Rockies prospects: Ryan Warner, Konner Wade come up big on the mound

Excellent pitching -- particularly in the lower levels of the system -- helped Rockies affiliates go 5-1 on Sunday.

Rockies pitching prospect Ryan Warner settled for a no-decision after allowing only one earned run on three hits and a walk in six innings of work in Short Season-A Tri-City's 6-4 win over Eugene on Sunday.

Warner struck out six batters and induced eight ground-ball outs in his second start of the season. After leaving with the game tied, 2-2, heading into the seventh inning, the Rockies' third-round pick in 2012 now has a 3.27 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 11 innings thus far.

Dust Devils relievers Josh Mueller and Jerad McCrummen allowed runs in the seventh and eighth innings, putting their team in a two-run hole entering the bottom of the eighth. However, Tri-City scored four runs in that frame, three of which crossed the plate on David Bergin's two-out home run. Bergin, 24, is quite old for the Northwest League, but he shouldn't be there too much longer after a blistering start. He's hitting .462/.500/.885 through eight games in a notorious pitcher's environment.

Wade pitches Asheville to shutout victory

Konner Wade allowed only four hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings and Michael Benjamin had a couple of hits and a run scored in Low-A Asheville's 1-0 win over Augusta.

Wade struck out only two batters but got the majority of his outs on the ground. Colorado's seventh-round pick in 2013 lowered his ERA to 4.54 in 77⅓ innings. One big red flag is that he's not striking anybody out; Wade has whiffed only 41 batters this season.

David Dahl and Raimel Tapia had the only two non-Benjamin hits for the Tourists, who scored their lone run on a throwing error that took place during a double steal in the fifth inning.

Other scores

Triple-A Colorado Springs 9, Reno 5: Rafael Ynoa hit his first two home runs of the season, the first of which came against major league veteran Trevor Cahill. Brett Tomko lasted five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and a pair of walks. Wilton Lopez earned a win by tossing three scoreless innings in relief. Ynoa, Kyle Parker, Angelys Nina and Paul Janish finished with two hits apiece.

Double-A Tulsa 10, NW Arkansas 6: David Kandilas and Jared Simon went deep for the Drillers and Joey Wong doubled and tripled in three plate appearances after subbing in for Jose Rivera early in the game.

High Desert 9, High-A Modesto 5: The 24-50 Nuts were naturally the only Rockies affiliate not to win on Sunday. That, despite the efforts of Will Swanner, who homered as part of a 2-for-5, four-RBI day. Matt Flemer struck out six and allowed three earned runs in 5⅔ innings. Rayan Gonzalez and Peter Tago surrendered five combined runs in the ninth while facing seven total batters without recording an out.

Rookie Grand Junction 5, Idaho Falls 1: Logan Norris tossed five scoreless innings, allowing only five hits while striking out three. Max George and Nate Causey had two hits apiece. Everyone in the Rockies' lineup had at least one hit with the exception of Omar Carrizales, who drew a pair of walks in four plate appearances.

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