Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (51-68)
Fresno 10, Albuquerque 4
W: Wojciechowski (7-2, 5.48) ; L: Lannan (6-7, 5.50)
John Lannan took a step back by allowing six runs (four earned) on 10 hits and four walks in his 3⅔ innings of work. Jairo Diaz is in the middle of a particularly effective stretch, working his fifth consecutive scoreless outing. During that stretch, he has pitched eight innings, allowing seven hits with a 12:2 K/BB ratio. Offensively it was Jeremy Barfield who went 3-for-3 with a walk and a home run, the 27-year-old is hitting .407 in his last 10 games.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (55-61)
New Britain 6,. Trenton 5
W: Sitton (3-1, 2.44) ; L: Smith, A (1-3, 3.38)
Jeff Hoffman pitched five nice innings on a nice 69 pitches, allowing one run on three hits, walking none, striking out two and collecting five groundouts in the process. The Rock Cats jumped all over Trenton starter Rookie Davis; it shows how Brian Cashman has been overworked at the MLB level that he isn't even giving real names to the create-your-own-player types on his minor league roster. David Dahl was part of the onslaught, hitting his third home run in August. Dahl now has as many homers in eleven August games as he did in the 58 games in April, May and July. Dahl was joined by fellow outfielders Noel Cuevas and Michael Tauchman with multi hit games. Tauchman has had and interesting season so far: hitting .313 in April, cratering to .213 in May then recovering to .313 in June, .340 in July, and .333 in August.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (60-56)
Modesto 1, Stockton 0
W: Freeland (1-0, 1.13) ; L: Finnegan (6-8, 5.88) ; SV: Carasiti (17)
In all the Tulowitzki trade fallout, Kyle Freeland has become something of a forgotten man. The talented lefty has now allowed two runs in his five appearances since returning from surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow. Freeland made it through seven scoreless innings, recording nine groundouts and four strikeouts without walking a batter. Freeland was relieved by Johendi Jiminian, the guy he bumped out of the starting rotation in Modesto, and closer Matt Carasiti. Jiminian has quietly been very good good in the second half, posting a 3.00 ERA and a 38:5 K/BB ratio in those 40 innings, but Carasiti has been even better following up a first half with a 5.34 ERA over 30 innings pitched with a .45 ERA .75 WHIP in his 20 second-half innings. On offense it was Michael Benjamin hitting his ninth home run of the season providing the game's only run. Benjamin is having a nice second half of his own, hitting .291/.336/.513 since the All-Star break.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (60-55)
Asheville 8, Greenville 2
W: Tinoco (2-0, 1.59) ; L: Ramos, L (1-2, 8.10) ; SV: Shouse (3)
Jesus Tinoco has been nothing short of stellar since arriving in Asheville. Tinoco has now gone 17 innings in his three starts for Asheville. The fireballer has struck out 18, walking four and allowing just three runs. The offense was led by strong performances from PuRP Dom Nunez, who hit his ninth home run, raising his second half line to .366/.475/.672. Forrest Wall's .400/.500/.644 line in his last 12 games brings his overall line to .279/.369/.442. All three should help Modesto be one of the more talented teams in the California league next year.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (18-35)
Boise 4, Tri-City 0
W: Palacios, J (3-2, 3.14) ; L: Mejia, A (2-3, 6.02)
Javier Palacios picked up his third win by working five scoreless innings and allowing just two hits but walking four. Kevin Padlo did his part, hitting his seventh homer of the season. The talented 19-year-old third baseman is hitting .448/.514/.724 in the eight games since the Northwest League faced the Pioneer league in their All-Star Game.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies (30-34)
DSL Rockies 7, DSL Rojos 1
W: Eusebio (4-4, 2.01) ; L: Telleria (4-1, 1.94) ; SV: Moreta (2)
Breiling Eusebio bounced back from one of his two bad starts on the year. He has allowed nine of his 15 earned runs over 6⅔ in two starts. In the 18-year-old's other 11 appearances he has a 0.89 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Obviously he is pitching in a league that helps pitchers, but while there are several Angel Lezamas for every Jhoulys Chacin or even Antonio Senzatela, it is always interesting to keep an eye on the next wave. The hitters had an even better day with three-hit performances by Franklin Garcia and Joel Diaz and a four-hit one for RF Ramon Marcelino. Marcelino's big day brought his second half line to .323/.403/.419. Given the run of DSL outfielders ahead of him in the system from Tapia/Herrera, Carrizales/Daza or even Daniel Suero in GJ, the Rockies' international program has been pumping out interesting bats lately.