Down on the Farm: Yonder Alonso Making Strong Case In Short Time at Albuquerque

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Yonder Alonso has made a good first impression, and then some, in his eight games with the Rockies AAA Albuquerque affiliate. The former American League All-Star, released earlier this month by the White Sox, is hitting .423 with two home runs and 11 RBI for the Isotopes.

The Cuban-born Alonso was the Reds first-round draft choice out of the University of Miami in 2008, the seventh player taken overall, and signed a four-year, $4.55 million deal.

In addition to the Reds, he has played at the big-league level with the Padres, A's, Mariners, Indians and White Sox. He hit .178 in 67 games with Chicago, prompting his release. He is in the second year of a two-year, $16 million contract.

In Friday's Games:

AAA Albuquerque (43-56) lost 7-5 against El Paso. Harrison Musgrave (0-1, 6.75) suffered the loss and a blown save when he allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in one inning. Pat Dean (6.99) started and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out eight in six innings. Alonso drove in three runs, hitting his second home run and drawing two walks.

AA Hartford (14-14, 51-44) won 2-0 at Trenton (Yankees). Heath Holder (6-2, 2.11) allowed one hit -- a sixth-inning single -- and struck out five in seven innings. Scott Griggs (2.73) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his sixth save in six opportunities. Mylz Jones (.214) hit his fourth home run.

Advanced A Lancaster (16-13, 50-47) won 11-0 at Stockton (A's). Ryan Rolison (3-6, 4.88) snapped a six-decision losing streak dating back to May 9, working six shutout innings, giving up two hits and two walks, and striking out six. The JetHawks scored nine runs in the first inning when they sent 14 batters to the plate. Catcher Austin Bernard (.223) was 2-for-4 with his sixth home run, two runs scored and three RBI.

A Asheville (14-15, 43-56) lost 4-1 against Rome (Braves). Grant Lavigne (.241) drove in the Tourists' only run. Ryan Feltner (6-7, 5.36) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks, striking out four in five innings.

Short-season A Boise (15-20) lost its fourth in a row, 4-3, at Salem-Keizer (Giants). First-round draft pick Michael Toglia (.217) hit his fourth home run and second-round choice Aaron Schunk (.283) hit his third home run. Fineas Del Banta-Smith suffered the loss, coming on to pitch the ninth and retired one of three batters he faced. Jeffri Ocando (4.83) started and allowed one unearned run in six innings. He gave up five hits and a walk, striking out five.

Rookie Grand Junction (18-15) won 5-4 at Orem (Angels). The Rockies rallied in the eighth when they sent eight batters to the plate, scoring three times. Owen Baylor (.304) had a two-run single and Jack Yalowitz (.209) added a sacrifice fly. Miguel Ausua (4.74) started and allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two in three innings. Jacob Kostyshock (1-0, 0.00) pitched an inning for the win, and Gavin Hollowell (3.38) earned his fifth save despite allowing a run in the ninth.

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