Down on the Farm: Garcia Hits Hard Times Since Promotion to Albuquerque


A 30th-round draft choice in 2016 out of Hawaii Pacific University, Rico Garcia has been one of the Rockies feel-good stories. After his first three pro seasons, he was invited to the Rockies big-league spring training this year, and after dominating the Double-A Eastern League (8-2, 1.85) he found himself starting the second half of the minor league season at Triple-A Albuquerque.

The challenge has begun. Eight starts with the Isotopes has left him with an 0-3 record, 8.31 ERA and nine home runs allowed in 34 2/3 innings. On Tuesday, he suffered the 6-3 loss at Memphis, allowing six runs on four hits, two of which were home runs, and four walks in 4 2/3 innings.

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In Tuesday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (45-63) lost 6-3 at Memphis (Cardinals). The Isotopes lost their fifth in a row. Rico Garcia (0-3) remained winless since his promotion from Double A Hartford, pitching four scoreless innings before giving up six runs in the fifth. Josh Funetes hit his 13th home run, and Roberto Ramos was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

AA Hartford (15-23, 52-53) lost 5-2 at Harrisburg (Nationals), extending its losting streak to five games. Matt Dennis (2-2, 4.07) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks, striking out four in six innings. Nelson Molina (.234) was 1-for-3 with an RBI-double.

Advanced A Lancaster (21-18, 55-52) lost 7-6 agaisnt Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Salvador Justo (3-2, 8.06) was the victim of a four-run seventh. Garrett Schilling (4.22) started and allowed three runs on six hits and four walks, striking out seven. Matt Hearn (.316) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

A Asheville (20-18, 49-59) was off.

Short-Season A Boise (5-3, 20-26) won 5-1 against Vancouver (Blue Jays). Yorvis Torrealba (.248) was 3-for-3 with a double and run scored. Aaron Schunk (.333) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Alfredo Garcia (1-1, 4.30) allowed one run on six hits and a walk, striking out seven in six inings.

Rookie Grand Junction (3-1, 22-20) lost 4-3 against Ogden (Dodgers). Eric Hipple (1-2, 4.08) suffered the loss in relief. Blair Calvo (6.32) started and allowed two runs on one hit and four walks, striking out three in 1 2/3 innings. Walking Cabrera (.216) had a two-run single that gave the Rockies a 3-1 lead.


Down On The Farm