Veteran outfielder Craig Gentry, one of the game’s top defensive center fielders during the parts of 10 seasons he spent in the big leagues, was signed to a contract with Triple-A Albuquerque on April 12 to provide the Rockies with defensive protection in case of an injury at the big-league level.
Gentry went 7-for-13 with a double in his first three games with the Isotopes, but after that was placed on the Injured List, and on Thursday it was disclosed that at the age of 35, Gentry decided to retire.
A 10th-round draft choice of the Rangers out of the University of Arkansas in 2006, Gentry was considered a key extra-man on the Rangers teams that won back-to-back AL championships in 2010-11. He also played in the big leagues with the A’s, Angels and Orioles, compiling a .262 career batting average in 601 games, during which he accumulated more than seven years of big-league service time.
Gentry went to spring training with the Giants, but did not make the Opening Day roster, and was released, after which he signed with the Rockies’ organization.
In Thursday’s Games
AAA Albuquerque (16-12) lost 13-5 to Sacramento (Giants). Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 8.25) allowed eight runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out eight in five innings. Yonathan Daza (.4080 was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and his third home run. Josh Fuentes (.297) was 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.
AA Hartford (13-15) lost 1-0 at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). The Yard Goats were limited to three hits – two singles by Manuel Melendez (.242) and one single by Brian Serven (.170). Jack Wynkoop (2-4, 2.91) suffered the loss, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk, striking out six in six innings.
High A Lancaster (14-14) lost 7-6 in 10 innings at Modesto (Mariners). The JetHawks were one strike away from a win three times in the 9th inning, but Moise Ceja gave up a two-out RBI single to Johnny Adams and Hayden Roberts allowed a game-tying single to Nick Thurman. Roberts (2-1, 3.38) suffered the loss, giving up a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th. Lucas Gilbreath (3.33) started and allowed four runs on six hits and four walks, striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. Carlos Herrera (.261) was 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
Low A Asheville (10-16) lost 7-3 to Hagerstown (Nationals). Nick Bush (1-3, 6.75) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings. Former No. 1 pick Riley Pint (29.45) continued to battle control problems. He retired one batter in relief and was charged with four runs on two hits and four walks. Pint has appeared in six games, the last three as a reliever, and has allowed 12 runs while walked 17 and working only 3 2/3 innings.