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Colorado Rockies Prospects: Isotopes split doubleheader, other affiliates fall

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Ryan McMahon & Sam Hilliard have big games at the plate

The Isotopes won and lost Friday, and Hartford, Lancaster, and Asheville all lost after getting shaky efforts from their starters. Technically, Albuquerque’s first game began the day before, but Thursday’s first-inning snow delay in Reno forced the teams to play two on Friday.

The Isotopes’ suspended game resumed at the start of the bottom of the first inning. Even though Zach Jemiola technically started the game, he didn’t throw a single pitch on Thursday. That put Harrison Musgrave in the strange position of being a reliever while also throwing his team’s first pitch of the game. It didn’t seem to trip him up at all, as he gave five strong innings, allowing a pair of runs on 4 hits and walk, striking out five. At the top of the order, Mike Tauchman and Rosell Herrera went a combined 5-for-9, scoring four runs. Matt Carasiti got his 4th save by striking out the side in the 9th.

The second game was a one-run affair, but the Aces got the rare 8th-inning walkoff win over the Isotopes, 4-3. Sam Howard made his Triple-A debut, collecting three strikeouts in what was clearly intended to be an abbreviated start, going 223 innings and just 37 pitches.

The Hartford Yard Goats lost their second ever genuine home game, as Parker French allowed eight runs (four earned) before the fourth inning ended in what turned out to be a an 11-7 final against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. On the positive side, Ryan McMahon hit his 2nd home run of the year and added on a double for good measure.

The Lancaster JetHawks’ pitching simply couldn’t throw strikes last night. They walked 8 batters in the 9-2 loss to the Rockies’ former Cal League affiliate, the Modesto Nuts. Carlos Polanco, who started, only recorded two outs before being pulled. He walked three of the seven hitters he faced. For the hitters, Sam Hilliard, Forrest Wall, and Hamlet Marte each had multi-hit nights, but the team went just 1-for-6 with RISP.

Riley Pint made the second start of his first full season of pro ball, at it didn’t go as well as the first. Starting for Asheville, he struggled with his command, walking five batters in his three innings, during which he also allowed three runs. Such struggles aren’t surprising for a teenage pitcher, even one with the incredible talent that Pint has. The Asheville bats only mustered five hits of their own, and the team was shutout 6-0 at the hands of the Greenville Drive.

Game Recaps:

Triple-A (Continuation of Thursday’s game): Albuquerque Isotopes 5, Reno Aces 2

Harrison Musgrave (No. 25 PuRP): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Rosell Herrera: 3-for-5, R

Matt Carasiti (PuRP HM): 1 IP, 3 K, S

Triple-A: Reno Aces 4, Albuquerque Isotopes 3

Jordan Patterson (No. 13 PuRP): 2-for-4, RBI

Sam Howard (No. 20 PuRP): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Pat Valaika (PuRP HM): 1-for-4, RBI, BB

Double-A: New Hampshire Fisher Cats 11, Hartford Yard Goats 7

Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI

Parker French (No. 26 PuRP): 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K

Dom Nunez (No. 14 PuRP): 0-for-4, k

High-A: Modesto Nuts 6, Lancaster JetHawks 2

Forrest Wall (No. 15 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2B, SB

Sam Hilliard: 3-for-4, 2B, HR, RBI, SB

Garrett Hampson (No 22 PuRP): 0-for-4, BB

Low-A: Greenville Drive 6, Asheville Tourists 0

Riley Pint (No. 3 PuRP): 3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K

Jose Gomez (No. 30 PuRP): 1-for-3, BB

Tyler Nevin (No. 23 PuRP): 0-for-4, 2 K

Saturday probables:

Triple-A: German Marquez (No. 5 PuRP)

Double-A: Luis Niebla

High-A: Craig Schlitter

Low-A: Alejandro Requena