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Colorado Rockies affiliates scoreboard and recap for Friday August 28 and Saturday August 29, 2015.

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Friday, August 28

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (58-76)

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Col. Springs 8, Albuquerque 2

W: Wooten (5-2, 5.03); L: Kahnle (1-3, 5.09)

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox (57-76) rallied with a four-run eighth inning Friday night at Isotopes Park to beat the Albuquerque Isotopes (58-76) 8-2. Outfielder Roger Bernadina was 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored on the evening.

I'm still not used to the idea of rooting against a Sky Sox victory, particularly one in a game started by Josh Roenicke. Eddie Butler walked five but managed to keep Colorado Springs off the board, allowing just four hits in 6 1/3 innings by getting 13 groundouts all without recording a strikeout.

Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (61-69)

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Portland 4, New Britain 0

W: Wilkerson (3-1, 3.03) ; L: Flemer (7-10, 3.34)

The 'Dogs scored three runs off Tyler Ybarra...Rock Cats 1B Justin Morneau went 1-for-2 in a Major League Rehab Assignment.

Justin Morneau making it back to the plate in a professional baseball game is a thousand times more important than the outcome of a late season Double-A game. It's great to see him able to make it back after having been derailed by the same concussion symptoms that robbed him of so much of his prime.

High-A: Modesto Nuts (65-66)

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Visalia 6, Modesto 2

W: Jameson (3-0, 0.00); L: Jiminian (4-10, 4.81) ; SV: Sarianides (25)

A four-run third sent the Modesto Nuts to a 6-2 loss against the Visalia Rawhide on Friday night at John Thurman Field...With the loss, the Nuts (65-66; 32-29) remain two games back of a playoff spot with nine game to play.

Raimel Tapia had a two hit night and Ryan McMahon went 1-for-3 with a walk, but on the whole the Nuts struck out 17 times in nine innings. Any time a team does that, they are very unlikely to win.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists (66-63)

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Savannah 6, Asheville 4

W: Prevost (6-4, 3.76); L: Polanco, C (8-10, 4.11); SV: Baldonado (8)

Asheville hit three Home Runs of their own, but all three were solo shots...Carlos Polanco allowed consecutive singles with two outs before departing the game with an injury. A walk loaded the bases for Lupo who took a Grahamm Wiest offering over the left field wall...On three separate occasions the Tourists put a runner at third base with one out and on all three occasions they failed to score.

Polanco was in the middle of his third consecutive strong month in Asheville after starting with two months of 5.00 plus ERA—let's hope the injury is mild.

Short Season-A: Boise Hawks (28-40)

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Boise 5, Salem-Keizer 0

W: Welmon (2-4, 4.67); L: Pino (3-1, 1.38)

Nate Causey hit a three-run home run and the Boise Hawks extended their season-high winning streak to five games, defeating the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes by a score of 5-0.

2015 draftee Kraig Schlitter worked a clean two innings to close out the game to continue a strong system debut. Schlitter has pitched 11 innings in nine outings, striking out 17 and walking two.

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (27-38)

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Idaho FallS 4, Grand Junction 2

Jonathan Piron became just the fifth player in Grand Junction Rockies history to hit double digit home runs in a season, but it wasn't enough in a 4-1 loss to the Idaho Falls Chukars Friday night at Melaleuca Field.

Piron's tenth home run of the season came on the first pitch of the fifth inning, and he joins Julian Yan, Ryan McMahon, Jordan Patterson, and Ben Waldrip in the Rockies double digit home run club. Yan hit 16 in 2012, while McMahon hit 11 in 2013.

On Friday, we talked about our favorite fringe prospects. I mentioned Jonathan Piron, who homered in this game. Piron is a 20 year-old second baseman who led the DSL Rockies in OPS as an old for level 19 year old last year. He took a month to get acclimated stateside with a .240/.296/.320 line in June, but since then Piron has hit .356/.393/.651 with a  39 HR 52 SB 155 game pace. Time will tell if Piron is more Yan or Patterson, but adding another talented bat to the stack already under consideration is hardly be a bad thing.

Saturday August 29

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes (59-76)

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Albuquerque 6, Colorado Springs 5

W: Castro, M (2-0, 1.32); L: Guilmet (2-2, 3.38)

Trevor Story came through with a clutch two-RBI bases loaded single to give the Albuquerque Isotopes (59-76) a 6-5 walk-off win against Colorado Springs Sky Sox (57-77) Saturday night at Isotopes Park. Wilin Rosario also had two RBI in the game, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer.

Miguel Castro collected the win, working 1 2/3 innings and throwing 11 of his 19 pitches for strikes; it was his second straight outing without a walk.

Double-A: New Britain Rock Cats (62-69)

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New Britain 2, Portland 1

W: Hoffman (1-2, 2.93); L: Haley (5-15, 5.23) ; SV: Estevez, C (10)

Jeff Hoffman (1-2), who was acquired in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, earned the win for the Rock Cats. Hoffman worked six strong innings, giving up one unearned run over 6 IP on one hit, two walks and six strikeouts.

Justin Morneau is rehabbing in style, as he hit a home run in the fourth inning in what turned out to be the winning run of the game.

High-A: Modesto Nuts (66-66)

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Modesto 5, Visalia 2

W: Freeland (2-2, 4.64); L: Shuttlesworth (3-3, 4.29); SV: Carasiti (21)

Freeland (W, 2-2) tossed 7.1 innings and worked around eight hits to allow just two runs while striking out four and walking two. Freeland stranded two runners in scoring position in the fourth and used a double play to limit the damage working against the middle of the order in the sixth.

Freeland had given up 13 earned runs in his previous two outings, but it is easier to work around eight hits when you collect 12 groundouts to just two fly outs like he did in this one.

Low-A: Asheville Tourists (67-63)

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Asheville 5, Charleston 2

W: Tinoco (5-0, 0.77); L: Maher (6-5, 2.34)

Tinoco worked a season-high seven innings and for the third start in a row he did not allow a run. Tinoco only struck out one but he limited the RiverDogs to four hits, all singles, and retired the final 12 batters he faced. The right-hander has not allowed a run in his last 21 and 2/3 innings.

The offense was lead by Dom Nunez, who hit his 11th home run since the All-Star break, and by Robert Ramos, whose home run brought his August line to .439/.492/.877.

Short Season-A: Boise Hawks (28-41)

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Salem-Keizer 2, Boise 0

W: Leenhouts (7-4, 2.57); L: Wynkoop (2-4, 4.53); SV: Halstead (6)

The Boise Hawks outhit the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on Saturday night but could not produce the necessary runs as they fell by a score of 2-0.

Jack Wynkoop allowed two solo home runs in an otherwise strong outing. The loss snapped a five game winning streak for Boise.

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies (28-38)

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Grand Junction 7, Idaho Falls 6

W: Pena, Ju (1-2, 9.70); L: Staumont (1-1, 3.86) ; SV: Franco (2)

Sam Hilliard's two out, two run double in the seventh inning broke a 5-5 tie as the Grand Junction Rockies beat the Idaho Falls Chukars Saturday night at Melaleuca Field 7-6.

Today's Probables

ALB: Lannan (6-9, 5.50)


MOD: Senzatela (9-7, 2.47)

ASH: Howard (10-9, 3.54)

BOI: Craig (0-0, 3.68)