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Friday Pebble Report: Gray Day is a success, Story homers

Rockies affiliates were 3-4 on Thursday night. Gray showed good composure in order to rebound from a tough third inning, as he earned his second win in Modesto. Fueled by a four-run sixth, Tulsa extended their winning streak to six games.

Happy Gray Day
Happy Gray Day
Doug Pensinger

Colorado Springs 1, Nashville 6 (56-60)

Two errors in the ninth inning proved to be very costly, allowing 5 runs to score in a game where runs were at a premium.  Josh Rutledge and Ben Paulsen eached had an error which allowed the hitter to reach on a force attempt.  Mitchell Boggs was not credited with any earned runs, but did allow a 2-run double, a 1-run sacrifice fly, and a 1-run single.

The disastrous ninth inning aside, it was a tight, close game.  Through the first eight innings, the Colorado pitching staff allowed one run on six hits; Nashville allowed one run on four hits.  Tim Wheeler collected two hits, and Ryan Wheeler and Jordan Pacheco were both effective coming off the bench.

Tulsa 4, Midland 2 (58-57)

Christian Bergman allowed two solo runs, but this was the only damage taken as Tulsa extended their winning streak to six games.  This is a solid outing on the heels of his complete game shutout last week.

After falling behind 2-0, Tulsa hit Midland with a four-run sixth inning.  Tyler Kuhn, Christhian Adames, Kiel Roling, and Angelys Nina each collected a hit, and Kyle Parker and Joey Wong each drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.  Since being promoted to Tulsa on August 6th, catcher Tom Murphy is 5-for-11 and has had a hit in each game.

Modesto 6, Lancaster 2 (58-59)

In his six professional start, Jonathan Gray showed good composure in addition to the skills that made him the third overall pick.  He ran into some problems in the third inning, allowing a single and walk before a throwing error by catcher Will Swanner loaded the bases with no outs.  He was able to limit the damage to only one run, and pitched a perfect fourth and fifth inning after that.  He struck out seven batters and walked one.

Trevor Story collected his 10th home run of the year, driving home David Kandilas in the first inning.  Lancaster's starting pitcher left the game without attaining a single out.

Asheville 5, Greenville 1 (56-58)

Juan Ciriaco and Matt Argyropoulos each hit their second home run of the year as Asheville ended its four game skid.  Ciriaco also stole three bases to bring his total to 45 for the year.   Ben Hughes earned his 8th win of the year as he allowed seven singles and a walk in seven shutout innings.

Tri-City 2, Hillsboro 3 (25-27)

Antonio Senzatela was credited with the loss as the Dust Devils fell to Hillsboro.  Senzatela allowed three runs, including a 2-out, 2-run home run.  He did not strike out a single batter but induced 16 ground ball outs.

The offense collected seven hits and seven walks, but was able to convert this to only two runs.  Chris O'Dowd hit a double,his third with Tri-City, and Alec Mehrten collected two hits.

Grand Junction 1, Idaho Falls 3

Grand Junction's offense was shut down by Idaho falls, as only Ryan McMahon, Miguel Dilone, and Correlle Prime reached base for Grand Junction last night.  Idaho Falls pitcher Jonathan Dziedzic took a perfect game through four innings before McMahon hit a single to lead off the fifth inning.

Joel Payamps allowed two runs off of five hits and two walks as he earned the loss.  Carlos Estevez allowed a third run to score in the seventh inning.

DSL Rockies 5, DSL Pirates 7 (10 innings) (27-30)

The DSL Rockies scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to push the game into extra innings, but allowed two runs to the Pirates Dominican League affiliates that were unanswered in the bottom of the tenth.  After falling behind 5-1 through four and a half innings, Antony Brito hit a three-run home run to bring the team within one.

After one inning of work, pitcher Hector Villarroel handed over the reins to David Martinez.  Martinez pitched seven innings, and allowed one run off of six hits in a solid rebound following two shaky starts.