Corey Dickerson led the Sky Sox offense with three hits, which included two doubles, two runs batted in and a run scored himself. Charlie Culberson had two knocks, including a triple, and also knocked in two runs while scoring twice. Tim Wheeler also tripled, while Lars Davis had two hits.
Armando Galarraga did well in a shortened introduction to the Rockies system. Limited to just 40 pitches, he lasted three innings and allowed one earned run on two hits. He walked none and struck out three. Nick Schmidt collected the win despite being the team's weakest pitcher in the game, throwing two innings and allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Coty Woods also allowed a run in his inning of work, but clean innings from Steven Hensley and Logan Kensing kept the damage down.
The Tulsa offense continues to struggle. The team was led yesterday by Dustin Garneau, who had two hits, including a home run. Tyler Kuhn walked and scored the second Drillers run off the bat of Jayson Langfels. A double from Kyle Parker is the only other moment of note.
For the first time since joining the Rockies, starter Sean Gallagher struggled. Over five and two thirds, Gallagher allowed 11 hits and walked three, leading to seven earned runs. Leuris Gomez continued to be strong in relief with two and a third clean innings. Gomez is a likely candidate to be re-sign by the club this offseason.
Tyler Massey had an excellent game, going four for four with a two run homer, plus a stolen base. David Kandilas had two hits of his own, including a run scored. On the more depressing side of things, Will Swanner and Trevor Story, who had both begun coming out of slumps, struck out five times in the game.
Ben Alsup allowed five walks in addition to six hits (including two home runs) during his five innings, but the damage was limited to just three runs. Geoff Parker (who allowed one run over two innings on just two hits), Nelson Gonzalez and Scott Oberg (who picked up his 21st save) pitched well in relief.
Tom Murphy's double was the only extra base hit of the Tourists' seven total. He also scored a run, as did Derek Jones. Francisco Sosa knocked in a run and stole a base. Sosa is also a player likely to be re-signed by the Rockies this offseason.
Matt Flemer allowed nine hits over his six innings, which was enough to allow all three runs to Augusta. Clean innings thrown by Andrew Brown and Patrick Johnson were too little, too late.
Michael Benjamin and Ashley Graeter each had three hits, and Graeter scored twice. Julian Yan's first homer of the season for the Dust Devils (he hit five for Asheville) came as one of two hits. Marcos Derkes also had two hits in the game.
Antonio Senzatela's stateside debut went well, allowing six singles and two walks, leading to just two runs (one earned). He struck out two and got nine groundball outs over five and two thirds. Troy Neiman and Eric Nedeljkovic finished the game cleanly.
Grand Junction 7, Great Falls 2 (10 innings)
The game was fairly even until a five run tenth inning broke the game open for the GJ Rockies. Ryan McMahon doubled three times, knocked in two runs and scored twice. Cole Norton and Jose Briceno also both doubled in that inning.
The Rockies have still not allowed Jonathan Gray to pass three innings. The first rounder lasted two and two thirds yesterday, allowing one earned run (two total) over that span, striking out four and walking none. Devin Burke got the bulk of the pitching time, allowing three hits and three walks over five and a third. No runs crossed on his watch, and he struck out eight. Dylan Stamey, who has had an excellent start to his pro career, picked up his first win with two innings to finish the game.