L – Gordon (0-1)
40-35, 3.0 GU
|Cruz is heating up once again.|
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.356/.459/.712) zoomed past Davis in the batting average department by going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. Cruz extended his hitting streak to 10 games and he is now batting .431 [25-for-58] this month.
Starter Kameron Loe gave up three runs – two earned – and seven hits in four innings of work.
John Mayberry was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
Late-inning reliever Warner Madrigal fanned one in a scoreless inning. He allowed one hit.
W – Gonzalez (3-1)
SV – Diaz (1)
45-27, 5.0 GU
Starter Michael Schlact cruised through the first five innings, allowing only two runs. When he went out for the sixth inning, he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk without recording an out.
|Ramirez is batting .362.|
First baseman Max Ramirez (.362/.457/.651) was 4-for-5 with two doubles, giving him 16 on the season.
Steve Murphy (.296/.329/.536) extended his hitting streak to 12 games by going 2-for-5 with his fifth triple of the year.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus singled and doubled in five at-bats.
Ben Harrison (2/4, BB) and Adam Fox (2/2) both singled twice.
Alfredo Gonzalez (4.58 ERA/.270 BAA) and Joselo Diaz (0.00 ERA/.125 BAA in 5 IP) each tossed two scoreless innings to lead the Riders to victory.
W – Stewart (4-3)
HR – Gomez (5), Herren (1), Mehl (1)
2-2, 0.0 GU
Kasey Kiker walked a season-high five batters and gave up five hits, but he was able to limit the damage. The left-hander surrendered three runs in 5.2 innings, striking out eight.
|Stewart earned the victory.|
The lineup's 7-8-9 hitters – Truan Mehl (1/3, HR), Mauro Gomez (2/4, HR) and K.C. Herren (1/4, HR) – all hit home runs. Mehl and Gomez went back-to-back in the eighth inning.
Third baseman John Whittleman (1/2, 2B, BB) doubled and walked.
Sidearming reliever Jordan Stewart earned the victory by hurling 2.1 innings of scoreless relief, fanning four.
Jose Vallejo displayed his speed in scoring the winning run for the Blaze. After getting a one out single, the second baseman stole both second and third bases before scoring on the all-exciting walkoff sacrifice fly from Chad Tracy.
L – Tatusko (1-4)
0-1, 1.0 GB
Blake Beavan (3.31 ERA/.259 BAA) walked a season-high two batters on Thursday. He gave up one run on four hits – all singles – while striking out two batters.
Second baseman Renny Osuna (.361/.425/.508) and DH Tim Smith (.298/.365/.409) both singled and doubled in the contest.
Leadoff man Engel Beltre was 1-for-4 with his 10th stolen base.
L – Kirkman (0-1)
1-2, 1.0 GB
It was a rough night for the Spokane defense to say the least.
|West is playing third base.|
Michael Kirkman made his first start of the year with short-season Spokane. He allowed four unearned runs, but gave up just four hits and walked one. All four runs came in the fourth inning when the first three batters all reached on errors. The lefty went five innings and struck out four batters.
Jared Bolden (2/5, 2B), David Paisano (1/4, 2B) and Tim Rodriguez (2/4, 2B) all doubled.
Third baseman Matt West was 1-for-2 with a walk.
L – Rosendo (0-1)
HR – Ventura (2)
10-7, 0.0 GU
In Pepe Sibid's first outing of the season, he tossed five hitless innings. On Thursday, he was nearly as good. The 20-year-old yielded two runs on two hits in six innings, walking three and striking out seven.
Centerfielder Ariel Ventura (.281/.347/.484) was 1-for-3 with a home run – his second – and a walk.
Designated hitter Juvenal Lara singled twice in four at-bats.
W – Mayora (3-0)
9-8, 1.0 GB
Raul Mayora (1.89 ERA/.175 BAA) gave up just one hit in five shutout innings, as he helped the Rangers toss a two-hit shutout of the DSL Astros. Mayora walked four and struck out seven.
Domingo Del Rosario drove in three of the team's four runs. He was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
First baseman Alison Perez (2/5, 2B) also doubled.
Relievers Reynaldo Alvarez (3 IP) and Kelvin Arrendell (1 IP) helped to complete the masterpiece.
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