Lefthanders Kyle Freeland and Chris Rusin are reunited with AAA Albuquerque, looking to get their game back in order so they can return to the Rockies. Rusin accepted his assignment after clearing waivers. Freeland was optioned earlier this month, and made his second start for the Isotopes on Wednesday.
It was a struggle for the lefthander, who is now 0-2 wtih a 10.13 ERA with the Isotopes. He allowed nine runs, eight earned, on eight hits, including two home runs, and five walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 12-9 loss to the Dodgers affiliate from Oklahoma City. Freeland, who finished fourth in NL Cy Young voting last year, had an impressive start in the season opener at Miami, but was 2-6 with a 7.13 ERA in 12 starts, prompting his return to Albuquerque.
Rusin opened the season on the injured list. After being activated, he made two appearances for the Rockies, giving up five hits, including a home run, walked a batter while retiring only three batters. The Rockies initially designated Rusin for assignment so they could open a 40-man roster spot. Once he cleared waivers he accepted his assignment to Albuquerque.
In Wednesday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (30-36) lost 12-9 to Oklahoma City (Dodgers). Yonathan Diaz (.379) extended his hitting streak to 10 games, going 3-for-5 with a home run. Sam Hilliard (.256) hit his 19th home run and had a triple. Drew Butera (.286) homered for the second time this season.
AA Hartford (36-27) lost 5-1 at Akron (Indians), falling a half-game back of Trenton (Yankees) in the Eastern League Eastern Division with five games remaining in the first half. Brandon Gold (6-4, 3.76) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk, striking out one, in five innings. Scott Burcham (.206) was 2-for-3 with a double, scoring the Yard Goats' only run on a fourth-inning single by Vance Vizcaino (.203).
High A Lancaster (32-32) won 13-6 against Inland Empire (Angels). Luis Castro (.305) was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, five RBI and his 14th and 15th home runs. Ramon Marcelino (.220) was 3-for-5 with two RBI and his 11th home run. Austin Bernard (.221) was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, an RBI and his fourth home run. Lucas Gilbreath (3-4, 5.08) was credited with the victory, allowing five runs, three earned, on three hits and three walks, striking out four in five innings.
Low A Asheville (29-37) won 6-4 in 10 innings at Columbia (Mets). The Tourists came up with a three-run 10th, scoring runs on a throwing error, Terrin Vavra (.321) sacrfice fly, and Nico Decolati (.310) single. Jacob Bosiokovic (2-0, 0.84) pitched two scoreless innings in relief, walking two and striking out three, for the victory. Alexander Martinez (2.70) earned his 14th save, allowing one hit and an unearned run in the 10th. Jake Bird (3.02) started and allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk, striking out three in 3 2/3 innings.