L – Fukumori (0-2)
HR – Botts (3)
23-18, 1.5 GU
Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez gave Oklahoma seven strong innings on Thursday, giving up four runs – three earned – on seven hits. He walked two and struck out five.
|Arias is hitting .325 this year.|
Nate Gold officially singled once in five at-bats, but he had what appeared to be a home run called foul in the third inning. Even though replays showed the ball to be fair, umpires ruled the ball foul after discussing the matter for a moment.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.345/.480/.707) was 3-for-6 with a triple. He also stole his 12th base of the season.
Jason Ellison (2/5, BB), Joaquin Arias (2/5), and Drew Meyer (2/4, BB) each singled twice while Taylor Teagarden had a single and two walks in his six plate appearances.
Relievers Kameron Loe (1 IP) and Bill White (2 IP) both held the Redbirds scoreless in their outings.
W – Ballard (3-2)
SV – Laughter (1)
HR – Harrison (7), Murphy (5)
26-13, 4.5 GU
Ben Harrison (.354/.444/.659) had a monster game, going 3-for-6 with a home run and six runs batted in. The slugger broke the game wide open with a grand slam in the top of the eighth inning. The round-tripper was his third home run in as many days. Harrison finished the series with seven hits – including three homers – in 11 at-bats.
|Davis has been on fire at the plate.|
Steve Murphy (.316/.352/.526) singled and homered in the game. On any other team, Murphy would be a standout performer, but his .878 OPS is just fifth-best of Frisco's sluggers this season.
Craig Gentry (2/5, 2B), Max Ramirez (1/4, 2B, BB), Dustin Majewski (2/3, 2B, 2 BB), and Thomas Berkery (1/4, 2B) each doubled.
The RoughRiders combined for nine extra-base hits in the game.
Starter Mike Ballard scattered seven hits in five innings, leading to two runs. He walked two and struck out two.
Andrew Laughter earned his first Double-A save by giving up one run in 2 2/3 innings. He did have control issues, however, as he walked three and uncorked one wild pitch.
L – Bannister (1-3)
25-16, 2.0 GB
John Bannister allowed three runs in five innings of work for the Blaze. He surrendered seven hits, walked two, and struck out five.
No Bakersfield player had multiple hits, but Jose Vallejo (1/4, 2B), Grant Gerrard (1/3, 2B, BB), John Whittleman (1/3, 2B, BB), and K.C. Herren (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled.
Reliever Ryan Falcon retired all nine hitters he faced in three innings of work. He recorded three strikeouts.
W – Holland (3-0)
SV – Sattler (3)
26-10, 1.0 GU
Southpaw Derek Holland (2.61 ERA/.247 BAA) remained perfect on the season after allowing two runs in five innings of work. The 21-year-old gave up seven hits while walking two and punching out six.
|Osuna collected three more hits.|
First baseman Mitch Moreland went 2-for-3 with a walk and leadoff man Engel Beltre was 1-for-4 with a walk. Beltre's free pass was intentional.
If you are wondering why Beloit walked Beltre to get to Osuna, your guess is as good as mine. Not surprisingly, Osuna followed Beltre by singling in an insurance run.
Chris Dennis (3 IP) and Dan Sattler (1 IP) each allowed one hit in their scoreless relief. Both pitchers have sub-1.00 ERAs with the LumberKings.
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