The last 24 hours have been quite busy in the world of former Tri-City Dust Devils.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon and third baseman Jordan Pacheco, who the Rockies are counting on to be a big part of the offense over the next few seasons, were both sent to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Blackmon, who made his pro debut in Tri-City in 2008, was coming off the 15-day disabled list and optioned to the Sky Sox. Pacheco, who played for the Dust Devils in 2007-2008, started out on the Rockies 25-man roster, but was moved to make room for starter Drew Pomeranz.
The Rockies, by the way, lost 5-2 at home to Arizona. However, Matt Reynolds (2007) struck out two batters in a solid inning of relief.
There was good news in Double-A Tulsa, where the Drillers beat Corpus Christi 2-1 with some help from Tri-City alumni. Josh Rutledge (2010) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his fifth stolen base of the year. Will Harris (2006, 2009) improved to 2-0 with the win, and Josh Sullivan (2005-06, 2008, 2010) got his second save with scoreless ninth. Good to see Sullivan, who has had a nightmarish history of injuries, still fighting to get to the bigs. There isn't one person in the organization who doesn't want to see him get there.
In High-A Modesto, the Nuts collapsed after taking a 7-1 fifth-inning lead, giving up four runs in the seventh and three more in the ninth in a 10-9 road loss to the Stockton Ports. There were some offensive highlights, however. Juan Crousset (2010), Bryce Massanari (2010), Dallas Tarleton (2009), Scott Robinson (2009) and Tim Smalling (2011) each collected 2 hits.
In Low-A Asheville, the Tourists earned a 9-6 road win over the Hickory Crawdads. Brian Humphries (2011) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Colorado Springs was rained out, but they'll play again tomorrow.
Tune in again soon for more Tri-City alumni updates.
In the words of former Dust Devils pitcher Kyle Hancock (2011): Don't count sheep ... Count your blessings!! Prayers upward you knuckleheads!!