Jon Gray struck out five in five innings of two-run ball, Harold Riggins homered and Brian Humphries hit a walk-off single in the 13th inning in Double-A Tulsa's 4-3 win over Corpus Christi on Sunday.
Gray's outing was pretty typical of what he has done throughout most of his second professional season. The 2013 first-rounder allowed a pair of runs on four hits and walked two batters. His ERA sits at 3.76 for the season. I'm sure a big reason why the Rockies have held him back has to do with pitch count efficiency; Gray hasn't been able to his that 15-pitches-per-inning threshold, though he's not far off from it. The right-hander threw 82 pitches, 52 for strikes, in his latest outing. He continues to show extreme fly ball tendencies, which is likely another concern within the organization's brass.
Riggins, Ryan Casteel and David Bergin had two hits apiece for the Drillers. Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a pair of walks in his third Double-A game. Tulsa's bullpen might have earned collective player of the game honors by tossing eight innings of one-run, five-hit ball.
Jemiola pitches gem in loss
Zach Jemiola tossed eight shutout innings but reliever Jefri Hernandez surrendered four runs -- only one earned -- in the ninth inning of Low-A Asheville's 4-0 loss to Greensboro.
Jemiola allowed only five hits and a walk while throwing 57 of 83 pitches for strikes. He notched only one punch-out, but the 20-year-old right-hander induced 12 ground-ball outs. The Rockies' ninth-round pick in 2012 has been brilliant over his last three starts, giving up only one run in 20⅔ innings.
Wilfredo Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double to lead the Tourists' mostly non-existent offense.
Iowa 2, Colorado Springs 0: Boone Logan pitched a scoreless seventh inning, throwing nine of 13 pitches for strikes, in his second rehab appearance in Triple-A. Also making his second rehab appearances was Nolan Arenado, who went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Rafael Ynoa led the Sky Sox offense with two hits. The rest of the team combined for only five hits while being flummoxed by Iowa's Tsuyoshi Wada, who struck out eight batters in 6⅔ scoreless frames.
High Desert 6, Modesto 1: The Nuts managed only four hits behind starter Devin Burke, who was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in four innings. Rosell Herrera went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, dropping his average to .272.
Boise 6, Tri-City 2: Cesar Galvez had half of the Dust Devils' four hits. Starter Grahamm Wiest allowed five runs on six hits and two walks in four innings.
Idaho Falls 7, Grand Junction 6: The Rockies squandered an early 4-0 lead in a game that saw 24 combined hits. Nate Causey led all batters with three hits while Renaldo Jenkins, Dom Nunez and Luis Jean had two apiece. Hunter Brothers was the only one of the five GJ pitchers who appeared in the game not to allow a run.