Mar 20, 2012; Peoria, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Josh Outman (88) throws during the fifth inning against the San Diego Padres at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
AAA Colorado Springs: W 6-5 (15-16, t-1st)
Down one heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Sky Sox rallied to win behind a game-tying RBI single from Andrew Brown and a game-winning sac fly off the bat of Brandon Wood. Brown and Hernan Iribarren each had two hits, while Matt McBride's three knocks raised his batting average to .387. Edgar Gonzalez started for The Springs and allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. The Sky Sox received good bullpen work from Stephen Dodson and Mike Ekstrom, as the duo combined to pitch three scoreless innings (although they weren't the most efficient, as they threw a total of 56 pitches).
AA Tulsa: L 4-3 (20-10, 1st)
Tulsa starter Nick Schmidt pitched very well through five innings before falling apart in the sixth, as he allowed three straight singles (with a caught stealing sandwiched in the middle) and a three-run homer to Mario Lisson, allowing NW Arkansas to reclaim the lead for good. Schmidt's final line was decent, as he worked 5.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out four without issuing a walk. Josh Outman pitched a scoreless rehab inning, and did not allow a hit despite issuing a walk. Josh Sullivan struck out two in a perfect inning of work, as well. You want more silver lining? Josh Rutledge continues to heat up, as his three-hit day raised his average to .287. What's more, Nolan Arenado went 2-for-2 with a walk and a double, a good sign that he's breaking out of his funk.
High-A Modesto: W 8-4 (15-16, 3rd, 5 GB)
Timothy Smalling, Jared Clark, and Dallas Tarleton each had two hits to lead the Nuts, while everyone else in the starting lineup had a hit save for Rafael Ortega, who despite going 0-for-5 with a K, is still hitting .306. Juan Gonzalez worked six good innings, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out two and walking two, and maintaining an 8-to-2 GB/FB ratio. Adam Jorgenson cleaned up the mess that Chad Rose left (three runs on six hits in 1.2 innings), earning his fifth save of the season.
Low-A Asheville: W 8-5 (18-12, t-2nd, 3 GB)
Tyler Massey had three hits including a couple of homers, and Harold Riggins homered as well, as the Tourists got past Lexington despite a fairly rough outing from Daniel Winkler. Winkler allowed four runs in five innings, but also gave up eight hits and four walks. He struck out five. Delta Cleary had three hits, raising his average to .337. Maybe it's time to move him up and see if he's going to amount to anything as a prospect.