Friday Farm Report: Rockies Dominican Entry Clinches Northeast Title
The Rockies Dominican Summer League Northeast team clinched the division title on Thursday despite suffering a 12-5 loss to the Giants. The Rockies maintained a 10-game lead with nine games to play because the second-place Mariners lost 5-4 to the Royals.
Roaiker Palma ranks third in the DSL with a .343 batting average. Walking Cabrera and Steven Fana are tied for sixth with seven home runs. Eddy Diaz leads the league with 54 stolen bases in 51 games. He is hitting .309 with a .417 on-base percentage.
The DSL Northeast Rockies are 45-19. The Rockies other DSL entry, in the South Division, is in seventh-place with a 20-44 record, a game ahead of the last-place Angels.
The Holliday Watch
Matt Holliday was used as pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Thursday, and singled. Holliday has walked 12 times since joining the Rockies minor-league system, and eight times he was intentionally walked.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (56-67) lost 2-4 to Sacramento. Jerry Vasto (2-1, 2.83) gave up two runs in the eighth. Sam Howard (5.06) started and allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four, in 5 2/3 innings. Mike tauchman (.336) doubled for the Isotopes only extra-base hit among seven hits.
AA Hartford (55064) lost 3-2 at Reading. Matt Pierpont (1-5, 2.22) gave up an unearned run in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. Evan Grills (3.52) started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, striking out nine, in six innings. Brand Bednar (.295) doubled home one run and scored the other on a two-run single by Scott Burcham (.243) in the sixth inning to tie the score.
High A Lancaster (36-23 2nd half; 64-59) won 9-7 against Stockton, ending a season-longest five-game losing streak. Antonio Santos (3-2, 4.97) earned the win, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five, in five innings. Colton Welker (.333) was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, and Manuel Melendez (.302) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and triple.
Low A Asheville (27-24 2nd half; 54-66) lost 3-0 against Hickory. Will Gaddis (6-6, 4.47) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three, in seven innings. Ryan Vilade (.268) and Matt McLaughlin (.244) both singled for the Tourists' only hits.
Short-season A Boise (7-14 2nd half; 28-31) lost 7-5 to Salem-Keizer. Miguel Ausua (0-3, 7.36) allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk, striking out one, in three innings. Terrin Vavra (.321) was 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (12-7 2nd half; 32-25) won 7-4 against Missoula. Reese Berbert (.207) capped a two-out, five-run eighth inning with a grand slam, his 10th home run. Colton Harlow (1-0, 6.75) worked a scoreless eighth for the win, and Alexander Martinez (2.42) earned his 14th save. Eris Filpo (6.35) started and allowed two runs on six hits and a walk, striking out three, in six innings.
Dominican Summer League South (20-44) lost 6-0 to Phillies Red. Kevin Garcia (1-4, 3.62) gave up three runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk, striking out four in two innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (45-19) lost 12-5 to the Giants. Bryant Quijada (.298) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Juan Mejia (2-5, 5.94) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk, striking out two, in one inning.