With every pitcher in Triple-A seemingly getting the call to Coors Field and eventual destruction (I'm imaging that scene in the Two Towers when the kids are given weapons and armor, sent to man the walls of Helm's Deep), Colorado Springs' pitching has been totally pillaged. The consequences of that were made known yesterday, as the Reno Aces hung 18 runs off Sky Sox pitching.
The gory details: Brian Burress, three innings pitched and eight runs allowed. Four walks, no strikeouts. Dan Houston in relief: nine runs allowed off 13 hits in 2.2 innings. Mike McClendon restored some sanity with 2.1 innings allowing just one run.
How the hell did this game only take 2 hours and 53 minutes?
Offensively, Rafael Ynoa had three hits, including a triple, and Kyle Parker had a couple singles. Tim Wheeler hit a two run homer, his fifth. Needless to say, this was not enough.
Double-A: Off day
The San Jose Giants scored two or three runs in six of eight offensive innings in this game, tallying 15 runs. Not good! Devin Burke allowed nine runs ("only" six earned) in his four innings. Alving Mejias and Peter Tago allowed three runs apiece in their single innings. Jeepers.
Modesto couldn't match the Giants' onslaught, as they only put three runs on the board. Rosell Herrera, Futures Game participant, walked and scored a run, and Patrick Valaika singled in two.
At least one team in the organization can win. Asheville beat the Greenville Drive to bump their record up to 46-29. The game started fast, with the Tourists plating four runs in the bottom of the first, thanks to a David Dahl walk, a Michael Benjamin double, and singles from Correlle Prime, Wilfredo Rodriguez, and Max White. Benjamin wound up going 3 for 4 and Raimel Tapia later doubled in a run.
That Tapia RBI proved necessary, as Greenville fought back to within one run thanks to a three run eighth. Troy Neiman pitched a clean ninth to save the game.
Zach Jemiola pitched six innings of one run ball while striking out two and walking two.
Sam Bumpers (lol) went 2 for 5 with a triple and two RBIs for the Dust Devils, but they ended up coming up short to Eugene. Dylan Thompson took the loss by allowing five runs in 1.1 IP.
Hi, he's Terry McClure. You might know him from such drafts as the 2013 eighth round, or Riverwood Internation Charter school in Atlanta Georgia. Terry hit his first career professional home run yesterday, part of a five run second inning that propelled the Rockies to victory. Denzel Richardson doubled and drove in four runs to help the Rockies as well.
Anthony Bryant allowed three runs in his 5.1 innings.