Wednesday Farm Report: Patterson Becomes Isotopes Home Run King
First baseman/outfielder Jordan Patterson, 26, became Triple-A Albuquerque's all-time home run king, hitting the 61st home run of his Isotopes' career on Tuesday night. Patterson, in his third year with the Isotopes, broke the record Jason Wood set during a five-year stint (2003-06, 2008).
Patterson is second in games played (345) and at-bats (1,243) with the Isotopes to Wood, who appeared in 597 games and had 2,087 at-bats. Patterson was voted by the Albuquerque staff and his teammates the team's MVP in 2016 and Power Hitter of the Year in 2017.
Patterson was a fourth-round draft choice of the Rockies in 2013 out of the University of South Alabama. He appeared in 10 games with the Rockies in September 2016, and was 8-for-18 with two RBI.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (53-62) lost 15-6 to New Orleans, which swept the four-game series, leaving the Isotopes with 11 losses in their last 15 games. Mike Tauchman (.343) hit a grand slam, and Patterson (.247) hit the 61st of his Isotopes career. Raimel Tapia (.313) was 3-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Chris Rusin had the second scoreless appearance of his three rehab outings with Albuquerque. Matt Holliday was 0-for-3 with two walks. David Holmberg (5-6, 5.86) started and suffered the loss, allowing eight runs on 15 hits and a walk, striking out three in 4 1/3 innings.
AA Hartford (52-60) lost 3-2 to Harrisburg in 10 innings. Jesus Tinoco (5.18) started for the Yard Goats and allowed two hits, striking out three, before being hit by a line drive on his right hand and removed from the game in the fourth inning. Reid Humphreys (0-1, 6.75) suffered a blown save and the loss, charged with two runs, one earned, while retiring two batters in the 10th.
High A Lancaster (28-17 2nd half; 61-54) won 6-5 against Inland Empire in 10 innings, pulling to within two games of second-half division leading Inland Empire. The Jet Hawks also announced a two-year extension to their working agreement with the Rockies, taking the deal through 2020. This is the Rockies second year in Lancaster. Manny Melendez (.298) tripled home a run and then scored the game-tying run in the ninth, and delivered the game-winning, two-run single in the 10th. Ben Bowden (4-2, 3.71) earned the win, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk, striking out three in two innings. Brandon Gold (5.36) started and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three, in seven innings.
Low A Asheville (22-21, second half; 49-63) lost 7-6 in 10 innings at Lexington. The Tourists thought they had a 6-5 victory in the 10th, but Lexington was credited with a sacrifice fly and a run scored when the two umpires working the game did not see that the Lexington baserunner never tagged up on the fly ball to right field. Jeff Moberg (.167) hit a game-tying home run in the ninth to force the extra innings. Moises Ceja (1-1, 4.96) was charged with the loss. Garrett Schilling (3.51) started and allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks, striking out four, in five innings.
Short-Season A Boise (4-9 2nd half; 25-26) and Rookie Grand Junction (8-4 2nd half; 28-22) were off for the Northwest League-Pioneer League All-Star Game.
Dominican Summer League South (19-37) lost 14-8 to Cardinals Blue. Victor Mendez (0-1, 5.33) allowed eight runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk, striking out three, in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Alan Perdomo (7.59) started and allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out five, in four innings. Bladimir Restitiyou (.287) was 3-for-5 with a triple and run scored, and Francisco Palma (.283) had three hits, a double, two RBI and a walk.
Dominican Summer League Northeast (39-16) won 2-1 against the Royals2. Wuardo Fernandez (3-0, 5.81) worked two innings, walking one and striking out two, to be credited with the victory. Raymells Rosa (2.12) earned his 15th save. Helcris Olivares (2.17) started and allowed three hits and a walk, striking out six, in five scoreless innings.