Sunday Farm Report: Bettis Takes Step Toward Return to Rockies
Chad Bettis made his second rehab assignment start in his bid to return from ongoing blister problems, throwing 74 pitches for Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday night at Colorado Springs. Bettis wasn't on a pitch limit, but Rockies manager Bud Black said earlier in the week he was looking for Bettis to throw "around 70 pitches."
Bettis has been on the disabled list for four weeks, having come out of a July 1 start against the Dodgers after three innings because of the blister on the middle finger of his right hand. The blister surfaced seven starts earlier and Bettis tried to pitch through the problem, without success.
The blister coincided with an extended struggle for Bettis. After opening the season by going 4-1 with a 3.27 ERA in his first nine starts, Bettis was 1-0 7.59 ERA in eight starts after the blister first flared up
Bettis made his first rehab start a week earlier in Albuquerque, but had the blister problem flare up in that four-inning appearance, and the Rockies delayed his next start for a week.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (50-56) lost 5-3 at Colorado Springs. Brooks Pounders (0-2, 3.32) suffered the loss in relief, giving up back-to-back home runs to Christian Bethancourt and Rymer Liriano, the first two batters he faced in his one-inning appearance. Ryan McMahon (.290) was 2-for-4 with his 25th RBI of the month, second most in the PCL, and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
AA Hartford (49-54) lost 12-2 against New Hampshire. Forrest Wall, who was dealt by the Rockies to the Blue Jays on Thursday in the package for right-handed reliever Seunghawn Oh, was 3-for-4 with three runs scored for the Blue Jays' AA Affiliate, and Bo Bichette (.273), son of original Rockie Dante, was 3-for-5 with his 10th home run, and five RBI. Frank Duncan (1-2, 4.97), who was released by Texas and signed by the Rockies in mid-June, gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks in four innings. Sam Tidaback (.321) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4 with a double.
High A Lancaster (22-15 2nd half; 55-52) won 7-5 against Visalia. Colton Welker (.315) keyed a four-run fouth inning with his 11th home run, a three-run shot. Tyler Nevin (.312) hit his ninth home run, Wes Rogers (.286) his fifth, and Luis Castro (.414) his third. Logan Longwith (2-4, 6.82) allowed one run on four hits and two walks, striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Bryan Baker (4.17) earned his first save.
Low A Asheville (16-17 2nd half; 43-59) snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory at West Virginia. Todd Czinege (.297) hit a three-run home run in the fourth, his fifth home run of the season, giving the Tourists the 4-3 lead. Sean Bouchard (.264) homered in the first inning. Frederis Parra (2-1, 4.50) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out three in seven innings. Tommy Doyle (2.85) earned his eighth save, working a scoreless ninth.
Short-Season A Boise (1-4 2nd half; 22-21) lost 11-5 against Tri-City. Javier Medina (0-3, 6.75) allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Luke Morgan (.295) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (3-1 2nd half; 23-19) won 8-3 over Orem. Wander Cabrera (2-2, 8.31) was credited with the victory after two perfect innings of relief. Ryan Feltner (1.42) started and pitched four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk, and striking out five. Coco Montes (.391) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, double and three RBI. Grant Lavigne (.381) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, RBI and two walks.
Dominican Summer League South (18-29) lost 8-6 at the Twins. Shortstop Bladimir Restituyo (.280) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and triple. First baseman Jesus Baptista (.293) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, RBI and two doubles. Luis Ozoria (0-1, 4.30) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, striking out two in one inning. Victor Azor (12.46) started and allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, striking out one in two innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (31-16) won 12-3 against the Tigers2. Diego Blanco (2-0, 3.51) allowed two hits and two walks, striking out three in three scoreless innings of relief. Carlos Perez (2.03) started and gave up three runs on six hits, striking out three in four innings. First baseman Hanser Valerio (.254) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, and left fielder Yolki Pena (.237) was 2-for-4 with his first home run, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI.