This is the "I'm only good enough to be pitching in AA for this team?!?!" face.
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.