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June 15, 2010 1:51 AM

Rockies minor league report: June 14

Tacoma 11, Colorado Springs 6
Sky Sox: 30-33, 3.5 GB
W: Steve Palazzolo (1-1)
L: Edgmer Escalona (1-2)

Tacoma knocked four homers to get a win over the Sky Sox on Monday night.  Two of those came off starter Josh Muecke, who only allowed three runs and struck out five over five innings, but five relievers combined to give up eight runs in four innings.  On offense, the stars were 3B Travis Metcalf, who went 2-for-2, hit his sixth homer of the season, and drew two walks, and LF Cole Garner, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI.  RF Matt Miller had two hits, one of them a double.  For the Rockies, there were two notes of importance.  First, Huston Street made a rehab appearance, giving up a hit and getting a strikeout in one inning of work.  Second, Chris Nelson played second base for the first time this season -- a sign that Clint Barmes's job may be in trouble, as Nelson -- who's hitting .315/.379/.524 -- is going to start getting reps at Barmes's position.  The Sky Sox continue the series with Tacoma Tuesday night, with Kurt Birkins (3-3, 7.92) scheduled to take the mound.

Sky Sox Top Three: Metcalf, Garner, Miller

Northwest Arkansas at Tulsa: PPD, rain

The Drillers will make up tonight's game in a doubleheader Tuesday night.

Modesto 7, Visalia 2
Nuts: 35-28, 5 GB
W: Juan Nicasio (5-3)
L: Brett Moorhouse (1-2)

The Nuts jumped on Visalia starter Brett Moorhouse early, getting two runs on a first-inning homer by RF Tim Wheeler (his sixth of the year) and adding two more in the third inning on a double by 3B Ryan Peisel.  Wheeler then plated two more in the fourth inning on a single off reliever Justin Mace and came around to score on a sac fly by DH Jimmy Cesario.  And that was more than enough to back up a solid outing by starter Juan Nicasio (7.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K.)  CF Mike Mitchell went 1-for-3 with two walks and two stolen bases; 1B Ben Paulsen went 2-for-4 with a double.

Nuts Top Three: Wheeler, Nicasio, Peisel

Asheville 8, Hagerstown 3
Tourists: 27-36, 11.5 GB
W: Nick Schnaitmann (4-5)
L: Josh Smoker (0-7)
SV: Alan DeRatt (2)

Tonight was Joe Sanders's game.  The Asheville DH took Hagerstown starter Josh Smoker deep twice, his eighth and ninth homers of the season.  The 2-for-5 night raised his average to .278.  Meanwhile, CF Delta Cleary, playing in only his fifth game since coming off the DL, raised his average to .350 with a three-hit night, scoring twice and driving in two runs.  3B Nolan Arenado went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI; C Dallas Tarleton had two hits and scored twice.  The offensive output was enough to back up starter Nick Schnaitmann, who had a decent outing (6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) and picked up his fourth win of the season.

Tourists Top Three: Sanders, Cleary, Tarleton

DSL Rockies 1, DSL White Sox 0
Rockies: 8-6, 2.5 GB
W: Raul Fernandez (2-0)
L: Jose Bautista (1-1)
SV: Raul Pena (6)

Pitching was the story of this one, as Rockies starter Raul Fernandez outdueled White Sox starter Jose Bautista for his second win of the year.  Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out four.  The Rockies' lone run scored off a defensive miscue; 2B Cesar Galvez doubled, then stole a base and scored on a throwing error.  Galvez also accounted for the Rockies' lone extra-base hit of the game.  Raul Hernandez pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one, while Raul Pena held on for the save.

Rockies Top Three: Fernandez, Hernandez, Galvez

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