Elliot Soto had a season in one night.
The 29-year-old, in his 10th pro season and second in the Rockies organization after eight years in the Cubs minor-league system, hit two home runs in Triple-A Albuquerque’s 9-4 victory over Angels’ affiliate Salt Lake City on Monday afternoon.
Big deal? Well, after opening the season going 1-for-15 in the first four games, Elliot equaled his career-high for home runs – in a season. He had two home runs with the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate at Tennessee in 2013, and two again with the Cub’s Triple-A affiliate Iowa in 2017. He has hit only nine home runs in 2,411 minor-league at-bats.
In Monday’s Games
Triple-A Albuquerque (4-1) won 9-4 against Salt Lake City (Angels). In addition to the two home runs, Soto (.211) also singled. Chi Chi Gonzalez (1-0, 1.29) allowed one run on three hits and a walk, striking out eight in seven innings. As well as Soto, Brian Mundell (.333) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI, and Dom Nunez (.200) hit his first home runs, scored two runs and drove in two runs.
Double-A Hartford (1-4) suffered a 3-2 walk-off loss at Harrisburg (Blue Jays). Tyler Nevin (.267) provided the Hartford runs with a two-run home run in the seventh. Nevin also singled. Reid Humphreys (0-1, 10.80) retired two batters in the ninth before giving up the game-winning single to Luiis Garcia.
High A Lancaster (0-5) lost 2-11 to Lake Elsinore (Padres). The Jethawks allowed 10 or more runs for the third time in five games in opening a season 0-5 for the first time since 2010. Matt Dennis (0-1, 12.27) allowed six runs, five earned, in 3 2/3 innings. Ryan Vilade (.389) was 2-for-3.
Low A Asheville (2-2) was rained out at Charleston (Yankees).