Matt Hearn is making the most of a second opportunity.
A 24th-round draft choice of the Braves when he came out of Mission College in 2016, Hearn found himself released after 34 games with rookie-level Danville at the end of that season. He didn't want to give up his baseball dream. So he signed with the indepdent Gateway franchise, where he played all of 2017 and the first weeks of 2018 before the Rockies organization signed him to a minor-league deal.
After hitting a combined .329 between short-season A Boise and Class A Asheville in 2018, he re-signed with the Rockies and hasn't missed a step in his promotion to Advanced A Lancaster. With a current 13-game hitting streak -- his third this season of 10 or more games -- he is hitting .316 for the Jet Hawks after going 2-for-4 with two RBI on Saturday.
In Saturday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (39-54) lost 7-0 at El Paso (Padres). Elliot Soto (.297) was 2-for-4 with a double and stolen base, and Peter Mooney (.234) was 2-for-3 with a stolen base. Rico Garcia (0-2, 8.10) started and suffered the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out four in five innings.
AA Hartford (10-12, 47-42) won 11-9 against New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Rayan Gonzalez (3-1, 2.13) earned the win in relief, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning. Matt Dennis (5.48) started and allowed four runs on eight hits, striking out three in five innings. Vance Vizcaino (.239) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, his fourth home run and four RBI. Tyler Nevin (.242) was 2-for-5 with a run scored, his fifth home run and five RBI.
Advanced A Lancaster (14-10, 48-44) lost 17-5 against San Jose (Giants), the third time in the last five home games that the JetHawks have allowed 14 or more runs. Ryan Rolison (2-6, 5.28), the Rockies No. 1 draft choice a year ago out of the University of Mississippi, allowed eight runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk, striking out four in four innings. Ryan Vilade (.281) was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Hearn (.316) was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
A Asheville (11-12, 40-53) lost 6-4 against Augusta (Giants). Derrik Watson (3-2, 2.79) suffered the loss, allowing three runs, two earned, on two hits and two walks, striking out one in one inning. Alfredo Garcia (6.28) started and allowed one run on eight hits, striking out two in five innings. Terrin Vavra (.323) was 2-for-5 with his ninth home run,and LeeMarcus Boyd (.280) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and his second home run, continuing a surge that has seen his average climb 92 points in five games.
Short-Season A Boise (14-15) won 6-3 against Hillsboro (D-backs). Joe Aeilts (.459) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Bladimir Restituyo (.299) was 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBI. Jeffri Ocando (1-3, 5.96) earned the win, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. Jacob Wallace (1.13) earned his fourth save, allowing one hit and striking out one in one inning.
Rookie Grand Junction (14-13) lost 7-3 to Great Falls (White Sox). Yolki Pena (.267) was 1-for-3 with two RBI. Mitchell Kilkenny (1-1, 2.33) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three in 4 1/3 innings.