The Coors Effect

July 10, 2010 1:58 PM

Rockies minor league report: July 9

Colorado Springs 9, Reno 7
Sky Sox: 39-48, 9.5 GB
W: Franklin Morales (1-0)
L: Jason Urquidez (3-4)
SV: Matt Reynolds (4)

Since being demoted to Colorado Springs, Franklin Morales hadn't allowed a run in four outings.  That changed Friday night as he gave up a game-tying homer to Reno's John Hester, but wound up getting the win as the Sky Sox pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh.  The Sky Sox overcame a shaky start by Josh Muecke (5 IP, 6 ER) with offense, offense, and more offense: the Sky Sox pounded out fifteen hits, with every starter except the pitcher getting at least one hit.  3B Omar Quintanilla and LF Michael Paulk had three hits each; 2B Chris Nelson (7) and C Michael McKenry each hit a two-run homer off Reno starter Bryan Augenstein in the fifth inning.  McKenry has a .988 OPS since June turned to July, though in fairness he has ridiculous home/away splits: in Colorado Springs, he's hitting a ridiculous .402/.465/.637, while hitting a ghastly .208/.274/.292 on the road, and all five of his homers have come at Security Service Field.  RF Matt Miller (who's hitting .330 -- .377 in Colorado Springs) went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI.  The Sky Sox play a doubleheader with Reno tonight.  Chaz Roe (5-9, 5.68) will get the call in game 1, with Alan Johnson (7-4, 5.11) set to go in game 2.

Sky Sox Top Three: McKenry, Nelson, Miller

Tulsa 2, Corpus Christi 1 (Game 1)
W: Keith Weiser (6-5)
L: Jeremy Johnson (3-8)
SV: Stuart Pomeranz (8)

In a game that was light on offense, the Drillers turned out to be just a hair better than Corpus Christi.  Keith Weiser (6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) got the better of the pitcher's duel, as he was backed up by a two-run shot by Wilin Rosario (12) in the fifth inning that provided all of the Drillers' scoring.  Rosario, one of the Rockies' top prospects, is somewhat quietly putting together a very good year; on the season, he's hitting .276/.332/.505 -- very good numbers for a 21-year-old catcher in AA.  RF Bronson Sardinha went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

Drillers Top Three: Rosario, Weiser, Sardinha

Tulsa 7, Corpus Christi 2 (Game 2)
Drillers: 9-3, 2 GB
W: Bruce Billings (7-5)
L: Erick Abreu (0-3)
SV: Chris Malone (3)

Bruce Billings, recently moved to the bullpen, picked up a win after two innings in relief of Ching-lung Lo; Billings struck out three and gave up one run on one hit.  But this win was about an offense that scored seven runs on eleven hits.  1B Kiel Roling is having a nightmarish year, but he came up with a homer and a double and scored twice.  SS Radames Nazario had three hits and an RBI; CF Mike Mitchell and LF Bronson Sardinha each had a pair of hits, and Sardinha also had 2 RBI and two stolen bases.  The Drillers continue the series in Corpus Christi tonight, with Greg Reynolds (2-2, 8.51) taking the mound.

Drillers Top Three: Roling, Sardinha, Nazario

Bakersfield 9, Modesto 1
Nuts: 8-8, 4 GB
W: Carlos Pimentel (6-4)
L: Rob Scahill (5-5)

It was a bad night for the Nuts, but not terrible: the offense did get nine hits, but only managed to score one run on a solo homer by 1B Ben Paulsen (6).  That was one of two extra-base hits for the Nuts, the other being a double by DH Mike Zuanich (part of a 3-for-4 night for him.)  The rest of the night, though, was mostly bad.  SS Thomas Field went 1-for-3 with a walk, keeping his average just a hair above .300.  Rob Scahill lasted 5.2 innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk, striking out four.  Juan Nicasio (8-4, 3.36) takes the hill as the Nuts return home tonight to face Stockton.

Nuts Top Three: Paulsen, Zuanich, Field

Savannah 6, Asheville 2
Tourists: 9-7, 2 GB
W: John Church (5-0)
L: Tyler Matzek (2-1)

Tyler Matzek picked up his first professional loss, but in truth, he wasn't all that bad (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.)  There are nights when that would be good enough to win, but the Tourists couldn't do a thing against Savannah starter John Church, who's sporting a 1.01 ERA on the season.  LF Eliezer Mesa went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk; 2B Angelys Nina went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.  No starter has been announced for tonight's game with Savannah, though it's Juan Gonzalez's (3-4, 3.94) turn in the rotation.

Tourists Top Three: Mesa, Nina, Matzek

Salem-Keizer 3, Tri-City 2
Dust Devils: 8-12, 3.5 GB
W: Mario Rodriguez (1-0)
L: Billy Vopinek (0-2)
S: Stephen Harrold (1)

The Dust Devils, getting two runs on eleven hits, continued a pattern of Rockies affiliates last night getting a lot of hits but not many runs to show for it.  Erik Stavert (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K) left the game in line for the win, but Salem-Keizer scored two runs in the ninth to give him a no decision.  On offense, CF Chandler Laurent continued his hot start to the season with a third-inning double that plated both of the Dust Devils' runs.  RF Nathan Hines went 2-for-4 with a triple.  The Dust Devils continue the series with Salem-Keizer tonight, with Josh Hungerman (1-2, 3.72) taking the mound.

Dust Devils Top Three: Stavert, Laurent, Hines

Casper 2, Ogden 1
Ghosts: 8-11, 3 GB
W: Tyler Gagnon (2-0)
L: Antonio Castillo (1-3)
SV: Coty Woods (3)

Tyler Gagnon had a stellar outing: six scoreless, with two hits and one walk to go with eight strikeouts.  That was good enough -- barely -- for the Ghosts to pick up a win.  SS Jeff Squier went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored; 2B Jose Rivera went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple.  Bruce Kern (0-1, 6.30) takes the mound tonight as the Ghosts open a series in Orem.

Ghosts Top Three: Gagnon, Rivera, Squier

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