Representatives of each of the Rockies' full-season A-ball affiliates -- the Modesto Nuts and Asheville Tourists -- appeared in separate Minor League Baseball All-Star games on Tuesday evening.
Raimel Tapia, Jordan Patterson and Ryan McMahon all contributed offensively in the California League's 9-2 victory over the Carolina League in the High-A All-Star Game. Patterson and McMahon both began the game in the starting lineup. McMahon led the trio with two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Patterson finished with a single and a run scored in four trips to the plate.
Tapia came on late in the game as a defensive replacement in center field. He singled and scored in two plate appearances.
The Tourists had a pair of pitchers -- Helmis Rodriguez and Jerry Vasto -- appear in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Rodriguez started for the South division, which lost, 7-5. He pitched just one inning, working around a hit and a walk to strike out a batter as part of a scoreless inning.
Vasto also finished unscored upon, needing just eight pitches to get through a flawless fourth inning that included a strikeout.
Player of the Game: Roberto Ramos
Following the Ramos first inning homer, Jonathan Piron doubled home a pair in the second to give the Rockies a 4-0 lead. Bobby Stahel made it 5-0 with a third inning sacrifice fly. The multi-homer night for Ramos is the first of his career, and the second for the Rockies this season. Ryan Stephens homered twice on opening night in Idaho Falls. Ramos has now scored 10 runs this season.
Piron, Hilliard and Anthony Brito had multi-hit games for the Rockies. Chad Zurat started and tossed four shutout innings. Lorenz Ozuna allowed an unearned in two innings out of the bullpen, but Hector Villorroel didn't retire any of the three batters he faced and all of them scored. Dakota Behr surrendered a run in two innings, earning him the win, but Sam Thoele had to work to close things out in the ninth.
Player of the Game: Logan Sawyer
The Hawks struck early, plating one run in the first inning off a pass ball by Emeralds catcher, Tyler Alamo. It was the first time this season the Hawks had scored the first run in a game. After chasing Emeralds starting pitcher, Adbert Alzolay, former Hawks pitcher, Greyfer Eregua entered to start the third inning and proceeded to give up three runs.
Max George got things started with a one out double, his second of the game and third extra base hit in the last two games. George took third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Hamlet Marte RBI single. Brian Mundell then reached on a fielding error after battling through a 10-pitch at bat. Mundell and Marte completed a successful double steal before Kevin Padlo ripped a bases clearing single to give the Hawks a 4-0 lead.
Player of the Game: Cody Decker (El Paso 3B)
It took the Chihuahuas just two batters to score their first run of the game and only eight batters to score their first four runs in the opening frame. Abraham Almonte scored on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff triple, and Cody Decker added a two-RBI double. El Paso's fourth run of the first inning came off a Rocky Gale RBI single.
After the Isotopes scored a pair of runs in the second, the Chihuahuas expanded their lead back to 7-2 in the home half of the inning. Albuquerque managed to chip away with a single run in the third and two more in the sixth but could never erase the early deficit. Cristhian Adames turned in a 2-for-5 game with a run scored and an RBI. He picked up an RBI-single in the sixth. Adames now has hits in four straight games and in six of his last seven outings.
It should also be noted that Eddie Butler was not good in this game. The righty's struggles at the upper levels of professional baseball continued with a two-inning performance that saw him give up seven runs on seven hits and five walks. Butler has a long way to go to become the pitcher most thought he would be prior to his major league debut last season.
Player of the Game: Trevor Story
Trevor Story hit three doubles as part of a four-hit night and Mike Tauchman, Noel Cuevas, and Pat Valaika all had three-hit performances -- the latter smacking his third home run of the season -- to power New Britain to a 13-3 win.
Matt Flemer pitched six innings, giving up one earned run and striking out three while walking only one.
Player of the Game: Alexander Guillen
Guillen tossed six inning of relief, allowing only one unearned run on two hits while striking out six. Second baseman Franklin Garcia finished 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Five other Rockies had two hits, including catcher Jose Gomez, who knocked in two runs, and 17-year-old shortstop Pedro Gonzalez, who improved his season line to .305/.356/.610.