50-50, 2.0 GB
Monday's series finale was washed out by a rain storm. The teams are not schedule dot meet again this year, so a makeup date – if there will be one – has yet to be scheduled.
W – Mendoza (11-1)
SV – Kometani (7)
HR – Manriquez (15)
16-15, 4.5 GB
Luis Mendoza (4.15 ERA/.248 BAA) surrendered three runs in the second inning, but he quickly settled down to toss five consecutive innings of scoreless ball.
Mendoza allowed three total runs over seven innings, giving up five hits and walking one. He struck out six.
Catcher Salomon Manriquez (.297/.370/.595) continued his outstanding season at the plate, as he was 1-for-4 with his 15th home run of the season.
Right fielder Anthony Webster (2/4), shortstop Casey Benjamin (2/4, 2B), and second baseman German Duran (2/3, BB) all had two hits apiece. Webster and Benjamin each swiped one bag while Duran stole two bases.
Kea Kometani walked one and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his seventh save.
13-18, 6.0 GB
Bakersfield returns home to play league-leading Lake Elsinore on Tuesday night.
W – Izquierdo (2-0)
SV – Dennis (4)
HR – Tracy (9), Paisano (3)
14-16, 5.0 GB
It was safe to say the Clinton offense had been in a sump up until Monday night.
The L-Kings had not posted more than four runs in a game since July 9, a streak that lasted 11 games. Thanks to solid pitching, Clinton was able to come out on top in five of those contests.
However, they were able to push across eight runs on 11 hits on Monday, taking starter Broc Coffman (5 IP, 5 ER) off the hook after a lackluster effort.
Left fielder Chad Tracy (.192/.259/.282 in July) was 3-for-4 with a home run – his first of the second half – and a free pass.
Centerfielder David Paisano, who is hitting .250/.333/.313 in July, went 2-for-4 with a round-tripper.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.265/.321/.312) singled twice, walked twice, stole three bases, and scored four runs. Vallejo is now 31-for-33 in stolen base attempts this season.
Relievers Ivan Izquierdo (2.2 IP) and Chris Dennis (1.1 IP) each fanned three while throwing up nothing but zeros on the scoreboard.
L – Tatusko (1-3)
HR – Fry (1)
13-20, 3.5 GB
Right fielder Eric Fry was one of the lone bright spots for the Indians on Monday. He was 1-for-3 with a home run and a base on balls.
The Western Carolina duo of Jonathan Greene and Kenny Smith each singled twice.
Starter Ryan Tatusko coughed up seven runs – five earned – on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
L – Grullon (0-2)
10-16, 9.0 GB
Left-hander Geuris Grullon surrendered six runs on five hits in just two innings on Monday.
Daniel Hoben was solid, giving up only one unearned run in four innings. He scattered six hits, walked one, and struck out four.
Right fielder Miguel Velazquez (.344/.396/.511) singled twice and walked in four plate appearances.
L – Gedron (0-1)
Starting pitcher Ovispo De Los Santos failed to last five innings for the second consecutive game.
He allowed six runs, two earned, on five hits in 4 2/3 innings on Monday. De Los Santos walked one and struck out four.
Left fielder Jhonny Gomez was the only DSL Ranger with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Designated hitter Mervin Gonzalez tripled for his only hit of the game.