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Tuesday Pebble Report: Alex Balog makes professional debut, Sky Sox lose again, more

Alex Balog, the Rockies' 2013 second-round draft pick, pitched as a pro for the first time on Monday and had a debut similar to that of Colorado's first-round selection.


Triple-A Colorado Springs: L 6-2 (56-58, 3rd, 8.5 GB)

The Sky Sox slide continued on Tuesday with their 12th loss in their last 14 games. Sean Gallagher struggled with control, walking four batters and allowing seven hits in six innings of work. He struck out just one and allowed four earned runs. Rob Scahill had another rough outing out of the pen, surrendering two runs on three hits in an inning of work. He has given up six runs on seven hits in his last two innings of relief duty.

Jordan Pacheco doubled twice, walked and drove in a run to pace the Springs' offense. Reid Brignac singled and drew a pair of walks.

A Asheville: L 2-1 (17-26 2nd half, 7th, 8.5 GB)

The Tourists managed just four hits, providing hardly any support for Jayson Aquino, who was magnificent on the mound. Aquino lasted seven innings, allowing a run on three hits. He struck out seven without issuing a walk and induced nine groundball outs compared to just three flyouts.

Rayan Gonzalez allowed the winning run to cross the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning on a Bubba Starling single.

Rookie Grand Junction: L 11-4 (2-4 2nd half, 4th, 2 GB)

Alex Balog was roughed up a bit in his professional debut, allowing two runs on four hits -- including a home run -- in three innings of work. The Rockies' bullpen wasn't much better, as Angel Lezama allowed a pair of big flies while Helmis Rodriguez and William Waltrip surrendered one apiece, as well.

Correlle Prime homered and drove in three runs as part of his 3-for-4 performance. Raimel Tapia added two hits, including a triple, and drove in Grand Junction's other run.

Rookie DSL Rockies: Suspended (trailing 5-0 in the 2nd inning)

Javier Palacios was hurt by three errors but was still responsible for a chunk of damage on his own, allowing five runs -- two earned -- on five hits and a walk. He also surrendered a two-run homer.

The first six Rockies to step to the plate were retired by Rangers pitcher Johan Juan before the game was called.