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Thursday Pebble Report: Antonio Senzatala strikes out 11 and pitches one hit shutout

DSL pitcher Antonio Senzatala twirled a gem on Wednesday striking out 11. Corey Dickerson generated another multi-hit game and Kyle Parker produced his first hit since returning from injury.

Directional sign at Salt River Fields
Directional sign at Salt River Fields
by Charlie Drysdale

DSL Rockies - W 8-1 (9-7)

Excellent pitching performance by Antonio Senzatela, who allowed one hit in 6.2 shutout innings and struck out 11 batters. Senzatela didn't walk a single batter, but hit two and had a wild pitch. None of his wildness hurt him though, as he kept a clean sheet into the seventh inning. Senzatala was named by Ben Badler of Baseball America, as one of the Top 20 prospects in the DSL last season.

Center fielder Omar Carrizales had two hits, but wasted his time on the basepaths as he was caught stealing and then later picked off after reaching first base. Luis Castro started at third base and produced a pair of hits and scored a run.The Rockies took advantage of poor defense in the fourth as the Pirates committed a pair of errors and the Rockies scored four times.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 4-16 (39-32)

Tough game for center fielder Greg Golson who committed three errors, one throwing and two dropped balls. Colorado Springs' pitchers didn't help themselves, allowing 16 hits and 16 runs to score. Cory Riordan started the game and lasted four innings, striking out four and only three earned runs. The bullpen allowed 11 earned runs to cross the plate in relief of Riordan.

My dad was at the game and reported that Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) looked good, but Ryan Wheeler was exceptional. Dickerson went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, he now has multiple hits in 13 of his last 15 games. Third baseman Ryan Wheeler had a pair of hits and four RBI. Right fielder Tim Wheeler (#12 PuRP) contributed a pair of hits in the loss.

Double-A Tulsa L 2-6 (34-36)

The Drillers stranded 12 base runners in a game that saw them out-hit their opponents by 11 to 5. Unfortunately, three of the Cardinals hits were home runs proving them with enough cushion for the win. Starter Sean Gallagher lost his first game as a Driller, going five innings and allowing only three earned runs and six walks. Gallagher's ERA rose to 2.08 after the outing.

The Drillers hitters were held in check by Ryan Sheriff who struck out five and allowed only two runners to score. In his second game back from a concussion, Kyle Parker (#4 PuRP) drove in a run and reached base twice. Shortstop Cristhian Adames (#18 PuRP) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, raising his season average to .274. Cristhian is batting .433 in his last 10 games, good enough for a 1.061 OPS.

Short-season Tri City - L 3-4 (3-3)

When he wasn't walking people or throwing wild pitches, Peter Tago had a pretty decent game. Pete allowed only three hits and three earned runs with a 8-to-1 groundball ratio and three strikeouts. Tago also had three wild pitches and induced a passed ball, he sits at 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA on the young season.

Right fielder Michael Tauchman (2013, 10th Rd) led the Dust Devils with four hits in five tries. Tri City's late comeback fell short when they scored three runs in the top of the ninth and with two runners on and one out WIlfredo Rodriguez (#17 PuRP) struck out and then Jose Monzon grounded out to end the threat. Monzon was the final piece of the Wilton Lopez trade in exchange for pitchers Alex White and Alex Gillingham.