Monday was a quiet day on the Colorado Rockies' farm system as three of their four full season affiliates had the day off. The Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes were the only club to play, and they featured a lineup that was without Jordan Patterson (No. 18 PuRP) and Ryan Casteel (No. 30 PuRP) in their 6-5 loss to the Las Vegas 51s.
The lack of top prospects in action does, however, give us a chance to talk about a lesser known Rockies farmhand. Stephen Cardullo, who is back in affiliated ball for the first time since 2011, went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk and a stolen base. The strong night improved Cardullo's already impressive slash line to .342/.398/.526 on the year. It's still a long shot, but it would be a great story to see Cardullo, who had never played above rookie ball in the minors prior to this season, reach the big leagues.
On the mound, Shane Carle's struggles continued. He allowed five runs (three earned) on nine hits in four innings of work with three walks and four strikeouts. As a gauge of how rough his season has been, this far-from-impressive start actually lowered his ERA to 8.10. After Carle, Yohan Flande threw four innings of scoreless relief before Nelson Gonzalez served up a walk-off home run in the 10th inning.
Rafael Ynoa: 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB
Cody Decker: 2-for-5, HR, RBI
Jeff Bianchi: 2-for-5, RBI
Yohan Flande: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
Nelson Gonzalez: 1⅓ IP, 2 H, ER, K, L
Triple-A: Ryan Carpenter
Double-A: German Marquez
High-A: Sam Howard (HM PuRP)
Low-A: Peter Lambert (No. 21 PuRP)