Five games involving Colorado's minor league affiliates occurred yesterday, of which our teams won three.
AAA: Colorado Springs (63-56, 7 GB) and the rest of the PCL had an off day
Tulsa's furious 9th inning comeback, in which they scored three runs, fell just short when PuRP 1 Nolan Arenado struck out with a man in scoring position. The Drillers (19-27 2nd half, 12.5 GB) outhit their opponents 12 to 7 thanks to multi-hit nights from Lars Davis, Warren Schaeffer, and Michael Mitchell -- but they only had two doubles in the game.
Josh Outman allowed 6 hits and 3 walks over 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) and punching out 6 in a losing effort.
High A: Modesto 6, Rancho Cucamonga 1
After allowing a first inning run, Juan Gonzalez and Craig Bennigson combined to shut out the opposition in an easy Modesto win. The Nuts (25-21 2nd half, 1 GB) got 2 hit nights from Juan Crousset (including a 2 run homer, his 7th), PuRP 10 Kyle Parker (two triples), and Jayson Langfels, while PuRP 12 Rafael Ortega had 3 hits including a double and 2 steals.
Low A: Asheville (25-21 2nd half, 4 GB) had their game postponedShort Season: Tri-City 5, Vancouver 1
14th round pick Shane Broyles and 3 relievers combined to throw a 3 hitter in this one, allowing only an unearned run (which came on a 1st and 3rd steal of home). Broyles struck out 8 men in 6 innings and gave up all 3 hits. The Dust Devils (8-8 2nd half, 3 GB) pounded out 13 hits, 11 of which were singles. Yafistel Roja and Derek Jones had 3 hits and 3 steals each, with Jones stealing home. In all, Tri-City stole 8 bases in the game.
Rookie: Grand Junction 13, Ogden 5
The GJ Rockies (4-8 2nd half, 5 GB) started scoring early and never really stopped -- scoring in 7 of 9 innings. Of the Rockies' 19 hits on the night, Matt Wessinger had 4, while Julian Yan, Wilfredo Rodriguez, and Ashley Graeter had 3 each. Yan and David Dahl both hit homers (number 11 and 5 respectively), with Dahl driving in 4 men in the game. Every player got at least one hit.
Johendi Jiminian struggled in this one, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs in only 3 innings, but 4 relievers combined to throw 6 innings of one run ball, striking out 7 in the process.
DSL: DSL Cubs1 2, DSL Rockies 1 (F-7)
There were only 8 hits between both teams in this shortened contest, and the DSL Rockies (34-24, 1st) had only 3 of them. Antonio Senzatela allowed 3 hits and 2 runs (1 earned) in 4 innings to get the loss. Emerson Jimenez tripled and scored the only DSL Rockies run.