The Coors Effect

July 24, 2010 1:43 PM

Rockies minor league report: July 23

Colorado Springs 12, Salt Lake 1
Sky Sox: 45-54, 10 GB
W: Esmil Rogers (2-3)
L: Matt Shoemaker (0-1)

The Sky Sox pounded out 17 hits to back up an excellent start by Esmil Rogers (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K).  Every Sky Sox hitter had at least one hit; 3B Travis Metcalf (.322/.383/.530) led the way with three hits (a single, double, and triple) and 3 RBI, while 1B Michael Paulk (.266/.351/.401) went 2-for-5 and connected on his third homer of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.  The Sky Sox play the second of four games in Salt Lake tonight, with Alan Johnson (8-5, 5.22) taking the mound.

Tulsa 11, Arkansas 10
Drillers: 17-10 (2nd half), 1.5 GB
W: Rex Brothers (1-0)
L: Ismael Carmona (2-2)

Ethan Hollingsworth's AA debut didn't go well at all (5.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 5 K.)  But in something of a surprising development, the Drillers offense picked him up and got him off the hook for the loss -- the Drillers only had nine hits, but drew eight walks and (more importantly) converted all those scoring opportunities into eleven runs.  LF Anthony Jackson (.235/.339/.295) led the way with three hits -- two of them doubles -- and 4 RBI.  The Drillers continue the home series against Arkansas tonight with Cory Riordan (4-4, 3.92) taking the mound.

Modesto 6, Lancaster 4
Nuts: 15-14 (2nd half), 3 GB
W: Alan DeRatt (2-0)
L: Robert Donovan (0-1)
SV: Adam Jorgenson (22)

Like Tulsa, Modesto saw a pitcher make his debut, in this case Parker Frazier.  Like Ethan Hollingsworth a level above him, Frazier struggled (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) but got picked up by the offense, which snagged an early lead and let the bullpen hold Lancaster scoreless.  1B Ben Paulsen (.312/.355/.450) connected for a solo shot in the second inning, his seventh of the year, and DH Jimmy Cesario (.330/.378/.493) went 3-for-4 and hit his fifth homer of the year, a two-run bomb in the fourth inning.  LF Scott Robinson (.223/.254/.319) stole two bases, increasing his total for the season to 23.  No starter has been announced for tonight in the second of three games against Lancaster; it could be Kenny Durst (8-6, 5.77), but it could also be Josh Sullivan (1-2, 6.23 at Tri-City), who was recently moved up.

Asheville 7, Hagerstown 4
Tourists: 17-11 (2nd half), 1 GB
W: Dan Perkins (5-4)
L: Paul Applebee (2-3)
SV: Sheng-an Kuo (13)

Juan Gonzalez (4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) pitched well, but didn't last long enough to get the win; that honor went to Dan Perkins, who pitched two innings in relief of Gonzalez.  Last night was all about the offense, though, which scored 7 runs on 13 hits.  1B Jared Clark (.294/.405/.539) went 3-for-4 and hit his 19th homer of the season and also had his 8th stolen base of the year; 2B Angelys Nina (.303/.326/.390) hit his fourth homer of the season; RF Orlando Sandoval (.259/.346/.379) hit his third homer and stole his tenth base.  DH Carlos Martinez (.318/.408/.379) had three hits, while C Dallas Tarleton (.228/.361/.316) and SS Joey Wong (.259/.337/.379) had two apiece.  The Tourists open a four-game series at Kannapolis tonight with Nick Schnaitmann (6-7, 5.30) taking the mound.

Tri-City 13, Boise 3
Dust Devils: 16-18, 3 GB
W: Josh Mueller (1-0)
L: Dustin Fitzgerald (1-1)

Josh Mueller's second professional start went much better than his first.  The 21-year-old righthander, a 13th-round pick out of Eastern Illinois, gave up just one run and three hits over six innings, striking out two.  The offense pounded out thirteen hits, three of them by SS Hector Gomez (.167/.250/.333), his first of the season.  1B Mark Tracy (.245/.283/.340) also had three hits and drove in three; LF Jared Simon (.254/.313/.331) connected for his first professional homer.  Edwar Cabrera (0-3, 3.54) takes the mound tonight as the Dust Devils open up a four-game series at Spokane.

Casper 3, Great Falls 1
Ghosts: 16-16, 3 GB
W: Alving Mejias (2-2)
L: Stephen McCray (2-2)
SV: Juan Perez (5)

Alving Mejias (7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) had his best start of the season, while the Ghosts offense gave him just enough support to get the win.  A sacrifice fly by CF Rafael Ortega (.321/.361/.446) scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, after RF David Kandilas (.253/.283/.333) had tripled earlier in the inning.  DH Corey Dickerson (.336/.407/.627) added an insurance run in the ninth on his seventh homer of the season.  The Ghosts conclude the series in Great Falls tonight with Albert Campos (1-2, 3.03) taking the hill.

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