Double-A Tulsa: W 7-0
The struggles exhibited in the first two of Jon Gray's 2014 starts were non-existent on Wednesday. Gray allowed only two hits and a pair of walks in 5⅔ scoreless innings, striking out five en route to his first win of the year. The Rockies' No. 1 prospect threw 59 of 86 pitches for strikes and induced six groundouts compared to only two flyouts and, in the process, eased the minds of Rockies fans and followers everywhere.
Taylor Featherston went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk at the top of the Drillers' lineup, while Harold Riggins contributed three hits, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning.
Ryan McMahon went 3-for-4 with a double and his fifth home run of the season in Game 1 of the Tourists' doubleheader against West Virginia. The rest of the Asheville lineup combined for only two hits, but the offense did enough for starter Zach Jemiola, who scattered 11 hits but surrendered only two runs in five innings.
The Tourists mustered up only seven singles in the back half of the double header, wasting a decent effort from starter Antonio Senzatela. He lasted five innings and gave up only two runs on five hits and a couple of walks. However, reliever Troy Nieman allowed a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth en route to taking the loss.
High-A Modesto: W 2-1
It's rare that the Nuts win, and it's even more scarce that they do so on the back of an impressive pitching performance. But, that's exactly what they got from Jayson Aquino on Wednesday. The 21-year-old left-hander tossed five shutout innings, allowing only four singles while striking out a batter and walking none in his first win of the year. Andrew Brown backed up Aquino's strong start with three scoreless innings of relief. That allowed the Nuts to overcome a poor game from their big three; Rosell Herrera, Trevor Story and Will Swanner combined to go 1-for-11 with a walk and a couple of Ks.
Triple-A Colorado Springs: L 8-6
The Sky Sox jumped out to a 6-1 lead in this one only to have starting pitcher Christian Bergman and reliever Dan Houston surrender the advantage. Bergman posted his third consecutive underwhelming start to begin the season, allowing six runs on nine hits in 5⅓ innings to raise his 2014 ERA to 9.39. He's got pretty good strikeout and walk numbers in the early going, but his big problem has been fly balls; Bergman's GO/AO ratio is a paltry 0.42.
Bergman still managed to leave with the game tied, but Dan Houston gave up a couple of runs on a homer by Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton, effectively giving Oklahoma City the win.
Seven of Colorado Springs' eight hits went for extra-bases, including a pair of doubles from Ben Paulsen and a homer off the bat of Ryan Wheeler. Kyle Parker and Jackson Williams were the only Sky Sox batters to go without a hit.