The Coors Effect

June 19, 2010 3:17 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 18

Las Vegas 8, Colorado Springs 4
Sky Sox: 32-36, 3 GB
W: Marc Rzepczynkski (2-3)
L: Alan Johnson (6-3)
SV: Josh Roenicke (1)

It was the same pitching matchup as Sunday, but with a far different result.  This time, Alan Johnson gave up 11 hits and eight runs in 4.2 innings, a hole the Sky Sox simply couldn't dig themselves out of, despite solid relief efforts (Edgmer Escalona struck out three in two innings; Nick Bierbrodt struck out two in 2.1 innings of work.  The offense did put up an effort: SS Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI; CF Dexter Fowler went 3-for-5 with a double and scored twice.  But this just wasn't the Sky Sox' night.  Josh Muecke (1-3, 6.50) takes the mound for the Sky Sox as they continue the series with Las Vegas.

Sky Sox Top Three: Quintanilla, Fowler, Escalona

Arkansas 3, Tulsa 2
Drillers: 28-36, 10 GB
W: Ryan Brasier (5-6)
L: Christian Friedrich (0-5)
SV: Ismael Carmona (1)

Well, at least it wasn't a no-hitter, which Ryan Brasier did to Tulsa earlier this season.  But the Drillers got just three hits off Brasier, although they were helped by five walks.  2B Jason Van Kooten drew two walks and scored a run; CF Charlie Blackmon walked, doubled, and scored; 3B Daniel Mayora was 1-for-3 with an RBI.  Blackmon and Van Kooten also stole a base each.  Meanwhile, Christian Friedrich's hard-luck season continues; he gave up two earned runs (and one unearned) over seven innings but still couldn't come up with his first win of the season.  Friedrich struck out four and walked four.  Brandon Durden (3-4, 4.28) got the ball in the early start today.

Drillers Top Three: Blackmon, Van Kooten, Mayora

Modesto 7, Bakersfield 3 (Game 1)
W: Dan Houston (4-4)
L: Kennil Gomez (2-5)

Despite giving up eleven hits and a walk, Dan Houston held Bakersfield to three runs over 6.1 innings, as the Nuts exploded for 11 hits.  RF Tim Wheeler, DH Jimmy Cesario, 2B Erik Wetzel, and LF Scott Robinson each had two hits; Wetzel drove in three runs, hit a double, and scored a run.  Wheeler and Robinson each had an RBI.

Nuts Top Three: Wetzel, Wheeler, Robinson

Bakersfield 4, Modesto 2 (Game 2)
Nuts: 36-32, 7.5 GB
W: Wilfredo Boscan (3-8)
L: Jonnathan Aristil (1-2)
SV: Mark Hamburger (8)

Jonnathan Aristil's first start of the 2010 season, after working in relief, actually went pretty well; Aristil went four innings, struck out five, walked none, and gave up one run on four hits.  In a bad offensive game for the Nuts, though, that just saddled Aristil with a loss.  SS Thomas Field, after leaving the first game early, came back and went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI; CF Tim Wheeler and DH Jordan Pacheco each had a pair of hits.  Juan Nicasio (5-3, 3.97) gets the ball tonight in the Nuts' final game before the California League All-Star break.

Nuts Top Three: Aristil, Field, Pacheco

Greensboro 12, Asheville 1
Tourists: 28-39, 12.5 GB
W: Curtis Petersen (3-7)
L: Wes Musick (5-5)

On a bad night in general for Rockies affiliates, Asheville had the worst night.  Wes Musick gave up six runs and didn't make it out of the fourth inning, while the bullpen (outside of Rhett Ballard, who pitched a perfect ninth) didn't fare any better.  The offense did show a few signs of life: 2B Avery Barnes went 2-for-4, tripled, and scored the Tourists' only run, while LF Eliezer Mesa went 1-for-4 with a double.  Nick Schnaitmann (4-5, 6.24) gets the start tonight for Asheville.

Tourists Top Three: Barnes, Ballard, Mesa

Tri-City 6, Spokane 1
Dust Devils: 1-0, 1st place
W: Parker Frazier (1-0)
L: Randol Rojas (0-1)

That has to be the fastest recovery from Tommy John surgery ever.  Parker Frazier, who underwent Tommy John... what, eight months ago, started the season opener for Tri-City, went five innings, struck out six, walked none, and gave up one hit.  Yeah, I'd call that "recovered."  Also Casey Weathers -- the former first-round pick who underwent Tommy John surgery after 2008 -- pitched an inning and struck out four.  Yeah, that's right, he struck out four in one inning.  Luckily for the rest of the Northwest League, these two probably won't be around too long, as they're both simply recovering from injuries and are way too advanced for this league.  On offense, SS Carlos Martinez, who didn't hit a single homer all season at Asheville in 2009, homered in his first at bat of 2010.  2B Joe Scott collected three hits; CF Nathan Hines, RF Chandler Laurent, and C Dustin Garneau had two each.  Laurent had two doubles.  Josh Sullivan (0-1, 3.38 at Tri-City in 2008 -- yes, that's the last time he pitched) will start tonight.

Dust Devils Top Three: Frazier, Laurent, Weathers

DSL Rockies 11, DSL Padres 1
Rockies: 9-9, 3.5 GB
W: Amin Acosta (2-0)
L: Rudi Andujar (0-2)

Amin Acosta went five innings, struck out four, gave up two hits and a walk and one unearned run and earned a win.  Acosta, who's 18 and has 13 strikeouts in ten innings this season (after having 41 in 32 innings last season) is an interesting prospect.  On the offensive side, the Rockies provided plenty of cushion for Acosta: CF Julian Yan went 3-for-5, scored twice and stole two bases; SS Rosell Herrera went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  While the Rockies had eleven hits, only one of them (a double by 17-year-old 3B Franmy Pena, who's hitting .069) went for extra bases.  Pena also walked twice and drove in a run.  Also of note: Smit Valera, who played 2009 as a 3B and hit for a .637 OPS, made his first appearance as a pitcher, striking out one and giving up a hit in an inning.

Rockies Top Three: Acosta, Yan, Herrera

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