Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (55-72)
Nashville 5, Albuquerque 1
W: Leon, A (2-5, 3.04); L: Whiting (3-8, 5.91)
It was a pretty uneventful day for the Albuquerque offense, as they collected just four hits. PuRP Tommy Murphy hit his sixth Triple-A home run and his 19th of 2015, producing the lone run of day for the Isotopes.
The real bright spot was Jairo Diaz, who has improved recently. Through his first 39 appearances in Triple-A, Diaz had pitched 44 innings with a 5.73 ERA, 44 hits allowed, 32 strikeouts, and 34 walks. Over his last eight appearances, Diaz has pitched 11 innings, allowed 7 hits, struck out 18, and walked three, all without allowing a run. The 24 year old fireballer was the return in the Josh Rutledge trade, and has great stuff but gets hittable when he has to tune it down enough to keep it in the strike zone. If Diaz is able to harness his top end effectively, he could quickly become part of the solution to the parent club's bullpen woes.
Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (58-65)
New Britain 6, Reading 0
W: Carpenter (8-12, 3.71); L: Thompson, Ja (3-1, 2.08)
Ryan Carpenter made his third straight strong start. In his last three starts, he has pitched 23 innings, allowed 12 hits, three earned runs, and he has struck out 26 to five walks. Carpenter has had nice season in Double-A and is creeping into that Christian Bergman class of guys who are incredibly useful to an organization but rarely appear high on any prospect charts. The offense was paced by Pat Valaika, who collected three hits, including a double and a home run, driving in half of New Britain's runs in the process.
Class A Advanced: Modesto Nuts (62-62)
Stockton 5, Modesto 4
W: Mengden (5-3, 4.61); L: Jiminian (4-9, 4.65); SV: Walter (5)
Modesto's loss dropped them to .500 and back to one game behind Stockton. Johendi Jiminian's home pitching woes continued in his first start after making four relief appearances for Kyle Freeland. On the year, Jiminian has a 5.6 3ERA at home and a 3.65 ERA on the road, which is odd since Modesto is one of the better pitching parks in that league. Modesto may have lost the game, but don't blame Ryan McMahon who returned to the lineup with a two triple night, bringing his second half line to .319/.379/.590.
Class A: Asheville Tourists (64-59)
Asheville 4, Rome 1
W: Castellani (2-7, 4.35) ; L: Quintana (4-5, 3.17) ; SV: Michalec (28)
Asheville is now the only Rockies affiliate with a winning record, and they continued their second half surge on the back of what was probably Ryan Castellani's best start of the year. The 19 year old right hander needed just 64 pitches get through six scoreless innings, striking out five, getting six groundouts, and allowing just three hits. The offense was lead by the second straight multi-hit game by Omar Carrizales (he also stole a bases) and 20 year old first baseman Robert Ramos, who extended his hitting streak to nine games. The two 20 year olds have good numbers when you compare them to the PuRPs they are replacing from last year. Compare Carrizales's 2015 line (.316/.365/.454) to Tapia's 2014 line (.326/.382/.453) and Ramos's 2015 (.325/.397/.576) to Prime's 2014 (.291/.336/.520). Only time will tell if either has the staying power to climb the rankings, but there certainly are some promising things there.
Class A Short-Season: Boise Hawks (22-39)
Boise 7, Hillsboro 1
W: McCormick (1-1, 4.37) ; L: Mark (1-2, 6.43)
Boise jumped all over the Hillsboro starter, plating five runs in his 4 2/3 innings on the mound, including four in the second inning alone. University of Northern Colorado alum Jensen Park collected his first multi-hit game in a Hawks uniform. Starter Dylan Craig pitched three scoreless inning in his second pro appearance before giving way to Ryan McCormick, who picked up the win allowing one run in his five relief innings striking out seven. Number one overall pick Dansby Swanson hit two doubles and collected Hillsboro's only RBI.
Dominican Summer League: DSL Rockies (33-38)
DSL Yankees 4, DSL Rockies 1
W: Perez, F (7-3, 3.23) ; L: Santos (1-2, 0.75) ; SV: Mendez, B (1)
The DSL Rockies had six base runners all day. Eighteen year-old shortstop Jose Gomez accounted for three of those, hitting two singles and a walk. Catcher Hidekel Gonzalez added the Rockies only extra base hit of the night, a double. The second half numbers for those two, .369/.449/.476 for Gomez and .346/.419/.444 for Gonzalez, keeps them on the list of DSL products to look forward to stateside in 2016.
ALB: Butler, E (2-3, 5.92)
NBR: Musgrave (1-3, 3.38)
MOD: Wade (7-7, 3.94)
ASH: Polanco, C (8-9, 4.06)
BOI: Welmon (1-4, 4.93)