Like parent like affiliate. The high minors all saw losses yesterday, many of them blowouts. The two lowest levels in the system did produce wins.
All but one of the runs in this one were scored in the second inning. Colorado Springs held their opponents scoreless after that despite weathering a 16 hit storm. Mike McClendon allowed 13 of those hits and six runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Christian Friedrich worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Sky Sox. On offense, Cristhian Adames (PuRP 16) had two hits and two RBI to lead the Sky Sox in a losing effort.
The Drillers got three hits from Taylor Featherston (PuRP 26) and two from Jayson Langfels and Chris O'Dowd, but they only managed to put one run across the plate in a game that was rarely close. Richard Castillo bore the brunt of the damage, ceding five runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 1/3 frames for Tulsa.
In a battle between the best and the worst teams in the California League,the predictable occurred. Modesto was outhit 20-4 in a shellacking that saw their opponents score in six of the eight innings. Ben Alsup allowed ten hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings to drop his season record to 2-13. With the loss, Modesto dipped to a .294 winning percentage on the year (replacement level is .300).
In a battle between the best and the worst teams in the South Atlantic League, the unpredictable occurred. The division leading Tourists got blown out by a team that came in 30 games below .500, managing only two hits in the process while committing four errors. Those four errors are what led to Konner Wade giving up six runs on six hits in his four innings without allowing an earned run. Pitching in relief, Alex Balog (PuRP 18) gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits in his 3 1/3 frames.
Oh look, it's another blowout. The Dust Devils had seven hits, including two each from Sean Dwyer and Ryan Garvey, but only eked out one run. Joel Payamps couldn't find the plate, walking six and allowing two hits and six runs in his two innings of work. How about some good news...
That'll do pig. That'll do. Michael Cuddyer was 1-3 and knocked in both runs as he continued his rehab stint in the Pioneer League. The game lowered his SSS line to .538/.563/.769. On the pitching side, Colorado's eighth round draft choice this year, Harrison Musgrave, showed up in a big way. The lefty out of West Virginia allowed just three hits and two walks in his six innings while striking out eight batters. Anthony Bryant struck out three in two scoreless innings, while Alec Crawford pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
The DSL Rockies won this one thanks to two runs in the ninth inning on two singles, two wild pitches, and a stolen base. Anthony Brito had two of the DSL Rockies's five hits in the game, including a double. Luis Guzman was strong on the mound, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out six in seven scoreless innings to lower his season ERA to 1.29 in 35 IP.
AAA: Chad Bettis
AA: Eddie Butler (PuRP 3)
High A: TBD
Low A: Johendi Jiminian (HM PuRP)
Short Season A: Helmis Rodriguez (PuRP 27)