Rockies pitching prospect Tyler Anderson left with elbow soreness after three innings of Double-A Tulsa's 5-1 win over Midland in Game 2 the Texas League championship on Wednesday.
Anderson allowed a couple of solo home runs but notched three strikeouts in his three innings of work. He threw 26 of 36 pitches for strikes and induced four ground-ball outs before exiting for what the team called "precautionary reasons." The outing was scheduled to be Anderson's last of the season.
The 24-year-old left-hander spent the final week of the regular season on the disabled list just to keep his arm fresh for the playoffs. That was his second DL stint of the season; Anderson missed a couple of starts in late May/early June with a minor injury.
Anderson allowed three earned runs in 10 innings spanning two playoff starts. He struck out nine and walked only one. During the regular season, the 2011 first-round pick posted a 1.98 ERA in 118⅓ innings with 8.1 SO/9 and 3.0 BB/9. The lefty surrendered only three home runs all season before surrendering that same number in his two playoff appearances.
Fortunately for the Drillers, Richard Castillo and three other bullpen arms stepped in and provided six innings of scoreless relief in place of the injured and suddenly homer-prone Anderson. Castillo was credited with the win. Chris O'Dowd led Tulsa's offense with two hits and three runs batted in. Cristhian Adames and Ryan Casteel also contributed run-scoring hits for the Drillers, who have Thursday off while they travel to Midland and prepare for Game 3 on Friday.
The Rockies organization's other playoff team, the Low-A Asheville Tourists, will resume play in the South Atlantic League championship series with Game 3 on Thursday. Asheville and Hagerstown split the first two games. Zach Jemiola will be on the hill for the Tourists, who were held to three runs in Game 2 after exploding for 16 in the series opener.