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Wednesday Pebble Report: Sky Sox, Storm Chasers launch 6 home runs

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox won a slugging match against the Omaha Storm Chasers.


The Springs, W 9-5
Record: 23-14

The balls were flying out of Security Service Field on Tuesday night with a total of six long balls hits. Sky Sox starter Chris Volstad allowed three solo gopher balls to Omaha and five runs in total over five innings pitched.

Matt McBride brandished the big bat for the Sky Sox with two home runs (6), a solo shot in the third and a two-run blast in the eighth. He went 3-for-5 with five RBI. Corey Dickerson added his fourth home run of the season in the sixth inning.

Tulsa, L 4-2
Record: 16-21

Erase the top of the fourth inning and Christian Bergman would have had an unblemished start on Tuesday night. A ground-rule double and a bunt single that inning eventually gave way to Jake Lemmerman's three-run home run to left field. It spoiled an otherwise solid start by Bergman: seven innings pitched, six strikeouts, and a 9-3 GO-FO.

Cole White allowed the other run on James Ramsey's first Double-A home run.

Kyle Parker hit his eighth home run of the season as part of a 2-for-4, two-strikeout night. Kiel Roling hit his seventh homer of the season to add the other run.

Asheville, W 9-8
Record: 21-16

The ending to this one must have been quite the sight to behold. The Tourists entered the bottom of the ninth down by two runs, 8-6, after Raul Fernandez allowed two inherited runners to score in the top half of the frame. A single and a sacrifice bunt in between two walks loaded the base for Asheville. Rosell Herrera, however, came up empty with a swinging strikeout.

In the following at-bat, Tom Murphy skied the second pitch to center field. Cody Koback fielded the ball improperly, allowing the three baserunners to score and win the game for the Tourists. Here's how's Doug Maurer described the scene:

[...] Center-fielder Cody Koback and right-fielder Drew Turocy converged on the warning track as the ball fell from the sky. Koback reached out his glove with Turocy standing right there and the ball fell out of his glove, in-between the two players.

With the runners going on contact Jose Rivera and Juan Ciriaco scored with ease, but Matt Wessinger wanted to score the winning run. Wessinger who started at first base raced around third as Turocy fired the ball in from the outfield.

Turocy would have had Wessinger, but his throw went clear over the head of catcher Jayson Hernandez. Kraus was backing up the play, caught the ball, then raced towards the plate but Wessinger beat him there and Asheville celebrated the walk-off win. Two Drive errors were charged on the play.

Starting pitcher Matt Carasiti pitched into the fifth inning, but that's when he had his troubles. He faced four batters that inning, allowing all of them to reach base -- three on doubles and another on an error -- and two to score while still in the game. Alving Mejias relieved Carasiti but couldn't stop the bleeding. He served up a three-run home run ball to Tim Roberson.

First baseman Derek Jones hit his sixth homer, and Francisco Sosa had a two-run shot in the sixth for his seventh of the season.