Farm Report April 18: Dahl Returns to Isotopes Lineup
After missing 10 games with a stomach virus, David Dahl returned to the lineup with Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday night. While Dahl was 0-for-4, having him back in the lineup is significant.
Dahl was called up by the Rockies for the final two months of 2016, and hit .315 with seven home runs and 24 RBI. He was projected to step into the Rockies' lineup a year ago, but was sidelined in spring training with a stress reaction in his rib cage during the spring.
Between a rehab assignment and being activated from the disabled list, he appeared in two games at Class A Lancaster and 17 games with Triple-A Albuquerque before being shutdown on July 29. He did not pick up a bat again until mid-January.
Dahl was hitless in his first 15 at-bats this spring but finished strong, hitting .274 overall -- .362 in his final 47 at-bats. He also led the Rockies with five home runs during the spring.
Dahl was sent to Albuquerque to get extended playing time and eliminate health concerns. He was 4-for-9 with four RBI in the Isotopes first two games this season.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (6-7) lost 8-2 at Tacoma. The Isotopes bullpen allowed six runs in the eighth inning and the team lost for the fifth time in six games. Catcher Tom Murphy hit his fourth home run. He is hitting .413. Austin House was charged with all six runs in the eighth, giving up four hits and two walks.
AA Hartford (3-8) split a doubleheader at Portland, losing 8-2 in Game 1, and winning 6-3 in Game 2. Hartford used five pitchers in the seven-inning Game 2 victory, including Jason Garcia, who picked up the victory. Sam Hilliard's three-run home run in the fifth inning of Game 2 put the Yard Goats ahead. Parker French suffered the loss in Game 1, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks in five innings.
High A Lancaster (7-6) won 11-7 against Rancho Cucamonga. Willie Abreu had a two-out, three run home run in the third, and Alan Trejo delivered a two-out, bases-loaded, three-run double in the sixth.
A Asheville (3-9) won 1-0 at Rome thanks to a bullpen that worked the final 8 1/3 innings. Lucas Gilbreath got the call with two out in the first when Breiling Eusebio called the trainer to the mound and then departed. No details of Eusebio's ailment were announced. Gilbreath worked 4 1/3 innings to earn the save. Casey Golden scored the game's only run. He singled, advanced to second on an errant pick off attempt and third on a wild pitch, and came home on Ramon Marcelino's ground out.