L - Kirkman (7-3)
43-37, 1.5 GU
After two quick losses in Albuquerque, the RedHawks have seen their division lead shrink to just 1.5 games.
Starter Michael Kirkman had a few more problems with control, issuing four walks and striking out three over five innings. He gave up five runs on six hits, throwing 99 pitches.
Left-hander Mike Ballard did his best to keep OKC in the game, as he tossed three shutout frames. Ballard threw 26 of his 33 pitches for strikes, and he struck out four without giving up a free base.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs broke out of his slump by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him 16 on the season.
Chris Davis (1/4, 2B) also doubled while left fielder Chad Tracy singled twice and hit a sacrifice fly in four trips.
First baseman Matt Brown was 1-for-3 with a strikeout in his second game back from the disabled list.
6-1, 2.5 GU
Friday night's game against Springfield was postponed due to rain. They'll make it up with a doubleheader on Saturday, and game one will begin at 4:30 p.m. Central.
W - Schlact (3-0)
7-2, 2.0 GU
The suddenly streaking Blaze improved to 7-2 in the young second half with their dominant victory over the Nuts.
Starting pitcher Michael Schlact, who is making his return from shoulder surgery, just keeps improving with each start.
Schlact pitched the first nine-inning complete game of his career on Friday night, giving up two runs while scattering five hits. The sinkerballer walked one, struck out four, and coaxed 16 groundouts versus only six flyouts.
Also of note was that Schlact recently added a cutter to his repertoire, and Friday's outing was the first time he had used it in a game.
RF Mike Bianucci was just 1-for-4, but he helped put the game away with his bases-clearing double in the seventh inning.
Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B), Miguel Velazquez (1/5, 2B) and Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B) also hit two-baggers.
W - Brigham (1-0)
5-4, 2.0 GB
After getting a relief appearance on Wednesday night, right-hander Jake Brigham joined the Crawdads' rotation on Friday.
Brigham worked five shutout innings and earned the victory, giving up four hits, walking two, and striking out two.
Robbie Erlin (1.30 ERA/.172 BAA) appeared in relief, hurling two hitless innings and getting three strikeouts.
The 19-year-old Erlin had started in his previous eight appearances, but the Rangers are likely just trying to keep the first-year prospect's innings under control.
North Carolina State product Sam Brown punched out three and walked one in two scoreless innings of his own.
Catcher Leonel De Los Santos was excellent from the bottom of the lineup, going a perfect 3-for-3 with his fourth double of the season.
Leadoff hitter Travis Adair was 2-for-4 with his fifth double, raising his average to .295.
First baseman Jared Bolden singled once in four trips in his return to Hickory. Centerfielder Guillermo Pimentel was also 1-for-4.
Matt West struck out in all four of his plate appearances, and he has punched out eight times over his last three contests.
L - Johnson (0-2)
6-8, 2.0 GB
Eight of Spokane's first 14 games have been decided by one run.
Starting pitcher Chad Bell continued to miss bats in the Northwest League, as he fanned eight while yielding two runs in 4.2 innings. He gave up four hits and walked one.
The 21-year-old Bell has 21 strikeouts versus only three walks in 13.2 innings with the Indians.
Infielders Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B), Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) and Alejandro Selen (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.
Catcher Brett Nicholas singled twice and stole his first base of the season.
Kennesaw State product Ryan Rodebaugh worked two scoreless frames in relief.
Through 10 innings as a pro, Rodebaugh––the Rangers' 15th-round pick––has yet to allow a run, walking zero and striking out 10.
5-4, 1.0 GB
The AZL Rangers had the day off on Friday. They'll return to action on Saturday evening against Kansas City.
L - Medina (1-1)
15-13, 2.5 GB
The Dominican Rangers lost an extra-inning affair on Friday, but starter Anel De Los Santos was excellent.
The 17-year-old hurler permitted just an unearned run on two hits over five innings, walking one and striking out four. He lowered his ERA to 1.55.
The club only had four hits in the game, and they were all singles. Catcher Guy Edmonds (2/4) singled twice while Hanser Alberto (1/4) and Francisco Lugo (1/4) had one knock apiece.
Left-hander Victor Payano struck out the side in his one inning of work, giving up one hit.
Leonel Gil kept the Jays off the board through 2.1 innings, walking zero and punching out two. The 6-foot-0, 160-pound southpaw has yet to allow a run in 14 innings this summer.
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