The Coors Effect

June 14, 2010 2:23 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 13

Colorado Springs 11, Las Vegas 6
Sky Sox: 30-32, 2.5 GB
W: Alan Johnson (6-2)
L: Marc Rzepczynski (1-3)
SV: Matt Reynolds (1)

While the Rockies were pounding the Blue Jays on Sunday, the Sky Sox were pounding out thirteen hits against the Jays' AAA affiliate in Las Vegas.  Every starter for the Sky Sox had a hit; four players (2B Kaz Matsui, CF Jay Payton, LF Cole Garner, and C Paul Phillips) had two hits.  SS Chris Nelson hit his fifth homer of the season; Garner and 1B Brad Eldred each doubled and drove in three runs.  Alan Johnson was not that good, but good enough on such a big day for the offense (6.1 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) and Matt Reynolds got eight outs (three by strikeout) to pick up his first save of the year.  The Sky Sox return home tonight to begin a four-game series against Tacoma; Josh Muecke (1-3, 6.64) gets the start for the Sky Sox.

Sky Sox Top Three: Garner, Nelson, Eldred

Northwest Arkansas 5, Tulsa 1
Drillers: 25-34, 11 GB
W: Mario Santiago (5-5)
L: Brandon Durden (3-4)

The Drillers just couldn't keep up with the division-leading Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  Tulsa got just five hits; the only run scored off the bat of RF Ryan Harvey, who drove in SS Eider Torres, who singled and stole a base.  CF Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-4 with a double, the Drillers' only extra-base hit.  Brandon Durden (6 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) was pretty bad, but reliever Andy Graham (2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) was pretty good.  The Drillers continue the four-game series against Northwest Arkansas tonight.  Bruce Billings (5-3, 2.73) had his scoreless innings streak broken in his last start and hopes to start a new one.

Drillers Top Three: Harvey, Blackmon, Graham

Modesto 10, Stockton 5
Nuts: 34-28, 5 GB
W: Michael Marbry (2-0)
L: Paul Smyth (2-2)

SS Thomas Field continues to impress.  Field hit an eighth-inning grand slam, his team-leading tenth homer of the season, to lift the Nuts over Stockton.  Field is one of the big surprises of the season in the Rockies' farm system.  A 24th-round pick out of Texas State in 2008, Field had a .798 OPS in Tri-City in 2008, followed by a weak .668 at Asheville last season.  This season, he's got a .989 OPS.  That's good for fourth in the Cal League.  Aside from Field, 3B Ryan Peisel had three hits (two of them doubles) and an RBI; CF Mike Mitchell had three hits and a stolen base; C Jordan Pacheco and DH Jimmy Cesario had two hits apiece.  Starter Dan Houston gave up eleven hits and four runs.  The Nuts open a three-game series at Visalia tonight, with Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.15) taking the mound.

Nuts Top Three: Field, Peisel, Mitchell

Asheville: OFF

The Tourists open a three-game series with Hagerstown tonight.  No starter has yet been announced; it's Nick Schnaitmann's (3-5, 6.45) turn in the rotation, but Tyler Matzek (0-0, 1.83) is also available.

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