Tuesday Farm Report: Tebow Filling Stands in Minor League Gig

Former Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is a fan favorite in the Double-A Eastern League. The Rockies affiliate in Hartford had a sellout crowd of 6,757 on Monday, the second largest Monday crowd in franchise history lured to see the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner in the second year of his bid to get to the big leagues.

A hit at the box office, Tebow has found pro baseball, even at the minor-league level, a challenge. He was 1-for-3 with a walk in the 2-1 win for the Mets affiliate at Binghamton, but he is hitting .244, and finds himself filling the No. 8 slot in the lineup. After he reached base in the eighth inning of Binghamton's victory, Tebow gave way to a pinch-runner.

He is hitting .244 this year, and has a .229 average since signing with the Mets organization. A year ago, Tebow hit .220 at Low-A Columbia, and .231 at High-A St. Lucie.

In Minor League Games on Monday

AAA Albuquerque (15-17) 11, El Paso 7. The Isotopes won for the seventh time in nine games. They scored seven runs in the second inning, which included an inside-the-park home run by Derrik Gibson, and a three-run home run from Jordan Patterson. Patterson leads the team with seven home runs. Sam Howard (2-3, 5.79) earned the victory, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks, striking out four in five innings.

AA Hartford (17-13) lost 2-1 to Binghamton despite six shutout innings by Peter Lambert, who lowered his ERA to 1.83, seventh best in the Eastern League. Lambert gave up six hits and two walks, striking out six. He pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth when he struck out Tebow and induced a double-play ground ball. Jhoan Urena delivered the game-deciding two-run home run for Binghamton off reliever Mitch Horacek in the seventh.

High A Lancaster (16-15) was off.

A Asheville  (10-19) lost 3-0 at Rome. Shutout for the third time, the Tourists managed two hits -- a bunt single by Shael Mendoza to open the game, and ninth-inning double by Casey Golden. Nick Kennedy suffered the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.