Double-A Hartford: W 4-1
David Dahl homered again -- his third of the season -- and drew a walk to raise his line to .294/.368/.824 in the early going. Pat Valaika added a couple of hits and two RBI behind Matt Flemer, who didn't register a strikeout but maintained a 2-to-1 strike-to-ball ratio through six innings and 86 pitches.
Matt Carasiti earned the save by striking out two batters in a perfect ninth inning. The Yard Goats are now 4-1 to start the season.
Triple-A Albuquerque: L 4-3
Ryan Carpenter had a terrible first inning, surrendering four runs -- three on a home run from one-time Rockies draft pick Peter O'Brien -- but recovered nicely, finishing with eight strikeouts in five innings of work. However, the Isotopes' offense continued to struggle. Michael Tauchman drove in a pair of runs and Chris Nelson added an RBI, but Albuquerque as a team had just seven hits and is hitting just .201/.258/.260 while stumbling to a 1-4 record through five contests.
High-A Modesto: L 8-7
Forrest Wall had three hits in a pretty impressive offensive effort that was spoiled by bad relief work. Shane Hoelscher, Drew Weeks, Max White and Emerson Jimenez had two hits apiece, and Dom Nunez finished 1-for-3 with with an RBI and three walks. In three games, Nunez has nearly as many walks (seven) as official at-bats (eight) and owns a .667 on-base percentage.
Ryan Castellani was good in five innings of work, striking out nine batters while allowing two runs on five hits and two walks. But the bullpen and defense let down Castellani and the offense; Josh Michaelec walked three batters and didn't record an out while being charged with three earned runs and the defense committed a pair of key errors that led to two unearned runs late in the game.
Low-A Asheville: L 4-1
The Tourists were held to just four hits and struck out 12 times -- without drawing a walk -- en route to falling to 1-4. Yonathan Daza had half of the team's hits, raising his early season average to .222. Trey Killian was saddled with the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits in 5⅔ innings. Killian struck out six batters and did not issue a walk.
Asheville as a club is hitting just .209/.246/.329 through five games.