Wednesday Farm Report: Bednar Making Strong 1st Impression
Brandon Bednar is trying to turn the third time into a charm. A seventh-round draft choice of the Giants out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013, who was eventually dealt to the Phillies, is now in the Rockies organization. The Rockies signed Bednar a week ago, after he was released by the Phillies, despite hitting .273 at Double-A Reading.
Bednar has made his presence felt in a hurry with the Rockies Double-A Hartford affiliate. After joining the team on the road, and going 4-for-10, Bednar made his home debut with Hartford in Tuesday's 11-5 victory against the Giants' Richmond affiliate by going 5-for-5 with two runs scored.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (39-38) won 13-8 against Sacramento. Mike Tauchman (.348), Jordan Patterson (.260) and Josh Fuentes (.328) each had three-hit efforts, combining to drive in eight runs. Tauchman hit his 12th home run and Patterson his 16th in the five-run first inning off Giants pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was making a rehab start. Samardzija gave up six runs, walking two and striking out six in four innings. . The Isotopes also scored seven runs in the seventh. Brett Oberholtzer (4-5, 6.02) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six, in six innings to earn the victory.
AA Hartford (38-37) won 11-5 against Richmond. As well as the big game from Bednar, Dom Nunez (.215) had a home run, single and two RBI. Ryan Castellani (5-3, 4.95) allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out five, in six innings. Matt Pierpont (1.89) got the final five outs for his 20th save.
High A Lancaster (4-2 2nd half; 37-39) won 4-2 at Modesto. Carlos Herrera (.284) was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI, and Tyler Nevin (.289) was 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. Ty Culbreth (4-3, 5.71) allowed one run on five hits, striking out six, in seven innings. Reid Humphreys (2.13) earned his 16th save.
Low A Asheville (3-1, 2nd half; 30-43) was rained out for the second day in a row against Charleston.
Short-season A Boise (7-5) won 7-5 against Hillsboro. Eighth-round draft choice Nick Bush of LSU worked two shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out two, in his pro debut. Boby Johnson (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in relief. Hayden Roberts (1.80) picked up his third save. Matt Hearn (.297) was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Luke Morgan (.235) was 3-for-4 with two RBI and a triple.
Rookie Grand Junction (6-6) won 4-2 at Idaho Falls. Reese Berberet (.257) keyed a three-run seventh with his third home run. Coco Montes (.439) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI, extending his hitting streak to eight games in which he is 17-for-34. Eris Filpo (2-1, 4.00) allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three, in six innings. Alexander Martinez (6.35) earned his third save.
Dominican Summer League South (8-13) won 5-4 in 10 innings at the Philies Red. Branfiel Concepcion's two-run triple keyed a game-tying three-run ninth, and Jose Colon (.207) delivered the game-deciding sacrifice fly in the 10th. Anderson Pilar (2-2, 2.19), after being charged with a game-tying, unearned run, earned the win. Kevin Garcia (2.40) allowed three unearned runs on three hits and four walks, striking out one in four innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (11-10) lost 5-0 to Pirates 2. Yeikel Blandin (.224) singled in the sixth for the Rockies only hit. Kleiver Osorio (1-2, 1.72) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out two, in four innings.