Saturday was an up-and-down day for the Rockies farm system, as they got some great performances, and some bad ones. Tulsa outfielder Matt Miller drove in five runs in the Drillers victory, and top prospect David Christensen hit his fifth home run of the season. In other news, Casper let a 6-1 lead slip away, and Steven Register notched his 34th save of the season.
Tulsa Outfielder Matt Miller exploded for five runs batted in on Saturday, leading the Drillers to a 9-7 victory over the Midland RockHounds. For the game, Miller went 3-4, scored twice, and smacked two doubles. The doubles gave him 16 for the season, and his ribbies upped his season total to 47.
Samuel Deduno got the start for the Drillers, but was pasted in his 0.1 innings of work. Deduno gave up six runs (five earned), walking four, and did not strike out a batter. Juan Morillo picked up his sixth win of the season in relief, tossing two innings of one run ball. In total, he struck out two batters, and lowered his earned run average to 2.35.
Steven Register notched his 34th save of the season, the highest total of any Rockies prospect.
Chris Frey picked up two hits, swiping his eighth bag of the season, and Jordan Czarniecki had his 16th steal of the year. Czarniecki also scored twice, and walked twice.
Other Notables:Errors led to an 11-1 loss for Modesto, as Brandon Durden allowed only four earned runs in six innings of work. However, he was charged for nine runs, as the team committed three costly errors. Eric Young Jr. had two hits from the leadoff spot, and also drove in the team's only run.
Asheville managed only five hits in their 6-2 loss to Hagerstown, but two of those hits were home runs. Matt Repec and Daniel Mayora both smacked home runs, with Repec's blast being his seventh of the year, and Mayora's his 13th. Andrew Graham pitched well as the starter, allowing four earned runs in six innings of work. He also struck out six.
Tri-City pounded out 13 hits in a 10-6 victory, with Brian Rike leading the way offensively. The young slugger went 4-4 in the game, driving in three while scoring three times, and smacked two doubles. Shortstop Helder Velazquez also scored three times, smacking his first triple of the season, as he tallied two hits. Phillip Cuadrado and Brian Lapin also had two hits in the game.
Casper let a huge lead slip away on Saturday, falling to Great Falls 8-7. The Rockies led 6-1 at one point, but the White Sox scored four unanswered runs to win the game. David Christensen, one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization, had three hits for the Rockies, including his fifth home run of the season. Orlando Sandoval also had a home run in the game, his first of the season, and tallied three ribbies, and two runs. Randall Taylor pitched a scoreless inning, lowering his incredible earned run average to 0.47 on the season. He also struck out two.
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