W – Loe (1-0)
SV – Francisco (2)
HR – Saltalamacchia (2)
7-2, 2.0 GU
The red-hot RedHawks picked up their fifth consecutive win behind yet another strong showing from the offense.
|Duran had a three-hit night.|
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.360/.448/.680) had the team's only home run, going 2-for-4 on the night.
German Duran notched his first multi-hit effort as a Triple-A player, getting three hits in five plate appearances. One of the hits was a triple.
RF Nelson Cruz (1/3, 2 BB), DH Nate Gold (2/4), and 1B Chris Shelton (2/5) also had strong evenings at the plate.
Wes Littleton and Frank Francisco each threw two scoreless innings in relief. Francisco was particularly impressive, as he struck out four hitters without allowing a hit.
W – Ballard (1-0)
HR – Mayberry (1), Murphy (1)
6-1, 1.5 GB
With Scott Feldman's promotion to the big leagues for Sunday's spot start, left-hander Mike Ballard was forced to move up a day in the rotation. However, Ballard was not working on short rest, as the team had a rainout on Tuesday and a scheduled off-day on Wednesday.
|Ballard gave up just one run.|
Steve Murphy struggled offensively in his first four games of the season, but Thursday's 4-for-4 effort followed by Friday's 3-for-4 performance helped improve Murphy's average to a stout .381. In addition to his two singles, the left fielder hit a 400-plus foot shot to straight-away right field.
Right fielder John Mayberry had the team's other home run, an opposite field shot to right. He was 1-for-5 with three strikeouts in the contest.
Craig Gentry (2/4, BB), Elvis Andrus (1/4, BB), Taylor Teagarden (0/2, BB, HBP), and Corey Ragsdale (1/3, 2B, BB) all reached base multiple times.
Teagarden struck out in both of his official at-bats, giving him 13 whiffs in 26 at-bats this season.
Warner Madrigal tossed a perfect ninth inning. He has thrown four scoreless innings on the year.
L – Jones (0-2)
4-5, 2.0 GB
|Diaz is off to an encouraging start.|
Second baseman Jose Vallejo singled twice and stole his third base of the year.
Unfortunately for the Blaze, starter Beau Jones appears to be experiencing the same control problems he had in his brief stint at the High-A level in 2007. Jones walked four batters in four innings on Friday, also uncorking a pair of wild pitches. In all, he allowed seven runs – three earned – on six hits.
J.B. Diaz did an excellent job of damage control by firing three shutout frames. Diaz, who posted a 7.08 ERA with Bakersfield one season ago, has yet to allow a run in 7.2 frames this year.
4-1, 2.5 GB
Clinton returned home on Friday night, but the result didn't change. The L-Kings were rained out for a fourth consecutive day. They will attempt to play a doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. CST on Saturday.
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