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Rockies minor leaguer Matt Flemer just misses shutout

Colorado Rockies Affiliates Scoreboard and Recap for Thursday, June 18, 2015

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (30-38)

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Tacoma 12, Albuquerque 3

W: Gaviglio (7-5, 4.29); L: Lannan (3-2, 3.76)

John Lannan took the loss in this one -- just his second of the year -- despite Dustin Garneau hitting his seventh home run. Garneau hit .316/.409/.579 in April then tanked to the tune of .197/.260/.288 in May. But he's rebounded with a solid .283/.370/.543 line while walking more times than he has struck out this month.

Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (37-28)

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New Britain 2, Bowie 0

W: Flemer (2-3, 3.56); L: Bridwell (2-4, 4.27); SV: House (19)

Matt Flemer was one swing away from completing a shutout, but his line -- 8⅔ innings, two hits and no runs -- was one of the finest of the year for anyone in the organization. The offense was helped along by long lost prospect Will Swanner, who went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. Swanner has an impressive overall line of 257/.366/.486 on the season, and will hopefully get some time in Triple-A soon.

High-A: Modesto Nuts (32-35)

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High Desert 6, Modesto 1

W: McCain (2-1, 5.29); L: Jiminian (3-7, 5.43)

It is hard to say Johendi Jiminian is "unlucky," as with his talent he is capable at any mowing his way through a California League lineup. In this contest he allowed three runs on six hits, hardly catastrophic but not enough to keep ahead of an offense that only managed one run on five hits. The good news is that Raimel Tapia seems to have again found a groove; this contest was Tapia's fifth multi-hit game in his last eight.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists (30-37)

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Savannah 3, Asheville 2

W: Reyes, S (7-4, 3.05); L: Sawyer (5-2, 5.79); SV: Duff (6)

Grahamm Wiest seems to like Low-A a little more than he was liking High-A. After posting a 5.65 ERA in Modesto, Wiest has a 1.50 ERA in his first three starts in Asheville, including a six-inning, seven-strikeout scoreless effort on Thursday. The offense suffered another down day, managing just two runs on three hits while striking out 12 times.

Short Season-A: Boise Hawks (1-0)

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Boise 3, Tri-City 1

W: Palacios, J (1-0, 1.29); L: Hernandez, Lu (0-1, 9.00); SV: Quintin (1)

Boise got an excellent debut from Javier Palacios, who worked seven innings and allowed a single run on four hits, striking out three and walking one. From the offensive side, all the right good guys notched hits, including bonus baby Carlos Herrera in his stateside debut. Hamlet Marte added two hits, and his double was the only extra-base hit of the night for the Hawks. Kevin Padlo walked, had a hit and stole two bases, Padlo is less than a month older than 2015 top pick Brendan Rodgers and already has under his belt a rookie-level seasont in which he hit .300/.421/.594.

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (1-0)

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Grand Junction 16, Idaho Falls 10

W: Glanz (1-0, 3.00); L: Herrera (0-1, 12.60)

Grand Junction kicked off its season doing Grand Junction things, even if this one was played in Idaho Falls. Gavin Glanz wasn't particularly sharp, walking three and striking out none, but left the game in the seventh with a 16-2 lead. On the whole, GJ pitchers allowed 10 runs on eight hits and seven walks but were bailed out by the offense, which went a little crazy.

Plating 16 runs on 18 hits and two walks is a pretty great start to the Pioneer League season. Four of those 18 hits -- including a double and two home runs -- came off the bat of 2015 undrafted free agent Ryan Stephens. Stephens had an excellent junior season but a disappointing senior campaign dropped the outfielder out of pick range. But last year's AL Rookie of the Year, Matt Shoemaker, went undrafted. So, while a player like Stephens would have his work cut out for him to make it onto a top 100 list, if he became a valuable MLB player, he would hardly be the first undrafted.

DSL Rockies (8-9)

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DSL Yankees 9, DSL Rockies 6

W: Troya (3-0, 0.95); L: Requena, A (1-2, 5.75)

Alejandro Requena gave up seven runs, all earned, in his 4⅓ innings and the DSL Rockies fell below .500 for the first time this year. Bright spots included shortstop Pedro Gonzales hitting his third home run of the season and 17-year-old second baseman Franklin Garcia getting two hits to raise his line to .317/.370/.341.