Ashton Goudeau is in his ninth year in pro ball, pitching for his third organization in the last two years, and making a statement with the Rockies AA Hartford affiliate. A 27th-round draft choice of the Royals out of junior college in 2012, Goudeau was signed by the Rockies as a minor-league free agent last November, and assigned in the spring to the Yard Goats.
After giving up four earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of his organizational debut on April 9, Goudeau has put together an impressive stretch that saw him run his scoreless innings streak to 23 innings in Hartford's 2-0 win against Portland on Wednesday night.
Goudeau is at the Double-A level for the fourth consecutive season, but he did make his Triple-A debut with the Mariners' Tacoma affiliate a year ago, when he pitched in 20 games, two in the role of a starter. He worked a total of 485 1/3 innings in his first seven pro seasons -- six years with the Royals organization before spending last year in the Mariners system.
The 6-foot-6, 205-pound right-hander allowed two hits and striking out eight in seven innings of Wednesday's game, lowering his ERA to 1.63.
In Wednesday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (16-11) won 6-5 against Sacramento (Giants). DJ Johnson, optioned back to the minor leagues by the Rockies this week, made his return to the Isotopes by pitching two shutout innings and earning the win in relief. Elliot Soto keyed the Isotopes two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth, singling home Brendan Rodgers (.323), who had doubled for the second time in the game, and then scoring the game-ending run on Mylz Jones' double. Nelson Gonzalez (5.50) started and allowed three runs on three hits and four walks, striking out six in 3 2/3 innings.
AA Hartford (13-14) won 2-0 against Portland (Red Sox). As well as Goudeau's seven strong innings, Ben Bowden (2.53) worked the ninth to pick up his seventh save. Vince Fernandez (.307) doubled home Tyler Nevin (.262), who also doubled, and then scored himself in the Yard Goats two-run sixth inning. Chris Iannetta, on a rehab assignment, went 0-for-2 as the DH. He is hitless in eight at-bats of three starts at Hartford.
High A Lancaster (14-13) lost 8-6 at Modesto (Mariners). Ramon Marcelino (.288) was 2-for-5 with a double and RBI, and Joel Diaz (.289) went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Will Gaddis (1-3, 7.57) allowed six runs, three earned, on eight hits and three walks, striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.
Low A Asheville (10-15) won 7-5 against Hagerstown (Nationals). Terrin Vavra (.341) was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Luke Morgan (.313) was 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Ryan Feltner (1-2, 5.64) was credited with his first win of the season. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out six in five innings. Alexander Martinez (3.72) allowed one run on one hit and struck out two in earning his fourth save.