Veteran Craig Gentry, known for his defensive skills in all three outfield spots, was activated by Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday night, and went 2-for-5 in his debut in the Rockies organization. Gentry agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies earlier in the week, and after a brief refresher course in extended spring, was sent to Albuquerque.
Gentry, 35, fits the bill for a veteran backup outfielder. He finished in the top 10 in stolen bases three times in his career and was selected to the American League Defensive Player of the Year team in 2013.
Gentry has played all or parts of 10 seasons in the big leagues with the Rangers, A’s, Angels and Orioles, including hitting .269 in 68 games with the Orioles last year. He had five doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 15 attempts.
The Rockies opened the season with Raimel Tapia as the fourth outfielder, and when David Dahl went on the disabled list, they recalled Yonathan Daza. Tapia and Daza are both 25. Tapia has appeared with the Rockies in parts of four seasons, and while he brings speed, he has shown defensive inconsistencies. Daza made his big-league debut this week.
In Friday’s Games
Triple A Albuquerque (5-4) lost 10-3 at Tacoma (Mariners). Evan Grills (1-1, 6.48) started and gave up six runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out two, in 4 1/3 innings. In addition to Gentry’s two hits, Elliot Soto (.242) was 2-for-2 with a walk and hit by pitch, and No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers (.324) was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Double A Hartford (2-7) lost 4-2 against New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Ty Culbreth (1-1, 3.60) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out five in five innings. Vince Fernandez (.233) hit his second home run.
High A Lancaster (3-6) won 8-4 at Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Right fielder Ramon Marcelino (.250) was two-for-four with two triples, driving in four runs and scoring a fifth. Luis Castro (.314) hit a two-run home run, and Ryan Vilade (.333) was 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Moises Ceja (1-0, 1.35) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits, striking out five in 2 ½ innings. Lucas Gilbreath (3.12) started and allowed two runs on three hits and four walks, striking out seven in 3 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (4-4) lost 8-2 at Hagerstown (Nationals). Grant Lavigne (.250) was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Willie MacIver (.444) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Shelby Lackey (0-1, 9.00) gave up five runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five in four innings.