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.
The Sky Sox scored three runs in the top of the ninth on an error, a ground-rule double and a wild pitch to take a 6-3 lead. That followed an RBI single in the eighth inning by second baseman Chris Nelson, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, to tie the game at 3-3.
One night after Tulsa’s Wilin Rosario hit two home runs, two Colorado Rockies top position-player prospects — Tulsa’s Tim Wheeler and Asheville’s Kyle Parker — added two home runs of their own.
Tulsa third baseman Darin Holcomb was 4-for-5 and drove in all of the Drillers’ runs in a 5-4 win, including a go-ahead run on single in the 10th.
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.
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.
Tim Wheeler and Ben Paulsen hit two of Double-A Tulsa’s five home runs, part of a 17-run explosion that included two six-run innings.
Starting pitcher Dan Houston threw six shutout innings, allowed five hits, walked two and struck out five in a 2-0 win at Double-A Tulsa. It was Houston’s first start since being promoted from Modesto, where he was 7-1 with a 2.53 ERA.
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 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.
Third baseman Ian Stewart was 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox on Tuesday. Since returning from a hamstring injury, Stewart is hitting .450 (9-for-20) with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in five games.
Left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera, right fielder Kyle Parker and catcher Bryce Massanari are low Class A Asheville’s representatives in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on June 21 at Salisbury, MD.