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Rockies prospect Chad Spanberger hits homer in Tourists’ extra inning slugfest

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Prospect news and game results from the Rockies minor league affiliates from Monday, May 21, 2018

The Asheville Tourists won on Monday night, as one often does when one scores eight runs in the first inning. However, it took a game-tying home run in the bottom of the ninth from Rockies prospect Ramon Marcelino to force extra innings. A Brett Stephens walk-off single to secure the 11-10 win.

PuRPs pitchers struggled in this one. Will Gaddis (no. 23 PuRP) started the game but allowed Greenville to climb back in it, allowing five runs over three innings of work and managing just two strikeouts. His ERA on the season now stands at 6.64. Greenville kept climbing in but Tommy Doyle (no. 30 PuRP) took the mound in the ninth with a one-run lead. Unfortunately he allowed a two-run double to give Greenville the lead, requiring the late game heroics of Marcelino and Stephens.

One PuRP did have a good night, though. Chad Spanberger (no. 29 PuRP) had two hits, including a three-run home run in that eight-run first. He’s now hitting .308/.344/.555 with 10 home runs in 37 games for the Tourists. He is definitely taking advantage of that short porch in right field at McCormick Field, as the lefty out of the University of Arkansas has hit eight of his ten dongers and put up a Bondsian .391/.435/.813 triple slash at home.

Top 30 PuRPs

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Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 6, Salt Lake Bees 4

Raimel Tapia: 2-for-4, 2 R, 3B

Ryan McMahon (no. 2 PuRP): 1-for-2, 2 BB

Garrett Hampson (no. 9 PuRP): 0-for-4

Tom Murphy (no. 11 PuRP): 0-for-3

Mike Tauchman (no. 22 PuRP): 1-for-4, 2 R

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Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats, OFF DAY

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High-A: Lancaster JetHawks, OFF DAY

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Low-A: Asheville Tourists 11, Greenville Drive 10, F/10

Ryan Vilade (no. 7 PuRP): 1-for-4, R, RBI, BB

Will Gaddis (no. 23 PuRP): 3 IP, 9 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Robert Tyler (no. 24 PuRP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K

Chad Spanberger (no. 29 PuRP): 2-for-5, HR, 4 RBI

Tommy Doyle (no. 30 PuRP): 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Hidekel Gonzalez: 3-for-4, BB

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Tuesday Probables

Triple-A Albuquerque: Jeff Hoffman vs. Salt Lake (LAA), 6:35 PM MT

Double-A Hartford: Jesus Tinoco (HM PuRP) @ Portland (BOS), 4:00 PM MT

High-A Lancaster: Rico Garcia @ Lake Elsinore (SD), 7:00 PM MT

Low-A Asheville: Antonio Santos vs. Greenville, 5:05 pm MT