Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24)
W: Lannan (2-1, 4.42); L: Gonzalez (3-5, 4.15); SV: Kahnle (4)
John Lannan worked around nine hits, allowing two runs over six innings to a lineup that included Rougned Odor and Josh Hamilton. Lannan was backed up by Kyle Parker, who had his third straight two hit game and is hitting .400 over his last ten contests. Nice to see a little life out of the big outfielder after his horrendous start to the year. Drew Stubbs added two hits and walk of his own. A healthy and hitting Stubbs would be a decent little trade chip for the parent club, who it is becoming clear should definitely be listening to offers.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (27-13)
W: Bleier (3-0, 2.48); L: Carle (5-2, 3.65); SV: Ambriz (1)
Shane Carle allowed a run on three singles in the third inning. Besides the third, he was able to hold Harrisburg off the board during his seven innings of work. Unfortunately for Carle, the bats largely decided to take the day off. Trevor Story and Noel Cuevas collected the only two Rock Cats' hits, and Will Swanner collected the only walk to round out the game's baserunners. The loss was the New Britain team's seventh in the eight games since their 13 game winning streak came to an end.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (21-21)
W: Senzatela (3-2, 2.28); L: Godley (6-1, 2.21)
The Nuts pulled themselves back to .500 on the strength of another nice Antonio Senzatela start. Friday's game marked the eighth time in nine starts that the 20 year old Venezualan right hander has allowed two or fewer runs, as he went 6 2/3 innings while striking out six. Senzatela has not generated the prospect hype of some of the Rockies bigger names but has been consistently excellent at every stop. After last night's game, he improved to a 2.28 ERA and 1.05 WHIP on the year, and Senzatela's 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings is easily the best of his career.
As for the offense, the right good guys had nice games. as Raimel Tapia smacked three hits, including a triple. Ryan McMahon and Wilson Soriano had multi hit games of their own, and every Nut save Rosell Herrera reached base at least once.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (18-22)
W: Alvarado, C (2-0, 3.65); L: Vasto (0-1, 2.60)
Ryan Castellani turned in the kind of performance that the Rockies were looking forward to when they selected him thirteen picks behind Forrest Wall in last year's draft. I even heard some reports that the Rockies were torn between Wall and Castellani for the 35th pick. That's how much they liked Castellani, a right hander from Arizona. Naturally, they were ecstatic that Castellani was still there for the picking at 48.
In this one, Castellani worked four innings, allowing two hits and walking zero, while inducing six groundouts and striking out three. The effort dropped his ERA in four May starts to 0.69, and his overall ERA to 3.38. The 19 year old (and he just turned 19 in April) is on a pretty strict pitch/innings count to start the year—60 pitches or four innings, whichever comes first. That developmental limitation hurt the Tourists in this game, as the bullpen allowed seven runs in their 5.1 innings of work. The offense actually came alive for this one, scoring six runs while pounding out ten hits and stealing six bases. Four of those stolen bases were by usual suspects Wes Rogers and Omar Carrizales, who had two each, and they were joined by Max White, who swiped two of his own.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Jair Jurrjens (0-0, 3.00)
Double-A New Britain: Bryan Evans (0-0 0.00)
High-A Modesto: Konner Wade (2-3, 4.03)
Single-A Asheville: Carlos Polanco (1-5, 6.88)