Low-A Asheville rallied from a 6-0 deficit in the fourth inning and eventually topped Kannapolis, 7-6, on Sunday.
David Dahl had two hits, including a double, and drove in a run from the leadoff spot and Wilfredo Rodriguez added a pair of knocks from the two-hole. Rodriguez, a 20-year-old catcher, is playing his way up the Rockies' prospect rankings by hitting .351/.409/.433 with 13 walks against just 16 strikeouts in 134 at-bats. Rodriguez doesn't boast a ton of pop, but those contact skills should play really well behind the plate at higher levels. The larger question is whether Rodriguez, who is of similar build to MLB starter Wilin Rosario, will remain at that position. On that front, perhaps it's telling that he's made only 20 starts there in 2014.
Ashley Graeter and Michael Benjamin also had two hits apiece for the Tourists and Correlle Prime launched his 12th homer of 2014, a solo shot in the seventh inning that served as the winning run.
Friedrich falls to 1-7
The Rockies are going to be forced to make a decision on their 40-man roster today before Christian Bergman takes the mound against the Braves, and though this is pure speculation, Christian Friedrich could be the victim.
Friedrich did his best to keep that from happening on Sunday, though, allowing only one run on four hits in five innings. Unfortunately for Friedrich, who also struck out a pair of batters and walked three, Triple-A Colorado Springs' offense gave him absolutely zero run support in a 3-0 loss to Iowa. Friedrich is now 1-7 with a 7.55 ERA in 2014.
Wilton Lopez had another hiccup out of the bullpen, giving up a pair of runs on three hits in 1⅓ innings. He's allowed four runs in his last two appearances and has given up 39 hits in 29 innings overall this season.
Rafael Ynoa had a pair of hits out of the leadoff spot, but that's about all the Sky Sox offense was able to muster.
Anderson returns from DL
Tyler Anderson was limited to 63 pitches in his first start since May 23, going four innings and allowing a run on three hits in Double-A Tulsa's 3-1 win over Springfield. Anderson struck out three, walked two and threw 38 of those 63 pitches for strikes while inducing five ground-ball outs.
Taylor Featherston homered off of Cardinals prospect Marco Gonzales and Cristhian Adames led the Drillers with three hits. Nelson Gonzalez, Kraig Sitton and Scott Oberg held Springfield scoreless over the final five innings to help Tulsa improve to 35-26.
Modesto racks up 15 hits in rout
Juan Ciriaco went 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and Patrick Valaika, Chris O'Dowd, Sean Dwyer and Matt Wessinger had two hits apiece in High-A Modesto's 11-5 win over San Jose.
Valaika also drove in a pair of runs and raised his batting average to .308. O'Dowd hit his 16th double of the season and drove in a run of his own. The 23-year-old Dartmouth product has been one of the most consistent hitters on the team, providing a good-for-a-backstop line of .281/.324/.407 line in 199 at-bats.