Left-handed pitching prospect Tyler Anderson is one of three players who are the focus of Rockies general manager duo Dan O'Dowd and Bill Geivett's visit to Tulsa this week. The 2011 first-round pick certainly gave them something to talk about on Wednesday by tossing five shutout innings in the Drillers' 9-4 win over Midland.
Anderson allowed six hits and a couple of walks, creating some traffic for himself. However, the 24-year-old Oregon alum worked out of jams by notching six strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 2.14. When healthy, Anderson has been the best pitcher of the highly touted Tulsa trio that also includes Jon Gray and Eddie Butler. Anderson has racked up 96 strikeouts against 36 walks in 105⅓ innings while boasting a healthy ground-ball rate.
Chris O'Dowd and Delta Cleary finished with two hits apiece. Tyler Massey did a large chunk of the damage for Tulsa's offense with a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first. Michael Cuddyer went 1-for-3 with a pair of walks in his second rehab game with the Drillers. Trevor Story went 0-for-3 to drop his average under .200, but he also drew a couple of walks.
Gray is on the mound tonight in Tulsa for Troy Tulowitzki jersey giveaway night, and Butler will pitch on Saturday. It will be interesting to see what O'Dowd and Geivett take away from the experience. I would not be surprised if the end result will be one or more of these guys being summoned to the big league club once rosters expand in a couple of weeks.
Bergman finds form in Sacramento
Five days after being blown up in his first start in Colorado Springs since his big league promotion and subsequent DL stint, Christian Bergman regained his form in a 4-2 win in Sacramento.
Bergman lasted seven innings, allowing only one unearned run on four hits and a walk while striking out four. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 55 of 88 pitches for strikes and induced eight ground-ball outs.
Rafael Ynoa led the Sky Sox offense by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Cristhian Adames, Kyle Parker and Angelys Nina added two hits apiece. Brooks Brown notched three strikeouts in two innings of one-run relief.
Modesto 11, Bakersfiled 8: In their quest to get back to fewer than 50 games under .500, the Nuts got homers from Pat Valaika and Derek Jones and a decent outing from Devin Burke, who had trouble keeping the ball in the park but struck out seven batters in 5⅔ innings. Valaika led Modesto's offense by going 4-for-5 with the homer and added a double to go with his three RBI.
Savannah 4, Asheville 1: Antonio Senzatela allowed only one earned run in five innings but was saddled with the loss as a result of the Tourists' offense being able to muster up just five singles. Senzatela gave up three hits and a walk and struck out a batter while throwing 56 of 90 pitches for strikes.
Tri-City 8, Spokane 7: Miguel Dilone hit a two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the 14th after Spokane took the lead in the top half of the inning. Dilone finished with three hits and three RBI, but it was Sean Dwyer who compiled the best hitting line of the evening, going 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, four RBI and four walks. The Rockies' second-round pick in 2014, Ryan Castellani, continued his up-and-down start to his professional career by allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks in four innings.
DSL Rockies 3, DSL Cardinals 2: Jose Gomez had two hits, including a double, and two RBI to pace the baby Rockies. Juan Pena secured the win in relief by tossing four scoreless innings, during which he allowed only one hit and struck out four.