Tulsa’s Christian Friedrich gave up three hits and walked three in six shutout innings while another wave of Rockies prospects started their season at rookie Casper.
While Parker Frazier was pitching was one of the better games of his minor-league career at Modesto, allowing one run in seven innings, his former teammate Tyler Matzek continued to battle command at Asheville, giving up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Starting pitcher Greg Reynolds allowed two runs on 10 hits but didn’t walk a batter in six innings, his second start since returning to Colorado Springs and a 7-3 win for the Sky Sox.
Esmil Rogers allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings in his second rehab start for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Meanwhile, center fielder Dexter Fowler was 0-for-4 in his first rehab game.
The Sky Sox hit seven home runs — two by Mike Jacobs and one each from Willy Taveras, Cole Garner, Ian Stewart, Josh Fields and Brad Emaus. Emaus was 3-for-5 with three RBI and was a single shy of a cycle.
Tyler Matzek allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first start at Asheville since being demoted from Modesto. Matzek allowed six hits, walked five and struck out four, but was bailed out by another former first-round pick, Kyle Parker, who homered.
Modesto third baseman Nolan Arenado was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI in the Nuts’ 8-4 win Tuesday. In his past 10 games, Arenado is hitting .372 with four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBI.
Tulsa’s Christian Friedrich bounced back from his worst start of the year, which lasted just 1 2/3 innings, with possibly his best of the season, allowing two hits and a run in seven innings Sunday.
Tulsa’s Tim Wheeler hit his 12th home run and drove in two run, bringing his season RBI total to 35, which ties him Colorado Springs’ Charlie Blackmon for tops in the Colorado Rockies organization.
Juan Nicasio struck out seven in seven innings on his way to his fifth win for Double-A Tulsa, backed by 15 runs including a three-run run home run from Tim Wheeler.
Center field Tim Wheeler doubled and homered for Double-A Tulsa and leads the Colorado Rockies’ minor league system with eight home runs.
Shortstop Chris Nelson, who has 15 RBI in his past 10 games, continued his hot streak for Triple-A Colorado Springs with a bases-loaded double that capped a six-run inning for the Sky Sox on Thursday.