Ryan Rolison is enjoying his first full year in pro ball.
The lefthander, who the Rockies selected in the first round of the first-year player draft last June, has made the transition to full-season Class A look easy. Rolison, who at this time a year ago was the Friday starter at Mississippi, has ignored the hitter-friendly reputation of both Low-A Asheville and High-A Lancaster.
Limited to 29 innings in nine appearances last year when he was 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA, Rolison has made three starts at both Asheville and Lancaster, and is 3-1 with 1.11 ERA, allowing four earned runs in 32 1/3 innings.
In Friday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (16-13) lost 6-3 at Tacoma (Mariners). No. 1 pitching prospect Peter Lambert (1-2, 6.59) was the victim of a five-run fourth inning. Lambert allowed only two hits in the four other innings he pitched. Pat Valaika (.342) was 2-for-5 with his seventh home run in 10 games since being sent down by the Rockies. The Is0topes were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
AA Hartford (14-15) won 4-3 at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Brandon Gold (2-2, 4.44) allowed six hits and a walk, striking out two in four shutout innings. Ben Bowden (2.31) worked a scoreless ninth for his Eastern League-leading eighth save. Arvicent Perez (.297) was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Willie Abreu (.175) singled home a run, and Vince Fernandez (.295) doubled home a run.
High A Lancaster (15-14) won 10-5 against Lake Elsinore (Padres). The JetHawks scored five runs in the first inning. Casey Golden (.244) was 4-for-5 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored. Todd Czinege (.273) was 3-for-5 with a two-run double and two runs scored.
Low A Asheville (10-17) lost 6-5 against Delmarva (Baltimore). Cade Harris hit a three-run home run in the seventh, tying the score at 5-5. Boby Johnson (0-1, 4.40) allowed one run in two innings and was charged with the loss. Shelby Lackey (5.14) started and allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk, striking out seven in five innings.