Rockies left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Matzek struck out seven batters and walked only one but allowed four runs on six hits in six innings of Triple-A Colorado Springs' 5-3 loss to Memphis on Wednesday.
Matzek worked in the 88 to 92 MPH range, according to our good friend Adam Peterson (@adamedp on Twitter), and had his curveball working well. The process was certainly encouraging for Matzek, even if the results weren't. He threw 66 of 96 pitches for strikes and reportedly was done in by poor defense more than anything else. Plus, his performance against other quality prospects was good; Matzek whiffed top-rated Cardinals farmhands Stephen Piscotty and Kolten Wong a total of three times.
Ben Paulsen fell a single short of the cycle in coming up with three of the five Sky Sox hits in the game.
Arrowood overcoming poor start for Drillers
Double-A Tulsa reliever Ryan Arrowood entered the season as a darkhorse relief prospect, but a horrific start in which he surrendered six runs in his first four appearances slowed his roll a bit.
However, Arrowood allowed only one earned run in three innings and notched three strikeouts in providing good fireman work in the Drillers' 8-3 loss to Arkansas. Arrowood's ERA is down to 3.15 after allowing only the one earned run in his last 13⅓ innings spanning five outings.
Cristhian Adames had a pair of hits to lead Tulsa, which was unable to fully take advantage of eight hits and five walks.
Modesto's Story stays hot
Trevor Story walked and doubled in a pair of runs but Modesto lost for the 19th time this season, dropping 9-5 decision to San Jose. Story's two-bagger was his 11th hit in 14 at-bats, and he's now hitting .361/.461/.598 in his 2013-Rosell Herrera-like renaissance.
Starter Devin Burke lasted only four innings, but it was Peter Tago who was saddled with the loss after giving up a pair of runs on six hits and two walks in 2⅔ frames. The transition into relief and the Rockies' accompanying resetting of his development schedule has yet to yield positive results for the former first-rounder.
Dahl homers as part of Tourists' offensive explosion
Rockies top outfield prospect David Dahl appears to be climbing out of his early season slumber. The 20-year-old lefty is hitting ..326/.452/.778 in his last 10 contests after drawing a walk and hitting a home run in Asheville's 12-9 win over Rome. Dahl's season line is steadily improving, now sitting at .280/.316/.505.
Zach Osborned launched a pinch-hit home run and Ashley Graeter, Pat Valaika and Wilfredo Rodriguez had two hits apiece. All of that helped the Tourists overcome a poor outing from Antonio Senzatela, who allowed five runs on five hits -- including a couple of homers -- and two walks in 4⅔ innings.