Down on the Farm: Rookie Grand Junction Remains In Control of Post-Season Hopes

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Rookie Grand Junction is the lone Rockies farm team still alive in a post-season battle.

While the five other Rockies affiliates close out their seasons on Monday, the Pioneer League regular-season runs through Saturday. Grand Junction is in second place in the South Division, where Ogden, the Dodgers affiliate, is in first place. Ogden already clinched a post-season appearance as the first-half representative.

That puts the second-place Rockies in command for the second half post-season spot. The Rockies Magic Number to clinch a post-season spot is four. They close out their home season on Monday against last-place Rocky Mountain (Brewers), and then close out the regular season with five games against Rocky Mountain in Colorado Springs.

Grand Junction's Magic Number with six games remaining is four to eliminate third-place Orem (Angels).

Class A Asheville was officially eliinated on Sunday despite a 7-2 win at Rome when Augusta (Giants) won to clinch the second-half post-season spot for the South Atlantic League South Division. Augusta plays Lexington (Royals) in the first round of the SAL post-season.

In Sunday's games

AAA Albuquerque (60-79) lost 7-6 at Fresno (Nationals). Ben Bowden (5.88) suffered a blown save and the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks, striking out four for all four of the outs he registered. Rico Garcia (6.90) started and allowed three runs on four hits and four walks, striking out six. Drew Weeks (.286) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI, and Peter Mooney (.259) was 2-for-5 with his 20th home run and five RBI.

AA Hartford (36-35, 73-65) won 3-2 at Binghamton (Mets). Mylz Jones (.238) led off the eighth inning with his nine home run. Tate Scioneaux (5-2, 6.25) was credited with the win, allowing one hit and a walk, striking out one in one inning of work. Scott Griggs (3.97) recorded the final four outs for his 11th save. Alan Trejo (.240) hit his 15th home run. Ashton Goodeau (2.07) started and allowed two unearned runs on five hits, striking out five in six innings.

Advanced A Lancaster (37-32, 68-69) won 5-2 at Lake Elsinore. Garrett Schilling (9-8, 5.11) allowed two runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks, striking out five in 6 1/3 innings. Luis Castro (.318) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Robert Tyler (8.16) registered the final out with a strikeout after giving up a hit to earn his first save.

A Asheville (38-31, 67-72) was officially eliminated from the post-season but won 7-2 at Rome (Braves). Colten Schmidt (6-4, 2.18) allowed two runs on five hits, striking out seven in six innings. Kyle Datres (.286) was 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and RBI. Coco Montes (.255) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, three RBI and his 13th home run.

Short-season A Boise (12-25, 27-48) won 6-4 against Hillsboro (Diamondbacks). Jacob Wallace earned his league-leading 12th save, working a scoreless ninth in which he issued two walks with one out, but then struck out the next two batters. Joel Condreay (5-1, 3.43) was credited with the win in relief, allowing one run on one hit and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Breiling Eusebio (5.87) started and allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Trevor Boone (.217) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Jesus Azuage (.241) was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Rookie Grand Junction (16-15, 35-34) won 4-3 against Rocky Mountain (Brewers). Brenton Doyle (.358) drove in runs with a sacrfice fly and fielder's choise, and then tripled and scored. Helcris Olivarez (3-4, 4.82) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. Juan Mejia (2.93) pitched a perfect ninth, striking out two for his third save.