Down on the Farm: Rockies Prospect Bowden Let's Futures Game Lead Evaporate

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Left-handed reliever Ben Bowden, ranked the 17th best prospect in the Rockies organization prior to the season, represented the organization in the Futures Game on Sunday. It didn't work out the way he had hoped. Called on in the seventh inning -- the scheduled final inning -- with a 2-0 National League lead to protect, Bowden wound up with his first blown save of the season.

Both teams were scoreless in the eighth, and the game ended a 2-2 tie.

He walked Angels' prospect Jo Adell to open the seventh, and after Mariners prospect Jarred Kelenic lined out to left field, Rangers catching prospect Sam Huff unloaded a 418-foot home run that tied the game at 2-2, and resulted in Huff earning Player of the Game honors.

“That was not a good representation of me, the Rockies, our National League team,” Bowden said. “That was bad. ... That was a terrible inning. [Huff] crushed a terrible pitch, and that’s what happened ”

It was a rare misstep for Bowden, the Rockies second-round draft choice in 2016. He was 20-for-20 in saves at Double-A Hartford before a recent promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque, and has a 1.47 combined ERA.

Bowden has rebounded in the past. He missed the 2017 season because of a hamstring strain and then a back strain, which he suffered helping a passenger place a bag in the overhead compartment on an airplane.

In Sunday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (37-53) won a rain-suspended game 6-5 and lost the scheduled game 4-1 against Las Vegas (A's). Josh Fuentes (.254) hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning of the suspended game. Roberto Ramos (.314) was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. DJ Johnson (4-0, 6.91) pitched a shutout inning for the victory. Rico Garcia (7.20) had started the game, but did not return on Sunday after pitching 1 1/3 innings, giving up one hit and striking out one, on Saturday. In the scheduled game, Sam Hilliard (.254) was 2-for-3 with his 24th home run. Logan Cozart (0-1, 3.18) started and suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one in three innings.

AA Hartford (9-10, 46-40) lost 3-0 at Trenton (Yankees). The Yard Goats were held to three hits, inlcuding a triple by Manuel Melendez (.256). Matt Dennis (5.00) started and worked six shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk, striking out three. Alexander Guillen (2-2, 1.24) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks, striking out four in two innings.

High A Lancaster (11-7, 45-41) won 10-4 at Inland Empire (Angels). Luis Castro (.302) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, two doubles and five RBI. Garrett Schilling (6-4, 4.02) allowed one run on six hits and three walks, striking out four in six innings.

A Asheville (8-10, 37-51) lost 4-1 at Rome (Braves). Alfredo Garcia (2-9, 6.54) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Kyle Datres (.267) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double. Coco Montes (.239) was 2-for-4, driving in Datres with the Tourists' only run in the fourth.

Short-season A Boise (12-12) lost 11-0 at Hillsboro (D-backs). Trevor Boone, the Rockies 18th-round draft choice last month out of Oklahoma State, was 2-for-4. Zak Baayoun (0-2, 6.97), the Rockies 17th-round draft choice out of Long Beach State, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out four in 3 2/3 innings.

Rookie Grand Junction (12-10) won it's third in a row, 6-3 at Orem (Angels). Seventh-round draft pick Jared Horn out of the University of California started and worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk while striking out five. Cayden Hatcher (2-2, 4.67) was credited with the win, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five in four innings. Eric Hepple (2.25) worked a scoreless ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one, for his third save. Cristopher Navarro (.323) was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

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