Friday Farm Report: Legacy Alum Gilbreath Making Impression At Asheville
For all of the struggles of Low-A Asheville in the first half of the season, the Tourists find themselves in first place in the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League in the second half. With a 2-1 victory against the Braves Rome affiliate, Asheville is 9-4 in the second half.
The Tourists have allowed three or fewer runs in eight of the 13 games, getting strong efforts from the likes of Lucas Gilbreath, who had a no-decision in Thursday's start, but allowed one run in six innings. He may have a 5.02 ERA for the season, but he has a 1.67 ERA in his last five starts, striking out 25 and walking three in 27 innings.
A graduate of Legacy High School in Broomfield, where he led Colorado high school pitchers in his junior and senior seasons, Gilbreath was 36th-round draft choice of the Rockies in 2014, but opted to attend the University of Minnesota. The Rockies didn't lose track, however. They selected him in the seventh round a year ago, and this time he signed.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (44-42) won 2-0 against Tacoma. Ryan McMahon (.264) delivered a two-run single in the third inning for the offense. David Holman (3-2, 5.63) worked four shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out three, to be credited with the win after Jeff Hoffman (3.97) started and worked four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks and striking out one. D.J. Johnson (4.79) issued one walk in one inning to earn his 12th save.
AA Hartford (41-43) lost 10-2 against Portland, but became the first Eastern League team to surpass 250,000 attendance. Thursday's crowd of 5,288 gave the Yard Goats a season total of 252,789. Evan Grills (2-2, 4.55) allowed eight runs on 10 hits, striking out six in four innings. Mylz Jones (.273) his his eighth home run, and Roberto Ramos (.302) delivered his sixth since being promoted from Lancaster.
High A Lancaster (9-6 2nd half; 42-43 overall) won 7-2 against Modesto. Brandon Gold (6-5, 5.79) earned the victory working six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, and striking out four. Vince Fernandez (.286) was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI.
Low A Asheville (9-4 2nd half; 36-46 overall) won 2-1 against Rome. Taylor Snyder (.313) hit his fourth home run in the seventh, and Casey Golden (.288) delivered an RBI double in the sixth. Austin Moore (1-2, 5.75) worked one inning for the inning and Robert Tyler (4.18) worked an inning for his fifth save.
Short-season A Boise (12-9) won 8-5 against Eugene. Pearson McMahan (2-0, 4.30) allowed three runs on five hits and a walk, striking out six in six innings. Daniel Jipping (.235) drove in two runs with his third home run. Luis Castro (.349) was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and Luke Morgan (.269) was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (9-12) lost 14-5 against Ogden. Coco Montes (.481) was 3-for-4 with a run scored, RBI and double, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, including 11 multi-hit games. Alfredo Garcia (1-3, 5.70) suffered the loss, allowing seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and four walks, striking out one, in 2 2/3 innings.
Dominican Summer League South (12-17) won 13-11 at the Yankees. Catcher Ronaiker Palma (.356) was 2-for-6 with a run scored and RBI. DH Jose Colon (.238) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Victor Azor (1-0, 6.75) worked two shutout innings in relief, walking one batter, for the win. Juan Mejia (4.15) allowed five runs, two earned, on seven hits and four walks, striking out six.
Dominican Summer League North East (16-13) won 11-10 against Seattle. Walking Cabrera (.207) hit his second home run, and Yeikel Blandin (.250) had a two-run single. Raymells Rosa (2-1, 2.93) pitched a shutout inning of relief, striking out one, for the victory. Juan Toribio (4.03) started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, striking out six in four innings.