It was a good day to be a Colorado Rockies affiliate, as the four full-season clubs combined to go 5-0 on Saturday thanks to good pitching and timely hitting. It was a great day to be a pitching prospect on Saturday, too. Kyle Freeland twirled a gem for the Hartford Yard Goats in game one of a doubleheader, followed by a beautiful and efficient complete game from Zach Jemiola in the second part of the Goats' sweep.
Down in Low-A, Parker French also threw a heckuva game, his third great start in four tries on the young season. In High-A, Yency Almonte pitched better than his line would indicate, and was given quite the buffer with which to work as the Modesto Nuts put up 12 runs in their win.
Here's everything you need to know about the Rockies' minor league results on Saturday.
Nick Hundley played half a game on a rehab assignment (he's expected to return to the Rockies on Monday), and the Isotopes' Stephen Cardullo scored a run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning to break a 4-4 tie and win the game for Albuquerque. The Rockies' Triple-A affiliate is now a stellar 11-6 on the young season.
Nick Hundley: 0-for-2 (rehab assignment)
Jordan Patterson (No. 18 PuRP): 0-for-2, 2 BB
Cody Decker: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 2 R
Matt Flemer: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (88 pitches, 59 strikes)
The Hartford Yard Goats swept a doubleheader from Portland on Saturday afternoon. The Yard Goats are now 13-4, and it seems like their long road trip isn't affecting them one bit. Hey, wait a second, I think we've written about this before.
Game one totals:
Ryan McMahon (No. 5 PuRP): 1-for-2, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Raimel Tapia (No. 6 PuRP): 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI
Kyle Freeland (No. 8 PuRP): 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (84 pitches, 54 strikes)
Game two totals:
Tapia: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Dillon Thomas: 2-for-2, 1 RBI
Zach Jemiola (No. 33 PuRP): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (81 pitches, 55 strikes)
The Nuts put up five runs in the first two innings and another five-spot in the top of the sixth to defeat the San Jose Giants in a slugfest. With the win, the Nuts are now 8-8 on the young year.
Omar Carrizales (No. 27 PuRP): 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
Yency Almonte: 5 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 4 K (85 pitches, 61 strikes)
Wes Rogers: 2-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Shane Hoelscher: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Drew Weeks: 2-for-5, 2 R, 3 RBI
The Asheville Tourists, now 6-11 on the year, won a pitcher's duel on Saturday thanks to a masterful pitching performance by Parker French. Juan Pena and Sam Thoele shut down Rome for the final three innings, and a sacrifice fly from Brendan Rodgers helped give Asheville just enough for the victory.
Brendan Rodgers (No. 4 PuRP): 2-for-4, 1 RBI
Yonathan Daza: 2-for-3, 1 R
Parker French: 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (71 pitches, 47 strikes)
Triple-A: Jeff Hoffman @ Las Vegas, 1:05 pm MT
Double-A: TBA @ Portland, 11:00 am MT
High-A: Jesus Tinoco @ San Jose, 2:00 pm MT
Low-A: Jack Wynkoop @ Rome, 12:00 pm MT