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Thursday Pebble Report: Starting Pitching Dominant, Except for Highest Rated Prospect of the Night

AAA Colorado Springs - L 3-4, (73-66, L1, 2nd, 3.5 GB)

#30 PuRP Rob Scahill (2009, 8th round) was very good in Colorado Spring last night, striking out eight and allowing two runs on just four hits over seven innings. Troy Tulowitzki hit a home run and singled off former Rockie Bruce Billings in Tulo's first AAA rehab game. He also went 2-for-2 with a home in a rehab game for Colorado Springs June 13, so he does fine in the PCL. Hernan Irribarren (2012, MiLB FA) and Charlie Culberson (2012, trade) had two hits, but the offense wasn't enough. HM PuRP Coty Woods (2009, 33rd round) got two quick outs in the ninth protecting a 3-2 lead, but after two fly ball singles to center and a passed ball, Jemile Weeks pulled a double past first base to give Sacramento the winning runs.


AA Tulsa - W 6-5, (31-34, W5, 3rd, 7.5 GB)

#29 PuRP Parker Frazier (2007, 8th round) allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings, but Joe Torres (2011, MiLB FA) and Zach Simons (2012, MiLB FA) combined to allow two runs in the eighth to tie the game. A three-run home run from Kiel Roling (2008, 6th round) gave Tulsa a 6-3 lead. Oscar Taveras countered with a two run shot of his own in the bottom half, but Michael Solbach (2012, MiLB FA) shut the door for the save. Angelys Nina (2007, DR) was the stud of the game offensively, reaching base all five times on two doubles, two singles and a walk.

High-A Modesto - W 5-2, (38-27, W2, 1st)

Christian Bergman (2010, 24th round) allowed two solo home runs but was otherwise quite stingy in winning his 16th game of the year. Brett Tanos (2010, 10th round) singled, tripled and scored twice as the Nuts utilized a balanced offensive attack. The win cuts the Nuts magic number to one with five games to play. Any Modesto wins or losses from the San Jose Giants the rest of the way clinches a second-half division title for Modesto.


Low-A Asheville - W 6-0, (38-27, W2, 2nd, 4.0 GB)

Ben Alsup (2011, 18th round) is having a Bergmanian year, racking up wins and putting up shiny numbers under the radar. With six scoreless innings last night, Alsup has now thrown 21 consecutive scoreless frames. He allowed one-out doubles in the first and third innings, but Alsup struck out the following batter to aid in getting out of the jam. With the win, he tied Michael Foltynewicz for the South Atlantic League lead. #3 PuRP Trevor Story (2011, sandwich round) had four hits, including two doubles, while Jared Simon (2010, 6th round) and Jordan Ribera (2011, 21st round) each singled and doubled in the win.


Short Season A Tri-City - L 2-7, (12-23, L4, 4th, 11.0 GB)

#17 PuRP Peter Tago (2010, sandwich pick) had a difficult game, a disappointing regression after a good start in his previous outing. The right-hander got hit around in the first two innings, including a 5-run second inning. He rebounded to put up consecutive goose eggs and retired two men in the fifth, but despite not allowing a run after the second, he walked four, threw a wild pitch and got a fortunate line out double play. For the game, he threw three wild pitches, walked six and struck out just two. HM PuRP Dillon Thomas (2011, 4th round) had two hits out of the leadoff spot.


Rookie Grand Junction - W 5-2, (17-13, W2, 2nd, 1.0 GB)

#27 PuRP Jayson Aquino (2009, DR) had his best stateside outing of his career last night, tossing six scoreless four-hit innings. He struck out five, did not walk a batter. David Dahl (2012, 1st round) and Juan Ciriaco (2009, DR) each doubled and singled. All star Scott Oberg (2012, 15th round) worked a scoreless ninth for his 13th save. The Ogden Raptors defeated the Orem Owlz the last two days, allowing the Rockies to pass the then-first place Owlz. Unfortunately, the first-half division champion Raptors have now won six straight to take the division lead by one game with five games remaining.