Saturday Farm Report: Rockies Add Two Pitchers to Grand Junction Staff
The Rockies have added two undrafted free agent pitchers to the Rookie Grand Junction roster. Left-hander Jared Skolnicki from Kent State University has a 1.93 ERA in three appearances, in which he has struck out six and not walked a batter.
Skolnicki was 5-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 games, 12 starts, at Kent State. He pitched 8 2/3 innings in Kent State's 7-2 victory against Miami of Ohio in the MAC semi-final, helping Kent State advance to the NCAA tournament.
Right-hander Cayden Hatcher has yet to pitch for Grand Junction. Hatcher is a right-hander from Nichols State, where he was 4-7 with a 4.13 ERA, appearing in 22 games, 13 starts.
In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (41-39) won 10-3 at El Paso. The Isotopes scored six runs in the fourth, sending 11 batters to the plate. Jordan Patterson (.261) and Josh Fuentes (.331) both had a two-run single in the inning. Fuentes also had a two-run home run, his ninth. Nelson Gonzalez (3-1, 5.30) earned the win in relief. Jeff Hoffman (4.27), in his return to the Isotopes after working out of the Rockies bullpen, started and pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three walks, striking out three.
AA Hartford (39-39) lost 9-2 at Reading. Brendan Rodgers (.281) was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Jack Wynkoop (3-7, 6.30) allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits, striking out three.
High A Lancaster (38-41) lost 9-7 at Stockton. Left fielder Vince Fernandez (.278) and second baseman Max George (.223) were both 2-for-4 with two RBI. George hit his sixth and seventh home runs. Brandon Gold (5-5, 5.98) allowed eight runs on 13 hits, walking one and striking out three in four innings.
Low A Asheville (32-44) won 5-3 in 10 innings at Columbia. The Tourists scored three runs in the 10th on a squeeze bunt from Casey Golden (.273), single by Taylor Snyder (.306) and double steal. The Tourists have won four extra-inning games in seven games since the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Lucas Gilbreath (5.33) pitched seven scoreless innings. Tommy Doyle (6-4, 3.34) was credited with the victory, and Braxton Lorenzini (2.40) earned his first save.
Short-season A Boise (7-8) lost 7-4 at Tri-City. Third baseman Danny Edgeworth (.288) was 3-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and double. Frederis Parra (1-1, 4.41) allowed seven runs on 11 hits and two walks, striking out four, in 5 1/3 innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (6-9) lost 7-6 in 12 innings at Idaho Falls. Grant Lavigne (.333) hit his first home run in the third inning, and added an RBI single in the seventh. Coco Montes (.444) ran his hitting streak to 11 games with three hits. Reagan Todd (0.00) started and worked two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and two walks. Will Tribucher (0-1, 0.00) suffered the loss, giving up an unearned run.
Dominican Summer League South (10-14) split a doubleheader with the Angels, losing 9-8 in the first game, but winning 6-4 in Game 2. Catcher Ronaiker Palma (.400) went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, home run and two RBI in Game 1, and as the DH was 2-for-3 with two RBI in Game 2. Johan Liberator doubled home one run and scored another in the seventh and final inning of Game 2. Juan Mejia (2-2, 4.10) won the second game, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six, in 5 2/3 innings. Anderson Pilar (2-3, 2.45) suffered the loss in Game 1, but had the save in Game 2. Helcris Olivares (4.08) started and allowed four runs on five hits and three walks, striking out two, in three innings of Game 1.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (12-12) lost 13-8 at the Giants. Steven Fara (.263) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Juan Toribio (3.00) started and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks, striking out four, in three innings. Roger Contreras (1-2, 8.44) suffered the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, striking out one, in 1 2/3 innings.