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Rockies Prospects: Tyler Anderson shines in loss, Sky Sox double bageled

Tyler Anderson was excellent once again in a losing effort while the Sky Sox managed just four hits and no runs over two games.

Charlie Drysdale

The affiliates went 2-5 on the day, including a double bagel in a doubleheader.

AAA: Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 0 (Game 1)

The Sky Sox were two-hit over the seven inning opener to the doubleheader (which took 89 minutes to play), with Jackson Williams and Jason Pridie securing the hits. Jair Jurrjens went the distance to get the hard luck loss, allowing a run on four hits in his six innings on the mound.

Memphis 2, Colorado Springs 0 (Game 2)

This is the high scoring PCL, right? The Sky Sox were also two-hit in this game. This time it was Rafael Ynoa and Dustin Garneau that got base knocks. Cristhian Adames (PuRP 13), newly promoted to AAA, did not enjoy his first taste of PCL baseball. Like Jurrjens before him, Pedro Hernandez went the distance and lost. Also like Jurrjens, Hernandez's only runs were allowed via the long ball. Hernandez allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four in his six innings.

AA: Arkansas 5, Tulsa 2

It was a tough loss for the Drillers, who took an early 2-0 lead but allowed four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, wasting an excellent start by Tyler Anderson (PuRP 10). Delta Cleary and Chris O'Dowd each had two hits for the Drillers, while PuRPs Trevor Story (6) and Ryan Casteel (11), who made his return from the 7 day DL, each had a hit.

Anderson went six innings, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks while striking out six. The Rockies appear to be giving Anderson a little longer leash, as the lefty threw 88 pitches, 55 of which were strikes. The outing lowered Anderson's ERA to 2.40 in 82 1/3 innings this year, a very promising showing that positions him well for a near-term MLB debut (likely next June if the Rockies stay relatively healthy this year).

High A: Lancaster 5, Modesto 2

The Nuts were on the verge of being shut out in this one until first baseman David Bergin hit a two run homer in the top of the ninth to provide Modesto some offense. Ben Alsup had a very five-heavy day, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks in five innings of work (also, two home runs) to drop his record to 1-10 and his ERA to 5.50.

Low A: Asheville 6, Greenville 3

A win! The Tourists dug themselves an early 3-0 hole, but came back with six runs in the sixth inning and later to secure their eighth straight win - which takes them to 64-34 on the year and 23-6 in the second half. Michael Benjamin was the offensive star for Asheville, going 2-4 with a double and four RBI. Konner Wade lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks, striking out nine. Though Wade was excellent, it was Troy Neiman who got the win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Short Season A: Vancouver 12, Tri-City 2

Sean Dwyer, Shane Hoelscher, and Richard Prigatano each had two hits for the Dust Devils, but Tri-City was buried under an offensive avalanche in this one. Helmis Rodriguez was knocked around for six runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings of work. The bad outing raised his ERA to...2.01 on the year. Dark Helmis is still having a pretty good year, folks.

Rookie: Grand Junction 6, Helena 5

The GJ Rockies pounded out 12 hits in this one, went 5-9 with RISP, and hung on against a late rally for a win. Omar Carrizales went 4-4 with two RBI, Luis Castro was 3-3 with a RBI, and Yonathan Daza was 2-4 with a RBI. Carlos Polanco got the win by lasting seven innings and ceding three runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Today's Probables

AAA: Brett Tomko

AA: Richard Castillo

High A: Matt Flemer

Low A: Zach Jemiola, Johendi Jiminian

Short Season A: Ryan Castellani

Rookie: Kyle Freeland