The Coors Effect

July 27, 2010 12:27 PM

Rockies minor league report: July 26

Salt Lake 6, Colorado Springs 1
Sky Sox: 45-57, 13 GB
W: Barret Browning (2-0)
L: Kurt Birkins (4-5)

After opening the series against Salt Lake with a win, the Sky Sox lost three in a row to close it.  Kurt Birkins (4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) pitched fine, but took the loss after a poor offensive showing.  Cole Garner (.302/.375/.523) went 3-for-4 with a triple.  The Sky Sox open a four-game series in Sacramento tonight with Josh Muecke (3-5, 6.09) taking the hill.

Arkansas 9, Tulsa 2
Drillers: 18-12 (2nd half), 1.5 GB
W: Tyler Chatwood (2-4)
L: Greg Reynolds (4-4)

Greg Reynolds (6 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) struggled mightily and took the loss as Arkansas came back to get a split in the four-game series.  Meanwhile, the Drillers offense didn't do a whole lot.  DH Bronson Sardinha (.311/.442/.527) had two hits, one of them a double; C Lars Davis (.203/.323/.241) went 2-for-4.  Brandon Durden (4-7, 4.73) takes the mound tonight as the Drillers open a three-game series against Northwest Arkansas.

Modesto: OFF

The Nuts return to action tonight as they open a three-game series at Bakersfield.  Juan Nicasio (8-7, 3.85) will get the start.

Asheville 8, Kannapolis 6
Tourists: 18-13 (2nd half), 2.5 GB
W: Tyler Matzek (3-1)
L: Matthew Hopps (1-9)
SV: Paul Bargas (2)

The good?  Tyler Matzek got the win, went five innings, struck out seven, and gave up two runs on six hits.  The bad?  Matzek gave up five walks -- an ongoing problem for the young lefty.  On the season now, Matzek has 40 walks in 60.2 innings.  That clearly has to improve.  In this game, though, it didn't make a lot of difference as the Tourists offense provided plenty of support.  RF Orlando Sandoval (.258/.345/.386) went 2-for-3 and hit his fourth homer of the season.  CF Delta Cleary (.258/.299/.350) and C Dallas Tarleton (.236/.362/.326) each had three hits, and Tarleton drove in three runs.

Spokane 5, Tri-City 1
Dust Devils: 17-21, 5 GB
W: Kevin Johnson (1-2)
L: Ricky Testa (1-2)

Dust Devils starter Josh Hungerman struck out eight batters in four innings, but the Dust Devils offense couldn't do much of anything against Spokane's 19-year-old starter Nick McBride, who struck out nine in six innings.  Jake Skole, the Rangers' 1st-round pick, hit his first professional homer in a three-run seventh inning for Spokane.  For the Dust Devils, SS Hector Gomez (.171/.231/.286) and DH Bryce Massanari (.280/.365/.470) each had two hits; the one run scored on a sac fly by CF Chandler Laurent (.275/.336/.481), who picked up his 23rd RBI of the season.

Billings 7, Casper 6
Ghosts: 16-19, 6 GB
W: Clayton Shunick (3-1)
L: Christian Bergman (1-3)
SV: Daniel Wolford (2)

Christian Bergman had a lot of trouble with unearned runs; he allowed seven runs in 3.1 innings, but only three of them were earned.  The offense almost came all the way back, scoring four runs in the seventh inning, but couldn't quite pull it off.  LF Corey Dickerson (,336/.404/.623) went 2-for-3 with a triple; RF David Kandilas (.263/.288/.394) went 2-for-4 and also tripled.

DSL White Sox 7, DSL Rockies 2
Rockies: 27-18, 6 GB
W: Yorvix Ortega (6-1)
L: Raul Hernandez (2-2)

Raul Hernandez gave up six runs (five earned) and the Rockies offense only had six hits, none of them for extra bases.  DH Juan Ciriaco (.230/.324/.278) stole his 24th base of the season.

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