L - Beltre (0-2)
17-11, 2.0 GU
Guillermo Moscoso (3.64 ERA/.265 BAA) pitched his longest outing of the season, but he didn't factor in on the decision. The 26-year-old righty went 6.2 innings, allowing one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out six.
The Oklahoma City offense was largely shut down by O-Royals starter Bryan Bullington, who surrendered just one run on three hits over 7.1 frames.
Leadoff man and third baseman Esteban German (.305/.378/.381) was 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. He is perfect in 12 attempts on the base paths this season.
DH Emerson Frostad, who was 1-for-3, also doubled.
Omar Beltre allowed at least one run for the third consecutive outing. The 28-year-old worked 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Beltre has run into the bulk of his trouble against left-handed hitters so far this season. Of the 22 lefties that Beltre has faced, he's allowed four extra-base hits and walked seven.
W - Bleier (2-3)
HR - Richardson (3)
15-12, 0.0 GU
The ‘Riders extended their winning streak to four games on the back of a brilliant effort from starting pitcher Richard Bleier.
The southpaw tossed a complete-game shutout on just 88 pitches [66 strikes], yielding only three singles. Bleier stuck out four without walking a batter, and he got 14 groundouts versus eight airouts.
Catcher Kevin Richardson (.247/.273/.438) was 2-for-4 with a home run. He drove in both of Frisco's runs, with one coming on the solo homer and the other on an RBI single down the left field line.
Marcus Lemon (.305/.318/.427) was 2-for-4 with his third double. Lemon has posted multi-hit efforts in each of his last four contests.
Lemon walked 56 times in 128 games with Single-A Hickory in 2007. So far this season, he has worked just one free pass while fanning 21 times in his first 19 games.
Andy Jenkins, John Whittleman and James Tomlin all singled once and walked once.
The game was played in just two hours and six minutes.
W - Brigham (1-2)
SV - Eppley (3)
10-14, 5.0 GB
The Blaze mounted a comeback with three runs in the top of the sixth before giving way to the bullpen.
The bullpen shut the door––to say the least–-as relievers Fabio Castillo, Corey Young and Cody Eppley combined to strike out all 12 batters they faced.
Once again, starter Jake Brigham was hurt by one very bad inning. Overall, Brigham allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings, walking two and striking out seven. All five runs came in the bottom of the third.
At the plate, shortstop Davis Stoneburner continued to heat up, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, and three runs batted in.
First baseman Jared Bolden, who was 2-for-4, also belted his first triple of the year.
David Paisano (2/5) and Jose Felix (1/3, BB) both reached base twice.
Engel Beltre struck out twice, but he also drew his sixth walk in his last seven games.
Castillo worked two innings of relief, striking out all six. Young and Eppley both punched out three in one frame. In all, Bakersfield pitchers combined to strike out 19 batters.
L - Font (3-1)
HR - Velazquez (7)
17-11, 1.5 GU
Hickory's win streak was finally broken on Thursday, as the Crawdads fell behind early after a poor outing from Wilmer Font.
The hard-throwing righty was shelled for six runs in just two innings pitched. He yielded six hits while walking three and uncorking two wild pitches.
Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (.327/.405/.634) continued to rake, going 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs batted in. He has three round-trippers in his last four games.
In five May games, Velazquez is 7-for-16 with three homers, four walks, and no strikeouts.
Cristian Santana (2/4, 2B) and Joe Bonadonna (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.
Former Kansas State pitcher Trevor Hurley (0.49 ERA/.145 BAA) pitched four scoreless innings of long relief, allowing just two hits. He struck out five without issuing a walk.
After the game, Hurley and left-hander Robbie Erlin both have earned-run averages of 0.49. The young pitcher went three shutout frames, giving up two hits and a walk, striking out two.
Thanks in large part to the help of Hurley and Erlin, the Hickory bullpen has posted a 2.48 ERA with 133 strikeouts in 116.1 innings so far this season.
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