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Jon Gray and Eddie Butler have encouraging outings for the Albuquerque Isotopes

Colorado Rockies affiliates reports and recaps from July 2 and July 3, 2015.

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Thursday, July 2

Triple-A Albuquerque

Albuquerque 4, Reno 3 | Box

Jon Gray's outing was much improved from his previous one, but it still left a bit to be desired. Gray gave up three runs and three walks on six hits in six innings, but he did strike out nine batters. The strikeouts are encouraging. Signs still point to these starts being fine-tuning for Gray.

Gray didn't factor into the decision, as Cristhian Adames walked the Isotopes off with a home run in the bottom of the ninth.

Double-A New Britain

New Britain 10, Reading 0 | Box

The Rock Cats handled the Reading Fightin' Phils 10-0. Brett Marshall pitched a complete game shutout, wherein he gave up three hit, walked two, and struck out eight. Everyone in the starting nine, including Marshall, had a hit.

Will Swanner hit two home runs, while Pat Valaika and Tommy Murphy each added one.

High-A Modesto

Bakersfield 3, Modesto 2 | Box

Antonio Senzatela and Johendi Jiminian piggy-backed for nine innings pitched. Sensately gave up two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in his five innings. Jiminian pitched four innings and allowed a hit, a run, and a walk—he struck out one, naturally.

The offense was quiet, although Raimel Tapia had an RBI triple.

Single-A Asheville

Asheville 4, Charleston 1 | Box

The Tourists got timely hitting and good pitching for the win. Omar Carrizales had an RBI double on a day where went 2-3 with a walk. Starting pitcher Carlos Polanco gave up six hits but just one run in his five innings of work. He walked two and struck out five.

Short Season-A Boise

Boise 6, Salem-Keizer 4 | Box

Terry McClure, Hamlet Marte, and Kevin Pado each had extra base hits in the Hawks win on Thursday. They backed Angel Lezama's six innings. He gave up three runs, but none of them were earned. Lezama walked one but struck out just one as well.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Giants 4, DSL Rockies 0 | Box

The DSL Rockies bats were silent in this one. The team collected more errors, four, than hits, two. On the mound, Jorge Oviedo tossed four innings and gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out three and walked two.

Rookie Grand Junction

Orem 6, Grand Junction 5 | Box

The Grand Junction Rockies rallied in the eighth and ninth to close the gap to a run, but they weren't able to get that extra run and extend the game. Jensen Park and Collin Ferguson homered for the Rockies. Brendan Rodgers did not play. Starting pitcher Trey Killian gave up three runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He walked one and struck out one.

Friday, July 3

Triple-A Albuquerque

Reno 5, Albuquerque 4 | Box

Eddie Butler finally had a respectable outing for the Isotopes, but his final line is mixed. Encouragingly, Butler pitched seven innings and gave up three runs. Discouragingly, Butler also allowed eight hits in those seven innings. Encouragingly, Butler struck out five batters. And really encouragingly, he didn't walk a batter. In a way, the line replicates his big league back and forth. When the walks disappear, he becomes hittable, and he's least hittable when he's walking batters. He's still trying to find the balance.

The recently promoted Trevor story hit a home run in the loss. Story's first Triple-A home run brought him one step closer to hitting his second Triple-A home run.

Double-A New Britain

Reading 12, New Britain 0 | Box

After winning 10-0 on Thursday, the Rock Cats allowed 12 runs in a loss on Friday. Shane Carle was hit hard in his three innings of work. He allowed six runs on eight hits. The relief corps behind him—Shane Broils, Kraig Sitton, and Jose Ortega—each allowed more runs to cross home in the loss. Tyler Ybara pitched had the only scoreless outing of the night.

Pat Valaika and Tommy Murphy each added their second home run in as many days in the losing effort.

High-A Modesto

Bakersfield 3, Modesto 2 | Box

The Nuts were again quieted on offense. Ashley Greer picked up the team's only extra base hit, a triple. Alex Balog took the loss despite a fair outing. He threw six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Single-A Asheville

Charleston 5, Asheville 3 | Box

The Tourists gave up three in the ninth to lose the lead and eventually the game. Relievers James Lomangino and Jerad McCrummen combined allow the three ninth inning runs. Outfielder Ryan Stephens had a two run home run in the game. Omar Carrizales added another extra base hit, a double, although he also struck out three times.

Short Season-A Boise

Salem-Keizer 7, Boise 6 | Box

A bulk of the Hawks' offense came from shortstop Carlos Herrera, who went 3-5 with a double and four RBIs. The Hawks lost it due to a big four run seventh by Salem-Keizer. In that inning, Cesar Villarroel gave up all four runs, and he did so with three walks while allowing just one hit.

Dominican Summer League

DSL Giants 11, DSL Rockies 2 | Box

The DSL Rockies had four errors for the second straight day, but in this one their five hits outmatched the errors. It didn't matter with regard to the final score though. Starting pitcher Yohander Quintana gave up four runs in five innings of work. He allowed just three hits but he walked three as well. The DSL Giants tagged Evaryn Garci and Esmerlin Perez for the remaining seven runs.

Pedro Gonzalez went 1-4 with a double, which was the team's only extra base hit on the day.

Rookie Grand Junction

Grand Junction 10, Orem 4 | Box

A quartet of Rockies had two RBIs on the day to power the offense: Daniel Suero, Collin Ferguson, Sam Hilliard, and Jonathan Piron. Ferguson's contribution was on the strength of a couple of doubles. Recent draftee Parker French had a nice start. He threw 6 2/3 innings and allowed zero runs on three hits. He didn't walk a batter and struck out two.

Today's probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: TBD

Double-A New Britain: Matt Flemer

High-A Modesto: Zach Jemiola

Single-A Asheville: Helmos Rodrigquez

Short Season-A Boise: TBD

Dominican Summer League: TBD

Rookie Grand Junction: James McMahon