Two things that are inconsequential to Scott Beerer, a converted pitcher who is now an outfielder in the Colorado Rockies organization, at this point are whether he profiles as a prospect and the hindrance that might be his age.
Modesto shortstop Josh Rutledge had three hits, including a two-run home run, extending his current hitting streak to 11 games and backing Chad Bettis, who allowed two hits and struck out nine in five innings.
Asheville’s Tyler Matzek allowed three unearned runs en route to his third straight win. Matzek allowed two hits, walked four and struck out in seven innings, the fourth consecutive start he’s pitched seven 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.
Tulsa center fielder Tim Wheeler capped a four-run 10th with his 33rd home run, helping lift the Drillers to 13-9 win that also included two home runs by catcher Wilin Rosario.
Tulsa’s Tim Wheeler, who ended a homerless August last week, hit his third home run in the past five games and drove in three.
Tyler Matzek pitched his best game as a pro, allowing one run on two hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts for Asheville. It was the third consecutive start and fourth in his past five that Matzek pitched seven innings. In August, Matzek is 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA, 15 walks and 42 strikeouts in 34 innings.
Ryan Spilborghs had another big night on his rehab assignment at Colorado Springs, going 3-for-4 in a 23-11 Sky Sox loss. Spilborghs is 9-for-16 so far on his four-game rehab.
Asheville’s Tyler Matzek allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out nine in seven innings. It was the fourth straight start for Matzek in which he has pitched at least six innings and the third start in his past four that he pitched seven.
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.
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.