Joe Gardner, the least-talked-about pitcher in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, won for the third consecutive time at Tulsa. Since joining the Colorado Rockies organization, Gardner is 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in five starts.
Tulsa center fielder Tim Wheeler capped a four-run 10th with his 33rd home run, helping lift the Drillers to 13-9 win that also included two home runs by catcher Wilin Rosario.
Tulsa’s Tim Wheeler, who ended a homerless August last week, hit his third home run in the past five games and drove in three.
One day after Drew Pomeranz’s impressive debut in the Colorado Rockies organization, Alex White matched him for Double-A Tulsa, allowed just three hits in 7 2/3 shutout innings. White hasn’t allowed a run since his one-inning rehab debut at Tulsa on Aug. 4.
Colorado Springs second baseman Chris Nelson returned from the disabled list and played for the first time since July 5. He was 2-for-5, with a home run, three RBI and a run in a 7-6 Sky Sox loss.
Modesto third baseman Nolan Arenado followed up Monday’s two-homer night by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 9-4 Nuts loss.
Third baseman Nolan Arenado was 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored in a 12-3 Modesto win. In his past 10 games, Arenado is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with three home runs, four doubles and 18 RBI.
Modesto starter Chad Bettis allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck out seven in eight innings. In his past two starts combined, Bettis has allowed just two runs on eight hits and struck out 15 in 15 innings.
Tulsa’s Christian Friedrich took the loss for the Texas League North All-Stars, allowing three hits and a run in the second inning. Scott Beerer had the only hit among Rockies prospects, going 1-for-1 after replacing Tim Wheeler, who was hitless along with teammates Wilin Rosario and Ben Paulsen.
Ian Stewart hit a pair of home runs for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in an 11-10 win Sunday at Salt Lake. Stewart was 3-for-5 with six RBI and three runs scored and is 6-for-13 with nine RBI in his past three games.
Colorado Springs outfielder Cole Garner and Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb returned to their respective lineups for the first time in more than a week.
Chad Bettis allowed just two hits, two walks and struck out eight in eight shutout innings for Modesto on Sunday while Christian Friedrich pitched 7 1/3 solid innings for Tulsa.