DJ Johnson was the feel-good story of 2018 for the Rockies. In his ninth pro season -- his first year of even reaching the Triple-A level -- Johnson was so dominant for the Rockies AAA affiliate Albuquerque that he earned a September promotion to the big leagues.
And at the age of 29, Johnson made the Rockies Opening Day roster. He had a 4.26 ERA in seven appearances, walking two batters and striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings.
Inconsistency in the strike zone became a problem, resulting in his return to Albuquerque, where he was sharp in his first six appearances, allowing two earned runs in seven innings. Then came Monday. Johnson retired five batters but gave up eight runs. His 2.57 ERA climbed to 10.38.
In Monday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (24-28) lost 12-5 against Sacramento (Giants). Ryan Castellani (2-3, 6.32) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out five in five innings. Josh Fuentes (.276) was 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three doubles. Sam Hilliard (.244) hit his 16th home run and drove in two runs.
AA Hartford (28-22) lost 9-2 at New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Ty Culbreth (3-4, 4.33) allowed seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. Vance Vizcaino (.233) doubled and drove in a run in three at-bats.
High A Lancaster (26-23) lost 2-1 at San Jose (Giants). Lucas Gilbreath (2-2, 3.68) started and allowed two runs on nine hits and four walks, striking out five, in suffering the loss. Ramon Marcelino (.244) his his seventh home run.
Low A Asheville (21-29) won 5-2 at Rome (Braves). Jacob Bosiokovic (1-0, 0.00) made his second appearance with the Tourists, and worked a perfect eighth inning to earn the victory. Antonio Martinez (2.95) earned his 11th save by pitching the ninth. Ryan Feltner (4.47) started and allowed two unearned runs on three hits and two walks, striking out five in five innings. Terrin Vavra (.322) was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Grant Lavigne (.220) was 2-for-4 with his fourth home run.