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Sunday Pebble Report: Second rounder Ryan McMahon starts out hot

Second round pick Ryan McMahon has been a catalyst for the Grand Junction Rockies. Tulsa had trouble getting any offense together on Mickey Mantle night and Kent Matthes had himself a day on his Triple-A debut.

Batting cages at Salt River Fields
Batting cages at Salt River Fields
by Charlie Drysdale

Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 5-9 (41-32)

Newly promoted Kent Matthes (HM PuRP) showed how much easier it is to hit in the PCL than the Texas league when he went 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBI on Saturday. First baseman Ben Paulsen added a pair of hits and smacked his fourth triple in three days.

Making his second start for the Sky Sox, Parker Frazier (#28 PuRP) lasted two innings and allowed four earned runs on just three hits. C.J. Fick and Michael Solbach pitched four innings of relief and allowed five more earned runs.

Double-A Tulsa - L 1-3 (35-38)

On Mickey Mantle night in Tulsa, the Drillers found themselves short on offense producing only five hits against the Royals affiliate. Tulsa's biggest threat came in the seventh when Kiel Roling doubled and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Kyle Parker (#4 PuRP) followed and was hit by a pitch, leaving runners at first and third. Angelys Nina then hit a slow chopper to third and Roling scored ahead of a wild throw to home. Parker finished with two hits on the night and is batting .271 on the season.

Newly acquired pitcher Collin McHugh made his debut for the Drillers going six innings and allowing only two earned runs on five strikeouts. Collin was received in trade with the Mets for Eric Young. The former Met had spent most of his season in Triple-A Las Vegas where he sported a 2.87 ERA, but also struggled in three major league starts where his ERA ballooned to 10.29.

High-A Modesto - W 10-3 (35-38)

Starter Tyler Gagnon pitched five solid innings allowing only two earned runs and getting seven strikeouts. Nick Schnaitmann earned his first hold of the season, in an inning of relief where he struck out a pair of batters.

There was plenty of offense from the Nuts as Jared Simon smacked a home run and Taylor Featherston (#22 PuRP) hit a triple to go along with four RBI. Will Swanner (#5 PuRP) had a hit and is batting .304 in the month of June. Trevor Story (#3 PuRP) had a double and two walks, to go along with a pair of strikeouts. Story has also seen a boost as the weather's warmed up, as he's batting .270 this month. Harold Riggins (#20 PuRP) filled the stat sheet, walking three times and smacking a pair of doubles.

Low-A Asheville - L 0-2 (39-32)

The Tourists produced seven hits, but failed to score against the Orioles affiliate on Saturday. Shortstop Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) led Asheville in hitting going 2-for-4 and raising his average to .357 on the year. Catcher Tom Murphy (#15 PuRP) added a hit, but also had two strikeouts. Second baseman Juan Ciriaco walked and earned a hit, but also stole his 32nd bag of the season. Juan ranks third in the SAL League in stolen bases for the season.

Starter Ben Hughes allowed only one earned run in 5.2 innings pitched. He had only one strikeout and produced eight groundball outs to six flyball outs. Michael Mason and Brook Hart pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Short-season Tri City - L 1-8 (4-5)

Starter Ryan Warner (HM PuRP) earned the loss in his second start for the Dust Devils. Warner gave up five earned runs in six hits, striking out only one batter and seeing his ERA rise to 7.84 on the season. Tri City used five pitchers in relief of Warner to try and they allowed three hits and two earned runs in three innings.

The Dust Devils offense were able to generate only four hits against the Padres affiliate. But 37th round pick Jeffrey Enloe shut the door against Tri City, allowing only one hit and striking out four in five innings pitched. Rockies 11th round pick Sean Dwyer spurned the Padres when they drafted him in the 15th round back in 2010, and put them in their place going 1-for-2 with a double, walk and RBI Saturday night. Left fielder Michael Tauchman, drafted in the 10th round, scored a run on one hit and struck out twice.

Short-season Grand Junction - W 7-3 (3-0)

Second round pick Ryan McMahon has become a spark plug for the Rockies offense, scoring five times in his 11 at-bats. On Saturday, Ryan worked two hits, a walk and stole his first base of the season. Former DSL shortstop Emerson Jimenez showed production from the leadoff spot, earning a pair of hits and raising his season average to .385 for Grand Junction. Catcher Jairo Rosario hit a two run home run in the fourth inning, his first of the year.

Starter Helmis Rodriguez lived up to the hype in his debut, going five innings and allowing only three hits and a lone earned run. Helmis had three strikeouts and three walks to go along with a 9-1 groundball ratio.

DSL Rockies - W 8-0 (12-7)

Starter Carlos Polanco pitched a gem, throwing six innings of shutout ball and allowing only three, while striking out four batters. Polanco was balanced, earning six flyball outs and six groundouts in his start.

The Rockies knocked starter Andres Heredia out of the game in the first inning, scoring six runs right off the bat. Third baseman Luis Castro paced the Rockies garnering two hits, a RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Luis Jean also had a pair of hits. The Rockies moved to five games above .500 with the win.