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Garneau hits grand slam, and Colorado Rockies affiliates win 3 of 5 games

Rockies affiliate and prospect report for games on Saturday, April 18.

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Top 30 Purple Row Prospects (PuRPs), February 2015

Triple-A Albuquerque (7-3)

Albuquerque 9, Reno 4 -- Box Score

Garneau's grand slam powers Isotopes over Aces -- |

The Isotopes got all the runs they would need in the first inning yesterday. After an Angelys Nina RBI single, Dustin Garneau put the Topes up 5-0 with a grand slam. No. 15 PuRP Cristhian Adames added a couple of hits in the 9-4 victory. Chris Rusin gave up all four of the Reno runs over the course of five innings of work. Aaron Laffey pitched three scoreless innings and gave up one hit. Relief pitcher Jairo Diaz (No. 28 PuRP) pitched a clean inning, though he wasn't able to strike anybody out. Diaz is a flamethrower, but in order to be an effective reliever at the big league level he's going to have to miss bats.

Double-A New Britain (5-5)

New Britain 5, New Hampshire 1 -- Box Score

The Rock Cats only mustered one extra base hit, a Dean Espy double, but they were able to string together enough singles to put up five runs and win the game. No. 2 PuRP David Dahl went 1-3 with a walk, and Trevor Story (No. 8 PuRP) added a couple more hits and a run scored. Story is tearing up the Eastern League. He's hitting .405/.488/.649 through ten games. Starting pitcher Yohan Flande gave up eight hits in six innings, but they were all singles and added up to just a single run. Flande struck out three and didn't walk a batter.

High-A Modesto (4-6)

Inland Empire 3, Modesto 2 -- Box Score

Late Tallies Sink Nuts 3-2 | Modesto Nuts News

The Nuts were ahead 2-1 headed into the ninth inning, but the the Inland Empire 66ers to tie it up and eventually won it in ten innings. Raimel Tapia (No. 5 PuRP) disappointed the world, or at least his expanding base of fangirls and fanboys, by going hitless yesterday. Tapia did reach base on a walk though. Modesto's PuRP power showed itself in the form of a Rosell Herrera (No. 10 PuRP) triple and a Correlle Prime (No. 21 PuRP) double. Left-handed pitcher Sam Moll, ranked 30 on our most recent PuRP list, had a very nice outing. The lefty struck out six in three innings of scoreless and hitless work. The only baserunner reached by way of a walk.

Single-A Asheville (6-3)

Asheville 2, Greenville 1 -- Box Score

Greenville 10, Asheville 4 -- Box Score

Tourists Split Double-Header With Drive | Asheville Tourists News

The Tourists split a double-header yesterday. The first was a low-scoring affair that resulted in a Tourist victory. No. 19 PuRP Ryan Castellani gave up the lone Greenville run in three innings. He walked two and struck out one. A Sean Dwyer home run and a Robbie Perkins double that scored Forrest Wall (No. 9 PuRP) gave the Tourists enough runs for the win. The second game of the double-header saw more runs for both teams, but Greenville ended up with a lot more runs while Asheville got only a few more. Greenville rocked Tourist starting pitcher Logan Sawyer for seven runs in just one and one-third innings. Sawyer gave up five hits and didn't help his cause by walking three batters. While it wasn't nearly enough, eight of the starting nine Tourists notched a hit, including a two-run homer by PuRP No. 20 Kevin Padlo. Wes Rogers stole another base, giving him 11 in nine games played.

Sunday's Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Jair Jurrjens

Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer

High-A Modesto: Antonio Senzatela

Single-A Asheville: Carlos Polanco