It's a better late than never edition of the Pebble Report! The affiliates were 3-5 on Friday night, with two of the wins coming from one club. The PuRP rankings mentioned below are from Winter 2013 - we will switch over when the full list is revealed.
Making his first ever start at the AAA level, Eddie Butler (PuRP 2) got a taste of the Pacific Coast League. Butler was beat up for seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings of work. Butler threw 75 pitches in the outing and struck out three batters. The plan, as I understood it, was to have Butler make this rehab start and rejoin Colorado's rotation on his next rotation turn. I'm not sure if this outing will change those plans, but at least Butler is getting in a little more work at altitude. It's just too bad that it's under these circumstances.
UPDATE: Butler has been activated off the 15 Day DL and optioned back to AA Tulsa.
Rob Scahill allowed four runs on four hits while getting just one out in relief of Butler and Yohan Flande allowed a run on three hits. Basically, any pitcher who has spent time with the Rockies this year struggled. Dustin Garneau had two hits for the Sky Sox and Angelys Nina drove in the lone run.
The Drillers came from behind in this one - their opponents scored four runs in the third inning, but Tulsa roared back with a run in the fourth and five more in the fifth to take the lead in the seven inning game. Delta Cleary and Tyler Massey both had multi-hit games to pace the Drillers, while both Jayson Langfels and Jared Simon knocked in two runs and Trevor Story (PuRP 6) had a RBI double.
Taylor Featherston (PuRP 22) was 3-3 with three doubles while Will Swanner (PuRP 24) and Massey both had multi-hit games. Ryan Kulik pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits to get the win.
Jayson Aquino (PuRP 15) took the loss in this one, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out six in his six innings on the hill. David Bergin had two hits to pace the Nuts, whose only offense came via a Jordan Ribera RBI double. The loss dropped Modesto's record on the year to 31-67 (.316 win %).
Low A: PPD
The Dust Devils fell behind 3-0 early in this one but clawed their way back to victory. Shortstop Chris Rabago, Colorado's 13th round pick this year, was 3-4 with a RBI, while 11th rounder Richard Prigatano knocked in the tying and go-ahead runs. Renaldo Jenkins also added two hits for the Dust Devils. Ryan Warner (PuRP 30) went six innings in his start, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four. Dylan Thompson got the win in relief with two scoreless innings.
It was a heartbreaking walk-off loss for the GJ Rockies, who entered the ninth inning in possession of the lead but were the victims of a two run homer with one out in the bottom half of the frame off of closer Alec Crawford. Starter Harrison Musgrave, Colorado's 8th rounder, went 3 2/3 innings, giving up a run on four hits. Rafael Betancourt, making another rehab appearance, pitched a scoreless inning of one-hit relief. Sixth rounder Max George and Henry Garcia paced Grand Junction with two hits apiece.
The DSL Rockies committed four errors and managed just six hits in this one. DH Anthony Brito had two of those hits, including a double. Hector Villaroel ceded four runs (three earned) on five hits in his two innings of work to take the loss