With just one game left in the regular season, Nolan Arenado continues to hit, going 2-for-5 and adding two more RBI two his minor-league leading total in Modesto’s 10-1 win. Scott Robinson had four hits and drove in three in the game to back Alan DeRatt, who pitched seven shutout innings.
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.
Chris Nelson two a pair of home runs in his first game at Triple-A Colorado Springs since being optioned on Wednesday.
Ryan Spilborghs started his rehab with Triple-A Colorado Springs, going 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored, while Jordan Pacheco made his second start at third base this week.
Tulsa starter Christian Friedrich rebounded from a pair of rough starts and took a no-hitter one out into the sixth inning. Friedrich allowed just one hit and four walks and struck out seven in six shutout innings. He was not involved in the decision as the Drillers’ bullpen allowed three runs.
Tri-City starting pitcher Christian Bergman allowed four hits, walked no one and struck out six in seven shutout innings Tuesday. Bergman has not allowed a run in his past four starts. In 30 innings during that span, he has allowed just 16 hits and two walks and has struck out 24.
When he makes his Colorado Rockies debut on Wednesday, Kevin Millwood will be the 10th pitcher to start for the Rockies this season. The others are Jhoulys Chacin and Jason Hammel (23 starts each), Ubaldo Jimenez (21), Juan Nicasio (13), Aaron Cook (11), Jorge De La Rosa (10), Esmil Rogers and Clayton Mortensen (6 each), Greg Reynolds (3) and Alan Johnson (1). Millwood will be making his first appearance in the majors since his final start with the Orioles on Sept. 29, 2010, at Tampa Bay.
Colorado Rockies outfielder started both ends of a double header at Colorado Springs while right-handed pitcher Alex White made one-inning rehab appearance at Tulsa, his first appearance since joining the Rockies organization.
Tulsa’s Dan Houston bounced back from a pair of rough starts to pitch a three-hit shutout, walking two and striking out 10 in the process.
Modesto right fielder Kent Matthes hit three home runs and drove in seven while shortstop Josh Rutledge homered for a third consecutive game in a 13-9 win for the Nuts.
Double-A Tulsa combined for seven home runs by seven different hitters Wednesday, including back-to-back-to-back shots by minor-league home run leader Tim Wheeler, Thomas Field and Ben Paulsen in a 17-11 Drillers win.
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.