Friday Farm Report: Bettis Passes Test, Ready to Return to Rockies, Role Uncertain
Chad Bettis appears to have answered the questions about his battle with a blister on the middle finger of his right hand. He threw 95 pitches, working six innings, in Triple-A Albuquerque's 5-4 victory against Round Rock on Thursday.
Now comes the intriguing question: where will Bettis fit on the Rockies staff? In his absence, Antonio Senzatela has stepped into a starting role. He is 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA in five starts, allowing one run in each of his last two starts, and going 2-0 at Coors Field, allowing one run in 12 2/3 innings of those two games.
Bettis could wind up working out of the bullpen initially. He has had only limited, and unsuccessful, action out of the bullpen at the big-league level, and has not pitched in relief for the Rockies since 2014 -- back when former executive Bill Geivett forbid him from throwing a curveball, even though it was Bettis' second best pitch.
He was sent back to the minor leagues at the end of July in 2014, and focused on (1) being a starting pitcher and (2) regaining his curveball.
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AAA Albuquerque (52-58) lost the completion of a rain suspended game to Round Rock, 12-5, but rebounded to win the scheduled game 5-4. David Dahl (.278) went 2-for-3 with two doubles, including the game-winner in the ninth inning, after going 2-for-5 with two home runs in the suspended game. Catcher Anthony Bemboom (.218) was 2-for-3 with his fifth home run and three RBI in the scheduled game. Bettis (5.14) allowed four runs on five hits and two walks, striking out four, in the scheduled game. D.J. Johnson (3-4, 4.53) struck out all three batters he faced and was credited with the victory. Peter Lambert (2-2, 4.24), charged with six runs in 1 2/3 innings before Wednesday's game was suspended, suffered the loss in that game, and was ejected at the time of the suspension.
AA Hartford (51-57) lost 2-1 at Binghamton. Brian Moran (0-1, 1.13) suffered the loss in his seventh appearance since joining Hartford. Rico Garcia (2.68) started and allowed one run on eight hits and a walk, striking out five, in seven innings. Chris Rabago (.220) hit his fourth home run.
High A Lancaster (24-17 2nd half; 57-54) lost 1-0 at Inland Empire. the Jet Hawks were limited to three singles, including back-to-back singles by Vince Fernandez (.284) and Luis Castro (.385) to open the fifth inning. Ty Culbreth (5-6, 6.02) allowed one run on five hits and a walk, striking out eight, in seven innings.
Low A Asheville (19-19 2nd half; 46-61) was rained out against Columbia. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Short-Season A Boise (3-7 2nd half; 24-24) won 4-2 at Everett. Terrin Vavra (.330) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, RBI and his sixth stolen base. Luke Morgan (.308) was 4-for-4, scoring two runs and stealing two bases. Justin Valdespina (2-1, 1.80) allowed one unearned run on three hits and two walks, striking out one, in five innings. PJ Poulin (1.17) struck out all three batters he faced in earning his fifth save.
Rookie Grand Junction (6-3 2nd half; 26-21) won 8-6 at Idaho Falls. Reese Berberet (.210) was 2-for-4 with three RBI and his ninth home run. Grant Lavigne (.366) was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored, including one in the game-winning, four-run rally in the ninth. Reagan Biechler (2-0, 2.57) earned the win in relief. Alexander Martinez (2.79) earned his 12th save. Alejandro Mejia (6.75) started and allowed four runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out five, in four innings.
Dominican Summer League South (19-33) won 4-1 at the Angels. Gabriel Gil (.203) was 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a double, triple and RBI. Kevin Garcia (1-3, 4.10) allowed one run on four hits and three walks, striking out five in six innings. Ever Moya earned his first save, working three shutout innings in which he gave up one hit and one walk, and struck out four.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (35-16) won 10-5 against the Pirates2. Diego Blanco (3-0, 3.25) allowed three hits in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the victory. Walking Cabrera (.221) was 1-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and three RBI. Juan Mejia (4.69) started and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out two, in 3 2/3 innings.