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Thursday Pebble Report: Tulsa wins, positions themselves in first place

A win by the Tulsa Drillers puts them in the drivers seat for the Texas league playoffs. Corey Dickerson continues his onslaught against PCL pitching and Ryan Casteel reels in more extra base hits.

Max White has done well batting second lately.
Max White has done well batting second lately.
by Charlie Drysdale

Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 2-3 (35-29)

Starter Jeff Manship provided a quality start for the Sky Sox as he went 5.1 innings allowing only four hits and one earned run. He struck out four batters and walked three in the effort. Reliever Parker Frazier (#28 PuRP) came into the game in the sixth and had a rough outing allowing four hits and two earned runs, his ERA rose to 10.50 on the year.

Outfielder Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) started in right field for only the third time all season and was moved to the third spot in the order for the first time this year. He finished the night 2-for-2 with three walks and currently leads the PCL in total bases. Second baseman Josh Rutledge also contributed two hits and is batting .348 on the season. The Sky Sox nearly completed a comeback in the ninth when Matt McBride came to the plate with one out and runners on first and second. Unfortunately, Matt grounded into a game ending double play.

Double-A Tulsa W 3-2 (32-32)

The Drillers reclaimed first place with a win over the Angels affiliate on Wednesday. Starter Sean Gallagher had a strong outing as the former Cubs pitcher went six innings striking out six and allowing only two earned runs. If the Drillers can maintain their lead for six more games, they will ensure a spot in the Texas League playoffs.

Outfielder Kent Matthes (HM PuRP) had two hits and a walk on the night, but the winning run was scored by Rafael Ortega (#9 PuRP). The center fielder walked in the top of the eighth inning and then went to second on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Cristhian Adames (#18 PuRP). After advancing to third on a wild pitch, the speedy outfielder scored on a single to left by catcher Dustin Garneau.

High-A Modesto - L 5-3 in 11 innings (31-35)

Starter Chris Jensen put the Nuts in contention to win, allowing only three earned runs through 5.2 innings and striking out four. Nuts relievers held the Giants scoreless until the eleventh when Nelson Gonzalez walked Bobby Haney and then served up a home run to Brock Bond to right field.

Catcher Ryan Casteel was the Nuts star of the night, driving in two runs and scoring twice off a double and home run. The Tennessee native has been scuffling of late, but now has four home runs and four doubles in his last seven games. Designated hitter Will Swanner (#5 PuRP) went 2-for-5 and owns a 1.012 OPS in his last 10 games. Shortstop Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) went hitless in five tries.

Low-A Asheville - L 2-9 (34-30)

The fourth inning was the undoing of starter T.J. Oakes, as a bases loaded triple cost him three runs. Oakes finished with a line of six innings, six earned runs, three walks and three strikeouts.

Center fielder Max White (#30 PuRP) has enjoyed some recent success batting second in front of Rosell Herrera. White paced the Tourists with two hits and is averaging .269 from the No. 2 spot. White was part of a two-run fourth when he moved to third and Juan Ciriaco scored on a Tom Murphy double. Francisco Sosa drove in White with a grounder to Mets 2012 first round pick Brandon Nimmo in center field. Nimmo fielded the ball cleanly and threw out Tom Murphy (#15 PuRP) at home, ending the Tourist's scoring for the night.

DSL Rockies - L 0-7 (5-5)

The Rockies game was mercifully called to an early end due to rain. Starter Cristian Quintin was pulled with only one out in the first inning after giving up five hits and five runs, although only two were earned as errors were incurred by third baseman Luis Jean, center fielder Omar Carrizales and a passed ball by catcher Joel Diaz. The Rockies finished with four errors on the day.

Mets starter Kevin Canelon shut down the Rockies, allowing only two hits. Center fielder Omar Carrizales and left fielder Yonathan Daza collected both hits and Daza is now batting .423 on the young season.