High Class-A Modesto’s season game to end with a 10-4 loss in the first round of the California League playoffs, and short-season Tri-City lost the first game of the Northwest League Championship Series.
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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.
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.
Starting pitcher Tyler Matzek took the loss for Ashevile but followed up his best start of the season with another solid start, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Matzek was coming off a start in which he allowed run and struck out nine in seven innings.
Tulsa’s Ben Paulsen, starting at third base for just the first time in his minor-league career, was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run with two RBI.
Double-A Tulsa catcher Wilin Rosario reached base five times, going 2-for-2 with two home runs, three walks, three RBI and three runs scored in the Drillers’ 7-6, 11-inning win.
High Class-A Modesto unloaded for 17 runs Friday with seven- and six-run innings and led by Kent Matthes and Josh Rutledge, who had four RBI each.
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.
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.