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Asheville Tourists clinch playoff berth as several Rockies affiliates wrap up regular season

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Five Rockies affiliates in action yesterday were swept as four of them wrapped up their regular seasons, with one team headed to the postseason.

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Triple-A: Sacramento River Cats, Albuquerque Isotopes 0

Isotopes Drop Season Finale 11-0 To Sacramento | Albuquerque Isotopes News
Sacramento scored early and often en route to their season finale victory. A solo home run in the second inning plated the River Cats first run, while they added three more in the third. After another single run in the fourth, Sacramento put their second three-spot on the board in the fifth before pulling away with two more runs in the seventh and another in the eighth.

Eddie Butler wrapped up the minor league season in ugly fashion, allowing eight runs, five earned, on nine hits in five innings of work, walking one and striking out five.

Double-A: Portland Sea Dogs 10, New Britain Rock Cats 4
Matt Flemer was shelled in the final game before the Rock Cats become the Hartford Yard Goats, allowing nine runs, all earned, on a whopping 15 hits in 3⅔ innings of work, walking one and striking out one. Noel Cuevas was the offensive star for New Britain, with a double and a home run.

High-A: Stockton Ports 8, Modesto Nuts 7

Nuts Close Season with 8-7 Loss | Modesto Nuts News
The Nuts (67-73; 34-26) took a six run lead but the Ports (74-66; 36-34) erased the deficit with seven unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh frames.

Tyler Chatwood started for the Nuts and retired all six batters he faced, four by strikeout, and Raimel Tapia had a two-run double, but relievers Zach Jemiola and Johendi Jiminian could not hold the lead for Modesto.

Low-A: Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Asheville Tourists 4

PLAYOFF BOUND!! Tourists Clinch Post-Season Berth On Final Day | Asheville Tourists News
Monday afternoon's game had major implications but when Greenville lost to Savannah while Asheville and Greensboro were in action in the eighth inning, it made the result meaningless. The loss by the Drive quickly circulated the stadium and Tourists fans and players began planning the celebration.

Forrest Wall was 4-for-5 in the season-ending loss, that turned irrelevant as Asheville clinched a postseason berth. The Tourists will play the Savannah Sand Gnats in a best-of-three series starting Wednesday.

Rookie: Ogden Raptors 6, Grand Junction Rockies 4

Behr fans 8 in loss to Ogden | Grand Junction Rockies News
On Monday night at Suplizio Field, Dakota Behr faced 18 batters and struck out eight in four innings out of the bullpen, but the Grand Junction Rockies lost to the Ogden Raptors 6-4.

Three Rockies had multi-hit games in the loss, including third baseman Chris Keck who had Grand Junction's only extra-base hit of the day. Grand Junction will be the final Rockies affiliate to close its regular season with a game against Ogden on Tuesday.