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Wednesday Pebble Report: Tyler Matzek starts Texas League All-Star Game

Matzek pitched two innings in the Texas League All-Star Game, but he took the loss due to his own issues and the lack of offense for his North squad.

Tyler Matzek back in the day with Modesto.
Tyler Matzek back in the day with Modesto.
Charlie Drysdale

Colorado Springs, W 5-3 (43-34)
Right fielder Kent Matthes hit two home runs (4), a two-run shot in the fifth inning and the other in the eight, which gave the Sky Sox an insurance run. Charlie Culberson and Ryan Wheeler drove in the other two runs, while Charlie Blackmon doubled and scored a run.

Drew Carpenter allowed three runs -- including Grant Green's solo home run in the fourth inning -- in five innings on six hits. C.J. Fick, Nick Schmidt, and Logan Kensing shut down Sacramento's offense for the remainder of the game. Schmidt was the only reliever to allow a hit.

Texas South def. Texas North, 6-0
Tyler Matzek drew the start for the Texas League North Division All-Stars on Tuesday night and took the loss after allowing two unearned runs in two innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Those two unearned runs scored as a result of Matzek's throwing error in the second inning. He allowed a leadoff double to start the inning before striking out the next two batters. Then Rene Garcia reached base on the throwing error, which allowed the runner to score. A single scored the second run.

Angelys Nina played second base and shortstop but went hitless in four at-bats. Kiel Roling started at DH and went 0-for-2.

Modesto, W 6-2
After Ben Alsup allowed two runs to the Giants in the bottom of the second, Tuesday night's game turned in favor of the Nuts. Jared Simon hit a two-run homer (4) over the left field wall to tie the game, and an inning later David Kandilas and Taylor Featherston each hit an RBI single for a 4-2 lead. Tyler Massey drove in two on a grounder in the ninth inning for even more cushion.

Alsup threw 6⅓ innings, limiting the Giants to five hits and a walk. He struck out five.

Tri-City, L 5-2 (5-7)
After opening a 2-0 lead on a couple of RBI singles in the bottom of the first inning, the Dust Devils held that lead until the start of the seventh inning. Jayson Aquino started the inning with a strikeout, but left after surrendering a single to the next batter. Shawn Stuart relieved Aquino, but there wasn't any help from him.

Stuart walked his first batter, saw catcher Chris O'Dowd allow a passed ball that moved the runners over to second and third base. A ground ball single brought both men home. O'Dowd committed a throwing error during the next at-bat, attempting to throw out James Zamarripa at third base, who wound up scoring. A triple and a sac bunt drove in the other two runs.

Grand Junction, W 10-7
Grand Junction pulled out a hard-fought victory on Tuesday night in a game that combined for 17 runs, 20 hits, and five errors. First baseman Correlle Prime (1) and DH Jairo Rosario (2) each hit a home run, the latter a two-run shot.

The Rockies swiped five bases, including two by center fielder Terry McClure (3-for-4, three runs scored, one RBI).

Zachary Jemiola threw 4⅔ innings, allowed four runs on four hits and three walks, and struck out nine. Five relievers were needed after Jemiola left the game.

DSL Rockies, W 7-0 (14-7)
Nineteen-year-old catcher Hamlet Marte used his boom stick in the sixth inning to hit his first home run of the season and put the Rockies up, 3-0. In the eighth, shortstop Luis Jean and right fielder Luis Brito Jr. hit back-to-back two-run singles to open up a 7-0 lead.

Eighteen-year-old Antonio Senzatela threw eight shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out six. He induced 12 ground outs to just one fly out.