L - Ballard (3-4)
29-25, 0.5 GU
The RedHawks had a rough night at the ballpark on Friday.
Starting pitcher Mike Ballard saw his ERA rise to 5.40, as he allowed five runs [four earned] on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
The 26-year-old has struck out just one batter in each of his last four starts, walking nine over that span.
Third baseman Chris Davis reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks and a run batted in.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (2/5, 2B) and DH Ryan Garko (2/4) also had two knocks apiece.
Flamethrowing reliever Alexi Ogando fanned one in a perfect frame.
Tanner Scheppers followed Ogando by working three innings on 47 pitches. He gave up two runs on four hits, walking zero and striking out four.
W - Lueke (1-0)
SV - Flores (1)
32-21, 5.0 GU
Frisco came out on top in the battle of the Texas League's two division leaders, as they took two-of-three from the Naturals on the road.
The ‘Riders offense sputtered early, and they fell behind as starter Richard Bleier allowed four runs on nine hits in six innings. The left-hander fanned one without issuing a walk.
But the excellent Frisco bullpen kept the team in the game, and the offense rallied for four runs in the final two innings.
Cody Eppley [1 IP], Josh Lueke [2 IP] and Adalberto Flores [1 IP] combined for four innings of scoreless ball.
Lueke was particularly impressive, as he fanned three in two perfect innings.
Nine-hole hitter and shortstop Guilder Rodriguez singled three times in four at-bats.
Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B) and James Tomlin (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento had only one single in four at-bats, but he stole a base and drove home two runs.
L - Young (1-3)
HR - Whittleman (1)
25-28, 8.0 GB
First baseman John Whittleman is in Bakersfield looking to right the ship, after opening the season with a .165 average at Double-A Frisco.
Through two games, the results have been strong. On Friday night, Whittleman batted cleanup and went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.
David Paisano (3/5, 2B) and Erik Morrison (2/4, 2B) also chipped in with doubles.
Left fielder Jared Bolden singled twice and drove home two runs.
Starting pitcher Michael Main went six innings, allowing six runs [four earned]. He walked zero and fanned four.
Main surrendered a two-run homer to Giants prospect Drew Biery. It was the 12th round-tripper he has allowed in 11 starts this season.
The game began slipping away when left-hander Corey Young, and his defense, unraveled. The reliever coughed up five runs [two earned] in only one-third of an inning.
W - Ramirez (6-3)
SV - Hurley (6)
34-22, 2.0 GU
Neil Ramirez may be starting to put it together at Single-A Hickory.
On Friday night, the right-hander allowed two runs [one earned] on five hits in 6.1 innings, walking zero and striking out five.
Ramirez got off to an inconsistent start to his season, but in his last four outings, he has posted the following line: 25 ip, 16 h, 2 er, 6 bb, 24 k.
For the season, Ramirez has 56 strikeouts versus 18 walks. Last year, he had 56 strikeouts––with 41 free passes.
Right fielder Jared Prince raised his average to .266 with two doubles in three official at-bats.
Miguel Velazquez (2/4, 2B) doubled once and drove home two runs.
Infielders Matt West and Travis Adair both went hitless, but they also drew two walks apiece.
Tyler Tufts [1.2 IP] and Trevor Hurley [1 IP] closed out the game with scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Hurley earned his sixth save of the year.
W - De Jesus (1-0)
3-1, 0.5 GB
Victor Payano's second professional start was much better than his first.
The tall lefty wasn't nearly as wild on Friday afternoon, as he walked one and surrendered one run in four innings. He struck out four.
Relief pitchers Jorge De Jesus [2 IP], Jose Mavare [2 IP] and Emiliano Medina [1 IP] combined to retire 15 of the 16 batters they faced, recording nine punchouts.
Mavare fanned three in his two innings on Friday after getting eight in 4.2 frames during his debut.
At the plate, third baseman Robert Morillo led the way, going 2-for-4 with a triple and a run batted in.
Centerfielder Chris Garia singled twice, walked once, and stole his first base of the season.
Right fielder Hector Martinez went hitless, but he also walked three times.
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