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.
After enduring a terrible 2010 season, a medical washout of a year consisting of limited action that was ended by pain, surgery for a torn left patellar tendon and rehab, outfielder Kent Matthes is reaping a big reward. This, plus news about Tyler Matzek, Will Swanner and others coming Friday in the July farm report.
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.
Double-A Tulsa combined for seven home runs by seven different hitters Wednesday, including back-to-back-to-back shots by minor-league home run leader Tim Wheeler, Thomas Field and Ben Paulsen in a 17-11 Drillers win.
Colorado Springs second baseman Chris Nelson returned from the disabled list and played for the first time since July 5. He was 2-for-5, with a home run, three RBI and a run in a 7-6 Sky Sox loss.
Modesto’s Chad Bettis allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, walked two and matched a career high in strikeouts with 11 in seven innings. In his past six starts, Bettis is 3-2 with a 1.48 ERA, 27 hits and 43 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings.
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.
Rosell Herrera, the 18-year-old shortstop ranked the 12th-best prospect in the Colorado Rockies system before he played a game in the U.S. homered for the first time at rookie Casper on Tuesday.
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.
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.