Today we're going from bottom to top in the Rockies' system. The affiliates were 3-4 on the night.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Twins 7, DSL Rockies 5
The DSL Rockies (31-21, 1st) got 5 innings of 1 run, 6 hit ball from Carlos Estevez, but the bullpen fell apart, quickly turning a 2-1 lead into a 7-2 deficit. On offense, Marcos Derkes, Yonathan Daza, and Emerson Jimenez had multi-hit games for the DSL team.
Rookie: Grand Junction 8, Orem 2
After dominating the DSL for almost 3 years, PuRP 27 Jayson Aquino finally made his US debut last night, and it was a successful one. Aquino went 5 2/3 IP, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks, striking out 6 and maintaining a 6:3 GB/FB ratio in the process to get the win.
Grand Junction (1-4 2nd half, 3 GB) got their first win of the season's second half on the backs of Aquino and their offense, which knocked out 14 hits in this one. Six players had multiple hits for the GJ Rockies, foremost of which were Jeffrey Popick (3-5) and Corelle Prime (2-2, 2 2B).
Short Season: Tri-City 4, Yakima 3 (F-11)
The Dust Devils (3-6 2nd half, 3 GB) scored in only 2 innings in this one -- they had 3 in the 6th and won the game in extra innings on a fielding error. PuRP 17 Peter Tago was solid in this one despite getting a no-decision. Tago went 6 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 5. After a very rough start, Tago has strung together 3 consecutive quality starts.
Meanwhile, PuRP 16 Rosell Herrera had two hits to raise his Tri-City line to .282/.329/.372, while Matt Argyropoulos, Jared Berggren, and Miguel De Leon each added two more hits.
Low A: Lexington 9, Asheville 5
Despite out-hitting their opponents in this one 11-8, the Tourists (21-20 2nd half, 6 GB) lost going away. It doesn't help when you get into an early 7-0 hole, as Asheville did in this one. Vianney Mayo was the pitcher of record -- though he only allowed 5 hits, he walked 4 and let 6 runs cross the plate. PuRP 24 David Kandilas was 3-4 with a double while Brian Humphries had 2 hits and a 2 run homer (2). PuRP 3 Trevor Story and Tyler Massey both added two hits as well.High A: Visalia 9, Modesto 8
The Nuts (22-18 2nd half, T-1st) lost their 4th straight to fall into a tie for 1st in their division despite a 3 run rally in the top of the 9th that put them up by one. Jared Clark had a monster game to lead Modesto, clubbing 2 homers (22) and knocking in 4 men -- 3 of them on his 9th inning homer that put Modesto up 8-7. Delta Cleary had 3 hits and Jayson Langfels added 2.
Christian Bergman was solid in this one outside of the long ball. He allowed only 5 hits over 6 innings, but 3 of those hits left the yard, pushing across 4 men. He was in line for the win but the bullpen allowed 5 runs in their 3 innings of work.
Both teams had 9 hits in this one, but Tulsa's were much less well-timed. The Drillers (17-23 2nd half, 10.5 GB) got a solo homer from Jimmy Cesario (4) and 4 other extra base hits, but managed only 3 runs. Lars Davis had 3 hits to lead the team.
Jhoulys Chacin allowed 5 hits in his 4 innings of work, but one of them was exceedingly ill-timed. Former Rockie Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a grand slam off of Chacin in the 4th, scoring all 4 runs charged to Chacin in the game. Chacin threw 62 pitches in the game, 45 of which were strikes, which is definitely a good sign. The Tulsa World has more on the game.
Similar to the Tulsa game, both teams had the same amount of hits (13), but this time it was Colorado's affiliate that had the better timing. Wilkin Castillo had a 3 run homer (3) and a double, while Chris Nelson led the team with a 3 hit night. Matt McBride and PuRP 15 Charlie Blackmon also had two hits for the Sky Sox (59-54, 6 GB).
Rob Scahill was the beneficiary of the hit parade in this one, giving up only 3 hits despite allowing 9 hits in 5 innings to get the win (9-10).