L – Simon (2-6)
The RedHawks extended what seems to be a long streak of lopsided contests with an 8-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon, who has a 12.34 ERA in five May starts, gave up six runs – five earned – on nine hits in just five innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out five.
Left fielder Kevin West, who has recorded multiple hits in each of his last four games, was 3-for-4 with a double.
DH Jason Botts went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. After a slow start, Botts is hitting .361/.443/.546 in May. Despite the hot streak, Botts has still yet to find his home run stroke. The switch-hitting slugger has just four home runs in 187 at-bats this season.
Lefty Ron Mahay had a tough rehab start, as it took him 34 pitches to record just four outs. Mahay allowed two runs – one earned – on two hits.
W – Mendoza (5-0)
HR – Fasano (4), Hairston (1)
Pitcher Kevin Millwood allowed just one hit over five scoreless innings in his rehab start with Double-A Frisco on Sunday. The right-hander walked one and struck out three.
Luis Mendoza (5.28 ERA/.247 BAA), who followed Millwood, was nearly as good. The 23-year-old yielded just one run on two hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out six.
Mendoza has relied on his two-seam sinking fastball much more over his last two appearances, and it appears to be working well. The righty has given up just one run on seven hits in 11 innings over his last two outings.
First baseman Jim Fasano (.288/.339/.452) was 1-for-2 with a walk and a home run, his second in as many days.
DH Jerry Hairston hit a home run while SS Casey Benjamin and 3B Travis Metcalf doubled.
Anthony Webster added two singles in four at-bats.
L – Altman (0-1)
HR – Berkery (2)
Starting pitcher Bear Bay's five innings didn't even cover one-third of Bakersfield's 16-inning marathon on Sunday.
Bay allowed three runs on four hits in his five innings. He issued two free passes while punching out six.
The Bakersfield bullpen was magnificent for the most part.
Left-hander Ryan Knippschild (2.18 ERA/.194 BAA) did not allow a baserunner on his three innings. Knippschild has held left-handed hitters to a .115 batting average this season.
Former Miami Hurricane Danny Touchet yielded two hits and a walk in three scoreless innings.
Sidearming reliever Josh Giles gave up one hit and one walk in four shutout innings. Giles fanned five.
Third baseman Chris Davis (.257/.306/.531) led the team with three singles in seven at-bats.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (2/7), DH Taylor Teagarden (2/7), and 2B Micah Furtado (2/6, 2B, BB) all had two hits.
Mississippi State product Thomas Berkery was 1-for-7 with a home run.
W – Poveda (5-1)
Omar Poveda (2.01 ERA/.183 BAA) surrendered just two hits in seven shutout innings for the LumberKings on Sunday afternoon. The Venezuelan right-hander walked just one while striking out eight.
Clinton starting pitchers have combined to post a 1.29 ERA in their last nine games. A starter hasn't allowed more than two earned runs since Zach Phillips did so on May 18.
First baseman Mauro Gomez continued to pick up the pace, as he had three hits – including a double – and three runs batted in.
Right fielder K.C. Herren (.347/.405/.597) was 2-for-4 with a double.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon was just 1-for-4, but he smacked his first triple of the season.