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Friday Pebble Report: Grand Junction gets their season underway

The Grand Junction Rockies played their first game of the season and put on an offensive display. Overall, the Rockies' affiliates went 4-3 on Thursday. Also, Corey Dickerson keeps hitting.


Triple-A: Colorado Springs 12-11 W (40-32)

The Sky Sox won a wild affair Thursday night in Colorado Springs. Starter Drew Carpenter was terrible, allowing 11 runs in five innings of work. He served up four long balls on the night and gave up 15 base runners in his five innings. Mike McClendon righted the ship though, McClendon pitched four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit in a shut down relief appearance.

There were hits a plenty for the Sky Sox offense as they racked up 18 hits. Corey Dickerson was once again right in the middle of things as he picked up three base knocks and two RBIs. Charlie Culberson belted his 11th HR of the season and Greg Golson his fourth.

Double-A: Tulsa 4-3 L (34-37)

Tyler Matzek started and took the loss for Tulsa dropping to 3-6 on the year with a 4.04 ERA. Matzek was not sharp as he allowed nine hits, four walks and four runs. Matzek was able to work six innings and while six innings and four runs isn't sharp, it is somewhat competitive.

Unfortunately, Tulsa's offense was not able to pick up their starter as they scored just three runs, despite collecting 10 hits. Kent Matthes was 3-for-4 with his 24th double and an RBI and Kiel Roling knocked in a pair to increase his RBI total to 51.

Class-A Advanced: Modesto 6-1 W (33-38)

Ben Alsup improved to 4-8 on the season with six solid innings of work. Alsup allowed just two hits and his only blemish was a solo shot in the third inning. Alsup induced 12 groundouts compared to just one flyout. Kraig Sitton and Nelson Gonzalez were perfect behind Alsup as the Modesto pitching staff limited Visalia to just two hits.

Ryan Casteel hit his 14th HR and Trevor Story had his 28th RBI of the year. Second basemen Taylor Featherston drove in his 36th run.

Class-A: Asheville 6-3 L (38-31)

Starter Matt Flemer struggled through six innings of work allowing 10 hits and six runs as he was saddled with his first loss of the year. Alving Mejias pitched two scoreless innings of relief, but it wasn't enough as Asheville was doubled up by Delmarva.

Flemer took his first loss, but center fielder Max White hit his first HR of the year for Asheville, but with just six total hits there just wasn't enough offense on the afternoon for the Tourists. Rosell Herrera had a hit and now has a mini six game hitting streak going, however, his streak of four straight games with an RBI was snapped.

Class-A Short Season: Tri-City 3-0 L (3-4)

The Dust Devils were shut out and managed just four hits, all singles, on Thursday afternoon. Starter Jayson Aquino recorded a quality start going six innings and allowing three runs on three hits and three walks. Marc Magliaro and Bruce Kern followed with two scoreless innings.

Two of Tri-City's four hits were produced by Patrick Hutcheson who had himself quite a day as he also stole three bases without being caught. The Dust Devils were aggresive on the base paths attempting seven stolen bases as a team, but they were caught three times.

Rookie: DSL Rockies 2-0 W (10-7)

The DSL Rockies got another good pitching performance as starter Javier Palacios delivered six shoutout innings with eight strikeouts, Palacios improved to 2-0 with a minuscule 0.41 ERA.

Shortstop Luis Jean, drove in the only runs on the day for the DSL Rockies as he collected two hits. Hamlet Marte and Omar Carrizales also grabbed two hits a piece.

Rookie: Grand Junction 11-6 W (1-0)

The Grand Junction Rockies started off their season in style, jumping out to an early 9-0 lead before hanging on late to win 11-6. Starter Zachary Jemiola went five innings and allowed just one run. He was relieved by Jordan Mejia who gave up five runs in 1/3 of an inning. Mejia saw his ERA sky-rocket to 135.00, but obviously that will come down quickly as he puts in more work.

The top of the lineup did the most damage for the GJ Rockies as leadoff hitter Emerson Jiminez was 3-for-5 with a HR and three RBIs. In the two-hole, center fielder Raimel Tapia collected four hits, two doubles and two runs driven in.