Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (55-71)
Albuquerque 6, Nashville 0
W: Bettis (3-2, 3.46); L: Martin, Co (2-4, 5.63)
The Topes put together a five run second inning that included an RBI triple by Trevor Story, which was more than enough on a night where Chad Bettis came healthy and in top form. Bettis worked five scoreless innings, striking out seven and collecting four groundouts without walking a batter. Bettis threw 44 of his 67 pitches for strikes in his dominant return from elbow inflammation. Brooks Brown and Tyler Matzek worked two clean innings in relief.
Nearly as encouraging as Bettis taking the mound again is that Matzek was able to throw 12 of his 18 pitches for strikes. Players like Matzek or even Eddie Butler are important to rebuilding teams like the Rockies because if everything breaks right, they are middle to top of the rotation starters. If it doesn't, they have the chance to be dominant relievers. The Andrew Millers, Wade Davises, and Dellin Betanceses of the world illustrate that former top prospects who were either only able to harness their dominant stuff in short stretches or maintain two usable pitches found new life in the bullpen.
Nashville 3, Albuquerque 2
W: Mills (5-11, 4.32); L: Lannan (6-8, 5.49); SV: Castro, A (5)
John Lannan had a nice start of his own going after five innings, as he held Nashville scoreless while allowing four hits and a walk. Unfortunately, the opened the sixth by allowing a single, a walk, and another single before Miguel Castro replaced him. Castro didn't have a great outing. It went like this: walk, popout, single, sac fly, wild pitch, popout. In the end, all three inheritited runners scored.
The game also featured Cristhian Adames, three hole hitter. With recent promotion of Kyle Parker, Matt McBride, and Dustin Garneau, the Topes turned to Adames, and he responded with a 2-for-3 night with a run scored. To highlight the problem in this game, Albuquerque pitchers walked three and struck out one in six innings, while Nashville pitchers walked none striking out nine in their seven innings.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (57-65)
Erie 8, New Britain 7
W: Mercedes (1-1, 3.26); L: Sitton (3-2, 2.64); SV: Crouse (3)
We need to talk about Jordan Patterson. After collecting his 14th Double-A double in this game, his numbers prorated to a full season between High and Double-A would be .304/.377/.568, 60 doubles, 18 triples, 23 homers, and 23 stolen bases. Not bad for a guy who has yet to gain any traction nationally. Patterson is also considered a strong defender in right field, with a good arm which would be a real treat coming out of the back end of last year's PuRP list.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (62-61)
Stockton 3, Modesto 0
W: Meisner (1-1, 4.15); L: Balog (2-6, 3.84); SV: Bracewell (5)
Alex Balog followed up a stellar start with a less stellar outing here, working 5 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks. Balog's teammates didn't really help him out. They had almost as many errors (two) as they had hits (three). The punchless offense struck out 12 times and only walked once on it's way to being shutout.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (63-59)
Asheville 3, Rome 1
W: Bello, Y (4-3, 3.32); L: Lewis (0-2, 2.70); SV: Michalec (27)
Talk about highlighting the silliness of pitcher wins. Starter Helmis Rodriguez went 8 1/3 innings, allowing one hit, and yet didn't collect the win. Rodriguez wasn't perfect, allowing four walks and hitting the first batter of the ninth inning, who then promptly scored on the sole Rome hit of the night, a double off the wall. Omar Carrizales led the Asheville offense with a two hit night in which he also a collected a steal and drove in Ryan Stephens on a sacrifice fly for an insurance run in the 10th after Stephens tripled in the game winning run.
Forrest Wall went 0-5 without striking out. He's still hitting .326 in his last 10 games.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (21-39)
Boise 5, Hillsboro 3
W: Johnson (1-3, 3.10); L: Reed (4-3, 3.61); SV: Thompson (1)
If Patterson's numbers are eye popping over a 162 game schedule, then Kevin Padlo's numbers since joining Boise are kind of confusing. Sure, Padlo's overall line of .313/.415/.535 is stellar, especially for a player so young. The confusing thing is that in his first 75 games between Grand Junction and Asheville, the third baseman stole eight bases; in his 54 games in the NWL, Padlo has 29 steals. If you stretched his Boise numbers out to a full season, Padlo would have 45 doubles, 12 triples, 24 home runs, and 87 stolen bases(!).
Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (25-33)
Great Falls 10, Grand Junction 5
W: Banks (4-3, 2.21) ; L: Ozuna (2-2, 6.08)
No. 3 PuRP Brendan Rodgers did his part, going 3-5 with a triple in a game where Grand Junction actually outhit Great Falls 14 to 13 but were doubled up on the score board. Javier Medina had a start that anywhere but the Pioneer league might be considered awful, but the 19 year-old allowed just three runs in his four innings of work and actually kept GJ in the game.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies (33-37)
DSL Orioles 7, DSL Rockies 2
W: Diaz, J (4-5, 3.03) ; L: Valdez (0-1, 22.50)
The Rockies managed their two runs on just five hits. Eighteen year-old second baseman Jose Gomez had two and 18 year-old catcher Hidekel Gonzalez collected the loan extra base hit, a double. Gonzalez is hitting .326/.388/.413 on the year and both Gomez and Gonzalez seem near locks to be stateside next year. The DSL team was never able to overcome the hole they were put in early by starter Jefry Valdez, who surrendered five earned runs in his two innings of work.
ALB: Jurrjens (2-5, 6.88)
NBR: Carpenter (7-12, 3.89)
MOD: Jiminian (4-8, 4.68)
ASH: Castellani (1-7, 4.63)
BOI: McCormick (0-1, 4.80)