W – Cruceta (2-0)
HR – Gold (12)
46-49, 3.0 GB
Steven Rowe filled in for Mark Redman, who opted out of his contract earlier in the week. Rowe gave up just one run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, but did not factor in the decision.
First baseman Nate Gold (.299/.360/.483) put the RedHawks on top for good with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. He also added a single later in the contest.
Leadoff hitter Tim Hulett (.263/.354/.369) went 3-for-5 with a double while shortstop Dave Matranga singled three times in five at-bats.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (2/4, BB) and third baseman Kevin West (2/5) also had multiple hits.
Francisco Cruceta (4.38 ERA/.221 BAA) picked up the win, yielding just one hit in 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Cruceta walked one and struck out one.
A.J. Murray (3.48 ERA/.211 BAA) worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning with one punchout.
L – Puffer (3-2)
HR – Boggs (13), Manriquez (13), Mayberry (9)
14-11, 1.5 GB
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis (3.98 ERA/.294 BAA) struggled in his first game back from the disabled list. He allowed three runs on seven hits in just four innings of work. He walked none and struck out one.
Designated hitter Brandon Boggs (.290/.414/.551) was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and three runs scored.
Right fielder John Mayberry (.288/.368/.587) was 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk while catcher Salomon Manriquez (.285/.357/.564) singled, doubled, and homered in four at-bats.
Relievers Brandon Puffer and Kenneth Chenard combined to cough up nine earned runs in three innings.
W – Walker (5-10)
HR – Teagarden (16), Furtado (3, 4)
11-15, 4.0 GB
Third baseman Chris Davis tied the California League record with a 35 game hitting streak on Tuesday. He doubled for his only hit of the game.
Centerfielder Craig Gentry was 3-for-6 with a trio of doubles and his first stolen base with the Blaze.
Second baseman Micah Furtado went 3-for-5 with a triple, two home runs, and six runs batted in.
Freddie Thon (3/6) and Taylor Teagarden (2/4, 2B, HR, BB) also had banner days at the plate.
Starting pitcher Ace Walker turned in his third consecutive gem with seven strong innings. The righty allowed two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out six.
Georgia Tech product Jared Hyatt, who had been pitching with the AZL Rangers, tossed a shutout inning in his first game with High-A Bakersfield.
L – Poveda (9-4)
10-14, 4.0 GB
Omar Poveda was shelled on the same day he was named MWL Pitcher of the Week.
Poveda yielded nine runs in five innings. He gave up 10 hits, walked two, and struck out six.
The offense was even worse, as John Whittleman had Clinton's lone hit. It was a single.
W – Brigham (3-1)
SV – Laughter (1)
11-17, 2.0 GB
Jacob Brigham (1.78 ERA/.165 BAA) continued his dominance of the Northwest League with six scoreless innings on Tuesday. He gave up just three hits while walking two and striking out a season-high six batters.
Lefty Ryan Falcon (2.18 ERA/.237 BAA) fanned three in two shutout frames.
Ian Gac was the only Indian with multiple hits. He singled twice in four at-bats.
There were no extra base hits in the game.
L – Font (1-2)
8-13, 7.0 GB
Mike Main's professional debut on the mound was successful, as he didn't allow a hit in 1 2/3 innings. The native of Florida walked one and struck out two.
Jorge Quintero (1.54 ERA/.150 BAA) followed with 2 1/3 hitless innings.
Wilmer Font struggled with control, walking four batters in just 1 2/3 frames. He allowed six runs, one earned, on just one hit. He struck out two.
Leadoff hitter R.J. Anderson (2/4, 2B, BB) and right fielder Miguel Velazquez (2/4, 2B) had two hits apiece.
Left fielder Eric Fry was 1-for-4 with a triple, his third.
L – De Los Santos (3-1)
HR – Valdez (3)
Designated hitter Jairo Valdez (.318/.333/.506) was 2-for-6 with a home run, his third of the DSL season.
Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (2/3, BB) and third baseman Miguel Moreno (2/5) also had two hits.
Reliever Jonathan Rojas struck out seven batters in 2.2 innings, but he gave up three runs on three hits and three walks.