Farm Report April 30: O'Malley a Quick Hit at Albuquerque
Shawn O'Malley's hope of claiming the utility player role on the Rockies that opened up when Alexi Amarista was not re-signed ended when he broke his left wrist making a diving defensive play at second base in a March 2 spring training game.
After being sidelined 57 days, however, O'Malley is back in action with Triple-A Albuquerque, and in his first two games with the Isotopes he was 3-for-7.
O'Malley, a switch-hitter, has started at all three outfield positions, second base, third base and shortstop in 113 big-league games with the Mariners and Angels.
The Rockies currently have one back up infielder on their roster, Pat Valaika.
Sunday's Games Down on the Farm
AAA Albuquerque (9-15) won 7-6 against Las Vegas. Yency Almonte, who has been limited to two appearances in which he worked 1 1/3 innings, returned to the rotation on Sunday and earned the victory. He worked four shutout innings before giving up three runs in the fifth. Almonte retired one batter in his first start of the year before being removed because of a nerve issue. He did not return to the mound until April 22, and was ejected after one inning that day. Raimel Tapia drove in two runs. Tapia was 1-for-3, and continuing a nine-game resurgence in which he is 15-for-40, raising his average from .218 to .284. Tom Murphy hit his fifth home run in a four-run Isotopes fourth inning.
AA Hartford (11-11) lost 3-2 at Richmond. Brendan Rodgers was 1-for-2 with two stolen bases. He has hit .400 in his last 10 games, raising his season average from .205 to .291. Jack Wynkoop started and allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out one in six innings. Mitch Horaceck suffered the loss, retiring one of five batters he faced in the seventh inning.
High A Lancaster (13-11) won 7-6 against Rancho Cucamonga, it's sixth win in nine games. Colton Welker's run-scoring double capped a four-run seventh inning that gave the Jet Hawks the lead, and after Rancho Cucamonga tied the score in the top of the eighth, Max George doubled home the game-deciding run in the bottom of the eighth. Reid Humphreys earned his sixth save, tied for the California League lead.
A Asheville (7-15) lost 11-7 in 10 innings to Greensboro. Steve Linkous and Matt McLaughlin delivered run-scoring singles in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game at 4-4, but Greensboro scored seven runs in the top of the 10th. After a sacrifice bunt, Greensboro had eight consecutive baserunners reach base against Justin Valdespina, who was charged with seven runs, six earned. Chad Spanberger had a two-run home run in the bottom off the 11th, his fifth home run of the season.