Rockies infield prospect Rosell Herrera wasn't a starter in the 2014 MLB All-Star Futures Game, but the 21-year-old Dominican made the most of his limited time in the nationally televised game.
Herrera went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles while serving as a pinch hitter and DH for the World team in a 3-2 loss to the U.S. squad. He entered the game in the top of the seventh inning and capped off a seven-pitch plate appearance against Diamondbacks prospect Braden Shipley with a one-out, line-drive single to right field.
Two innings later, Herrera faced highly touted Mets minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard with two outs and swatted a 97 mph fastball into center field to keep the World team's hopes alive. Herrera was stranded on first base on both occasions.
It's a shame that the versatile Herrera, who has played in both spots in the left side of the infield as well as some centerfield during instructional ball, didn't get a shot to showcase his athleticism on defense. Still, it was a nice debut in the spotlight for the young switch hitter.
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Omaha 7, Colorado Springs 1: The Sky Sox had just six hits off of three Omaha pitchers, including established big leaguers Joe Saunders and Tim Collins, who has given up one run in 19 innings and has 29 strikeouts since being demoted from the Royals. Colorado Springs starter Brett Tomko gave up seven runs on 11 hits in 4⅔ innings. The Sky Sox have been running a piggy back pitching system and that continued on Sunday with Christian Friedrich allowing a hit and a walk while punching out two in 1⅓ frames.
NW Arkansas 5, Tulsa 1: The Drillers had only two hits, one of which was a triple off the bat of Taylor Featherston. Trevor Story went 0-for-3 with a walk and is hitting just .190 since being promoted from Modesto. Richard Castillo allowed two runs on two walks and five hits in six innings, taking the loss despite his quality start.
Modesto 9, Bakersfield 6: The Nuts finally recorded their 30th victory of the season behind a 10-hit performance. Patrick Valaika and David Kandilas had two hits apiece and Jordan Rivera doubled, walked and drove in four. Ben Alsup earned the win by tossing six innings of four-run ball. Shane Broyles struck out three and allowed only two baserunners in 2⅔ innings of relief.
Asheville 8, Kannapolis 2: Jose Briceno homered twice as part of the three-hit, five-RBI day. Jordan Patterson also launched a homer, his 10th of the year. Johendi Jiminian improved to 11-4 by limiting the Intimidators to two runs over 6⅔ innings.
Spokane 14, Tri-City 1: Dust Devils starter Ryan Warner was hit in the head by a line drive in the first inning and despite temporarily remaining in the game, was pulled after recording just two outs. The Tri-City bullpen -- aside from Huascar Brazoban, who tossed 2⅓ scoreless innings -- didn't perform well on short notice. That didn't really matter anyway, as the offense managed only two hits.
Helena 7, Grand Junction 5: Hamlet Marte hit a three-run homer and Randy Reyes and Max George had two hits apiece, but Rockies starter Carlos Polanco had another rough outing, allowing seven runs -- though only four were earned -- on 10 hits in 3⅔ innings.