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Monday Pebble Report: Arenado Holds His Own in Futures Game, Another Sky Sox Pitcher Homers, More


Futures Game: USA 17, World 5
The Rockies lone representative in the game was Nolan Arenado, as Edwar Cabrera was selected to the team but (A) pitched in the big leagues after his selection, and (B) pitched on Saturday for Colorado Springs).

Arenado entered the game in the top of the fifth inning, yet was still able to hit three times thanks to a nine-run sixth inning by the U.S. team. He went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored as part of that big inning, with his the other two at-bats resulting in a fly out and a run-scoring ROE. Nolan also made a nice defensive play (which came on his only chance in the game) in the top of the ninth, as he showed good range to his left, getting to a groundball hit by Oswaldo Arcia and making a strong throw to first to get him out.

AAA Colorado Springs: W 13-8 (45-44, 2nd, 7 GB)
The Sky Sox had the long ball working yesterday, as four different Colorado Springs players went yard, with each homer coming against guys with significant big league experience. The strangest of them all was Edgmer Escalona's homer off of Joe Paterson. It was the second straight day that a Sky Sox hurler went deep, and this case is particularly strange considering Escalona is a relief pitcher who was making just his second plate appearance of the year. Brendan Harris, Ramon Hernandez, and Andrew Brown also homered for Colorado Springs, while Charlie Blackmon led the charge with three hits, including two doubles. Seven different Sky Sox players registered at least two hits, including pitcher Rob Scahill.

Scahill had another solid outing, as he didn't allow an earned run in six innings while allowing seven hits and three walks and striking out five. Jason Bergman was putrid in relief of Scahill, allowing six runs on six hits and a walk without even recording an out. However, Joe Torres, Escalona, and Dustin Molleken picked up the pieces nicely and preserved the victory.

Click past the jump for the rest of yesterday's recaps.

AA Tulsa: W 7-4 (47-39, 1st)
The Drillers' offense, which has struggled mightily at times this year, fared well without the presence of their star third basemen. In fact, Jimmy Cesario, who was filling in for Arenado at the hot corner, homered as part of a two-hit, two-RBI day. Josh Rutledge paced the Tulsa offense with three hits, including a double and a homer of his own. Corey Dickerson and Michael Mitchell also went yard for the Drillers.

Brandon Hynick allowed 11 hits in 5.2 innings, but somehow was able to limit the damage to three runs. Oddly enough, two of the runs came as a result of solo homers. He walked two and struck out five. Tim Sexton picked up the victory after recording four outs without allowing a run in relief of Hynick.

High-A Modesto: L 6-4 (46-42, 2nd, 1 GB)
Despite out-hitting High Desert nine to six, the Nuts fell yesterday due to a three-run first inning from the Mavericks. Kennil Gomez lasted just 4.1 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks. Craig Benningson was good in relief, as he tossed 3.2 perfect innings, striking out three batters in the process.

Cristhian Adames and Helder Velazquez paced Modesto's offense with two hits apiece, while Jared Clark hit his 18th homer of the year.

Low-A Asheville: W 3-2 (57-31, 1st)
David Kandilas came into the game late as a pinch runner and proceeded to go 2-for-2 with a walk-off RBI bunt single to lead the Tourists past Augusta. Ryan Casteel had two hits as well, while Samuel Mende doubled, walked twice, and scored a couple of runs.

Vianney Mayo allowed two runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Kenneth Roberts earned the victory by tossing two shutout innings at the back end of the game.

Short-Season A Tri-City: W 5-4 (12-12, 2nd, 2 GB)
In his first game since being demoted from Low-A, Rosell Herrera singled in the eighth inning and ended up scoring the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. He was 1-for-4 with a K overall. Derek Jones was the Dust Devils' best offensive performer of the day, as he went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI, and a run scored.

Peter Tago had a bit of a setback from his last outing, which was a good one. Yesterday, he allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He only struck out one batter, but he did maintain a GO/AO ratio of better than 2-to-1. Ryan Arrowood continued his brilliance out of the bullpen, as he recorded seven outs without allowing a baserunner. He struck out four. The 21-year-old out of Appalachian State now has a 1.06 ERA in 17 total innings.

Rookie Grand Junction: L 13-2 (10-11, t-2nd, 3 GB)
It was a rough day for GJ Rockies pitchers Josh Mueller and Anthony Siese. Mueller started the game and allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. He struck out two. After Patrick Johnson was able to keep Ogden off the board for an inning and a third, Siese proceeded to enter the game and allow seven runs on six hits and two walks while recording just four outs. He allowed two homers - one was a three-run shot in the sixth inning, and the other was a grand slam in the seventh.

Juan Ciriaco led the Rockies with three hits, while Steven Graeter, who was making his first appearance of the season, had two hits of his own. David Dahl doubled for his only hit on a 1-for-4 day, and Ben Waldrip hit his fourth homer of the year - a two-run shot in the ninth inning to get the GJ Rox on the board.

Rookie DSL Rockies: Off Day