Friday Farm Report: Rockies Affiliates to Host Back-to-Back All-Star Games
Earlier this week, the Rookie Level Grand Junction Rockies hosted the Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star Game, the Pioneer League winning for the first time in the four years of the event.
Next year, the Rockies short-season A affiliate, Boise, will host the event.
City officials and club ownership see the All-Star Game as an assist for them in efforts to get funding for a new stadium in the downtown area. The Hawks are averaging 3,239 fans a game, a 40 percent increase of what the team average before a group led by Agon sports Entertainment purchased the franchise following the 2014 season.
"This event goes beyond seeing the future stars of the game," stated Jeff Eiseman, President of Agon Sports and Entertainment. "This is a two day celebration of Boise and the amazing community the game thrives in."
In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (53-63) lost 3-2 at Fresno. Jeff Hoffman (5-7, 4.52) worked seven innings for the first time this season, but suffered the loss after giving up two runs in the seventh. Noel Cuevas (.376) was 2-for-4 with a triple and RBI, and Garrett Hampson (.320) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and double.
Class AA Hartford (53-61) lost 4-3 at Harrisburg. Logan Cozart (7-4, 2.37) gave up a run on three hits, retiring one batter, in the bottom of the ninth. Evan Grills (3.57) worked six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and a walk, striking out six. First baseman Roberto Ramos singled home the game-tying run the to top of the ninth.
High A Lancaster (30-17 2nd half; 63-54) extended its winning streak to six games with a 16-9 victory against Inland Empire. Colton Welker (.324) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, extending his hitting streak to 19 games. Tyler Nevin (.319) was 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI. Salvador Justo (4-1, 6.07) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Logan Longwith (6.94) started and allowed eight runs, seven earned, on seven hits and three walks, striking out four.
Low A Asheville (23-22 2nd half; 50-64) won 6-3 at Lexington. Right-fielder Ramon Marcelino (.233) had three hits, including his 20th home run, which came with two men on base in the third. Lucas Gilbreath (6-9, 5.09) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits, striking out seven, in six innings to earn the win. Tommy Doyle (2.40) pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
Short-season A Boise (5-9 2nd half; 26-26) won 5-4 against Spokane. Danny Edgeworth (.269) was 2-for-4 with a double, and the game-winning RBI in the eighth. LJ Hatch (.210) also went 2-4 with his sixth home run, two runs sored and two RBI. Jeffy Valdez (2-1, 9.00) was credited with the win, and PJ Poulin (1.04) earned his seventh save. Jeffri Ocando (8.21) started and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks, striking out three, in five innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (9-4 2nd half; 29-22) won 14-9 against Helena. Grant Lavigne (.371) hit his sixth home run, doubled twice and drove in three runs. Eris Filpo (5-3, 6.8-0) allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks, striking out three, in five innings.
Dominican Summer League South (20-38) won 10-9 at the Yankees. Ever Moya (1-1, 5.16) was credited with the victory after suffering his fourth blown save, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits, striking out one, in two innings. Richard Cespedes (5.45) struck out two of the three batters he faced for his second save. Kevin Garcia (3.66) allowed five unearned runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out seven, in five innings. Jose Cordova (.291) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (40-18) lost 5-4 to Tigers2. Closer Raymells Rosa (2-2, 2.49) allowed one run on three hits in 1 1/3 innings and suffered the loss. Carlos Perez (1.64) started and allowed two runs on three hits, striking out two, in four innings. Outfielder Steven Fana (.316) was 2-for-4 with an RBI and double.