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Arizona Fall League update: Dan Houston picks up a win; Tim Wheeler contributes at the plate

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Rockies farmhands played a big part in Salt River's win on Monday.

Tim Wheeler singled and scored the go-ahead run and Dan Houston pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the Salt River Rafters, who notched a 3-2 victory over the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League play on Monday.

Wheeler, who was penciled in the lineup as the designated hitter, reached base with one out in the sixth inning on a bloop single off of Texas Rangers minor league reliever Ryan Harvey. Two batters later, Wheeler crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Harvey to give the Rafters a one-run lead that would hold through the remainder of the game.

Wheeler is 5-for-16 at the plate with a pair of walks but still doesn't have an extra-base hit.

Houston came on in relief of Arizona Diamondbacks farmhand Andrew Chafin and worked around a walk and an error by inducing a pair of ground balls, one of which resulted in a double play.

Kyle Parker also represented the Rockies for Salt River on Monday, batting cleanup and starting at first base. Parker had a rough day at the plate, going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Parker is 2-for-16 with five strikeouts in four games.

Bowman Hitting Challenge

Former Rockies draft pick and current Yankees prospect Peter O'Brien won the inaugural Bowman Hitting Challenge, a home run derby-like event with a unique twist that includes a point system based on the quality and location of batted balls. O'Brien hit five home runs and racked up 1,575 points to lead all contestants.

Pirates farmhand Alex Dickerson topped all National League participants with 1,300 points. Parker represented the Rockies in the event but did not finish in the top three among NL contestants.