W - Ramirez (4-1)
HR - Garko (3)
31-25, 0.5 GU
It's not often that extra-inning games finish with eight-run margins, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon at Rosenblatt Stadium.
The RedHawks and Royals went into the 12th inning knotted at two, but OKC busted out for eight runs in the top of the 12th and cruised to victory.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis got back on the right track, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. He scattered seven hits while walking one and fanning six.
Alexi Ogando, who has had control issues lately, walked three batters in only one inning. He gave up one run and struck out two, getting stuck with his second blown save of the season.
All 10 position players to appear in the game for the RedHawks logged at least one hit.
Left fielder Chad Tracy had a big day, going 3-for-6 with two doubles and a run batted in.
Shortstop Gregorio Petit, who singled twice in seven trips, was the only other player with multiple hits.
DH Ryan Garko (.283/.394/.467 in 16 games) was 1-for-2 with a solo home run and three walks.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (1/6, 2B) doubled once.
Pedro Strop and Elizardo Ramirez finished out the game with two scoreless innings apiece. Ramirez picked up his fourth victory of the year.
L - Beavan (8-3)
33-22, 5.0 GU
Blake Beavan (2.82 ERA/.218 BAA) was stuck with his third loss of the season despite pitching pretty well.
The big 21-year-old needed just 84 pitches to complete seven innings, in which he surrendered three runs on eight hits. Beavan walked one and struck out three.
Second baseman Matt Lawson (2/4, 2B) and catcher Elio Sarmiento (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.
Taylor Teagarden's single was Frisco's only other hit of the afternoon. He was 1-for-4.
L - Font (0-1)
25-30, 10.0 GB
Wilmer Font was somewhat snakebit in the first inning. The leadoff hitter reached on a passed ball strikeout, and the next two batters flew out.
Then the 20-year-old surrendered three singles, a walk, and a double before getting out of the frame.
After Font allowed four runs in the first, he struck out the side in the second and settled down through the rest of his outing.
In all, he gave up those four unearned runs in five innings, walking two and striking out seven.
The Bakersfield offense was held to one run on five singles by the San Jose pitching staff.
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder David Paisano was the only player with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a base on balls.
Chris Gradoville (1/4), Tom Mendonca (1/3, BB) and Andres James (1/3) all singled once.
The Blaze got strong work from the bullpen, as Yoon-Hee Nam [2 IP], Corey Young [1 IP] and Justin Miller [1 IP] all threw scoreless ball.
Miller has been solid lately, and his control appears to be improving. Over his last four outings, the 22-year-old has posted the following line: 5.2 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 0 bb, 6 k.
W - Ross (8-4)
HR - Santana (9), Koncel (7), Prince (5), Ortiz (2)
35-23, 2.0 GU
The Crawdads and Legends battled it out in a slugfest––a rarity for the South Atlantic League.
Hickory actually led the game 18-0 through five innings before going on cruise control.
Right fielder Jared Prince had a huge game, going 4-for-5 with a home run and five runs batted in.
Left fielder Ed Koncel singled, homered, and walked three times. He had three RBI on the afternoon.
DH Cristian Santana (1/5, HR, BB) and first baseman Michael Ortiz (3/5, HR, BB) also went yard.
Edwin Garcia (2/6, 2 2B), Leury Garcia (2/5) and Miguel Velazquez (2/5) also had multiple hits.
Not surprisingly, every Hickory position player had at least one base hit in the game.
Though the ‘Dads allowed nine runs in the game, starter Robbie Ross was actually excellent. The southpaw surrendered one run on five hits in six innings, walking one and striking out three. He earned his eighth win of the year, tying Blake Beavan for the organizational lead.
Kyle Ocampo was knocked around in 1.2 innings of relief. He coughed up six runs [four earned] on four hits, two walks, and a hit batsman.
L - S. Perez (0-1)
4-3, 1.5 GB
There certainly weren't many positives for the DSL Rangers on Sunday afternoon, as the club gave up nine runs and was limited to only two singles.
Starting pitcher Santo Perez fanned five without issuing a walk in four innings, but he surrendered three runs [two earned] on five hits.
Third baseman Robert Morillo and catcher Guy Edmonds had the club's lone hits of the day. They also had both of the team's errors.
Ever since opening day, outfielder Ruben Sierra has scuffled. The Puerto Rico native was 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Sunday, dropping his average to .160.
Perhaps the lone bright spot was 20-year-old righty Jose Mavare, who fanned three in 1.1 hitless innings.
In his first eight innings this season, Mavare has yielded one hit, walked two, and struck out 14.
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