Monday Farm Report: Class A All-Star Games on Tap
High A Lancaster and Low A Asheville have a three-day break in the schedule. Both leagues have All-Star Games scheduled for Tuesday. The Cal League game will be hosted by Lancaster, and the South Atlantic League game will be played at Greensboro.
The Rockies have a strong contingent of players in the Cal League All-Star Game, including right-handed pitchers Rico Garcia, tied for second in the league with six wins and ninth in the Cal League with a 3.45 ERA, and Reid Humphreys, tied for first in the Cal League with 13 saves.
Right-handers Justin Lawrence and Heath Holder also are on the team.
Among position players, first baseman Roberto Ramos leads the Cal League with 17 home runs, is second in the league with 43 RBI and ninth in the league with a .304 average. He is joined on the Southern Division All-Star team by outfielder Vince Fernandez, third baseman Colton Welker, and infielder Alan Trejo.
Low A Asheville has three position players making the trip to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game -- first baseman Chad Spanberger, who is hitting .306 with 18 home runs, 58 RBI and 13 stolen bases, second baseman Bret Boswell, and outfielder Casey Golden.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (34-35) won 17-12 against Nashville. The 29 combined runs is the sixth most in Isotopes history. Garrett Hampton (.269) led off the bottom of the first with a home run, and Pat Valaika (.217) provided the final word with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth. Ramiel Tapia (.291) and Michael Tauchman (.358) both hit their 10th home runs. Sam Howard (5.24) allowed five runs on nine hits and three walks, striking out three in four innings in his first start since being returned from the Rockies. Scott Mcgough (5-1, 6.81) worked two shutout innings, giving up a walk and striking out three, for the win.
AA Hartford (33-35) won 4-3 in 11 innings against Binghamton, finishing off a sweep of the three-game series before what was the 20th sellout crowd of the season. Brendan Rodgers (.291) had a single and two doubles, including a game-tying double in the seventh. Pinch-hitter Ryan Metzler (.263) singled home Mylz Jones with the game-winning run in the 11th. Sean Nolin (2-2, 9.53) was credited with the victory. Jack Wynkoop (6.30) started and allowed two runs on eight hits, striking out three without a walk, in six innings.
High-A Lancaster (33-37) lost 2-1 at Lake Elsinore to finish the first half. Rico Garcia (3.45) started and allowed one run on six hits, striking out seven and not walking a batter in eight innings. He threw 89 pitches, 65 for strikes. Ben Bowden (0-1, 4.66) suffered the loss, allowing a run in the ninth. Roberto Ramos drew four walks, scoring in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk to Steven Linkous (.250).
Low-A Asheville (27-42) lost 5-4 in 10 innings against Augusta, coming up a win short in putting together a winning first half home record. The Tourists were 18-19 at home. Taylor Snyder (.292) had four of the Tourists five hits with his third home run of the season, two doubles and a single. Bret Boswell (.316) had the other hit, a two-run triple in the seventh. Boswell also walked three times. Robert Tyler (3-1, 4.00) suffered the loss. Will Gaddis (5.63) started and allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out four in six innings.
Short-Season A Boise (2-1) won 9-3 against Spokane. Catcher Hidekal Gonzalez (.222) was 2-for-5 with an RBI, and Danny Edgeworth (.357) was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Shelby Lackey (1-0, 0.00) worked one inning for the win. Jeffri Ocando (4.50) started and allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four in four innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (2-1) lost 7-4 to Orem. Michael Agis (0-1, 5.40) allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks, striking out two in 1 2/3 innings to suffer the loss. Wander Cabrera (1.50) started and allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings. Todd Czinege (.375) was 1-for-3 with a double and run scored.
Dominican Summer League South (4-9) and Dominican Summer League Northeast (7-6) were off.