Saturday Farm Report: Isotopes Serving Up Dingers
The Rockies pitching staff has allowed 34 home runs in 33 games, which is tied for 16th in MLB in home runs allowed. Impressive.
Down on the farm, however, Albuquerque, the Rockies Triple-A affiliate, leads all of professional baseball, having allowed 51 home runs in 29 games, including four home runs that accounted for all five El Paso runs in a 7-1 loss on Friday night.
The 51 home runs are one more home run than the Reds and the Indians have allowed. The two Ohio teams are tied for the lead among Major League teams. They have both played 32 games.
Among minor league teams, Class AA Frisco, the Texas League affiliate of the Rangers, and Class AAA Reno, the Diamondbacks PCL affiilate , are tied for second behind Albuquerque, having allowed 44 home runs each. Las Vegas, the Class AAA affiliate of the Mets, has allowed 43 home runs.
In Friday's Minor League Games
AAA Albuquerque (12-17) lost 7-1 to El Paso. Luis Perdomo pitched a three-hitter for El Paso. Perdomo was last seen by the Rockies throwing a 96-mile-per-hour pitch behind Nolan Arenado, setting off a bench-clearing at Coors Field, resulting in suspensions for Arenado (5 games) and Gerardo Parra (4 games). Jordan Patterson accounted for the Isotopes run with a home run in the fifth. Cory Spangenberg, who was on the Padres roster for the 10 games the Padres and Rockies played this season, was 3-for-5 with a home run off Albuquerque starter Yency Almonte. Isotopes reliever Scott McClough allowed four home runs, including two by Franmil Reyes.
AA Hartford (15-12) 5, Portland 4. Yonathan Daza had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Wes Rogers had the go-ahead run-scoring single in the sixth. Logan Cozart earned a two-inning save.
High A Lancaster (15-14) lost 7-6 in 10 innings against San Jose. Roberto Ramos hit a home run in his fourth consecutive game, giving him eight for the season, tied for the Cal League lead. He also had an RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th after San Jose had taken a two-run lead in the top of the inning. The Jethawks were a combined 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
A Asheville (9-17) won 4-3 at Rome. The top four hitters in the Asheville lineup each drove in a run, including Casey Golden, who doubled in one run and scored another.