Friday Farm Report: Right-hander Lambert In Control on the Mound
Peter Lambert, the top pitching prospect in the Rockies system, continued to show his ability to throw strikes in the Isotopes 4-1 loss at Oklahoma City on Thursday night. Lambert (3.68), who allowed one run in six innings and was not involved in the decision, did not walk a batter for the third time in four starts since his promotion from Double-A Hartford.
That's nothing new, however. Lambert, 21, has not walked a batter in 10 of his 19 starts this year. He has issued only 15 walks in 114 2/3 innings this season, and is a combined 10-3 with a 2.51 ERA between Hartford and Albuquerque. The Rockies second-round draft choice in 2015, Lambert has issued 89 walks in 414 1/3 innings in the minor leagues.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (49-55) lost 4-1 at Oklahoma City, losing its fourth in a row, including being swept in a three-game series by Oklahoma City. Shawn O'Malley (.298) singled home the Isotopes' only run in the top of the seventh, tying the score at 1-1. Keith Hessler (3-2, 5.00), working in relief of Lambert, allowed three runs on three hits, retiring only two batters in the bottom of the eighth.
AA Hartford (49-52) lost 7-3 to New Hampshire, which has won 13 of 15 games against the Yard Goats. Forrest Wall, traded by the Rockies to the Blue Jays franchise earlier in the day, moved from the Hartford to the New Hampshire clubhouse for the game, and hit a home run. He also struck out three times. Jesus Tinoco (6-9, 5.43) allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out eight. Yonathan Daza (.306) was 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored.
High A Lancaster (21-14 2nd half; 54-51) won 13-7 against Lake Elsinore, completing a three-game sweep and extending it's winning streak to four games. Catcher Joel Diaz (.256) doubled home two runs in a four-run first. Max George (.216) hit a lead-off home run, and Colton Welker (.317) extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run home run in the fourth. Wes Rogers (.271) homered in the seventh, and Vince Fernandez (.285) had a three-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth. Brandon Gold (8-6, 5.69) allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks, striking out three in 5 2/3 innings and was credited with the victory.
Low A Asheville (15-16 2nd half; 42-58) lost 11-0 agianst Lexington. The Tourists had 10 singles, but were hitless in nine at-bats with a runner in scoring position. Nick Kennedy (2-11, 7.36) allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and three walks, striking out five, in five innings. Shortstop Ryan Vilade (.267), left fielder Casey Golden (.278) and DH Tyler Snyder (.284) had two hits apiece.
Short-season A Boise (1-2 2nd half; 22-19) lost 5-2 at Hillsboro. Jeffri Ocando (1-2, 7.00) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits, striking out seven, in five innings. . Terrin Vavra (.354) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (1-1 2nd half, 21-19) lost 8-1 at Ogden. The Rockies had four singles, including two by catcher Javier Guevara (.300). Reagan Todd (1-1, 6.89) allowed three runs on four hits, striking out two, in two innings of relief and suffered the loss.
Dominican Summer League South (18-27) lost 8-7 against the Mets 1, unable to protect a 6-2 lead after four innings. Richard Cespedes (2-3, 4.41) allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits, in two innings for the loss. Kevin Garcia (4.54) started and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out six in five innings. Bladimir Restituyo (.271) was 4-for-6 with two runs scored, a double and three RBI.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (28-16) won 5-2 at Royals 2. Kleiver Osorio (5-2, 1.69) earned the victory, allowing three hits and a walk, striking out four, in six scoreless innings. Eddy Diaz (.299) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Anderson Pilar (1.85) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out two, to earn his fifth save.