At the age of 35, and having spent all or parts of 10 seasons with the Twins, Dodgers, Angels, Royals and Rockies, Drew Butera appears to have found a comfort zone with the Rockies organization. Butera, who opted for free agency after not making the Phillies' big-league roster in spring training, has accepted a reassignment to the Rockies AAA Albuquerque affiliate.
The Rockies designated Butera for assignment last week. When he went unclaimed, Butera opted to return to the Isotopes instead of becoming a free agent again. Butera originally appeared in the big leagues with the Rockies at the end of last season. After becoming a free agent in the off-season and signing a minor-league deal with the Phillies that included a big-league invite to spring training, he returned to the Rockies organization in the opening days of the regular season.
Butera hit .368 (7-for-19) in six games at Albuquerque before being called up by the Rockies when Chris Iannetta went on the injured list. He hit .176 with two doubles in seven games with the Rockies while Iannetta was sidelined.
Butera is the son of former big-league catcher Sal Butera.
In Tuesday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (17-16) lost 6-3 at El Paso (D-backs). Chi Chi Gonzalez, Texas' first-round draft choice in 2013 out of Oral Roberts University, gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out six, in six innings. Signed as a minor-league free agent in the off-season, Gonzalez is 2-2 with an 8.40 ERA. Yonathan Daza (.398) had his fifth multi-hit game in a seven-game htiting streak, going 2-for-5 with two RBI. Pat Valaika (.345) was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
AA Hartford (17-15) won 3-2 at Reading (Phillies). Vance Vizcaino came into the game in a double switch in the seventh, and went 2-for-2 with a double, stolen base and the game-winning RBI in the ninth. Logan Cozart (2-0, 2.51) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, allowing one hit and striking out one, to be credited with the victory. Ben Bowden (1.98) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth that inlcuded a strikeout to earn his 10th save. Ashton Goudeau (1.87) started and allowed two runs on three hits and two walks, striking out nine, in six innings.
High A Lancaster (17-15) won 7-6 against Stockton (A's). Austin Moore (2-0, 4.96) worked two scoreless innings, giving up three hits, and was credited with the win when the JetHawks scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth. Will Gaddis (8.07) started and allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out three in five innings. Matt McLaughlin (.264) delivered the walk-off single to cap an inning that began with a Carlos Herrera (.277) lead off home run, and included two runs scoring on an error.
Low A Asheville (10-20) was off. The Tourists open a three-game series Wednesday at Hickory (Rangers).