W - Mendoza (4-4)
HR - Richardson (11)
54-49, 1.5 GB
Luis Mendoza was excellent on Wednesday, surrendering one run over seven innings pitched. The Mexico native allowed four hits while walking one and striking out three.
First baseman Justin Smoak had perhaps his best game at the Triple-A level. The top prospect was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Catcher Kevin Richardson flashed his raw power by going 2-for-4 with a double and his 11th home run of the year.
Jose Vallejo (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Leadoff man Julio Borbon singled twice in five at-bats.
W - Kirkman (4-5)
SV - Diaz (10)
HR - Tracy (17), Fox (10)
18-14, 1.5 GU
The RoughRiders used an eight-run fifth inning to get by the Midland RockHounds on Wednesday night.
First baseman Chad Tracy (1/3, HR, BB) and third baseman Adam Fox (1/4, HR) each provided two-run homers in the big frame.
Tracy now has seven round-trippers on the month, while Fox hit his sixth in July.
Dustin Majewski (1/4, 3B) hit his second triple while Manny Pina (3/3, 2B) socked his 13th double.
John Whittleman and Guilder Rodriguez both singled twice in four at-bats.
Left-handed starter Michael Kirkman matched his longest outing in Double-A, going seven innings and giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.
Relievers John Bannister (0.2 IP, 2 R) and Corey Young (0.1 IP, 3 R) struggled to close the RockHounds out, but Jumbo Diaz tossed scoreless ninth to preserve the one-run victory.
W - Roark (4-0)
SV - Reed (15)
HR - Kaase (2)
16-18, 10.0 GB
Starting pitcher Tim Murphy had another rough outing, as he gave up six runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
Shortstop Jake Kaase helped erase an early deficit with his three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.
Right fielder Joey Butler had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks.
Matt Lawson (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano singled twice and was hit by a pitch once in five appearances.
Closer Evan Reed struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to earn his 15th save.
L - Ramirez (3-3)
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez gave up five runs—four earned—in 3.1 innings. He allowed six hits (two home runs) and walked two without recording a strikeout.
At the plate, shortstop Leury Garcia (1/4, 2B) and left fielder Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B) both had doubles.
Miguel Alfonzo (1/1) and Mike Hollander (1/3) singled.
Carlos Pimentel surrendered two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings of work.
Mark Hamburger struck out two in a shutout inning. He allowed three hits.
W - Boscan (5-6)
HR - Santana (9, 10), West (5)
18-14, 1.0 GB
Wilfredo Boscan hasn't been particularly dominant in July, but he certainly was in his last start of the month on Wednesday. The right-hander hurled six scoreless innings, scattering five singles. He fanned two without walking a batter.
Slugging left fielder Cristian Santana (.195/.252/.390) was 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs.
Third baseman Matt West blasted a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. He also walked.
Erik Morrison (1/3, 2B), Mike Hollander (1/3) and Leonel De Los Santos (1/3) had Hickory's other three hits on the afternoon.
Closer Matt Nevarez punched out two batters in a perfect seventh inning. The California native now has 44 strikeouts in 29.1 frames this season.
L - Gunter (0-3)
HR - Mendonca (3)
14-25, 10.0 GB
The Indians' offense posted 10 runs for the second consecutive day, but the bullpen was unable to hold the lead once again.
Starting pitcher Keith Campbell had a disastrous outing, coughing up seven runs (six earned) in 1.2 innings. He gave up four hits, walked three, and tossed three wild pitches.
Reliever Reinier Bermudez (3.06 ERA/.177 BAA) was absolutely dominant in relief, striking out six batters in 3.1 hitless innings. He walked just one.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.264/.309/.451) was 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three RBIs. Although the power is there for Mendonca, he's got four walks and 35 strikeouts in 91 at-bats.
Backstop Vin DiFazio (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Joe Bonadonna (2/5, 2B) and Jason Ogata (3/4, 2B) both doubled once.
First baseman Clark Murphy singled twice in four at-bats.
L - Escobar (0-3)
1-2, 2.0 GB
Edwin Escobar gave up two runs in three innings pitched, but he also struck out six batters.
Designated hitter Taylor Vail was 1-for-4 with his second triple of the summer.
Johan Yan and Jared Schrom both surrendered four runs in two innings pitched.
Justin Jamison struck out two batters in two scoreless innings.
W - Alvarez (2-2)
12-35, 24.0 GB
Starter Carlos Ramirez pitched five innings, giving up only one run on two hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Right-hander Gerson Cuevas was just as good in relief, surrendering only an unearned run on one hit over four innings.
Reynaldo Alvarez got the victory with three scoreless innings, striking out three.
Shortstop Jose Arias was 3-for-4 with his second double of the season.
First baseman Gilberto Guarucano (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Second baseman Luis Villegas singled twice in four at-bats.
W - Parra (2-0)
HR - Martinez (1)
36-11, 10.5 GU
Luis Parra's (2.87 ERA/.172 BAA) start was a lot like his DSL1 counterpart. The lefty allowed one run on two hits over five innings pitched.
Reliever Francisco Mendoza struck out three in three shutout frames, giving up only one hit.
Right fielder Hector Martinez was 3-for-4 with a home runs and two RBIs. The round-tripper was Martinez's first of his professional career.
Alfredo Chalas (1/4, 2B) and Jose Mateo (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.
Closer Miguel De Los Santos struggled slightly for a change. He allowed a run on two hits and two walks in one inning. The southpaw still struck out two batters, though.
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