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Jon Gray and Drew Stubbs lead Isotopes to victory against formidable Cubs' affiliate

Colorado Rockies affiliates scoreboard and recap for Friday, June 5, 2015.

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Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (23-33)

Albuquerque 10, Iowa 2, Box

W: Gray (3-5, 5.10); L: Paulino (0-3, 6.23)

Jon Gray is probably not going to be a perennial Cy Young candidate—sorry he just won't, almost nobody does that. The truth is that statement is pretty safe to make about anyone, it was true about Noah Syndergaard last year when he had a 5.31 ERA and 1.51 WHIP before the all-star break in his first taste of the PCL, and it is true today when Thor has a 2.42 FIP in MLB.

Jon Gray is going to be Jon Gray and we just don't know yet what that means. We know he had an insane 10.70 ERA in April, and that in the 42.3 innings over seven starts since Gray has a 2.76 ERA. In this one, Gray allowed ten hits over 6.2 innings, allowing two runs while striking out three and walking one.

At the plate, Drew Stubbs has been pretty lost; he must have felt it too, given that he consented to be sent to Triple-A in the last year of his contract. His first six games with the Isotopes certainly showed he was in a bad place with his bat, racking up 11 strikeouts to just two hits in his first 21 at bats. What Rockies fans hoped for was that what Drew needed was consistent plate appearances

He has been on fire lately. After adding a 2-3 performance in this game, he has now gone 8-13 in his last four games, with two walks and, most importantly, no strikeouts. Stubbs will always have some swing and miss in his game, but if he is going to have value to the organization either on the field or in trade, it will be because he gets hot again. Stubbs was joined in the offensive onslaught by Cristhian Adames, who notched his fourteenth multi-hit game in 41 tries, and Kyle Parker, who after hitting .327 in May is hitting .350 in his first five games of June.

Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (31-22)

Akron 2, New Britain 1, Box

W: Roberts, W (4-2, 4.22); L: Flemer (1-2, 3.38); SV: Martin, J (2)

For the second game in a row, the Rock Cats got one hit total out of the first four hitters in their lineup; and for the second straight game, they lost after scoring just one run. Matt Flemer had another nice start, going six innings and allowing two runs on seven hits, and both Jose Ortega and Austin House held Akron scoreless in their three innings of relief work.

Tyler Massey was a bright spot on offense, knocking two doubles and scoring on a Will Swanner double. Massey had a nice April (.297/.384/.438), a horrific May (.183/.219/.211) and has been hitting well again in June (.417/.563/.583).

High-A: Modesto Nuts (26-28)

Stockton 10, Modesto 6, Box

W: Finnegan (3-3, 5.79); L: Wade (2-6, 5.22); SV: McCurry (8)

Ryan McMahon continued his assault on CAL league pitching with a 3-5 day, bringing his season line to an elegant .302/.405/.503. He's also drawing rave reviews about his defense.

Overall, the Nuts had one less hit than Stockton, the same amount of extra base hits, the same amount of walks and thanks to sequencing scored four fewer runs than Stockton put up.

Single-A: Asheville Tourists (23-32)

Asheville 10, Charleston 5, Box

W: Rodriguez, H (4-3, 3.64); L: Kamplain (1-7, 4.27)

Asheville has a seriously fast outfield. Max White, Wes Rogers, and Omar Carrizales have all been center fielders for most of their professional careers and all three have more than ten stolen bases. Rogers, possibly the fastest of the bunch, has 37, including two more in this one. White continued the tear he's been on, and his 4-4 night brought his season line up to .321/.448/.564. He's hitting .457 with three home runs and four stolen bases in his last ten games,

International: DSL Rockies (2-4)

DSL Rockies 11, DSL Twins 5, Box

W: Lopez, J (2-0, 4.50); L: Jimenez, J (0-1, 6.00)

Pedro Gonzalez is a really exciting player. Signed as a short stop and playing third base in the DSL, the 17 year old hit his second home run of the season last night and has five extra base hits through six games. To give some idea of the environment he is doing that in, realize that Rosell Herrera had eight extra base hits in 67 games in the DSL back in 2010 as a 17 year old.

The DSL Rockies also are getting great early performances from another 17 year old, this baseman Anderson Jimenez, 18 year old shortstop Carlos Herrera, who is hitting .375 with five stolen bases in six games, and 19 year olds Luis Brito and Joel Diaz.

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: John Lannan

Double-A New Britain: Ryan Carpenter

High-A Modesto: Johendi Jiminian

Single-A Asheville: Ryan Castellani

Dominican Summer League: TBD