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Friday Pebble Report: Charlie Culberson clubs 2 home runs

Culberson went deep twice and Kiel Roling added his 12th of the year. The Rockies' affiliates went 2-1 and had one game suspended. Mediocre starting pitching and excellent relief work was the theme.

Culberson The Colossus of Clout
Culberson The Colossus of Clout

Triple-A Colorado Springs - W 4-3 (27-18)

The Sky Sox overcame a 3-0 deficit and won 4-3 on Thursday.

Charlie Culberson went deep twice--his fifth and sixth home runs of the season--and also collected three RBI. They might start calling him Club-erson... Ryan Wheeler was 3-for-4 and collected his 28th RBI on the year. Corey Dickerson was held hit-less for the second consecutive game after an 18-game hitting streak.

Drew Carpenter started for Colorado Springs and surrendered seven hits and three runs in 4.2 innings of work. Rob Scahill picked up the win tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief. Michael Solbach pitched a clean eighth. Logan Kensing walked the bases full with two outs in the ninth, but was able to induce a ground out from Rusty Ryal to end it, leaving the bases loaded.

Double-A Tulsa - W 7-6 (22-23)

Tulsa's game was much like Colorado Springs in that they overcame an early deficit and won thanks in large part to stellar bullpen work.

Tim Gustafson started and got hit hard, serving up three home runs and six runs overall in six innings of work. On a night when Gustafson didn't have his best game, the bullpen certainly helped with three relievers combining for three scoreless innings of relief.

It was Kiel Roling's three-hit day, including his game-tying grand slam in the sixth, that propelled Tulsa's offense to a victory. Roling's slam was his 12th home run of the year. Jayson Langfels and Angelys Nina also chipped in home runs as all seven Tulsa runs were scored via the long ball.

High-A Modesto - Suspended in the 7th

Low-A Asheville - L 6-1 (24-21)

Asheville lost, 6-1, as starter Shane Broyles gave up all six runs and lasted just 4.1 innings before giving way to Alving Mejias. Mejias and Michael Mason provided scoreless relief, but Asheville's offense never found its groove.

Francisco Sosa and Max White both collected two hits on what was an otherwise quiet offensive showing from the Tourists. They managed eight hits, but walked just once. They were unable to string together hits and went one-for-nine with RISP.