Sunday Farm Report: Lefthander Culbreth Returns to Mound

Left-hander Ty Culbreth, who a year ago at this time was in the midst of an attention-getting season at the Single-A level, returned to an active roster on Saturday after battling a left shoulder strain that cut his 2017 season short.

Culbreth allowed six runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out three in four innings for High-A Lancaster, which rallied for a win against San Jose. He threw 78 pitches, 48 for strikes.

The 5-foot-11 left-hander was an eighth-round draft choice out of Texas in 2015. After making his professional debut at short-season Grand Junction and splitting the 2016 season between low-A Asheville and high-A Lancaster, where he was 9-3 with a 3.09 ERA in 31 appearances, 17 as a starter. 

In Saturday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (19-18) won 6-3 at Las Vegas, but starting pitcher Sam Howard was relieved after 4 1/3 scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits, leading to concern of a possible injury. The Isotopes won for the 11th time in 14 games. Josh Fuentes raised his team-leading RBI total to 30 with his third home run of the season, and Raimel Tapia was 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.

AA Hartford (20-15) won 6-4 at Bowie. Peter Lambert pitched three shutout innings before a 2:12 rain delay cut short his night of work. Zack Cosart (3-1) took over when play resumed and turned in three shutout innings, as well, allowing one hit and one walk. Yonathan Daza had two doubles and a home run, driving in four runs.

High A Lancaster (17-.19) won 7-6 at San Jose. The Jet Hawks rallied from a 6-3 deficit, tying the score with a three-run sixth on home runs from Vince Fernandez (two-run) and Willie Abreu. Roberto Ramos doubled to lead off the eighth inning and scored on a Brian Serven sacrifice fly. 

Low Asheville (13-20) lost 11-8 to Kannapolis. Casey Golden hit his ninth home run with a man on in the seventh, and Sean Bouchard hit a three-run home run in the fifth. Lucas Gilbreath (3-1) allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in 2 1/3 innings. Gilbreath, a seventh-round draft last June, is a graduate of Legacy High School, who led the state in strikeouts as a junior and senior. A 34th-round draft choice in 2014, he opted to attend the University of Minnesota before being drafted a second time by the Rockies and signing.