The Rockies affiliates were swept in Thursday's action.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (22-33)
W: Jokisch (3-2, 3.66); L: Whiting (1-3, 7.88)
Iowa jumped all over the Isotopes, scoring in six different innings on eleven hits and eight walks, three by top prospect and leadoff hitter Arismendy Alcantara. Highlights for the good guys include another 1-3 night with a walk for Cristhian Adames, a clean inning for LaTroy Hawkins, and Charlie Culberson connecting on his first homer of the season.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (31-21)
W: Sanchez, A (6-1, 2.54); L: Marshall, B (0-1, 4.50); SV: Barrios (10)
Brett Marshall had a solid 2015 debut, allowing three runs over six innings. Unfortunately, the offense decided to largely take the day off. The Rock Cats actually had 12 baserunners thanks to eight hits and four walks, but they were only able to to plate a single run. Noel Cuevas had a two hit game and Tommy Murphy had a double, but overall the Rock Cats were unable to string the hits together. Carlos Estevez had a great eighth inning, striking out the side in order. On the year, Estevez has 36 strikeouts to just six walks in his 25 innings of work.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (26-27)
W: Covey (5-3, 3.25); L: Jemiola (0-1, 3.18); SV: McCurry (7)
Zach Jemiola had an excellent start. Unfortunately it was the finish that did him in. Through five innings, Jemiola allowed just two singles, two walks, and no runs; to start the sixth, the sequence was single, walk, walk, three runs score on two fielding errors on the same play, line out, fly out, run scoring triple. The counterpunch just never landed from the offense, as Rosell Herrera was the only Nut to get multiple hits, scoring both Modesto runs in the process.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (22-32)
W: Reyes, M (1-0, 6.35); L: Lomangino (1-1, 4.65)
Logan Sawyer worked five scoreless innings, but the three relievers who followed him allowed nine runs in the three following innings. On the offensive side, Forrest Wall had two hits and a walk, and Wes Rogers stole bases 33 and 34 of the year. Max White also continued his hot streak with his third home run in his last ten games. His overall line of .286/.419/.500 for the year is good for a 166 wRC+, which is not too shabby for the 21 year old center fielder.
International: DSL Rockies (1-4)
DSL Twins 3, DSL Rockies 2
Two days after scoring 23 runs in nine innings against the DSL Red Sox, the DSL Rockies only managed to push two runs across in twelve innings against the DSL Twins. Huascar Ynoa was on the mound for the Twins affiliate in his professional debut. Ynoa is the younger brother of Michael Ynoa, the poster child for why the international signing process was changed. The older Ynoa was supposedly offered five million dollars by two different teams, and in a major drama had the Yankees back out of a deal when Ynoa's agent went back on a handshake deal. Michael Ynoa signed for $4.2 million with the small market Oakland A's and promptly underwent Tommy John Surgery. He was shipped out in the Samardzija trade last summer after five years of mediocre performance.
Huascar was signed for $800 thousand. Having just turned 17, he had a very nice start to his career. He worked three innings and allowed one unearned run while striking out two. On the Rockies side, bonus baby Carlos Herrera had another two hit game and stole his fourth base of the year, but the offense stalled out on the back of eleven strikeouts and no walks.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Jon Gray
Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer
High-A Modesto: Johendi Jiminian
Single-A Asheville: Helmis Rodriguez
DSL Rockies: TBD