The Rockies' affiliates went 4-1 in last night's action, with two wins coming by one run. Also note that the new PuRP list is in effect.
The Sky Sox (32-37) were paced offensively by solo homers coming from the bats of Ian Stewart (11) and Willy Taveras (9) as well as a bases-clearing double by C Jordan Pacheco (PuRP 14). Both teams had 13 hits in the game, but it was Eric Stults (3-4) and the Sky Sox bullpen who nailed down the win.
Tulsa 6, Arkansas 5 (F-13)
The Drillers (32-33) won in a late innings thriller. In fact, Tulsa scored all six of their runs in the seventh inning or later to erase a 5-0 deficit. RF Bronson Sardinha paced the Drillers with a 2-5 night and a walkoff solo homer (4), while PuRPs CF Tim Wheeler (PuRP 10), 1B Ben Paulsen (PuRP 19), and 2B/SS Thomas Field (PuRP 27) all had multi-hit games. Dan Turpen (2-2) got the win with 2 scoreless innings of extra-inning relief. Cory Riordan started the game and gave up three runs on only two hits (he walked three).
It was a very satisfying win for the Nuts (31-36) last night, who crushed the, dare I say, Giants of the California League (49-18) on the road. SS Josh Rutledge (PuRP 24) and Mike Zuanich (PuRP 30) celebrated their inclusion on this iteration of the PuRPs list with good games -- Rutledge went 2-5 while Zuanich hit a 3-run homer (13). In all, six Nuts had multi-hit games. On the mound, Parker Frazier (PuRP HM) turned in a stellar outing, going seven innings and allowing only one run for the win (4-6).
Turn the page for a trainwreck and a masterpiece.
The Tourists (30-37) didn't really have a chance after an eight run second inning by their opponents. Tyler Matzek (PuRP 4) had yet another nightmarish start in a nightmarish season, lasting only 1.1 IP and allowing eight runs. Matzek only allowed three hits, but he walked six men. His control is gone and nobody this year has been able to help him find it. The loss pushed his ERA this season to 10.71 and his WHIP to 2.60. SS Cristhian Adames (PuRP 25) had himself a good day at the plate, going 3-5 with a double and a triple.
The DSL Rockies (9-6) got a masterful pitching performance from Johendi Jiminian, a guy who should be on prospect watchers' radars. The 18 year-old Jiminian went eight innings and allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out seven to get the win (1-0). Meanwhile, the most impressive offensive prospect on the Rockies' DSL team has been 19 year-old IF Cesar Galvez, who has hit .378/.517/.444 out of the lead-off hole. In this game he went 2-4 with a RBI.