The Coors Effect

June 18, 2010 2:58 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 17

Colorado Springs 7, Tacoma 5
Sky Sox: 32-35, 3 GB
W: Chaz Roe (5-7)
L: Andrew Baldwin (4-2)
SV: Matt Reynolds (2)

Chaz Roe's overall numbers may look ugly, but he's righted the ship after a slow start to the season: he's now 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in the month of June.  Last night was Roe's fourth straight winning start after starting the year 1-7; he went six innings, struck out six, walked one, and gave up three runs.  That was plenty on a day when the offense was pounding out twelve hits, three each off the bats of CF Dexter Fowler and RF Jay Payton.  Fowler wound up a homer short of the cycle; Payton had two doubles and an RBI.  The Sky Sox open a four-game series against Las Vegas tonight; Alan Johnson (6-2, 3.48) is scheduled to take the mound.

Sky Sox Top Three: Fowler, Payton, Roe

Tulsa 3, Arkansas 1
Drillers: 28-35, 9 GB
W: Cory Riordan (3-4)
L: Barret Browning (5-4)
SV: Stuart Pomeranz (5)

Cory Riordan shut down Arkansas for 6.2 innings, striking out eight and giving up just one run.  Meanwhile, a pair of homers gave the Drillers the runs they needed to win: 2B Jason Van Kooten hit a two-run homer in the fifth, his sixth of the year, and DH Scott Beerer gave the Drillers more cushion with a solo homer in the sixth inning, his first of the season.  Christian Friedrich (0-4, 4.89) takes the mound for the Drillers tonight as they play the second of four against Arkansas.

Drillers Top Three: Van Kooten, Riordan, Beerer

Bakersfield 6, Modesto 3
Nuts: 35-31, 8 GB
W: Michael Schlact (1-0)
L: Kenny Durst (7-4)
SV: Mark Hamburger (7)

It wasn't Kenny Durst's night; the Nuts starter gave up ten hits and four unearned runs.  A walk and three singles by CF Tim Wheeler, C Jordan Pacheco, and DH Jimmy Cesario led to two runs in the first inning, but the 2-0 lead wouldn't hold up.  Cesario had two hits and an RBI; Pacheco and LF Mike Mitchell each drove in a run and walked.  Dan Houston (3-4, 5.65) takes the mound for Modesto tonight as they continue the series with Bakersfield.

Nuts Top Three; Cesario, Pacheco, Mitchell

Asheville 5, Greensboro 1
Tourists: 28-38, 12.5 GB
W: Juan Gonzalez (3-2)
L: Jose Alvarez (6-2)

Juan Gonzalez threw eight innings of one-run ball, striking out three, and a five-run sixth inning by the Tourists offense made the difference in the series opener with Greensboro.  1B Joe Sanders tripled, had an RBI, and scored a run; DH Orlando Sandoval reached base three times with two hits and a walk, and LF Eliezer Mesa and 3B Nolan Arenado had two hits apiece.  The Tourists continue the four-game series with Greensboro tonight; Wes Musick (5-4, 4.52) will get the start.

Tourists Top Three: Gonzalez, Sanders, Sandoval

Tri-City Dust Devils

The Dust Devils open their season tonight at Spokane.  No starter has been announced as of yet; four 2010 draft picks (Chad Bettis, Jayson Langfels, Mark Tracy, and Jared Simon) have been assigned to the Dust Devils.

DSL Reds 5, DSL Rockies 4
Rockies: 8-9, 3.5 GB
W: Cesar Caceres (2-0)
L: Johendi Jiminian (1-2)
SV: Carlos Ramos (2)

2B Juan Ciriaco was the star for the DSL Rockies, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two runs, and an RBI.  But it wasn't enough; starter Johendi Jiminian gave up five runs in 4.2 innings and the Rockies couldn't quite finish the comeback.  CF Julian Yan, 3B Rosell Herrera, and DH Jose Briceno each had a hit.  Raul Hernandez and Vianney Mayo kept the Rockies in the game with quality relief work; Hernandez struck out six and gave up just one hit in 3.1 innings, while Mayo struck out a batter and held the Reds scoreless in the ninth.

DSL Rockies Top Three: Ciriaco, Hernandez, Briceno

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