The Coors Effect

June 16, 2010 1:40 AM

Rockies minor league report: June 15

Tacoma 7, Colorado Springs 0
Sky Sox: 30-34, 3.5 GB
W: Chris Seddon (7-3)
L: Esmil Rogers (0-2)

It's safe to say nothing went right on a night when the Sky Sox starting pitcher didn't make it out of the second inning and the offense got a grand total of four hits.  Well, okay, Matt Wilhite kept it from being a real disaster by pitching four scoreless innings after Rogers got chased in the second inning.  Right, at least the Sky Sox didn't have to go through half the bullpen or do something like have a position player go out there to pitch the ninth inning.  RF Matt Miller and 3B Travis Metcalf each hit a double.  You really have to scrape to find positives in a game like this.  The Sky Sox play a doubleheader against Tacoma on Wednesday afternoon; it looks like Kurt Birkins (3-3, 7.92) and Greg Smith (0-0, 3.55) will get the starts.

Sky Sox Top Three: Wilhite, Miller, Metcalf (I'm really stretching here)

Northwest Arkansas 4, Tulsa 2 (Game 1)
W: Brandon Sisk (3-2)
L: Bruce Billings (5-4)

CF Charlie Blackmon hit his second homer of the year, the main highlight in a pretty bad opener to the doubleheader.  Bruce Billings allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings, striking out five.  The Drillers did get two hits from RF Scott Beerer and an RBI double by 3B Daniel Mayora.

Drillers Top Three: Blackmon, Beerer, Mayora

Tulsa 5, Northwest Arkansas 4 (8 innings) (Game 2)
Drillers: 26-35, 11 GB
W: Andy Graham (3-2)
L: Ben Swaggerty (2-2)

After hitting a homer in Game 1, Charlie Blackmon was DH'ing in the second game and drove in the winning run -- on a bases-loaded walk.  It was his second walk and third RBI of the evening, and Blackmon also added two hits.  And it was one of eight walks the Drillers drew in the game.  After Andy Graham allowed the potential winning run to score in the top of the eighth, 1B Warren Schaeffer tied it up with an RBI single before Blackmon's walk-off walk.  LF Bronson Sardinha also had two hits.  Starter Greg Reynolds lasted just two innings and gave up two earned runs.  The Drillers play Northwest Arkansas again on Wednesday; Keith Weiser (4-4, 2.83) looks like the starter.

Drillers Top Three: Blackmon, Schaeffer, Sardinha

Visalia 2, Modesto 0
Nuts: 35-29, 6 GB
W: Daniel Taylor (2-3)
L: Ethan Hollingsworth (5-5)
SV: Billy Spottiswood (3)

Ethan Hollingsworth's line (7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) just wasn't good enough on a night when the Nuts got just three hits.  Visalia's Daniel Taylor simply dominated the Nuts, striking out ten batters in eight innings.  Rex Brothers pitched a perfect inning and picked up two strikeouts.  C Jordan Pacheco went 1-for-3 and didn't strike out.  That's, uh, good enough.  Rob Scahill (3-4, 6.94) gets the start Wednesday as the Nuts close out the series in Visalia.
Nuts Top Three: Hollingsworth, Brothers, Pacheco

Hagerstown at Asheville: PPD, rain

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday night.  Tyler Matzek (0-0, 1.83) and Chris Balcom-Miller (0-3, 3.52) will start.

DSL Orioles1 5, DSL Rockies 3
Rockies: 8-7, 2.5 GB
W: Rafael Garcia (1-0)
L: Raul Pena (1-1)

The DSL Rockies wasted an excellent start by 17-year-old Jayson Aquino (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K) as the bullpen couldn't hold a 3-0 lead.  CF Angel Reyes and RF Jesus Bacilio each went 2-for-4 with a stolen base (though Bacilio was also thrown out once); Bacilio hit a double and had 2 RBI.  Aquino is worth watching: in three starts (14.2 IP) this season, he has 17 strikeouts and just 3 walks.  And he's 17.

Rockies Top Three: Aquino, Reyes, Bacilio

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