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Colorado Rockies prospects: Raimel Tapia, Wes Rogers stay hot, Shane Carle tosses gem in organizational debut

Albuquerque and Reno combined for 26 runs, the Modesto bats continue to be exciting, and Shane Carle pitched a complete game shut-out in his organizational debut.

Raimel Tapia hits a gap double at spring training.
Raimel Tapia hits a gap double at spring training.
Caitlin Rice

Albuquerque 16, Reno 10 | (Box Score)

Isotopes Outslug Aces 16-10 To Split Series | Albuquerque Isotopes News

Kyle Parker (PuRP No. 11) went 3-6 with a double and two RBI in an offensive night in the PCL that saw a combined 26 runs scored between the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Reno Aces. Other Topes with multiple hits and at least one RBI include Tim Wheeler, Angelys Nina, Matt McBride, Tim Smalling, and Joey Wong.

In fact, the only players who didn't record an RBI for Albuqueque were the pitchers. Here's an interesting note regarding players who dug into the box for only one appearance:

"The Isotopes sent three pinch hitters to the plate Sunday afternoon, and the trio went a combined 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBI. Brandon Barnes got the pinch-hit magic rolling with a solo shot to lead off the sixth. Just an inning later, Ben Paulsen pulled a two-run blast onto the berm before a two-RBI single by Cristhian Adames capped the afternoon's clutch hitting. "


Modesto vs. Lake Elsinore - April 12, 2015 |

Nuts Make it Interesting Late in 6-4 Loss | Modesto Nuts News

In the ninth, Luis Hernandez (S, 1) was called to close the game for the Storm (3-1) but it was not easy for the righty. Raimel Tapia had his third hit of the game with one out. Michael Benjamin, Jr. had a single and Ryan McMahon added a single to load the bases with two outs. Correlle Prime drilled a fly ball to left, but Nick Schulz tracked it down to end the game.

Raimel Tapia (PuRP No. 5) smacked three more hits in five at-bats to maintain his early .400 batting average, though he did strike out twice, once looking, which is unusual for him. Tapia has eight hits (two doubles) in 20 at bats so far this season.

Troy Stein, briefly a member of a trio of special catchers in Grand Junction last season before getting hurt, is off to a scorching start, going 2-4 in this one and bringing his average to .714. Oh, the early parts of baseball season. Stein also had an excellent game behind the plate, throwing out would-be base stealers at least twice and picking a runner off of first on the back-throw. Stein is showcasing himself nicely after the Rockies unexpectedly chose to skip him past Low-A Asheville.

New Britain 3, New Hampshire 0 April 12, 2015 |

Shane Carle, acquired for former PuRP Rob Scahill, had about as good an organizational debut as possible in the first game of a double-header for New Britain. He pitched a three-hit, complete game (seven innings, due to double-header) shut-out, walking none and striking out four.

Carle's gem meant that Tommy Muphy's solo-blast (part of a 2-4 day) was all the Rock Cats needed. They did end up tallying three runs on eight hits, including one apiece from Trevor Story (PuRP No. 8) and David Dahl (PuRP No. 2), and a 2-3 performance from Tyler Massey, who also doubled and walked.

New Hampshire 4, New Britain 0

Sometimes you're the windshield and sometimes you're the bug. And sometimes in baseball, you can be both in the same day!

The New Hampshire Fisher Cats put the shut-out shoe on the other foot, blanking the Rock Cats in Game 2.

Gus Schlosser was pulled after three innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits.

David Dahl went 1-4 again. He has five hits, one walk, and three stolen bases in his first four games at the Double-A level.

Asheville 2, Rome 3

Purple Row member Ozarkbear sums up the game nicely:

Asheville was dealt its first loss of the season 3-2 although they outhit the Rome Braves 10-4. Carlos Polanco got the loss as he gave up 3 runs on 4 hits before Blake Shouse came on to blank the Braves the final 3 innings. It is interesting that the Tourists used the piggyback for the second time this season. Omar Carrizales left the game in the 2nd inning which caused some interesting alignments putting Luis Jean on 1st base. Jean had a 3 for 4 night and Wes Rogers was 3 for 3 with a Home run and a walk.
Carrizales has been placed on the 7-day DL and Randy Reyes has been assigned to Asheville, according to Rockies Roster:

TOOTBLANS (bad baserunning) cost the Tourists in this one. Wes Rogers was hampered by a wrist injury last season in Grand Junction but in his first four games af full-season ball, he has seven hits, seven stolen bases (one CS), and four walks.