Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes, 11-17
Las Vegas 8, Albuquerque 2
W: Syndergaard (3-0, 1.82); L: Carle (0-1, 9.00)
Noah Syndergaard is awesome at throwing baseballs, something that is well known on this site as any Tulo to the Mets rumor always has to include him to not be scoffed at. What we didn't know is that he is also good with the bat, as he finished a triple short of the cycle on Thursday.
Shane Carle had an inauspicious Triple-A debut for the Rockies, giving up six earned runs in six innings, including an extra base hit an inning. That is rarely a formula for success, but it especially isn't so when facing a top five pitching prospect. The two runs the Topes managed to push across in his eight innings of work actually raised Syndergaard's ERA for the season to 1.82, half of those runs coming on a Ben Paulsen home run.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts 14-14
Modesto 5, Bakersfield 0
W: Wade (2-1, 3.66); L: Altavilla (1-4, 3.34)
PuRPs Raimel Tapia and Corelle Prime both went 0-4 in this one, but every single other batter on the team had at least one hit. The team pumped out four runs in support of an excellent pitching effort by Konner Wade. Wade went eight innings, striking out seven and walking just one without allowing a run. This game was Modesto's first shutout of the season. Wade has had some uneven performances, but on the whole has had a strong debut in the CAL.
PuRP Ryan McMahon had another multi-hit performance, including his tenth double. He raised his season line to .280/.407/.462, but it was Wilfredo Rodriguez and his .382 batting average in his last ten games that stood out here. Rodriguez doesn't have a ton of power, but his season line of .288/.342/.379 does remind me of another catcher who was popular around these parts.
Stay tuned today for more about the Nuts from Purple Row's Modesto eyewitness Jen Mac Ramos.
Class A: Asheville Tourists 11-16
Delmarva 4, Asheville 0
W: Parry (2-1, 2.36); L: Polanco, C (1-4, 3.81)
Omar Carrizales lead this game off with an infield single. Outside of a 5th inning single from Dom Nunez, that would be it for the Asheville offense. Part of the danger of sending a lineup full of teenagers against a 23 year old left hander like Bennett Parry is that you will get games like this one.
The incredibly anemic offensive effort wasted the 5.2 innings of one run ball Carlos Polanco threw. He managed that despite allowing 11 hits and striking out just three. This game was in contrast to Polanco's last outing, when he didn't allow a hit over seven innings and struck out 10. Overall, Polanco has exhibited excellent control, walking just five batters in his five starts. The Rockies Latin American program has been a little quiet of late after pumping out arms like Manny Corpas, Franklin Morales, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacin, EmilRogers, Juan Nicasio, and Edwar Cabrera. But players like Polanco or Helmis Rodriguez in Asheville, or like Antonio Senzatela, Johendi Jiminian, and Carlos Estevez in Modesto give hope for a brighter day.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Chad Bettis
Double-A New Britain: TBD
High-A Modesto: TBD
Single-A Asheville: Zach Jemiola