Sunday Pebble Report: Opening day for the DSL Rockies and Tulsa's Rafael Ortega is heating up

Antonio Senzatela fanned six in his opening day start for the Dominican Rockies. Tulsa's Rafael Ortega adds a double to his impressive week of hitting and Modesto's Tyler Gagnon dominated against the Mariners affiliate on Saturday.

Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 6-25 (30-21)

Jeff Manship wobbled early, giving up six earned runs in the first three innings as the Sky Sox made a late rally, but ultimately came up short against the Angels affiliate in Salt Lake City on Saturday.

Right fielder Tyler Colvin is on a tear of late, adding three hits on the night, he's now reached base safely in 16 straight games. Center fielder Charlie Blackmon had a pair of hits and an RBI to raise his Triple-A average to .328.

The Angels designated hitter, a Mr. Brad Hawpe, went 1-for-3 and is batting .303 on the season. It was mentioned in the broadcast that Matt McBride had 11 home runs in the month of May, only two behind the Sky Sox record, which is held by Mr. Hawpe.

Double-A Tulsa - W 7-3 (24-30)

The Drillers batted around in the first inning, scoring six runs with two outs. Center fielder Rafael Ortega (#9 PuRP) was responsible for the first out of the game, but then later doubled in two runs. Tulsa's rally was squashed when Delta Cleary Jr. was caught in a pickle at third for the final out of the inning.

The red-hot Ortega had two hits and a walk on the night and is batting .471 in his last four games. Designated hitter Kyle Parker (#4 PuRP) went 3-for-5 and scored a run in the first inning, upping his average to .275 on the year.

Texas League Player of the Week honors went to Angelys Nina last week and since then he's gone 0-for-14. At least until Saturday when he contributed three hits and two RBI. Shortstop Cristhian Adames (#18 PuRP) is headed the opposite direction, going hitless in five at bats and posting a .484 OPS in his last 10 games.

High-A Modesto - W 3-1 (26-29)

Starter Tyler Gagnon dominated the High Desert Mavericks, holding them to two hits and one earned run in seven innings pitched. Gagnon struck out four and walked just two on the night. Kraig Sitton and Scott Oberg worked the final two innings perfectly, with Oberg earning his twelfth save of the year.

Catcher Will Swanner (#5 PuRP) continued his hot streak, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double. Modesto's other catcher, Ryan Casteel, played the role of designated hitter in this game with a pair of hits including a double. Casteel is batting .375 in his last 10 games, with eight extra base hits. Taylor Featherston (#22 PuRP) returned from the disabled list and garnered a hit in four at-bats.

Low-A Asheville - L 3-9 (30-24)

Starter T.J. Oakes earned his fourth loss of the season, going five innings and allowing five runs, three of which were earned. Oakes has struggled to strike out hitters in Asheville and was able to earn only two against the Greenville Drive on Saturday. Oakes and center fielder Max White (#30 PuRP) each had errors that contributed to four unearned runs in the game.

Designated hitter Francisco Sosa led the Tourists offensive attack with two doubles and a run scored. Sosa is batting .330 on the year with 12 doubles. Shortstop Rosell Herrera (#16 PuRP) contributed a pair of hits, raising his batting average to .343 on the season. While Max White went hitless, but walked twice and stole his first base of the season.

DSL Rockies - L 4-7 (0-1)

Antonio Senzatela opened the season for the Rockies affiliate in the Dominican Republic. Senzatela endured some tough luck from his defense which were charged with two errors in his first two innings. The bad news was Antonio allowed five runs in 3.2 innings, good news is he struck out six, walking none and had a 5-to-1 groundball ratio.

Center fielder Denzel Richardson led the team with two hits and a stolen base. The speedy outfielder is one to keep an eye on this year as he has been clocked with a faster 60 time than David Dahl (#1 PuRP). Shortstop Emerson Jimenez, signed by the Rockies in 2011 for $280,000, also contributed a hit.

A few players who are absent from the DSL Rockies roster include: Joel Payamps, Angel Lezama, Helmis Rodriguez, Miguel Dilone (HM PuRP) and Raimel Tapia. All played well last year and could be in line for a state-side debut for Tri City or Grand Junction.

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