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the inning. Joey Williamson allowed a leadoff single and saw the runner advance to home plate on a stolen base and two wild pitches.

But the Tulsa offense didn't go down without a fight. After Nolan Arenado led off the top of the ninth with a called strike out, Ben Paulsen and Kent Matthes hit back-to-back singles to put the team back in business. Jimmy Cesario's swinging strikeout dampened things a bit, but then Lars Davis unleashed his boom stick for a three-run home run and a 3-2 lead.

Joe Gardner came in for the ninth and picked up his first save of the season after pitching a mostly quiet ninth inning. Dan Houston started the game and threw 6.1 innings of one-run ball.

Colorado Springs 9, Tacoma 1
Alex White defeated Danny Hultzen on Monday night by throwing his best start of the season. He completed seven shutout innings, allowed just four hits and two walks, and struck out two.

Hultzen, on the other hand, ran into trouble in the third inning when he allowed four runs. A Tim Wheeler double started his troubles, but it was back-to-back walks after that that had the bases loaded. Matt McBride singled in two runs and Brendan Harris double in two more.

In the sixth inning, with Hultzen out and Steven Hensley in, Charlie Blackmon singled in a run and McBride hit a sac fly. Jandy Sena entered the game after Hernan Iribarren earned a base on balls. Brendan Harris cleared the bases with his third double of the night, picking up RBI 3-5 on the night.

Greenville 5, Asheville 0
Tough night to be Alex Gillingham. He allowed one unearned run in eight innings on three hits and one walk and struck out four. 3B Taylor Featherston's fielding error on a David Renfroe-hit ball to start the seventh inning eventually proved costly as the runner scored later on in the inning.

Jefri Hernandez then blew up in the top of the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff home run and three two-out RBI. Still, Asheville hitters had a tough night against Greenville pitchers, picking up just three hits. Trevor Story walked twice while going 0-for-2 at the plate.

Salem-Keizer 7, Tri-City 6 (10 innings)
Joshua Slaats pitched the final three innings of the game, allowing one hit and striking out three for the Dust Devils, but the 10th inning ultimately proved to be the demise for Tri-City. Joseph Rapp worked a walk to start the inning, advancing to second on an 3B Alec Mehrten fielding error during Charles Jones' plate appearance. After a bunt ground out resulted in the first out at third base, the next ground out saw Jones score after SS Zach Osborne committed a throwing error.

The Dust Devils originally held a 5-1 lead after three innings, but T.J. Oakes failed to survive the fifth inning. He was singled to death and allowed five runs that inning.

RF Derek Jones scored three of Tri-City's runs and hit one of two triples, the other by Zach Osborne. Tom Murphy doubled for the team's only other extra-base hit.

Grand Junction 12, Billings 4
Supplemental first-rounder Eddie Butler threw the best start of his young career, lasting 6.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, and striking out seven.

Third baseman Matt Wessinger went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a solo home run, and two RBI. David Dahl collected three hits and also drove in two runs. Billings committed five errors in this game and scored four runs off Jesse Meaux in the ninth inning.

DSL Rockies 4, DSL Cubs 1
The Cubs committed nine errors in this game. Nine! Three were fielding errors by the shortstop Francisco Sanchez. And the top of the third inning was a disaster for the Cubs, as they allowed three runs:

  • With Wilson Soriano batting, throwing error by Carlos A. Rodriguez on the pickoff attempt, Marcos Derkes to 2nd.
  • With Wilson Soriano batting, Marcos Derkes steals (8) 3rd base, Marcos Derkes scores. Throwing error by catcher Wilfredo Petit.
  • Wilson Soriano singles on a ground ball to third baseman Roney Alcala.
  • Raimel Tapia reaches on a force attempt, fielding error by shortstop Francisco Sanchez. Wilson Soriano to 2nd.
  • With Henry Garcia batting, Wilson Soriano steals (17) 3rd base. Raimel Tapia steals (9) 2nd base.
  • With Henry Garcia batting, wild pitch by Carlos A. Rodriguez, Wilson Soriano scores. Raimel Tapia to 3rd.
  • With Henry Garcia batting, throwing error by Wilfredo Petit on the pickoff attempt, Raimel Tapia scores.

Rockies third baseman Wilson Soriano went 3-for-4 with the only RBI while center fielder Marcos Derkes, second baseman Miguel Dilone, and DH Luis Jean each collected two hits. Derkes stole three bases.