The Coors Effect

June 9, 2010 5:00 PM

Rockies minor league report: June 8

Colorado Springs 5, Salt Lake 2
Sky Sox: 28-30, 2 GB
W: Kurt Birkins (3-3)
L: Will Smith (1-4)
SV: Andrew Johnston (1)

The Sky Sox got a solid outing from Kurt Birkins (5.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) and two-hit nights by CF Dexter Fowler, SS Omar Quintanilla, and 2B Travis Metcalf.  RF Matt Miller went 3-for-4 with a walk, raising his average to .332.  Quintanilla had 2 RBI and a stolen base.  The Sky Sox are off tonight, then go to Las Vegas for a four-game series starting tomorrow.

Sky Sox Top Three: Miller, Quintanilla, Birkins

Tulsa: OFF

The Drillers (23-31, 8.5 GB) open a four-game series at Springfield tonight with Bruce Billings (4-3, 2.95) taking the mound.  Billings hasn't allowed a run since May 3, a span of five starts.

Modesto 7, San Jose 4
Nuts: 31-26, 4 GB
W: Dan Houston (3-4)
L: Oliver Odle (6-2)

SS Thomas Field homered twice (his eighth and ninth of the season) and raised his average to .326, while 3B Jimmy Cesario hit a two-run double and 1B Ben Paulsen had two hits.  That was enough to back up Dan Houston, who went six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out four.  Reliever Kurt Yacko pitched two scoreless frames and struck out two.  The Nuts continue the series in San Jose tonight, with Juan Nicasio (4-3, 4.48) taking the mound.

Nuts Top Three: Field, Cesario, Yacko

Asheville 11, West Virginia 5
Tourists: 25-34, 10.5 GB
W: Chad Rose (5-3)
L: Nathan Baker (4-4)

Tyler Matzek got the start for Asheville and, while he only went 4.2 innings, he struck out seven and gave up just three hits and no runs.  The one real ding was that he gave up four walks.  Chad Rose picked up the win in relief behind an offensive explosion.  SS Helder Velazquez drove in four runs on a pair of doubles.  3B Joseph Sanders also had 4 RBI on 2-for-5 hitting, with one double.  RF Orlando Sandoval had three hits; DH Eliezer Mesa and LF Tyler Massey had two each.  CF Delta Cleary made his season debut and went 1-for-5.  The Tourists are off tonight before opening a three-game series at Kannapolis tomorrow.

Tourists Top Three: Velazquez, Sandoval, Sanders

DSL Rockies 3, DSL Cubs1 1 (Game 1)
W: Raul Hernandez (1-0)
L: Javier Castro (0-1)
SV: Raul Pena (4)

17-year-old Raul Hernandez made his season debut and struck out a batter in a perfect inning of relief, picking up the win.  Starter Raul Fernandez went five innings and struck out six, but also walked five and gave up a run.  SS Rosell Herrera went 1-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and a stolen base; CF Julian Yan drove in the Rockies' other run.

Rockies Top Three: Herrera, Hernandez, Yan

DSL Rockies 9, DSL Cubs1 7 (Game 2)
W; Raul Pena (1-0)
L: Denis Estrada (1-1)
SV: Jose Franco (1)

The Rockies had an offensive explosion in the second game.  CF Julian Yan hit his second homer of the season while going 2-for-5, and RF Jesus Bacilio hit his first in his only official at bat of the day.  SS Rosell Herrera went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs.  2B Juan Ciriaco and C Angel Reyes each had two hits.  Raul Pena, pitching in his second game of the day, blew a save but wound up getting the win.

Rockies Top Three: Yan, Herrera, Bacilio

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