Farm Report May 6: Senzatela Takes First Step Toward Rotation Ready

Antonio Senzatela took the first step toward extending himself to the point that he will be ready to step into the big-league rotation with four dominating innings at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night, and reliever Scott Oberg continued to get his game back in order since being sent to the Isotopes.

Senzatela worked four innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and one run in four innings while striking out eight. That comes on the heels of his last big-league relief appearance, April 27, when he went 3 2/3 shutout innings, giving up one hit and earning the victory in a 1-0 Rockies win at Miami. 

Senzatela got the call when starting pitcher Tyler Anderson came out after 1 1/3 innings because he was light-headed. It was Senzatela's 10th relief appearance, in which he worked a total of 17 1/3 innings. The Rockies look at him as being the first man up when they need to fill a slot in the rotation and felt it was important to stretch out his in-game work, prompting him being sent down earlier in the week.

Oberg, meanwhile, added another scoreless innings to his stint at Albuquerque. Oberg has allowed only three base runners -- two hits and a walk -- while striking out five in five innings over five appearances. 

In Sunday's Minor League Games:

AAA Albuquerque (13-16) won 4-1 against El Paso in front of a record-setting crowd of 16,975. Jordan Patterson set a club career record when he was hit for the 35th and 36th times in 279 games with the Isotopes. Ryan McMahon was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

AA Hartford (16-12) won a franchise-record 10th consecutive home game in a 9-6 victory against Portland. Scott Burcham, in his first start since being promoted from extended spring training, was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a go-ahead single in the eighth. Dom Nunez hit a three-run home run.

High A Lancaster (15-15) lost 10-5 to San Jose, which put together back-to-back innings of four runs in the fourth and six runs in the fifth. Alan Trejo extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his fifth three-hit game of the season. Reliever Kenny Oakley suffered the loss, giving up six runs while retiring only two batters in that fifth inning.

A Asheville (9-18) lost 6-3 at Rome, which scored all six runs with two out. Shael Mendoza ran his hitting streak to 13 games, longest in the South Atlantic League. Ryan Vilade, a second-round draft choice last June, continued his resurgence, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Vilade, who was the Rockies highest draft pick a year ago, has nine hits in his last 20 at-bats, raising his season average 50 points to .226 in that stretch.