Sunday Farm Report: Patterson Nearing Isotopes HR Record
Jordan Patterson has 54 home runs in his career with Triple-A Albuquerque, six shy of the franchise record held by Jason Wood.
It's nice, but it's not a record a player wants because it means an extended stay with a minor-league franchise. Patterson, a fourth-round draft of the Rockies in 2013, did appear in 10 games for the Rockies last September. He was 8-for-18, but is back with Albuquerque for a third year.
Wood spent parts of seven of his final eight seasons at Albuquerque when it was a Marlins affiliate, including 2008, after which he retired at the age of 38.
Patterson, 26, still has a reason to believe he can earn a big-league opportunity, but has been the victim of a Rockies roster heavy on left-handed-hitting outfielders.
In Saturday's Games
Class AAA Albuquerque (33-35) ended a four-game losing streak with a 10-6 win against Nashville. Jordan Patterson (.272) hit his 14th home run of the season, third in three games. Pat Valaika (.205) had a three-hit game, including his fourth home run. Raimel Tapia (.289) hit his ninth. Brett Oberholtzer (3-4, 5.60) earned the win with three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five in six innings. D.J. Johnson (5.58) earned a four-out save, his team-high ninth.
Class AA Hartford (32-35) won 6-4 against Binghamton. Peter Lambert (6-2, 2.40) allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk, striking out six in seven innings for his seventh consecutive victory. He also singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth. Matt Pierpont (2.12) earned a four-out save, his Eastern League-leading 18th. The Yard Goats took the lead with a three-run sixth in which Wes Rogers (.201) walked with the bases loaded, Chris Rabago drove in a run with a ground out, and Lambert singled home a run. Nelson Molina (.282) ran his hitting streak to nine games with a two-run home run in the eighth and a single.
High A Lancaster (33-36) won 15-5 at Lake Elsinore. Heath Holder (5-0, 4.78) earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Starter Brandon Gold (5.63) went 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out three. Brian Serven (.238) had two RBI and ran his hitting streak to nine games, during which time he has raised his average 21 points. Manuel Melendez (.301) was 3-for-6 with a double, triple, run scored and three RBI.
Low A Asheville (27-41) lost 7-6 to Augusta. Ryan Vilade (.235) went 2-for-5, the only Tourists player with multiple hits. Chad Spanberger (.313) hit a three-run home run in the seventh, his 18th of the season, second in the South Atlantic League. Garrett Schilling (3-3, 3.13) allowed seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits, including two home runs, and a walk. He struck out five.
Short-Season A Boise (1-1) lost 6-1 at Spokane. Riley Pint, the Rockies first-round draft in 2016 who was sidelined after one start with Asheville to open the season, suffered the loss in his first appearance since, but allowed only an unearned run in three hitless innings. He did walk four and strikeout five. Javier Medina, a third-round draft choice out of Sahuaro High School in Tucson in 2015, replaced Pint, Medina's his first appearance after undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2017 season. Medina allowed four runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Greg Jones (.667) had his second two-hit game in a row. Cade Harris (.600) had two hits, two walks and two stolen bases. The team was 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
Rookie Grand Junction (2-0) won 11-1 against Orem. Eris Filpo (1-0, 1.29) allowed one run on four hits and a walk, striking out two in seven innings. Filpo retired the first 13 batters he faced and threw only 69 pitches. Todd Czinege (.400) homered in a four-run first, had a sacrifice fly in the third and walked twice. Will Golsan, a 26th-round draft choice out of Mississippi, had two hits in his pro debut.
Dominican Summer League South (4-9) Lost 17-13 to Cardinals Blue. Jesus Baptista (.333) scored three runs, drove in three runs and doubled. Anderson Pilar (1-2) blew the save and suffered the loss in a six-run seventh in which Alan Perdomo allowed four runs on two hits, including a home run, and two walks before Pilar came on.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (7-6) lost 13-3 to the Giants. Juan Toribio (0-1, 3.86) allowed one run on two hits and a walk, striking out five, in three innings. Bernnie Alaniz (.375) was 1-for-2 with a two run home run. Diego Blanco (10.00) gave up 10 runs, eight earned, including five in the fourth inning. He allowed eight hits and three walks, striking out six in four innings of relief.