Wilin Rosario came back to Albuquerque for the second time this season and wasted no time showing he wants to be back up in Denver. Rosario fell a triple short of the cycle in the Isotopes’ 9-6 loss to the visiting Salt Lake Bees.
Rosario led off the second inning with a solo home run to left. He also beat out an infield single in the third and doubled and scored in the eighth.
“I feel good, even in the big leagues I feel good at the plate,” Rosario said. “Here, when you play more you’re more relaxed. You have more opportunities; if you fail, you know you’re going to get one more at-bat.”
Rosario was sent down by the Colorado Rockies in the wake of the Troy Tulowitzki trade, when the team opted to bring up two relievers from Albuquerque to bolster a flagging bullpen. For now, Rosario will play first base every day for the Isotopes (48-58).
“It’s the same reason, I don’t play very much in the big leagues and they know I’d like to play, I want to play more,” Rosario said. “That’s the only way I can get better and better at first base. I’ve got the opportunity to come here, enjoy the team and just relax and learn.”
Rosario hit .343/.361/.457 with four doubles and four RBI in a nine-game stint earlier in the season. Picking up where he left off came as no surprise to his manager.
“I don’t know how much he was playing up there but it’s good to see him get in there and get some at-bats,” Glenallen Hill said. “(Hopefully) he can get a rhythm going.”
As for the rest of the team, Albuquerque did have some positive individual moments. Tommy Murphy belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning, his first Triple-A blast since joining the Isotopes on July 23.
Rehabbing Rockies reliever Brooks Brown threw a scoreless seventh inning. He allowed one hit and had one strikeout.
Right-hander Miguel Castro made his Rockies organizational debut in the eighth. The prospect, acquired in the Troy Tulowitzki trade, needed just seven pitches to induce three quick groundouts.
Despite the strong contributions, the Isotopes could not overcome Rudy Owens’ disastrous first start with the club. The lefty was pounded for six runs on nine hits and three walks in just three innings.
Salt Lake’s first seven runs were scored by seven different players. Ryan Jackson went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three walks for the Bees (42-64).
Albuquerque will aim for the series win over Salt Lake on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Isotopes will send rehabbing Rockies right-hander David Hale (0-2, 5.97 ERA) to the mound against Bees lefty Tyler DeLoach (1-4, 4.96).
Around the Lab: To make room for Castro on the roster, infielder Brock Bond was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle. … Catcher Ryan Casteel (strained right quadriceps) was sent on a rehab assignment to short-season Single-A Boise.