Rockies pitching prospect Eddie Butler (PuRP No. 3) was touched up for five runs on eight hits and didn't get any help from his offense in Double-A Tulsa's 5-0 loss to Midland in the fifth and final game of the Texas League championship series on Sunday.
Butler notched five strikeouts in 5⅔ innings but served up a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot to Dusty Coleman in the second inning that gave Midland a 2-0 lead and all the runs it needed to clinch the league title. Butler's disappointing season ended with an 81-pitch outing that saw him throw 56 strikes and induce seven ground-ball outs (and no fly outs). His postseason ERA (4.02) was nearly identical to his regular-season ERA (3.99) in the minors.
The Drillers got three hits, including two doubles, from Brian Humphries. Taylor Featherston (PuRP No. 26), who finished with a .333/.421/.485 line in the playoffs, went 2-for-3 with a double. Ryan Casteel (PuRP No. 15) also had two hits in the loss, as did Delta Cleary, a soon-to-be minor league free agent who might have been playing in his last game as a member of the Rockies organization.
Tulsa's offense struck out 11 times and drew just one walk. The Drillers outhit the Rockhounds, 9-8, but went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.