Right-handed pitcher Rico Garcia of the Rockies Double-A Hartford affiliate was selected the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week on Monday. The Honolulu, Hawaii native won both of his starts last week, allowing one run in 12 innings while striking out 15.
Garcia, 25, is leading the Eastern League with eight wins, ranks second in EL with 85 strikeouts, winning percentage (.889), opposing batting average (.178), and ranks third in WHIP (0.91). He earned his first win this week in six no-hit innings on Tuesday against Trenton while striking out nine of the first 11 batters faced. Then, he followed that outing by working six solid innings, allowing just one run, in the Yard Goats 3-1 win yesterday against Binghamton. Garcia has won his last four starts.
The right-hander has been one of the most dominant pitchers in Yard Goats history, and is 14-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 23 career starts at Hartford. His career ERA is the best in franchise history and he ranks third all-time in wins. He was promoted to the Yard Goats last July and has been with Hartford all of this season. Garcia is the only Yard Goats pitcher ever to record 10 or more strikeouts in a game three times, and established a new single game strikeouts mark of 11, twice this season.
AAA Albuquerque (30-34) won 10-4 at Iowa (Cubs). Yonathan Daza (.373) was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI, extending his hitting streak to 9 games overall, and six multi-hit games in a row. Roberto Ramos (.281) hit a three-run home run in the first, his 15th home run of the season, fifth in nine games. Pat Dean (2-5, 9.09) worked six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out three.
AA Hartford (36-25) won 3-1 against Binghamton (Mets). As well as the strong showing by Garcia, Ben Bowden earned his minor-league best 19th save, striking out all three batters he faced in the ninth. Willie Abreu (.215) singled home two runs, and Alan Trejo (.286) singled to drive in the third.
High A Lancaster (29-32) lost 5-4 at Lake Elsinore (Padres). Ryan Rolison (2.96), the Rockies No. 1 draft choice a year ago, allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out eight in six innings, but the bullpen couldn't finish the job. Salvador Justo (5.47) retired only two batters and gave up two runs in the seventh for the blown save. Nick Harris (2-4, 4.96) allowed two runs, one earned, and suffered the loss. Carlos Herrera (.275) was 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI.
Low A Asheville (27-36) won 3-2 at Charleston (Yankees). The Tourists rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the victory. Coco Montes (.239) singled home Terrin Vavra (.322) in the fourth. Niko Decolati (.333) singled home Will Golsan (.250) in the sixth. Golsan delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly in the seventh. Shelby Lackey (2-6, 5.80) allowed two runs on five hits and three walks, striking out six in six innings. Alexander Martinez (2.81) earned his 13th save, striking out two of three batters in the ninth.