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Chris O'Dowd and Taylor Featherston led the way on a big day for Rockies farmhands in Arizona Fall League play. Wanna go eat some hay? Maybe go lay by the bay, I just may. What do you say?

Colorado Rockies minor league catcher Chris O'Dowd went 3-for-4 with three runs batted in and infielder Taylor Featherston finished with a couple of hits in the Salt River Rafters' 9-2 win over the Surprise Saguaros in Arizona Fall League play on Wednesday.

O'Dowd doubled as part of his massive day and now has five hits, two for extra bases (including a homer) and four RBI in just 11 AFL plate appearances. Featherston tripled, scored and drove in a run while raising his line to .280/.333/.480.

Fellow Rockies infield prospect Trevor Story added a single, a stolen base and a pair of walks in five plate appearances. He struck out twice. Ryan Casteel was the only Rockies position player not to make an impact on offense. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.

Jayson Aquino started for the Rafters and, aside from allowing a two-run homer with two outs in the third inning, pitched well. The 21-year-old left-hander struck out three batters and allowed the two runs on only three hits in four innings. His AFL ERA sits at 2.45 in 11 innings spanning three starts.

Double-A left-hander Ken Roberts tossed another scoreless inning in relief for the Rafters. He has allowed only one hit and one walk in seven innings this fall.

Salt River brings its AFL-best 10-3 record to the field at 7:35 p.m. MT on Thursday in a rematch against Surprise. Featherston is back in the lineup at second base, but no other Rockies farmhands are scheduled to appear.