Monday Farm Report: Asheville Power Duo Explosive
Casey Golden, the Rockies 20th-round draft choice a year ago, and Chad Spanberger, the Rockies sixth-round selection last June, were the most powerful twosome in the Pioneer League with Grand Junction last summer.
They are still flexing muscles at Low-A Asheville this year. The only difference is this year, Spanberger is leading the charge.
It's been a challenging season for the Tourists. They are 20-34, and have lost 21 of 28 games on the road. But Spanberger and Golden are getting attention.
Spanberger is second in the South Atlantic League with a .330 average, and 14 home runs, and leads the league with 41 RBI. A year ago he hit 19 home runs at Grand Junction, finishing second in the Pioneer League.
Golden, meanwhile, led the Pioneer League last year with with a Grand Junction record 20 home runs. This year Golden has 12 home runs, third in the SAL, 38 RBI, which is second to Spanberger, and his seventh in the SAL with a .313 average.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (29-28) had it's game against Fresno suspended with two outs in the top of the fourth and the Isotopes ahead 4-0. The game will be completed when Fresno returns to Albuquerque for a series July 20-22. Yency Almonte, who allowed 10 runs in 5 1/3 innings his two previous starts, allowed two hits and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings before the suspension.
AA Hartford (28-29) won 8-5 against Altoona. Matt Pierpoint earned his 15th save, coming out to strike out Altoona RBI leader Will Craig with two men on end the eighth and pitching a 1-2-3 ninth. Chris Jensen (1-2, 10.13) allowed one run on seven hits and two walks, striking out five in five innings. Ryan Metzler (.276) had a double, two singles and two RBI.
High A Lancaster (27-30) won 3-2 against Rancho Cucamonga behind the strong effort of David Hill, who worked five no-hit innings in his first appearance since June 26, 2016. Hill, sidelined while he recovered from August 2016 surgery to relieve thoracic outlet syndrome, hit the first batter he faced, and walked the next. He, however, retired the next 15 batters, striking out eight.
Low A Asheville (20-34) lost 7-6 at Greenville. Reliever Tommy Doyle (2-4, 4.91) gave up two runs in the ninth, his fifth blown save of the season. Spanberger hit two home runs. Lucas Gilbreath (6.89) started and allowed three runs on six hits, striking out eight in six innings.