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Monday Pebble Report: Butler strong in Tulsa debut

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The story of the day was Eddie Butler's continued ascent, as the starter produced an excellent debut outing for the Tulsa Drillers, his third level this year.

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Colorado Springs 2, Oklahoma City 5

Ryan Wheeler led the Sky Sox offense with a home run and a double. He scored both Sky Sox runs. Hernan Iribarren doubled as one of two hits, and Ben Paulsen had two hits as well, a pair of singles. Chris Volstad was very hittable, allowing ten hits over his six innings. All five opposing runs crossed the plate during that period. Mike McClendon finished the game cleanly.

Tulsa 3, NW Arkansas 2 (11 innings)

Kiel Roling's three hits led the Drillers in this game. He doubled for one of them and batted in one run. Every other Driller sans Delta Cleary Jr (who went 0 for 6) got a hit, including a triple from Tyler Kuhn (who scored twice) and doubles from Cristhian Adames, Kyle Parker and Tim Smalling. Dustin Garneau batted in Kuhn (who had reached on an error) in the 11th inning, which would be the game winning run.

Eddie Butler's AA debut went smoothly. The quickly ascending prospect threw five controlled innings, allowing two hits and striking out six. After two clean hold innings by Josh Mueller, Michael Solbach's return to the Drillers after struggling through the Summer with Colorado Springs didn't look much better. He allowed three hits and walked two, which led to two runs over his two-thirds of an inning. Good innings from Joe Gardner, Kenny Roberts and Cole White kept the game tied, giving the Drillers their chance to win in the 11th.

Stockton 7, Modesto 9

Tyler Massey and Will Swanner each had three hits, with Swanner scoring twice in the game. Harold Riggins hit a two run homer as one of two hits, and also batted in a third run. Ryan Casteel and Taylor Featherston each had two hits and scored runs.The Nuts defense committed four errors, but none led to further opposing runs.

Tyler Gagnon was hittable in the start. Two of his nine hits were homers, including a three-run shot, and he allowed six runs over seven innings on nine hits. On the other hand, though,he struck out six and didn't walk anyone. Ryan Arrowood continued to look good after his promotion to the Nuts with a clean inning. Scott Oberg allowed a solo home run in the ninth, but collected his 24th save.

Asheville 0, Hickory 2

The Tourists managed just three hits in this shutout, including doubles from Matt Wessinger and Michael Ramirez. A Max White single accounted for the third hit. Starter Matt Carasiti wasn't too bad; despite allowing nine hits over six innings, he limited the damage to two runs. Despite good pitching from Carasiti and relievers Brook Hart and Rayan Gonzalez, there just wasn't enough offense for a win.

Eugene 6, Tri-City 1

A double from Patrick Valaika was the only extra base hit for the Dust Devils. Kyle Von Tungeln singled and provided the only walk for the Tri-City offense. Von Tungeln, Cesar Galvez and Michael Tauchman all stole bases in the game. Starter Konner Wade struggled, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks over five and a third. Despite walking two batters, Shawn Stuart's relief time was good. Alex Rodriguez allowed another run, in part thanks to two walks of his own.

Orem 3, Grand Junction 1

Jordan Patterson, Corelle Prime and Miguel Dilone were responsible for all six GJ hits, with two apiece. A double from Patterson was the only extra base hit. Terry McClure walked, stole a base and scored the lone GJ run. Starter Peter Tago had his best outing in a while. He lasted six and a third innings and allowed just one run on three hits and three walks. Carloses Esteves and Yan each pitched a few clean outs, though a two-run homer off of Scott Firth in the ninth broke the long-standing tie in favor of Orem.