Sunday Farm Report: Lambert's Week Gets Better
Peter Lambert, who emerged during this season as the top pitching prospect in the Rockies organization, had a busy week. He extended his personal winning streak to five consecutive starts at Double-A Hartford. Then he was named to the Eastern League All-Star Team.
Then, on Saturday, he learned he would not be a part of the All-Star Game because he was promoted to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Lambert, the Rockies second-round draft choice in 2015, was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA at Double-A Hartford this season, and in winning his last five starts for the Yard Goats, he allowed five runs in 38 2/3 innings.
The 21-year-old Lambert was ranked as having the best changeup and control in the Rockies farm system by Baseball America.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (41-40) lost 7-1 at El Paso despite Jordan Patterson (.264) hitting his 18th home run of the season, the 99th of his minor-league career, and 58th as a member of the Isotopes. He is two home runs shy of Jason Wood's franchise record for home runs. David Holman (2-2, 6.14) allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out two in four innings in his fifth start for the Isotopes.
AA Hartford (40-39) won 4-3 at Reading. Forrest Wall (.229) homered with two out in the top of the ninth. Logan Cozart (5-2, 2.44) pitched a scoreless eighth for the victory, and Matt Pierpont earned his 22nd save by working the ninth. Evan Grills (2.45) started and allowed one run on four hits, striking out five without issuing a walk in six innings.
High A Lancaster (6-4 2nd half; 39-41) won 4-0 at Stockton. Heath Holder (4.59) worked four shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out five, in an emergency start. Alexander Guillen (3-1, 2.97) worked 2 1/3 shutout innings, striking out four while giving up one hit and one walk, for the victory. Third baseman Colton Welker (.313) doubled in one run, and scored another on a Vince Fernandez (.283) double in the first inning. Carlos Herrera (.287) doubled in the ninth, driving in Welker, who doubled, and Fernandez, who walked.
Low A Asheville (6-2 2nd half; 33-44) won 10-8 at Lexington. Casey Golden (.283) was 4-for-5 with five RBI and two home runs, including a three-run shot in the ninth. Bret Boswell (.308) hit his 12th home run, and Matt McLaughlin (.265) also had a home run. Nate Harris (1-0) worked 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Erick Julio (4.00) earned his first save. Nick Kennedy (6.53) started, and allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out five, in four innings.
Short-season A Boise (8-8) won 6-2 at Tri City. Mike Bunal (1-0, 2.79) pitched two shutout innings in relief for the win. Pearson McMahan (4.24) started and allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four, in three innings. Danny Edgeworth (.317) had two doubles and two RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (7-9) won 5-2 at Orem. Grant Lavigne, the Rockies second selection and only high school player taken in the first 32 rounds of the draft, was 2-for-4 with three RBI, including his second home run in as many games. Coco Montes extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single ahead of Niko DeColati's triple. Alfredo Garcia (1-2, 3.86) earned the win, allowing an unearned run on five hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings.
Dominican Summer League South (10-15) lost 5-4 to the Nationals. Anderson Amarista (5.40) turned in six no-hit innings, walking one batter and striking out 11. Victor Azor, however, blew a save in the seventh, and Ever Moya (0-1) had a blown save in the eighth. Shortstop Bladimir Restituyo (.305) was 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (13-12) won 7-3 at Royals 2. Right-fielder Steven Fana (.272) was 2-for-5, keying a five-run second inning with a three-run home run, his fourth home run of the season. Carlos Gonzalez (2-1, 3.41) allowed two runs on seven hits, struck out five and did not walk a batter, in six innings.