Modesto’s Nolan Arenado, recently selected to play in the Futures Game, was 4-for-5 with a home run, a double, six RBI in a 15-7 win Friday. Arenado is hitting .366 in June and after walking just once in April against 11 strikeouts, Arenado has 19 walks and just 14 strikeouts in 45 games in May and June.
Dexter Fowler and Ian Stewart endured a hitless night at Triple-A Colorado Springs, combining to go 0-for-7. Fowler is 0-for-14 in his past four games but has walked six times. Stewart is 1-for-21 in his past five.
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.
The Colorado Springs Sky Sox rallied in the bottom of the eighth for seven runs, including a three-run home run by first baseman Mike Jacobs and an RBI double by catcher Jordan Pacheco, to take a 9-8 lead before giving it back with two runs in the ninth.
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.
Triple-A Colorado Springs left-hander Josh Muecke was released, and first baseman Jared Clark and outfielder David Christsensen went to high Class A Modesto from the the just-concluded extended spring program.
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.
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.
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.
A 13-run fifth inning for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox fueled a 24-6 win as pitcher John Maine returned from a shoulder injury to pitch for the first time since May 3.