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Thursday Pebble Report: Chad Bettis Announces Himself With Authority

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Both Tulsa and Asheville are 10-9 on the year after wins on Wednesday. Chad Bettis led the Drillers in an impressive outing with 11 strikeouts. Meanwhile, Tom Murphy homers for Asheville in his return from the disabled list.

Christian Petersen

Double-A Tulsa - W 2-1 (9-9) Game 1

In game one of Wednesday's doubleheader, Chad Bettis (#6 PuRP) finally showed us the pitcher we've been waiting two years to see. Bettis went almost the entire seven innings before getting pulled with two outs in the seventh. He worked in the mid 90's while showing a nasty slider and a cutter that was in the low 90's, he struck out eleven to only one walk and four hits allowed.

Chad faced trouble early in the third when he allowed a two-strike double to Jeff Bandy putting runners at second and third with one out. Bettis had thrown a good slider low on the outside corner, but Bandy was able to lace it down the right field line for extra bases. The next batter hit a sacrifice fly to plate the lead runner. Chad was able to limit the damage and get out of the inning by getting the Angels number one prospect, third baseman Kaleb Cowart to groundout. Bettis was solid against Cowart, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. With 89 pitches Bettis was relieved in the seventh by Michael Solbach who earned his second save of the year.

The Drillers offense came alive in the fourth as Kent Matthes (HM PuRP) doubled and then was erased on a fielders choice by Kyle Parker (#4 PuRP). Parker later scored on a Henry Wrigley double and Kiel Roling knocked Wrigley in on a single to center. Former Driller Brandon Hynick was tough for Arkansas allowing Tulsa hitters to get only two earned runs and five hits.

Double-A Tulsa - W 3-2 (10-9) Game 2

The Drillers won the second game of the double header Wednesday behind the strong start of Parker Frazier (#28 PuRP). Frazier worked the role of a piggyback starter going 3.2 innings and allowing only one earned run and four strikeouts. Cory Riordan came on in the fourth and pitched two innings earning the decision. The combined Drillers pitching was successful against Kaleb Cowart keeping him hitless with two strikeouts in the second game.

Jayson Langfels was in the middle of the Drillers scoring in the second inning as he drove home Henry Wrigley and Kiel Roling on a single to right field. Langfels then came in to score on a Cristhian Adames (#18 PuRP) RBI linedrive to center. Adames had two hits on the night, raising his average to .245 for the year.

High-A Modesto - L 5-10 (8-9)

Tyler Gagnon struggled against the Giants affiliate on Wednesday, giving up a pair of two-run home runs and eight earned runs on the night. Tyler is now 1-1 on the season with a 8.10 ERA. The Giants were able to score four runs in both the first and fifth innings.

Shortstop Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) scored two runs for the Nuts after producing a hit and walk on five appearances. Centerfielder David Kandilas (HM PuRP) has been the Nuts most consistent hitter this season - he's Modesto's leading hitter and is batting .323 after going 3-for-4 with a walk. The Nuts hitters recorded 19 strikeouts in the game, including nine against starter Edwin Escobar who lasted 4.1 innings and gave up only one earned run.

Low-A Asheville - W 6-3 (10-9)

The Tourist's limited the Royals top two hitting prospects in Wednesday's win in Asheville. Both Bubba Starling and Adalberto Mondesi combined to go 1-for-8 with three strikeouts against Asheville's pitchers. Starter Shane Broyles lasted five innings and had his sinker going as he induced eight groundballs to two flyball outs.

Tom Murphy (#15 PuRP) is enjoying a successful return from the disabled list, hitting a home run and going 3-for-6 since his comeback. Kyle Von Tungeln continues to be a sparkplug at the top of the order for Asheville, while he's only batting .224 on the season, he also leads all of Low-A in walks with 18 and owns a .395 OBP. KVT had two hits in the game, including a double and an RBI. He also stole third base, his seventh stolen base of the season.