Saturday Farm Report: It's Holliday Time in Albuquerque
At the age of 38, and wanting to get a chance to finish his career where it began, Matt Holliday is making noise with the Rockies Triple-A affiliate in Albuquerque. Holliday, in his 13th game with the Isotopes, went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI, a walk and his third home run in the Isotopes 8-7 win against Sacramento on Friday night.
He has hit safely in his last seven at-bats, two shy of the Isotopes record held by current Rockies infielder Ryan McMahon, and is now hitting .370 at Triple-A. Holliday played for the Yankees a year ago,and became a free agent.
He did not receive any firm offers in the off-season, but as the summer went on, he returned to Stillwater, Okla., and began working out at Oklahoma State, where his brother Josh is the head coach. When the Rockies approached with the idea he might provide an impact bat for the stretch run, Holliday agreed to go to Triple-A to make sure he was in shape to take on the big-league challenge.
He started slow, but the as time has passed, he has begun to make an impression with the bat. He also has had time as a DH, first baseman, left fielder and as a pinch-hitter.
The Holliday Watch
In Friday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (57-67) won 8-7 against Sacramento. Yency Almonte (2-4, 5.31) came on in relief and retired the only batter he faced in the top of the seventh. The Isotopes rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning. Josh Fuentes (.317) hit his 12th home run, a two-out grand slam in the seventh. Peter Lambert (5.58) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits and two walks, striking out two, in 6 2/3 innings. D.J. Johnson (4.11) earned his 16th save.
AA Hartford (58-63) lost 3-0 at Richmond. Brian Mundell (.264) was 4-for-4. Frank Duncan (2-3, 4.09) suffered the loss despite his third consecutive quality start. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out two, in six innings.
High A Lancaster (32-22 2nd half; 65-59) won 9-6 in 10 innings at San Jose. Bret Boswell (.339) was 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a game-tying two-run triple in the ninth. Brian Serven (.274) was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, scoring twice and driving in three runs. Heath Holder (9-1, 3.64) struck out two in two innings for the win. Matt Dennis (5.84) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out four,in six innings.
Low A Asheville (28-24 2nd half; 55-66) won 6-3 at Hickory. Nick Kennedy (4-12, 7.34) allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk, striking out eight, in five innings. Tommy Boyle (2.34) earned his 13th save. Sean Bouchard (.257) was 2-for-4 with his 13th home run. Jeff Moberg (.220) was 2-for-4 with his second home run.
Short-season A Boise (8-14 2nd half; 29-31) won 11-00 at Eugene. Alex Byrd (2-2, 3.07_ started and pitched six shutout innings, giving up three hits and three walks, and striking out four. Daniel Jipping (.297) was 3-for-5 with a run scored, double and RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (13-7 2nd half; 33-25) won 8-7 in 11 innings at Helena. Catcher Javier Guevara (.313) hit his fourth home run, and had a run-scoring single in the Rockies game-tying, two-run rally. Grant Lavigne (.358) delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 11th. Michael Agis (4-3, 2.51) picked up the win.
Dominican Summer League South (21-44) won 10-8 against the Angels. Gegoris chalas (2-2, 7.13) pitched 2 1.3 shutout innings for the win. Junior Franco (5.06) earned his first save. Stalyn Sanchez (9.31) started and allowed four runs on five hits and four walks, striking out two, in four innings.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (46-19) won 8-1 at Royals2. Julio Carreras (.292) was 2=for-4 with three runs scored, a double and an RBI. Carlos Gonzalez (5-2, 3.41) started and worked five shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out three.