Monday Farm Report: Holliday Making A Case to Return to Coors
Matt Holliday is making an early impression in his bid to get a chance to finish out the season with the Rockies. Holliday, who originally signed with the Rockies and spent the first five seasons of his 14-year big-league career with the Rockies, signed a minor-league contract last week with the Rockies, who see him as a potential right-handed hitting threat off the bench for a stretch drive.
Holliday played one game for rookie Grand Junction, and then moved on to Triple-A Albuquerque, where on Sunday he played first base. He had been a DH at Grand Junction and in his first two games with Albuquerque.
After spending the 2017 season with the Yankees, Holliday was a free agent, but at the age of 38, he did not get an offer that enticed him to sign last spring. As the summer went on, the idea of returning to the Rockies, possibly ending his career where it began, became intriguing, and the Rockies saw it as a no-lose situation.
A three-time All-Star and three-time Silver slugger winner in his five years with the Rockies, Holliday was runnerup for the NL MVP in 2007.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (53-60) lost 7-6 to New Orleans. Left-hander Sam Howard, who was with the Rockies briefly earlier in the season, was literally knocked out of the game when Isan Diaz, the second batter in the game, lined a shot off Howard's left shoulder. The Baby Cakes rallied against the Isotopes bullpen, six relievers getting called on in the game, including D.J. Johnson (3-5, 4.50) who suffered the loss with his fifth blown save. Chris Rusin, who pitched a scoreless inning on Friday in his first appearance on a rehab assignment, gave up two runs and three hits in 1 1/3 innings on Sunday.
AA Hartford (52-59) lost 4-2 in 11 innings against Trenton. Matt Pierpoint (1-3, 2.03) gave up a two-run home run to Manny Alvarez (.267) in the 11th that provided Trenton the victory. Alvarez also homered in the sixth off Yard Goats starter Ryan Castellani (5.59), who allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three in seven innings. Ryan Metzler (.145) had an RBI double, the only extra-base hit among the Yard Goats five hits.
High A Lancaster 27-17 2nd half, 60-54) rallied for a 10-9 victory against Rancho Cucamonga after falling behind 6-1 in the third inning. Ben Bowden (3-2, 3.65) retired the final four batters for the win. Matt Dennis (5.98) started and allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Colton Welker (.320) was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a double, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Manny Melendez (.293) delivered the game-winning single in the eighth.
Low A Asheville (22-20 2nd half; 49-62) won 11-10 against Columbia, overcoming an 8-3 deficit going into the bottom of the seventh. Casey Golden (.274) was hit by an 0-2 pitch with two outs and bases loaded in the ninth to force in the game-deciding run. Matt McLaughlin (,239) had a two-run double in a four-run seventh, and Sean Bouchard (.266) had a two-run double in a three-run eighth. Todd Czinege (.329) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two doubles, and three RBI. Tommy Doyle (7-5, 2.66) worked the ninth to earn the win. Erick Julio (4.60) allowed six runs on three hits, all home runs, and three walks, striking out two, in three innings.
Short-Season A Boise (4-9 second half; 25-26) won 7-6 in 10 innings at Everett. LJ Hatch (.195) delivered a game-tying triple in the ninth, and Kennard McDowell (.168) doubled home two runs in the 10. Nick Bush (3.82) started and pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits and four walks, striking out four. Peyton Gray (4-0, 2.76) worked a scoreless ninth for the win, and PJ Poulin (1.10) earned his sixth save.
Rookie Grand Junction (8-4 2nd half; 28-22 overall) won 5-1 at Idaho Falls. Aneudy Duarte (1-0, 2.01) worked a shutout inning, giving up a single and walk, and striking out three. Michael Agis (3.00) earned his second save. Alfredo Garcia (5.21) started and allowed one run on five hits, striking out six. Shortstop Cristopher Navarro (.182) was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Dominican Summer League South (19-35) and Dominican Southern League Northeast (37-16) were both off.