Triple-A Colorado Springs - L 10-12 (50-45)
Starter Aaron Cook's record fell to 0-5 with a four inning performance that yielded eight earned runs on twelve hits against the Angels affiliate on Saturday. Cook had a tough night, giving up a pair of home runs and also receiving two errors on failed pickoff plays.
Shortstop Charlie Culberson (#28 PuRP) scored four runs in the game, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. Culberson's four hits paced the Sky Sox as he also earned three RBI with his performance. Left fielder Corey Dickerson (#7 PuRP) had just one hit, but received five RBI thanks to a bases loaded triple in the eighth off reliever Josh Judy.
Double-A Tulsa - W 3-1 (43-47)
Tyler Matzek (#9 PuRP) continues to lower his ERA (3.42) after a strong performance against the Angels Double-A affiliate on Saturday. Matzek went seven, giving up just one earned run on seven hits, while walking none and striking out three. A third inning home run by Luis Montanez was all that kept Tyler from pitching a shutout and he threw 67% of his pitches for strikes while inducing 10 groundballs to just two flyball outs. The California native has allowed one earned run or less in five of his last seven outings.
First baseman Kiel Roling put the Drillers in the lead with his 19th home run of the year in the first inning. Right fielder Kyle Parker (#5 PuRP) was on base from a walk and shortstop Cristhian Adames (#20 PuRP) was on from a base hit to give Roling three RBI with the blast. Parker finished 1-for-3 on the night, raising his average to .271 on the season.
High-A Modesto - L 6-10 (45-49)
Starter Chris Jensen (#26 PuRP) had his shortest outing since June 7 when he lasted just 2.1 innings while giving up seven runs. On Saturday he couldn't make it out of the first inning, getting the hook with two outs while allowing five earned runs. Strangely, Jensen was pulled after his second strikeout of the game and not while he was getting shelled. Righty Nelson Gonzalez was brought in to face the left handed Nolan Fontana, who grounded out on a comebacker to the mound.
Second baseman Taylor Featherston (#25 PuRP) hit his eighth home run of the season on a 2-for-4 performance that raised his average to .271 on the season. Right fielder David Kandilas picked up two hits on a pair of doubles in the game.Trevor Story (#4 PuRP) had a single and two strikeouts from the lead-off position.
Low-A Asheville - L 1-5 (48-41)
The game started with four shutout innings from starter Jayson Aquino (#12 PuRP), but he earned the loss after giving up two earned runs on seven hits. Aquino walked two and struck out two batters from the Pirates affiliate Saturday. It was Jayson's second start in Low-A and he carries a 2.45 ERA after the outing.
Designated hitter Matt Agyropoulos doubled in the eighth inning against reliever Lance Breedlove, his only hit of the night. Matt then scored the only run of the game when catcher Tom Murphy (#11 PuRP) drove in his 67th RBI of the season. Third baseman Jason Stolz had a two hit night, raising his average to .238 on the year.
Short-season Tri City - W 15-2 (13-16)
Colorado native Ryan Warner (HM PuRP) pitched the strongest game of his career with a seven inning shutout on Saturday. Warner gave up just four hits and a walk, while striking out four. Ryan's ERA stands at 3.50 on the season.
Both Kyle Von Tungeln and Chris O'Dowd launched home runs in the offensive explosion for the Dust Devils. Catcher Wilfredo Rodriguez (#19 PuRP) had a double and two hits on the night, while first baseman Sean Dwyer went 3-for-6 and scored a pair of runs. The 15 runs against the Diamondbacks affiliate was the highest scoring game of the season for the Dust Devils.
Short-season Grand Junction - L 0-5 (14-9)
The Rockies offense was shut down by Todd Kibby, a two year veteran in the White Sox organization, who allowed only three hits in six shutout innings. Right fielder Ryan Garvey was the lone Grand Junction player with any success, earning three hits in four at bats. Garvey had one strikeout and raised his season average to .350. Center fielder Terry McClure (HM PuRP) went 1-for-2 with a walk and is now hitting .372 on the year. Left fielder Raimel Tapia extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fourth.
Embattled starter Peter Tago took the mound for the Rockies on Saturday. Tago was coming off his best game of the season when he allowed only one run on six hits. Pete was able to replicate the six hits allowed, but he also gave up three earned runs in the process. The sixth inning was Tago's undoing as he allowed a leadoff walk, followed by a home run. Three more singles were allowed in the inning before Manuel Montilla came in to stop the bleeding and recorded consecutive flyball outs.
DSL Rockies - L 2-5 (19-17)
Starter Hector Villarroel recorded five strikeouts in 3.2 innings pitched while allowing five hits and three earned runs without walking a batter. Mets starter Ramon Rodriguez outdueled Villarroel, going six shutout innings and allowing only two hits and five K's.
Rockies batters only recorded five hits against the Mets DSL affiliate. The hits were tallied by: Luis Jean, Luis Castro, Hamlet Marte, Joel Diaz and Denzel Richardson. Marte was also able to draw a walk and his batting .336 on the season.