L – Volquez (5-1)
59-62, 5.0 GB
The RedHawks lost their fifth consecutive game, but it's safe to say Rangers fans were more than happy with the result at Bricktown Ballpark on Tuesday night.
Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez fanned 11 batters while allowing one run in four hits in seven innings. More importantly, he issued just one walk and threw 77 of his 113 pitches (68%) for strikes.
In 38 Triple-A innings this season, the 24-year-old has yielded only 19 hits while walking 16 and striking out 50.
Shortstop Tim Hulett (2/4, 2 2B) and catcher Guillermo Quiroz (2/3, 2 2B) each doubled twice while Kevin West was 1-for-3 with a double.
28-21, 0.0 GB
W – Poveda (1-1)
HR – Thon (9)
21-30, 9.5 GB
Omar Poveda rebounded from a rough Bakersfield debut to yield only two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old righty allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out nine.
Poveda, who fanned 120 in 125 2/3 innings at Single-A Clinton, has struck out 16 batters in his first 10 High-A frames.
Catcher Max Ramirez led the Blaze with three hits, including a pair of doubles.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus (2/5), 1B Freddie Thon (2/5, HR), and LF Thomas Berkery (2/5) also had multi-hit efforts.
Leadoff man Craig Gentry reached base three times with a single and two walks. He also swiped his 34th base of the year.
Relief pitchers Ryan Knippschild (2.1 IP) and Jose Marte (1 IP) didn't surrender a run or a hit.
L – Hyatt (0-1)
HR – Lemon (2)
21-30, 11.5 GB
Shortstop Marcus Lemon led off with a home run, his second of both the season and his professional career. He also added a double later in the contest.
First baseman Mauro Gomez and David Paisano each singled and doubled in the game.
Scuffling starter Jeremiah Haar permitted four runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out only one.
Chris Dennis and Ivan Izquierdo each provided two innings of scoreless relief before Jared Hyatt allowed two runs on four hits in the top of the 10th.
W – Hunter (1-1)
SV – Laughter (7)
HR – Greene (11)
25-29, 0.5 GU
Recently promoted starting pitcher Michael Main made his first start with the Spokane Indians on Tuesday. He allowed five runs – all earned – in 2 1/3 innings, giving up four hits. He walked three and struck out three.
Designated hitter Mitch Moreland went 2-for-3 with a triple and a walk, driving in four runs for the game.
Eric Fry (2/3, BB) and Tim Rodriguez (2/4, 2B) also had multiple hits while backstop Jonathan Greene hit his 11th home run of the season.
Hard-throwing righty Neftali Feliz fanned three batters in two hitless innings, walking one. Of the 13 outs Feliz has recorded since joining the Indians, nine have been on punchouts.
7-7, 4.0 GB
W – Ogando (6-1)
HR – De Los Santos (2), Pimentel (1, 2)
Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel went deep in back-to-back at bats on Tuesday for his first two home runs of the season.
Catcher Leonel De Los Santos, who has also spent some time with the AZL Rangers this year, was 1-for-4 with a home run, his second.
Starter Amaury Sepulveda hurled four scoreless frames, allowing only one hit and striking out six.
Alexi Ogando got the win with two shutout innings. He struck out three.