Jayson Aquino walked six batters in six innings but posted his second consecutive quality start since joining Double-A Tulsa in the team's 4-3 win over Springfield in a sloppy game on Sunday.
Aquino threw just 53 of 93 pitches for strikes but allowed only two hits while limiting the opposition to two runs. The 21-year-old left-hander helped himself by inducing 10 ground-ball outs without allowing a single fly ball. He's allowed just four earned runs in Double-A innings.
Fortunately for the Drillers, they were able to overcome five errors -- four from the normally sure-handed Cristhian Adames -- and three double-play grounders. Springfield helped by committing three errors of their own and going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
Tyler Massey went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Chris O'Dowd added two hits and a walk. Ken Roberts tossed a scoreless inning in relief to improve to 9-2.
Wheeler hits 10th home run
Tim Wheeler hit his 10th home run of the season in Triple-A Colorado Springs' 13-8 loss to Omaha, reaching double figures in homers for the first time since blasting 33 for Tulsa in 2011. That's the good news; the bad news is that Wheeler is that, with one game left, he's hitting a career-low .230/.311/.379 in his third consecutive Triple-A season.
The Sky Sox put some offense on the board in the late innings after falling into a 5-1 hole, but Rafael Betancourt and Rob Scahill did a really poor job of allowing that to matter. The two ex-MLB relievers combined to allow six runs in two innings before James Houser surrendered two more on three walks in the eighth.
Jair Jurrjens gave up five runs on six hits, including three home runs, in five innings. Wheeler and Angelys Nina led the Sky Sox with three hits apiece, and both players added home runs.
Stockton 6, Modesto 2: Patrick Valaika led the Nuts' offense with three hits. Ben Alsup allowed three runs in eight hits in six innings but fell to 3-14 on the season.
Everett 3, Tri-City 1: Shane Hoelscher had two more hits to raise his average to .328. Denzel Richardson and Cesar Galvez also added a pair of knocks behind 2014 second-round pick Ryan Castellani, who gave up only one run while striking out three and scattering six hits in 4⅔ innings.
Orem 15, Grand Junction 8: The Rookie Rockies lost their seventh consecutive game largely due to committing six errors. Randy Reyes and Omar Carrizales had three hits, including two doubles, apiece in the loss. Grand Junction will be eliminated from playoff contention with their next loss or Ogden's next win.
Asheville at West Virginia: Postponed.