Rockies prospects: Tyler Matzek continues to pitch his way to the majors

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It's been an up-and-down ride for Tyler Matzek throughout his career, but last night's performance might finally propel him to the show.

Tyler Matzek pitches 7.2 shutout innings and hits a home run

It was the Tyler Matzek show in Nashville yesterday, as he led his team in all facets of the game, producing a 2-0 victory. The lefty starter worked 7.2 brilliant shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out three. Oh, and he also hit a home run (his first professionally) to break the 0-0 tie. Now that's a pretty good game.

Matzek had to put the team on his back, because no one else was really doing anything. There were only three hits other than Tyler's big fly--two singles by Ryan Wheeler and a double by Kyle Parker. Parker would score in the ninth thanks to a bases loaded walk by Jackson Williams, to give the Sky Sox an insurance run.

The recently demoted Chris Martin cleaned up the game for Matzek, allowing three hits but also striking out three batters.

It's no secret that Rockies fans are dissatisfied with the performance of Franklin Morales on the Major League roster. There have been calls for somebody--anybody--to replace him. The names most frequently bandied about are Butler, Winkler, Friedrich, Gray, and Bergman. But Matzek might actually be the guy to call on. He now owns a 3.20 ERA in the insanely hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. While his walk troubles still aren't entirely harnessed--25 in 56.2 IP so far--he at least has them under control.

The big lefty has toiled in the Minors for four years now; maybe it's time to see what he's got.

Double-A: Postponed

Four run third inning dooms Alsup, Modesto Nuts

The Modesto Nuts found themselves in a 5-1 hole after the third inning when a bout of wildness sabotaged Ben Alsup's start (he is now 0-6 on the year for the struggling Nuts).

The Nuts got plenty of hits, but going 2 for 10 with RISP held them from making a comeback. David Kandilas was a homer short of the cycle and Patrick Valaika continued his torrid start at High-A by homering and singling. The short stop has a 1.020 OPS through Asheville and Modesto this year; he's going to turn some heads.

At the end of play, though the rally came up short and the Nuts fell 5-3 to Inland Empire.

Asheville wins a wild one 10-9

Offense was not in short supply yesterday in Asheville, as the Tourists walked off on Lexington thanks to Max White just legging it out to first to avoid the double play. Four unanswered runs in the 8th and 9th secured this victory for Asheville.

There were a number of offensive heroes in this one. David Dahl and Raimel Tapia both had two hits and a double. Max White hit a two run homer and Jordan Patterson tied the game up in the 9th with a solo shot. Catcher Jose Briceno had seven total bases while SS Zach Osborne had a four hit day.

They needed all of it as Antonio Senzatela allowed three home runs in his 5 innings of work. He was somewhat sabotaged by errors as two of the five runs he allowed were unearned, and he did strike out seven. The bullpen allowed four more runs as well, but apparently it was just that kind of day in Asheville. A win is a win, to get tautological on you.

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