L – Gabbard (0-1)
32-31, 0.0 GU
The RedHawks saw their division lead completely erased on Sunday after they were shut out by New Orleans starter Tony Armas.
Kason Gabbard gave up three runs – two earned – in 5.2 innings in his second Triple-A start of the season. The left-hander tossed 94 pitches and gave up eight hits while walking two and fanning five.
Second baseman Joaquin Arias (.285/.307/.360) singled twice in four trips. He also stole his 13th base of the year.
Chris Davis (.271/.340/.438) was 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
Reliever Warner Madrigal fanned three of the four batters he faced. He retired all four hitters.
Yukinaga Maeda allowed a hit and a walk in one inning, but he didn't give up any runs.
W – Parker (1-0)
HR – Ragsdale (3), Benjamin (2)
37-24, 4.0 GU
Thomas Diamond threw 82 pitches in three innings, surrendering four runs. The right-hander allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four.
Long reliever Alfredo Gonzalez (5.63 ERA/.291 BAA) got the job done by limiting Midland to only one run on two hits in four innings. He struck out five without walking a batter.
Brandon Puffer chipped in with three shutout frames out of the ‘pen. He gave up two hits and fanned three.
Offensively, catcher Max Ramirez broke out of a slump with four hits in five at-bats.
Middle infielders Casey Benjamin and Corey Ragsdale each went 2-for-5 with a solo home run. Benjamin's bomb knotted the score at five in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Ben Harrison (2/4, 2 BB) and Emerson Frostad (2/6) each singled twice while Dustin Majewski was 0-for-4 with three walks.
Brian Gordon hurled a perfect 10 pitch inning, lowering his season ERA to 0.38.
Lefty Zack Parker earned the victory with a scoreless inning. He struck out two batters.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus, who had been injured, entered the game as a pinch runner in the bottom of the ninth inning. Andrus pinch ran for Max Ramirez and promptly stole his 20th base of the season. Catcher Tim Gradoville replaced Andrus when the game went into the 10th inning.
W – Reed (5-2)
HR – Gomez (3)
35-28, 5.0 GB
It was far from pretty, but the Blaze earned a much needed victory on Sunday afternoon.
Starter Evan Reed (4.71 ERA/.280 BAA) gutted out seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He struck out five while issuing only one walk.
Left fielder Chad Tracy (.285/.362/.430) was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. Considering where Tracy was just a couple of weeks ago, to see his average all the way up to .285 now is nothing short of amazing.
First baseman Mauro Gomez (.243/.290/.327) was crushed a three-run homer in the seventh inning. He was 1-for-4 with a free pass.
Jose Vallejo (2/5), J.T. Restko (2/4, BB), Chris Gradoville (2/4) and Marcus Lemon (2/4, 2B) all had two hits.
Centerfielder Julio Borbon stole his 25th and 26th bases of the season.
L – Tatusko (1-3)
HR – Greene (7)
39-20, 3.5 GU
The LumberKings lost their sixth consecutive game on Sunday.
Fabio Castillo tied a season high with five innings pitched in the start. He yielded four runs – three earned – in five innings. Castillo gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out five.
Third baseman Jonathan Greene (.250/.371/.436) was 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI.
DH Tim Smith (3/4, 2B, BB) and right fielder Mitch Moreland (2/5, 2B) each doubled.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre (.280/.306/.410) was 2-for-4 with a triple – his seventh – and a stolen base, his ninth.
Ian Gac and Jose Felix both singled twice in five at-bats.
5-2, 1.0 GU
Both of the Rangers' DSL clubs had Sunday off.
3-4, 2.0 GB
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