Triple-A Albuquerque has received reinforcements for the pitching staff. Starting pitcher Rico Garcia and closer Ben Bowden have been promoted from Double-A Hartford.
Garcia is set to start Friday night at Reno. Garcia was a senior draft out of Division II Hawaii-Pacific in 2016. He was 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA at Hartford this year, and was 6-2 with a 2.55 ERA for the Yard Goats after a mid-season promotion a year ago.
Bowden, who was the 45th selection in the 2016 draft out of Vanderbilt, has converted all 20 of his save opportunities at Hartford with a 1.06 ERA. He allowed three runs in 25 2/3 innings -- all three coming on a three-run home run in his third appearances of the season. He struck out 42 and walked seven for the Yard Goats.
In Thursday's games:
AAA Albuquerque (31-42) fell a season-worst 11 games below .500 in a 6-4 loss at Reno (Diamondbacks). Chris Rusin (0-1, 6.55) was the victim of a four-run eighth inning. Chi Chi Gonzalez (5.66) allowed one run on two hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings. Peter Mooney (.231) was 2-for-4 with his third home run.
AA Hartford (37-32) lost 5-1 against Bowie (Orioles). Heath Holder (4-2, 1.89) made only his second start in 18 appearances and suffered the loss, giving up one run on three hits and a walk, striking out one, in three innings. Alan Trejo (.271) singled home the Yard Goats only run. Vance Vizcaino (.222) and Scott Burcham (.217) had the Yard Goats two other singles.
High A Lancaster (1-0, 35-34) won 7-6 at Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers), scoring four runs in the ninth when Rancho Cucamonga reliever Max Gamboa did not retire a batter, but gave up two hits and three walks, and threw four wild pitches to allow the runs to score. Sean Bouchard (.278) was 4-for-4 with a run scored, two doubles and an RBI. Lucas Gilbreath (5.37) started and allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings. Salvador Justo (2-1, 5.08) was credited with the victory, allowing one run on two hits in two innings.
Low A Asheville (1-0, 30-41) won 26-9 against Columbia (Mets). The two teams equaled the South Atlantic League record with 42 hits, and the Tourists tied an SAL record with 16 extra base hits -- four home runs, one triple and 11 doubles. Terrin Vavra (.331) had two home runs and six RBI, Niklo Decolati (.318) and Johnny Cresto (.286) each went 4-for-7, and Coco Montes (.286) was 3-for-6 with five RBI. Coco Montes (.237) was 3-for-6 with five RBI. The Touirists were trailing 7-5 going into the bottom of the fourth. They then scored three runs in the bottom of the third, six in the sixth, 10 in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Short-Season A Boise (3-4) lost 7-2 in 10 innings against Everett (Mariners). Yorvis Torrealba (.250) made his debut with an RBI single. Joel Condreay (0-1, 7.20) suffered the loss, allowing five runs, four earned, on four hits in the 10th. Eris Filpo (2.31) started and allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Rookie Grand Junction (2-4) was off. The Rockies open a three-game series against Rocky Mountain in Colorado Springs Friday night.