Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (45-54)
Albuquerque 7, Reno 4
W: Castro, S (5-3, 3.25) ; L: Ramirez, J.C. (0-1, 2.88) ; SV: Oberg (1)
The heart of the New Britain lineup had a great night -- they just did it for the Isotopes. Shortstop Trevor Story and catcher Tom Murphy, who was making his Triple-A debut, went a combined 4-9 with a double and a home run as Albuquerque defeated the Reno Aces. The pair of PuRPs did most of their damage late and spoiled a nice start by former Rockie Jhoulys Chacin, who allowed two runs in seven innings. The home run was Story's sixth in just 78 Triple-A plate appearances; the talented infielder now has a .270/.308/.622 line for the Isotopes.
Simon Castro picked up his fifth win of the season. The former Padres top prospect is having a great year in the PCL, posting a 3.00 FIP with 11.37 K/9. Castro is in a group of players including Dustin Garneau who I would love to see get an extended MLB look in the second half this season.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (46-51)
New Britain 7, Reading 2
W: Evans, B (6-5, 3.33) ; L: Kleven (1-3, 8.65)
The Rock Cats didn't miss their promoted players too badly in this one, as New Britain ran a relay race against Reading starter Colin Kleven by notching seven runs in his 4 2/3 innings of work. The Rock Cats supported another strong start from midseason free agent signing Bryan Evans. The 28-year-old allowed just four baserunners and no runs in his six innings of work.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (50-46)
Modesto 4, Visalia 2 (10 Innings)
W: Daniel (2-3, 2.39) ; L: McCullough (4-1, 3.75) ; SV: Carasiti (10)
Modesto had a problem with sequencing in this one as they had had almost as many doubles (four) as Visalia had hits (six) but still needed extra innings to win the game. This was another outing from good Johendi Jiminian, someone we have seen pitch a lot better lately. Jiminian allowed 16 of his 50 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings in bad starts on April 27 and June 6. In Jiminian's other 17 appearances, he has a combined 1.79 ERA. Those two rough starts also account for nine of his 33 walks on the year.
Drew Weeks went 2-for-5 in his High-A debut, and his .400 batting average fits right in with the July performances of Dillon Thomas (.411/.441/.679), Rosell Herrera (.342/.385/.466), Ryan McMahon (.338/.395/.635) and Raimel Tapia (.403/.422/.558).
Class A: Asheville Tourists (49-47)
Hickory 8, Asheville 6
W: Vasquez, K (5-3, 3.47) ; L: Rodriguez, H (7-5, 3.99) ; SV: Williams, S (3)
The Tourists lost this one despite outhitting Hickory, 13-7. Asheville was led by multi-hit efforts from Yonathan Daza (his fourth in his last six games), Omar Carrizales, Max White, Josh Fuentes and, interestingly, Jairo Rosario.
Wilin's little brother has a .326/.347/.630 in his 13 games in Asheville, 12 of which he has served as the DH. Jairo has a recognizable 1.367 OPS against LHP and a more pedestrian .769 OPS against same-handed pitching.
Asheville was put in a serious hole by PuRP Helmis Rodriguez, who had his third consecutive bad start. He allowed six earned runs on three hits and five walks in his 1 2/3 innings of work.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (15-20)
Hillsboro 4, Boise 1
W: Hernandez, C (2-1, 1.47) ; L: Wynkoop (2-1, 3.60) ; SV: Marks, T (1)
Leadoff hitter Carlos Herrera set the tone in a bad way, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and dropping his July line to .319/.380/.458, which is insanely good for a speedy shortstop (25 stolen bases in 41 games in 2015) making his stateside debut. The Hawks' five baserunners included doubles by third baseman Kevin Padlo and 2015 draft pick Steven Leonard. But as a team, Boise managed just one run in support of Jack Wynkoop.
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (19-15)
Grand Junction 8, Ogden 5
W: Franco (1-0, 4.15) ; L: Istler (1-1, 12.12) ; SV: Brothers (2)
Wes Rogers made his rehab start count, going 2-for-3 with a stolen base, and was joined by Mylz Jones and Jensen Park in pushing runs across for Grand Junction. The 2015 Rockies draft kicked off with five high school players, but the college players taken in later rounds have been doing more than their fair share of damage to Pioneer League pitching.
College draftees like Park (.382/.397/.671), Jones (.366/.458/.451), Sam Hilliard (.344/.421/.591) and Collin Ferguson (.344/.437/.770) are all making their dent in rookie ball and should remind us all of the challenges when the young pitchers the Rockies have sent there have a bad outing or two.
Domincan Summer League: DSL Rockies (19-27)
DSL Rojos 7, DSL Rockies 2
W: Hernandez, L (2-0, 2.55) ; L: Guillen, A (1-3, 2.43)
When the DSL Rockies sent 18-year-old shortstop Carlos Herrera stateside, they replaced him in the lineup with a 17-year-old named Yeremi Rosario. Rosario signed for $800,000 in the 2014 signing period and has good defensive skills. He went 2-for-4 in this contest, raising his season line to .149, which means his reported line drive swing is a bit of a work in progress.
PuRP Pedro Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a strikeout on a quiet day for the DSL Rockies' offense.