L – Nippert (2-1)
HR – Cruz (14)
28-22, 3.5 GU
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.342/.463/.691) belted his 14th home run of the season in a 2-for-4 performance. He also doubled in the contest.
Starting pitcher Dustin Nippert surrendered four runs in six innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Jason Botts (1/3, 2B) and Ryan Roberts (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) each doubled.
Chris Davis pinch hit for Botts in the eighth inning and struck out swinging. It was his first ever Triple-A at-bat and his only plate appearance on the afternoon.
Closer Warner Madrigal had his worst outing of the season, as he allowed three runs in one inning. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out one.
L – Hunter (1-1)
HR – Harrison (8, 9)
33-16, 8.0 GU
Tommy Hunter's second Double-A start wasn't quite as smooth as his first.
After recording a 1-2-3 first inning, Hunter permitted five runs on four hits and three walks in the second.
Although he eventually settled down, the right-hander ended up allowing six runs on six hits in five innings, walking four and striking out two. He threw an uncharacteristically high 98 pitches in those five frames.
Designated hitter Ben Harrison (.351/.449/.649) belted two home runs in four at-bats, giving him nine on the season.
Harrison, who started the year on the DL, is now averaging one home run per every 12.67 at-bats. For comparison, Max Ramirez is hitting a round-tripper every 13.75 at-bats.
Elvis Andrus (1/4, 2B) doubled while Dustin Majewski (1/4, 3B) hit his second triple of the season.
Relief pitcher Brennan Garr tossed two scoreless innings, walking two and fanning one.
Kendy Batista punched out one in a hitless frame.
W – Hyatt (5-0)
30-20, 1.0 GB
True to form for the Blaze this season, the offense recorded 11 runs without the benefit of an extra-base hit.
Julio Borbon (.363/.431/.473 in May) led the way with three singles – including his 18th stolen base – in six at-bats.
As good as the offense was, righty Jared Hyatt may have stolen the show. The surprising Georgia Tech product – who is 5-0 with a 3.29 ERA – yielded only one run on one hit in seven innings. He walked four and struck out six.
John Whittleman (.280/.398/.434) singled and walked four times.
First baseman J.T. Restko and DH Chad Tracy both singled twice and knocked home three runs.
Catcher Manny Pina singled and walked twice. He also struck out twice, giving him 10 walks and six strikeouts for the season.
Josh Lueke struck out two in a perfect frame.
W – Holland (5-0)
SV – Nelo (1)
34-12, 5.5 GU
At 21-years-old, Derek Holland would be considered age appropriate – if not even slightly young – for the Midwest League. But he's still the oldest pitcher in the LumberKings' rotation.
Holland (2.47 ERA/.244 BAA) continued to prove he may be ready for a promotion, as he chipped in with seven outstanding innings on Sunday. The southpaw gave up two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out three.
The Ohio native has yet to surrender more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts this season. In 51 innings, he has given up just one home run while walking 16 and striking out 44.
Streaky leadoff hitter Engel Beltre recorded his second consecutive three-hit game, going 3-for-5 with his sixth triple of the year. Beltre drove home three runs and picked up an outfield assist.
Third baseman Renny Osuna (.430/.490/.628 in May) was 3-for-5 with a double. It's going to be hard for anyone, including Max Ramirez, to top him as the organization's Player of the Month for May.
Mitch Moreland (2/5), Jake Kaase (2/4, 2B) and Justin Pickett (2/3, BB) also had multi-hit efforts.
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