*** Colorado Rockies Minor League Report - April 26th *** From The Sports Network
COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX - Despite losses in two of their last three games, the Sky Sox are still in first place in the Pacific Coast League's Central Division. The team had both Friday and Saturday's games postponed, with the latter being rescheduled as part of a double-header on Sunday. Colorado Springs won the first game against Iowa, 6-4, but lost the second, 10-3. In the closing game, starting pitcher Denny Stark was touched for eight runs (seven earned) on five hits and five walks in just two innings of work. His ERA is an eye-popping 31.50. Shortstop Clint Barmes went 2-for-4 in the second game to raise his season batting average to .420 (third in the league), while OF Brad Hawpe went 2-for-3 in the first game with a home run and five RBI. Hawpe is ranked third in the PCL in RBI with 18 while his seven home runs has him second.
TULSA DRILLERS - Winners of two straight and three of their last five games overall, the Drillers have clawed their way into a tie for first place in the Texas League's East Division standings. The team split a four-game set with Arkansas, bouncing back after losing the first two games in the series. First baseman Ryan Shealy has enjoyed a ton of success here in the early going, hitting .321 with four home runs and 11 RBI. He has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games with four doubles and six RBI during that stretch. Tulsa begins an important early four-game series with Texas League West Division leading Round Rock (13-5) on Tuesday.
VISALIA OAKS - The Oaks enjoyed a successful weekend, taking three straight from the San Jose Giants. As a result, Visalia is now 8-9 on the year and in second place in the California League's North Division. The current win streak comes after a stretch of losses in four straight and five of the previous six for the Oaks, who will play South Division leading Inland Empire for three straight beginning on Tuesday. Visalia pounded out 11 hits in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Giants, as 2B K.J. Hendricks went 3-for-5 in raising his season batting average to a solid .339 (eighth in the league). His 14 RBI ties him for fourth, as does his seven stolen bases. Outfielder Jeff Salazar has enjoyed a solid season as well, hitting .319. Salazar has hit safely in eight of his last nine games, and has 16 hits in 38 at-bats (.421) over that stretch.
ASHEVILLE TOURISTS - The Tourists have lost five straight games to fall to 7-10 on the season and into fifth place in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division standings. Catcher Neil Wilson is riding a four-game hitting streak, raising his batting average to a robust .352 (tied for ninth in the league). Wilson had a pair of hits in Saturday's 10-4 loss to Charleston-WV, as did SS Jonathan Herrera and OF Jordan Czarniecki. Asheville had just four hits in both Friday and Sunday's game, while tallying nine in Saturday's contest.