L – Ballard (1-1)
HR – Cruz (35), Gold (17)
60-47, 9.0 GU
Mike Ballard's second Triple-A start wasn't quite as strong as his first. The left-hander was rocked for nine earned runs in two-plus innings on Friday. He gave up 10 hits, walked two, and struck out just one.
Nate Gold (.253/.333/.530 in July) gave the RedHawks an early lead with his three-run homer in the first. He would also single in the game.
Centerfielder Nelson Cruz (2/5, HR) belted his 35th long ball of the season.
Second baseman Ryan Roberts (2/4, 2B, 3B) doubled and tripled while John Mayberry (1/4, 2B) and Drew Meyer (1/4, 2B) both doubled. The two-bagger was Mayberry's third in four games.
Reliever Joselo Diaz appeared in his first game as a RedHawk this season and pitched two scoreless innings.
Lefty Bill White fanned two in a scoreless eighth inning.
W – Diamond (3-2)
SV – Garr (6)
HR – Murphy (16)
22-12, 3.5 GU
Thomas Diamond put together his second consecutive strong start in as many tries since returning from the disabled list.
The big right-hander pitched five innings, allowing one run on three hits. He walked four and struck out four.
Right fielder Steve Murphy (.274/.324/.513) hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning. He also hit his 29th double of the season.
Reliever J.B. Diaz struck out one in a perfect inning. He has allowed just four hits and one walk in 13 Double-A innings.
Joaquin Benoit struggled in his rehab appearance, yielding two runs on three hits and two walks without recording an out.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.295/.359/.429) had a pair of singles and a walk in four plate appearances.
Julio Borbon and Dustin Majewski both went 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
Brandon Puffer, Clayton Hamilton, and Brennan Garr finished the game off with one scoreless inning apiece.
L – Stewart (5-4)
HR – Gac (5)
15-20, 6.5 GB
Glenn Swanson's long rehab process officially came to an end on Friday, as he started Bakersfield's game against the Stockton Ports.
The 25-year-old southpaw scattered eight hits in four innings, allowing two runs. He struck out seven without issuing a walk.
First baseman Ian Gac (.299/.379/.486) was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two walks. Gac's home run came on an outside fastball that he took to the opposite field.
Third baseman John Whittleman (2/3, 2 BB) singled twice and walked twice.
Renny Osuna (1/4, 2 BB) reached base three times while Truan Mehl (2/5) and Manny Pina (1/4, BB) both reached twice.
Sidearming reliever Josh Giles struck out six batters in three shutout innings, allowing just one hit.
L – Tatusko (2-7)
16-18, 5.0 GB
Starting pitcher Ryan Tatusko surrendered four runs in five innings of work, walking two and punching out four.
Backstop Carlos Dominguez (.254/.288/.385) went 2-for-3 with a double. He entered the game after Cristian Santana left in the bottom of the third inning.
First baseman Jonathan Greene singled twice in five at-bats.
L – Bleier (3-2)
28-10, 4.0 GU
Richard Bleier recorded 12 ground ball outs with just one flyout on Friday, but he still allowed three runs in five innings of work. The southpaw walked one and struck out one.
Right fielder Jared Bolden (.313/.378/.463 in July) went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Bolden's numbers have slowly been creeping up this month, but it has been a steep hill to climb due to his .226 batting average in 53 June at-bats.
Dennis Guinn (1/3, 2B, BB) and Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) also doubled.
University of Arkansas product Cliff Springston struck out one and walked one in a shutout inning of relief.
17-9, 2.0 GB
The AZL Rangers, who are on a seven-game winning streak, return to action on Saturday afternoon.
W – Rijo (4-0)
HR – Pimentel (3)
30-17, 4.0 GB
Ezequiel Rijo allowed just one earned run in six innings on Friday, but his ERA rose – to 0.51. He gave up three hits and struck out four without walking a batter.
Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (.267/.433/.383) was 1-for-3 with a homer and two walks.
Third baseman Emmanuel Solis doubled twice and singled once in five at-bats.
Catcher Tomas Telis (2/5) singled twice while 1B Edward Alfonzo (1/4, 2B) hit his second double.
Relief pitchers Denny Peralta, Ender Rosendo, and Kelvin Arrendell all threw scoreless frames. Rosendo struck out the side in his inning.
L – De La Cruz (1-7)
19-28, 15.0 GB
Michael De La Cruz lost for the seventh time in eight decisions despite giving up just two runs in four innings. He walked five and struck out six.
The Rangers had just four hits on the day. They were singles from Wilson Ventura (2/3), Alex Gonzalez (1/3) and Domingo Del Rosario (1/3).
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