Tulsa catcher Wilin Rosario continued his recent surge with four hits and Tim Wheeler hit his 27th home run. But both were overshadowed by shortstop Hector Gomez who hit two home runs and drove in seven runs in a 13-8 Drillers win.
Colorado Springs starter Billy Buckner allowed one hit in seven shutout innings of a 2-1 extra-inning loss Thursday. Buckner, who also pitched five shutout innings on June 19, walked two and struck out five.
In the 2009 draft, the Colorado Rockies had two first-round picks. With the 11th overall pick, the Rockies selected left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek. With the 32nd overall pick the Rockies selected outfielder Tim Wheeler. Both were beaten to the majors by the 34th overall pick, supplemental first-rounder Rex Brothers, but Wheeler at least is headed in the right direction while Matzek is trying to recover the talent that led many to consider him the best high school pitcher in the draft.
As one 2009 first-round pick of the Colorado Rockies, Tyler Matzek, struggles to find his way at Asheville, the other first-rounder, outfielder Tim Wheeler, is on the fast track at Double-A Tulsa, where he leads all Rockies minor leaguers in home runs and RBI.
Colorado Springs catcher Jordan Pacheco doubled in the go-ahead run in the 14th inning Tuesday. In the lower minors, Colorado Rockies prospects took part in a pair of All-Star Games.
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.
Aaron Cook made his third rehab start with the Drillers and allowed four runs in five innings. Cook, who is expected back to return to the Rockies next week, allowed seven hits, walked no one and struck out six.
Tulsa’s Juan Nicasio allowed just two hits, two walks and two runs while striking out nine in seven innings in the Drillers’ 5-4 win. Nicasio, who was not involved in the decision, is 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 49 2/3 innings.
Ty Wigginton played both ends of a double-header on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Colorado Springs was 2-for-7 with a pair of walks and an RBI.
Colorado Rockies promote Parker Frazier and Josh Sullivan to high Class A Modesto following rehab assignments at Tri-City and move Ethan Hollingsworth from Modesto to Double-A Tulsa to take injured Christian Friedrich’s spot.