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Saturday Pebble Report: Volstad delivers 1-run pitcher's gem in the Springs

The highlight of the night was the fine pitching performance delivered by the Chris Volstad and the Sky Sox pitching staff in an 11 inning affair. The Rockies affiliates were 3-1 on the night, with Asheville delivering the only loss.


Colorado Springs 5, Fresno 1 (11 innings)

Record: 15-11

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox delivered a pitching gem on Friday. Collectively, in 11 innings of work, Chris Volstad, Rob Scahill, and Cory Riordan allowed one run on seven hits, striking out nine and walking two. Fresno scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the third, and held that lead until the top of the ninth, when left fielder Greg Golson hit a solo home run off of Heath Hembree to tie the game.

In the top of the 11th inning, the Sky Sox offense hammered Mitch Lively for four runs on five consecutive hits. Tim Wheeler began the offensive onslaught with a single, followed by a DJ LeMahieu single, Charlie Blackmon double, Greg Golson single, and Ben Paulsen Double. Cory Riordan, in his second inning of work, allowed a two out double before inducing pop up to second baseman Charlie Culberson to end the game.

Tulsa 5, Arkansas 4

Record: 14-13

The most striking number in yesterday's box score for Tulsa is the 15 strikeouts committed by the Drillers offense. A team which allows four runs while striking out that many times is not typically going to win, but luck seemed to be on Tulsa's side last night.

Christian Bergman allowed four runs on nine hits. He showed pretty good control, not walking a single batter, though he did have trouble keeping the ball on the ground. His performance, though shaky, was enough for the Tulsa offense to pull through and win the game. After two quick innings, the Tulsa offense struck in the third. Angelys Nina tripled in Jose Gonzalez and Joey Wong, and scored on a Kent Matthes single. Kyle Parker was 3-for-5 on the night, while Gonzalez and Wong had two hits apiece.

Modesto 7, Bakersfield 4

Record: 10-18

Modesto won their tenth game of the year, largely due to strong offensive performances from Harold Riggins, Ryan Casteel, and Trevor Story. Riggins, who went 2-for-4 on the night, hit a three run homer in the first. Casteel was hit three singles, walked once, and drove one batter in. Other than the Riggins home run, Trevor Story hit Modesto's only other extra base hit, a double in the bottom of the 6th to score Ryan Casteel.

Ben Alsup, who was credited with the win, gave up an inside-the-park home run to Bakersfield LF Kyle Waldrop. Scott Oberg earned his 6th save of the year, striking out two and not allowing a baserunner in his inning of work.

Asheville 3, Hickory 9

Record: 16-11

Asheville recorded the only loss of the night for the Rockies minor league affiliate. The offense scored three runs on seven hits, 6 walks, and three errors allowed by the Hickory defense. They allowed 9 runs on 11 hits, while their own defense committed 4 errors of its own.

Matt Wessinger and Rosell Herrera got two hits apiece, while Derek Jones, Julian Yan, and Chris O'Dowd each got one hit. In his appearance as designated hitter, David Dahl was 0-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout. TJ Oakes gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on seven hits and was credited with the loss; Brook Hart gave up 3 runs on two hits. Jesse Meaux and Raul Fernandez each had scoreless innings.