Brendan Rodgers, the top-ranked prospect in the Rockies organization, is putting together an impressive season at Triple-A Albuquerque. The folks in Hartford, however, haven't forgotten him. Rodgers spent parts of the last two seasons with the Rockies Double-A affiliate Hartford Yard Goats.
On May 29, the Yard Goats game against Portland will be Mr. Brendan Rodgers Bobblehead Night, a take off of the Mr. Rogers TV show.
Rodgers hit .270 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in parts of the last two seasons at Hartford. At Albuquerque this year he is hitting .339 with seven home runs and 18 RBI. Rodgers was the Rockies' first round-draft choice in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.
In Wednesday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (18-16) won 6-2 at El Paso (D-backs). Sam Hilliard (.239) was 3-for-4 with his team-leading 10th home run. He also stole his sixth base. Pat Valaika (.333) hit his eighth home run in 60 at-bats since being sent down by the big-league team. Top Rockies pithcing prospect Peter Lambert (2-2, 5.55) not only had two RBI singles, but threw 97 pitches in seven innings. He allowed one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four.
AA Hartford (17-16) lost 3-1 at Reading (Phillies). Alan Trejo (.323) had two of the Yard Goats four hits. Jack Wynkoop (2-5, 3.15) allowed three runs on three hits and a walk, striking out four in six innings. He gave up a three-run home run to Austin Listi in the first inning.
High A Lancaster (18-15) won 4-3 against Stockton (A's). Matt MacLaughlin (.284) was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and the game-winning hit, capping a three-run eighth. Kenny Koplove (1-0, 0.00) was credited with the win, and Salvador Justo (4.61) earned his second save. Lucas Gilbreath (3.18) allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks, striking out three in seven innings.
Low A Asheville (11-20) won 7-6 at Hickory (Rangers). Luke Morgan (.297) was 3-for-4, including a double to drive in one run and then scoring another in the Tourists' game-winning, three-run rally in the eighth. Cade Harris (.212) and Grant Lavigne (.247) both hit their third home runs and had two RBI apiece. Boby Johnson (1-1, 4.76) suffered a blown save, but was credited with a win, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk, striking out one in 1 2/3 innings. Alexander Martinez (3.00) issued a walk and struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth, earning his fifth save. Nick Bush (6.75) started and allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out four in 5 1/3 innings.