The big club lost again on Saturday, but the Rockies' farm teams won from top to bottom.
Triple-A Albuquerque (42-52)
The Isotopes won this one in the bottom of the ninth off of a fielding error. The Isotopes got their first four runs off of Las Vegas start Dillon Gee. Dustin Garneau had a couple of singles and knocked in two runs. Trevor Story scored a run, but he went 0-4 with three strikeouts.
Starter Aaron Laffey went five innings. He gave up a run on three hits, one of which was a home run, and he walked four while striking out two. Scott Oberg tossed a couple of innings of scoreless ball to finish the game off.
Double-A New Britain (45-47)
David Dahl went 2-5 with a double in the Rock Cats' win. Dahl's return to the field happened faster than anyone imagined after the scary collision in late May, but it looks like it will end up being a minor disruption in his path to Denver.
Starting pitcher Bryan Evans pitched eight strong innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. He only walked one and he struck out seven batters.
High-A Modesto (47-45)
The Nuts withstood a late Lake Elsinore rally to win the game. The story of the game was starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela. Senzatela threw eight innings. He gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one but only struck out four. He was on the mound for the Lake Elsinore two-run eighth inning that made the game close. The inning included a solo home run, a single, and a walk. The second run scored on a double play. It will be interesting to see where Senzatela lands on our summer PuRPs list.
Raimel Tapia went 0-4, dropping his batting average to a disappointing .327. Fellow PuRP Ryan McMahon had a triple and a walk, and Dillon Thomas had a 3-4 day that included a home run and two RBIs.
Single-A Asheville (46-46)
Dom Nunez homered and Drew Weeks, Roberto Ramos, and Josh Fuentes all added doubles, powering the Tourists to a win over Greenville. Nineteen year-old pitcher Ryan Castellani had a nice outing, although it was labored. He threw 81 pitches in four innings of work. He gave up four hits, allowed a run, walked two, and struck out five.
Short Season-A Boise (11-19)
After giving up the lead in the top of the ninth, Luis Castro singled home Carlos Herrera in the bottom of the inning to win it for the Hawks. Kevin Padlo went 1-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. The Hawks got a nice start from Logan Sawyer, who threw 6 1/3 innings. He gave up a run on five hits. Sawyer struck out and walked two.
Rookie Grand Junction (16-14)
The Grand Junction Rockies scored six runs off of their 13 hits to complete the organizational sweep on Saturday. Collin Ferguson went 4-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Brendan Rodgers went 1-5 with a double and two strikeouts. Starter Parker French only gave up one run, but his start wasn't anything more than decent. In his 4 2/3 innings, French gave up six hits, struck out two, and didn't walk a batter.
Triple-A Albuquerque: Jon Gray
Double-A New Britain: TBD
High-A Modesto: Alex Balog
Single-A Asheville: Grahamm Wiest
Short Season-A Boise: Javier Palacios
Rookie Grand Junction: Gavin Glanz