Farm Report: Advance A Lancaster In Position to Repeat in Cal League Playoffs
After finishing at .500 and in third place in the South Division standings in the first half of the Advance A California League season, Lancaster, the Rockies affiliate, is in position to claim a playoff spot with slightly more than a month remaining in the regular season.
The Jethawks are 20-15, tied with the Dodgers' Rancho Cucamonga affiliate, which already clinched a playoff spot by winning the South Division first half. The Jethawks are three games in front of the Padres Lake Elsinore affiliate for the second South Division spot in the playoff. That gives the Jethawks a two-game playoff edge on Lake Elsinore, which finished a game ahead of Lancaster in the first half.
In Thursday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (45-59) lost 8-3 at Salt Lake City (Angels). Antonio Senzatela (0-1 4.91) lost his first start since being sent down by the Rockies, allowing four runs on three home runs in four innings. Senzatela had made two appearances for the Isotopes in April when he was rehabbing from an injury, allowing two runs in nine innings of those two games. Brian Mundell (.335) had a two-run home run and a single.
AA Hartford (15-19, 52-49) lost 6-2 against Akron (Indians). Heath Holder (6-3, 2.77) allowed six runs on 11 hits and a walk, striking out three in 4 1/3 innings. Mylz Jones (.227) doubled, singled twice and drove in a run.
Advanced A Lancaster (20-15, 54-49) won 10-5 against Inland Empire (Angels). Ryan Rolison (4-6, 4.85), the Rockies first-round draft a year ago out of Mississippi, won his second start in a row. He allowed three runs on 10 hits and a walk, striking out four in six innings. Matt Hearn (.319) was 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI, and Luke Morgan (.244) hit his first home run, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
A Asheville (18-16, 47-57) swept a doubleheader at Greensboro (Pirates), 4-1 and 4-0. Kyle Datres (.271) hit his eighth home run in the first game. Derrick Watson (4-2, 2.61) earned the win in Game 1, pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings in relief of Jake Bird (2.91), who allowed three hits and a walk, striking out four in four innings. Jacob Bosiokovic (4.97) allowed a run in 1 2/3 innings but was credited with his first save. Nick Bush pitched a three-hit shutout in Game Two, facing one batter over the minimum of 21 in the seven-inning game. Bush allowed three hits and struck out seven in seven innings. He had a pickoff and induced a double play, erasing two of the base runners. Danny Edgewood (.225) singled and scored a run in the third, and doubled and scored a run in the fifth.
Short-Season A Boise (1-2, 16-25) lost 11-1 at Eugene (Cubs). First-round draft pick Michael Toglia (.217) hit his sixth home run for Boise's only run. Jeffri Ocando (1-4, 5.57) failed to get out of the first inning, retiring two batters and giving up six runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk.
Rookie Grand Junction (19-19) finished the first half of the Pioneer League season with a 7-5 loss to Rocky Mountain (Brewers), extending the Rockies losing streak to four games. Christian Koss, a 12th-round selection in June out of Cal-Irvine, hit a two-run home run, his second in two days and fifth of the season. Koss (.400) also had a double. Alex Haynes (7.85), a 15th-round draft out of Walters State Community College, started and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out one in four innings. Blair Calvo (0-3, 5.79), the 23rd-round selection in June out of Flagler College, suffered the loss, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out one in two innings.