Thursday Farm Report: Valaika Joins Reunion in Albuquerque
Pat Valaika became the fifth member of the Rockies Opening Day roster to be in uniform for Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday night. Valaika went 2-for-4 in the first game since he was sent down, and joined Michael Tauchman, Ryan McMahon, Scott Oberg and Antonio Senzatela, who also were among the season-opening 25 for the Rockies.
Valaika was optioned after opening the season with a .103 average, collecting six hits while striking out 16 times in 64 at-bats.
Tauchman, who has hit .388 in 17 games since joining the Isotopes, opened the season as a backup outfielder, and was 1-for-23 with 11 strikeouts at the time he was sent down.
McMahon was hitting .180 with 22 strikeouts in 50 at-bats in a limited role in the big leagues, and is hitting .200 in eight games since rejoining Albuquerque.
Oberg, who had a 6.55 ERA in 10 games in relief for the Rockies, has a 1.29 ERA in seven games since being sent down.
Senzatela had a 6.23 ERA out of the Rockies bullpen, and was sent down to extend his workload with the idea he will be the first man up when the Rockies need an additional starter. Senzatela worked four innings, allowing one run on two hits, and striking out eight, in his first start for Albuquerque. He is scheduled to make his second start Thursday at Reno.
And then there is Jeff Hoffman. He initially was on a rehab assignment in the minor leagues, but has since been optioned to Albuquerque, where he is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA.
In Wednesday's Games.
AAA Albuquerque (16-18) lost 6-3 at Reno. Josh Fuentes raised his average to .333 with four hits in five at-bats, and two runs scored.
AA Hartford (19-13) won 7-3 against Binghamton. Craig Schilitter earned a three-inning save, retiring nine of 10 batters faced. Ryan Metzler hit two home runs, and Garrett Hampton had one while Sam Hilliard has three of the Yard Goats six stolen bases and Wes Rogers had two. Hartford had its sixth consecutive sellout, eighth overall.
High A Lancaster (16-17) lost 9-8 against Inland Empire, despite a late surge that saw the Jet Hawks scored four times in the seventh and three in the eighth. Roberto Ramos drove in three runs, and now leads the Cal League with 31 RBI in addition to sharing the league lead with 10 home runs. Colton Welker ran his hitting streak to 15 games with a single and double.
Low A Asheville (11-19) won 14-14 against Greensboro thanks, scoring 10 runs in the final two innings -- four in the seventh and six in the eighth. Chad Spanberger hit two home runs, including a three-run shot in the seventh.