Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes
In the Battle of the Yohans, the Isotopes rode an explosive offense to a dominant win. The Topes took home a W in Yohan Flande's first Triple-A start by pounding out 16 hits, including three hit games from the 2-3-4 spots in the order. Matt McBride (.369/.398.573 in May) and Ryan Casteel (.418/.429/.673) showed that the Rockies strategy of loading up on catchers that can't really catch pays off in the minors. Kyle Parker raised his May line to .322 /.337/.456, which is not exactly destroying the PCL, but considering that his overall batting average was .155 two weeks ago, it continues to head in the right direction.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (30-17)
This one was over before it started, as the starter Devin Burke allowed eight runs, all earned, in his one inning of work. It didn't help that the top four spots in the lineup went a combined 2-16 with four strikeouts. The Rock Cats have come back to earth a bit, but their hot streak has still left them room to breathe in their division, as even after losing seven of their last ten games they are still in first place by five games.
High-A: Modesto Nuts (23-25)
W: Benjamin (2-2, 2.52); L: Wade (2-5, 4.50)
Konner Wade had his worst start of the year, making it through just four innings while giving up eight runs, six earned. Troy Neiman, who relieved him, would have loved those results, as he gave up four earned runs in his only inning of work. From the offensive standpoint, the there were actually several positives, including multi-hit games from PuRPs Raimel Tapia, Ryan McMahon and Jordan Patterson. Patterson has had a great debut in the CAL, and is doing it without crazy splits, hitting .346/.397/.645 against right handed pitching and .325/.400/.600 against lefties.
Single-A Asheville Tourists (20-28)
Any time you can get a starting pitcher to issue four walks in his five innings on the mound, especially when you have a track team on the base paths, you might expect to score more than one run. No such luck. The suddenly punchless Asheville offense only managed one run on three hits, two by Max White. This is White's third trip back to the SAL league, but he is still just 21 years old. Sam Howard actually had a pretty decent start, going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits, but the bullpen sealed this one by allowing three runs in their four innings of work.
Tripble-A Albuquerque: TBD
Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer
High-A Modesto: Johendi Jiminian
Single-A Asheville: Zach Jemiola