Kent Matthes homered for the second night in a row, unfortunately he's no longer in the Rockies organization and it was enough to allow the Oakland A's Double-A affiliate to squeak past Tulsa. Pitcher Carlos Hernandez wasn't charged with an earned run, because catcher Chris O'Dowd dropped a foul popup prior to the homer. Hernandez went six innings, allowing eight hits, three unearned runs, while striking out four. The outing lowered the lefty's ERA to 2.79 on the season.
O'Dowd redeemed himself on the offensive end, going 2-for-4 at the plate. The Drillers struggled to mount a sustained attack though, as the leadoff hitter reached base in five consecutive innings and was left stranded each time. Left fielder Brian Humphries contributed a pair of hits in the game and is now hitting .266 on the season. First baseman Ryan Casteel went 0-for-3, and also walked in the contest.
Francisco Sosa contributed a late ninth inning homer, but the Nuts rally came up just short against the Houston Astros High-A affiliate. Battling injuries this season, the home run was Sosa's fifth of the season a year after he belted 20 in Asheville. The outfielder had a pair of hits, including an RBI double, and is batting just .211 for Modesto. Shortstop Patrick Valaika also had a double as part of his two-hit performance, his average sits at .246 on the year.
Mike Piazza made his first start in a Modesto uniform and went four innings while allowing just two earned runs and striking out two. The former Los Angeles Angels prospect had four appearances in Tulsa prior to this assignment. Working primarily out of the bullpen this season, Tyler Gagnon worked 4.2 innings of scoreless relief, striking out two and giving up just three hits.
Michael Cuddyer made an early impact in the first of his five-game rehab for the Grand Junction Rockies. Cuddyer went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBI in his return since suffering a broken shoulder back on June 5th. Catcher Hamlet Marte contributed a hit and scored a run, he's now batting .346 on the season. Dom Nunez had two hits and an RBI, which improved his average to .308 on the year.
Rockies starter James Lomangino went 2.2 shutout innings, striking out a pair and allowing just one hit. Craig Schlitter came on in relief, working 3.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits, his ERA sits at 2.08 on the season. The win snaps a three game losing streak for Grand Junction.
This game had a flurry of activity in the ninth, where the Rockies scored a pair of runs to take the lead, only to see the Yankees score three to capture the walk-off win. Shortstop Jonathan Piron had a pair of hits, including a double which raised his average to .284 on the year. Third baseman Anthony Brito also had a pair of hits, with a double, and is batting .252 for the season. Leftfielder Luis Brito went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
Starter Jorge Oviedo continued his dominance, allowing just three hits and one earned run in six innings, while striking out five. The left-hander carries an ERA of 2.54 on the year. Hector Villarroel made his first relief appearance of the season, working one shutout inning, walking two and striking out a batter. The 18-year-old lefty leads the DSL Rockies with 11 starts this season and maintains a 2.27 ERA for the year.
Today's announced starters:
COL: Jurrjens (0-2, 2.50)
TUL: Anderson, T (4-4, 2.10)
MOD: Burke (5-10, 6.15)
TRI: Castellani (0-1, 2.45)