Michael Toglia, the Rockies' first-round draft choice out of UCLA, has flexed his muscles in his pro debut at short-season A Boise. His teammate, Aaron Schunk, the Rockies second-round selection out of Georgia, is making an impression himself with the way he can swing a bat.
Boise suffered a 15-12, 10-inning loss to Salem-Keizer (Giants) on Saturday with Toglia and Schunk providing the offensive impetuts. Toglia, hitting .229, delivered his fifth home run, tied for fifth in the Northwest League, and drove in two runs, giving him a team-high 18.
Schunk, meanwhile, scored three runs, drove in a run and had two doubles among his four hits in four at-bats. He raised his average to .308.
In Saturday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (43-57) lost 13-9 in 11 innings to El Paso (Diamondbacks). Sam Hillliard (.263) hit his 28th home run and drove in four runs. Josh Fuentes (.273) hit his 11th home run of the season and fourth in five games, and Dom Nunez (.263) delivered his career-best 14th home run. Chi Chi Gonzalez (6.10) started and allowed six runs on 12 hits and two walks, striking out five in six innings. James Pazos (1-3, 6.32) allowed five runs, four earned, on three hits and two walks in the 11th inning.
AA Hartford (14-15, 51-45) lost 6-4 at Trenton (Yankees). Scott Burcham (.216) was 2-for-2 with a double, two RBI and two walks. Justin Lawrence (0-3, 6.59) suffered the loss, charged with three runs on three hits. Rayan Gonzalez (2.21) was charged iwth the blown save, allowing all three runs Lawrence left on base to score.
Advanced A Lancaster (6-14, 50-48) lost 10-4 against San Jose (Giants). San Jose turned a 4-4 game into a 10-4 when when it scored six runs in the sixth. Moises Ceja (5-1, 3.78) gave up four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out two in 2 1/2 innings. Nate Harris (5.51) started and allowed four runs on seven hits, striking out four in three innings. Taylor Snyder (.264) hit his ninth home run and singled, driving in two runs.
A Asheville (15-15, 44-56) won 3-2 at Rome (Braves0. Niko Decolati (.275) doubled with two out in the sevneth and scored the deciding run on an ensuing single by Terrin Vavra (.318). Nick Bush (4.85) started and allowed one run on six hits and four walks, strikin gout two in 6 2/3 innings. P.J. Poulin (3-3, 4.45) blew a save, but was credited with the win, allowing one run on two hits, striking out two in an inning.
Short-season A Boise (15-21) lost 15-12 to Salem-Keizer (Giants). Salem scored five runs in the 10th. Azk Baayoon (.711) started for Boise, allowing six runs on 10 hits and two walks, striking out five in 3 2/3 innings. Cameron Enck (1-1, 6.35) allowed five runs, four earned, on five hits and a walk in one inning.
Rookie Grand Junction (19-15) won 13-4 against Orem (Angels). The Rockies scored six runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth. Chrisian Koss was 3-for-5 with a three0r8n home run, triple and six RBI. Ronaiker Palma (.214) was 3-for-5 with five RBI, two runs scored and a double. Evr Moya (1-1, 4.96) struck out all four batters he faced. Jared Horn (2.08) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out five in 4 1/3 innings.