Friday Farm Report: Senzatela Showing Big-League Signs

Antonio Senzatela opened the season in the Rockies bullpen. Last week he was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque. It wasn't because of poor performance, but rather to stretch out so he can eventually move into the rotation.

Two starts for the Isotopes, and he has to be making an impression.

Senzatela followed up a four-inning, one-run effort in the first start for Albuquerque by working five shutout innings in the Isotopes win at Reno on Thursday. He allowed four hits and two walks, striking out four.

Senzatela, who made only seven starts and worked 34 2/3 innings at Double-A Hartford two years ago, was 10-5 with a 4.68 ERA as a rookie with the Rockies last year. He was moved into the bullpen in the month of September to limit his innings total.

This year, however, with the return of a healthy Chad Bettis to go with German Marquez, John Gray, Kyle Freeland and Tyler Anderson, Senzatela began the year in the bullpen.

In Thursday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (17-18) won 7-4 at Reno. Tom Murphy had two home runs and five RBI -- a two-run shot in the third and three-run home run in the seventh -- giving him a team-high eight. Josh Fuentes had two doubles, a triple and two singles, and has 13 hits his last 21 at-bats. Senzatela (1-0, 1.00) was credited with the win.

AA Hartford (19-14) lost 7-6 at Bowie. Ryan Castellani had a 2-1 lead going into the fifth, but gave up six runs in the inning. Scott Burcham and Dom Nunez both hit home runs.

High A Lancaster (16-18) lost 4-2 at Inland Empire. Roberto Ramos hit his 11th home run in the seventh. He leads the team with 11 home runs and 32 RBI. Brandon Gold (3-2, 5.89) allowed four runs on seven hits in four-plus innings.

Low A Asheville (12-19) won 9-3 at Greensboro. Bret Boswell had three hits, including a run-scoring single in the first. Will Gaddis (2-1, 4.83) allowed three runs on nine hits, striking out six without a walk in seven innings.