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Rockies Prospects: Justin Morneau looks good in rehab start, Eddie Butler continues to struggle

Justin Morneau grabbed two hits in a rehab appearance with Colorado Springs while Eddie Butler continues to show dissapointing (and a few hopeful) signs.


Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4, Round Rock Express 11

Mike McClendon got lit up for all 11 runs, though (only?) nine of them earned in his 2.2 innings of work. Boone Logan worked a perfect inning with a stikeout and Christian Friedrich worked two innings, giving up a hit and a walk and striking out three without allowing a run.

Justin Morneau wen 2-4 in a rehab start and was the only players wearing a Sky Sox jersey to record more than one hit. A home run from catcher Dustin Garneau was their only extra base hit of the day.

Tulsa Drillers 4, Springfield Cardinals 9

Eddie Butler struggled again, giving up two solo home runs and a total of four earned in five innings. He did strike out six batters which is a nice sign, and he only gave up five hits so timing was an issue. Still it would be nice to see him return to dominance before even considering having him pitch anywhere but Tulsa for now.

Trevor Story had a nice day at the plate, going 2-4 with a run scored and zero strike outs! One of his hits went for two bases, which combined with a Jason Langfels home run, accounted for all the XBH the Drillers could muster.

Ryan Casteel continued his excellent stretch with a 2-4 performance from the catcher position.

Modesto Nuts 1, San Jose Giants 2

Man, the Nuts just can't catch a break.

Devin Burke did a solid job in a starting role, pitching 7.2 innings and giving up only two runs on six hits but the offense just wasn't there to back him up.

David Dahl went 0-4 out of the lead off spot, striking out twice. The rest of the offense didn't fare much better, Juan Ciriaco being the only player with multiple hits and the only RBI.

Asheville Tourists 5, Charleston RiverDogs 6

Alex Balog pitched six innings giving up five runs on six hits. He also walked three batters and struck out six in the losing effort.

Ashley Greater had a phenominal day at the plate, going 4-4 and rasiing his season average to .345.

Ryna McMahon was mostly unproductive, grabbing a hit in four attempts and striking out twice. The K numbers for McMahon are a bit disconcerting but lets all try to remember that he is having the season now that David Dahl should have been having last year. Which is to say he is still young for the level and there is plenty of time for improvment especially considering this hasn't been a lost year like Dahl's was.

Tri-City Dust Devils 6, Everett AquaSox 5

Miguel Dilone and Sean Dwyer had two RsBI a piece leading the Dust Devils over the AquaSox.Ryan Garvey added a 2-3 performance with an RBI, a double, and a run scored. Renaldo Jenkins, who I didn't realize was called up (probably due to position player abundance in Grand Junction) went 1-5.

Ryan Warner pitched five innings giving up zero runs and only one hit, but he walked five batters. hence the five innings. Jonathan Sheehan gave up three runs in relief.

Grand Junction Rockies 3, Orem Owlz 1

Starter Javier Palacios was excellent in his 6.2 innings, surrendering only one run on three hits and striking out five. Hunter Brothers and Alec Crawford worked clean innings to seal the win.

Dom Nunez plated both of the teams earned runs with a 2-4 day. The top three lineup members, Wes Rogers, Forrest Wall, and Randy Reyes each scored a run, the first two after singles, the latter after a walk. First baseman Henry Garcia went 1-2, boosting his average to .337.