Besides Ulloa, it wasn't a good night to be a Rockies pitching prospect, however it wasn't so bad to be a slugger, as a total of thirteen long balls were hit out by our affiliates.
First in the short season leagues, Casper lost twelve to three as Robinson Fabian upped his WHIP to over two by lasting only an inning and a third while giving up a walk and six hits, including a homerun. Luke Sargent hit his first and added a single and a walk in the loss.
Tri-City lost ten to six, James Freeman continues to struggle to find the zone but struggling outfielders Daniel Carte and Michael Paulk each hit their first professional homeruns in the loss. Carte also added a double in a sign that hopefully he's finally adjusting to pro-ball.
Asheville also lost despite Joe Koshansky's nineteenth, Matt Miller's fifteenth, and Kyle Wilson's fifth homers of the year. Jake Postlewaite allowed most of the damage.
Modesto won for the ninth straight time, but needed to rally from a ten to three deficit in the seventh to do so. In the ninth as the story says, Ian Stewart hit a monster shot to dead centerfield off of Visalia Oaks pitcher Jonathan Barrat and Modesto went on to win twelve to eleven. A total of seven Nuts finished with at least two hits apiece, including Stewart, Troy Tulowitzky, Seth Smith, Chris Ianetta and Jordan Czarniecki (the last two also had pivotal back to back homeruns)
Tulsa didn't get quite the offensive fireworks, even though it had the same amount of big blasts. Tony Miller, Jud Thigpen, and Sean Barker each hit solo shots to give Enmanuell Ulloa a little space and he took off with it, allowing only two hits and a walk in six innings while striking out nine. He could be ready soon to move to the next level...
Although he might get a cautioning word from Christian Parker about the perils of pitching at altitude. After dominating the Texas League, Parker was rocked in his first game for the Sky Sox as Colorado Springs wound up losing fourteen to six. Former Rockies farmhand Mike Saipe picked up the victory for Sacto pitching in relief.