Andrew Brown Strong in 1st Rockies Start

Outfielder Andrew Brown, who was promoted from the Sky Sox to the Colorado Rockies yesterday, made an impressive showing in his first career start for the Rockies today leading the team with three hits and and tying Carlos Gonzalez for the team lead with two RBI in the 9-6 loss to Pittsburgh.  The three hits were a career high in Brown’s 13 total Major League games (Brown appeared in 11 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season in his MLB debut) and the two RBI tied a career high.

Brown batted cleanup for Colorado and went 3-for-5 in the game, collecting his first RBI as a member of the Rockies on a infield single with the bases loaded in the second after the Pirates intentionally walked Carlos Gonzalez to get to Brown.  After the Pirates took the lead 6-5 with a five-run third inning, Brown tied up the score on his second RBI single of the game in the fourth inning. Brown notched his third hit of the game on a double to left field (Brown led the PCL with 52 extra-base hits before his call-up yesterday).

In his final at-bat of the game in the eighth, Brown faced his former Nebraska teammate Tony Watson representing the tying run with runners on second and third.  In the at-bat, Brown turned on a Watson offering and nearly tied the game but the ball sailed just to the left of the left field foul pole, then Brown struck out on the next pitch.

It was Brown’s second appearance for the Rockies as he made his Colorado debut yesterday as a pinch-hitter, and hit a fly ball to the right field warning track.

Sky Sox 6/18 vs Salt Lake:

1 – #2 Hernan Iribarren – RF

2 – #5 Tommy Field – SS

3 – #8 Charlie Blackmon – CF

4 – #40 Matt McBride – 1B

5 – #29 Brendan Harris – 3B

6 – #28 Chad Tracy – DH

7 – #23 Brandon Wood – 2B

8 – #25 Omir Santos – C

9 – #6 Brandon Roberts – LF

SP – #26 Alex White – RHP

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