Ryan Rolison, the Rockies first-round draft pick a year ago out of the University of Mississippi, is moving through the system at a fast pace. He hass passed the grade at rookie-level Grand Junction last year, and Low-A Asheville to start this season. Now, he's taking care of business at High-A Lancaster.
After going 2-1 with a 0.61 ERA in three starts at Asheville this year, he is winless in two starts at Lancaster, allowing two runs on eight hits in 12 innings, striking out 11. That comes after debuting on pro ball a year ago, where he was on a limited work load. He was 0-1 in nine starts, but had a 1.86 ERA, allowing six earned runs and striking out 34 in 29 innings.
He allowed two runs in one start, one run in four and no runs in four starts for Grand Junction.
In Sunday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (14-10) lost 14-8 at Salt Lake City (Angels). Justin Lawrence (1-1, 8.71) suffered a blown save and loss, allowing three runs in one inning of relief. Peter Lambert (6.08) started and allowed six runs on six hits and three walks, striking out four in five innngs. Yonathan Daza (.431) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Josh Fuentes (.327) was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI. Brendan Rodgers (.326) was 2-for-5 with a double and four RBI.
AA Hartford (11-13) lost 3-2 against Harrisburg (Blue Jays). Catcher Brian Serven (.167) was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Colton Welker (.329) came off the bench to double, score a run and drive in a run in two at-bats. Brandon Gold (1-2, 5.48) suffered the loss, allowing one run on five hits and a walk, striking out four, in five innings.
High A Lancaster (12-12) won 4-3 against Visalia (D-backs). Rolison allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings of a no-decison. Hayden Roberts (2-0, 4.05) allowed one run on three hits in one inning, but was credited with the win, and Tommy Doyle (0.79) earned his seventh save with a shutout inning of work in which he allowed one hit and struck out one. Ryan Vilade (.3-2) hit his third home run and singled in four at-bats.
Low A Asheville (8-15) won 8-2 against West Virginia (Orioles). Shelby Lackey (1-2) allowed one hit and one walk, striking out five in five innings. He has worked 10 shutout innings in two starts. Willie MacIver (.316) hit a two-run home run in the first, his fifth home run of the season. Terrin Varra (.312) hit a two-run home run in the sixth. Riley Pint was called on in relief, but failed to retire any of the three batters he faced in a seven-pitch endeavor in which he failed to throw a strike. He issued one walk, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.