After a poor offensive effort on Thursday, the Rockies' affiliates improved an output of 16 runs (as opposed to 4).
Colorado Springs 5, Las Vegas 1
The Sky Sox (12-9, division leaders) won on the strong effort of Alan Johnson (2005 UDFA) -- yes, that Alan Johnson -- who went 5 effective innings, giving up one run on seven hits to get the win (1-0, 3.00). Chris Iannetta (2004 4th round) played DH and went 2-5 with a double, while Matt Miller (2004 13th round) hit a home run and Travis Metcalf (MiLB FA) went 2-3 with three RBIs.
One day after being no-hit, the Drillers' (7-14, 5.5 GB) offense showed up in a big way. OF Jeff Kindel (2006 14th round) had a home run and four RBIs, while 21 year-old catcher Willin Rosario (2006 DR FA) added a home run and two RBIs. It's the fact that Rosario has held his own so far at a young age and advanced level that he's so high on my PuRPs list (#4). Ching Lung Lo (Taiwan FA 2001) continued his solid start to this season (1.35 ERA), going only four innings in the start but striking out five and giving up one earned run. Sean Jarrett (2006 20th round) got the win (1-0, 1.93) in relief with two scoreless innings.
The Nuts (12-8, 0.5 GB) scored in the first but then were blown out of the water by San Jose. Juan Nicasio (2006 DR FA), a personal favorite of mine, didn't pitch very well. He went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits in taking the loss (1-1, 3.54). Two more players on my PuRPs list, 2009 1st rounder OF Tim Wheeler (#7) and catcher Jordan Pacheco (#24, 2007 9th round) had two hits each, but it was to no avail.
Wes Musick (2009 9th round) took the loss (2-3, 6.57) for the Tourists (9-13, 5.5 GB), going five innings and giving up four runs on six hits. Joe Sanders (2009 5th round) went 4-5 in a losing effort. At the moment, there really isn't a lot going on in terms of prospects for the Rockies on the Asheville roster, with only Mike Zuanich (#25), Eliezer Mesa (#29), and Juan Gonzalez (#30) making my PuRPs list--and only just barely doing so. This will change somewhat when Tyler Matzek comes on to the scene, but for now there isn't a whole lot going on.