W - Beltre (3-8)
70-61, 5.0 GU
As usual, Omar Beltre turned in a solid start. But this time, he got enough run support to pick up a rare victory. Beltre is just 3-8 on the season despite his 2.53 earned-run average in 81.2 innings.
The 29-year-old limited the Isotopes to one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven, walked zero, and threw 61 of his 94 pitches for strikes.
Beltre didn't permit any long balls in the homer-friendly environment. He has served up only two homers in the minors all season.
The RedHawks offense plated eight runs on 15 hits. Seven of the starters had multiple knocks.
Leadoff man Esteban German led the way, going 3-for-5 with his 25th double of the year.
Chris Davis (2/5, 2B) and Ryan Garko (2/5, 2B) also added two-baggers.
Willy Taveras (2/4), Max Ramirez (2/3, 2 BB), Hernan Iribarren (2/4, BB) and Taylor Teagarden (2/4) all singled twice.
Matt Brown went hitless in five at-bats, dropping him to 3-for-38 over his last 10 contests.
Veteran reliever Willie Eyre (3.44 ERA/.261 BAA) closed out the victory with a pair of shutout innings.
L - Mobley (1-2)
HR - Jenkins (9)
28-31, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders and Missions played extra innings for the third consecutive day. In fact, they've played 38 innings over the last three games.
Starting pitcher Travis Chick was knocked around early but settled in late. Overall, he gave up four runs in five innings, walking five and striking out seven.
Third baseman Andy Jenkins (.229/.302/.369) had a solid night, going 2-for-5 with a double, a homer, and a pair of walks.
Marcus Lemon (3/6, 2B, BB), Emerson Frostad (3/6, 2B, BB) and Engel Beltre (1/7, 2B) also doubled once.
Rehabbing right fielder Nelson Cruz batted third and singled once in five plate appearances. He only played the first nine innings of the game.
Second baseman Renny Osuna singled twice and walked twice in seven trips.
The Frisco bullpen did a decent job on the whole, but lefty Tim Murphy (1.50 ERA/.250 BAA) had the best performance. The UCLA product needed just 16 pitches to complete two scoreless innings. He walked zero and struck out two.
L - Ross (4-3)
32-27, 4.0 GB
After an excellent start to his High-A career, lefty Robbie Ross (5.27 ERA/.305 BAA) appears to be stumbling to the finish line this season.
The 21-year-old worked only 2.1 innings for the second consecutive start. He surrendered five runs (four earned) on five hits, walking three and striking out two.
The Bakersfield offense wasn't able to get much going overall. Erik Morrison (2/4, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) and David Paisano (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Second baseman Davis Stoneburner, who was 1-for-3 with a sac fly, had the club's only other hit.
Vin DiFazio was hitless in four trips, dropping him to 4-for-31 with the Blaze.
Justin Miller (3.54 ERA/.220 BAA) was excellent in long relief, striking out four and permitting one run in 3.2 innings.
L - Brigham (4-5)
HR - Adair (2)
30-28, 3.5 GB
Crawdads starting pitcher Jake Brigham (3.55 ERA/.221 BAA) was knocked around a bit. The Florida native permitted five runs on eight hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five.
Brigham had previously worked into at least the seventh inning in five consecutive starts.
Left fielder Travis Adair (.337/.383/.428) led off the game for Hickory with a solo home run, the second of his professional career. He also picked up an outfield assist.
Leury Garcia singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .262.
Jared Bolden (2/4) and Zach Zaneski (1/1, 2 BB) also reached multiple times.
Reliever Kyle Ocampo (4.38 ERA/.277 BAA) retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings. The 21-year-old struck out five batters.
Scuffling righty Sam Brown (5.23 ERA/.302 BAA) permitted two runs on three hits in one frame. Brown has given up eight runs (seven earned) in 3.2 innings over his last four appearances.
W - G. Grullon (1-0)
15-13, 3.0 GB
The Indians used the big inning (a six-run seventh) and a consistent offensive attack to plate 13 runs on 15 knocks on Thursday night.
First-round selection Jake Skole (.259/.337/.359) went 2-for-4 with a triple and a pair of walks. The 18-year-old has 21 free passes in 48 games with Spokane.
One day before his birthday, third baseman Mike Olt (.291/.387/.452) continued to heat up, going 3-for-6 with a double and three runs batted in. The UConn product is hitting .405 in his last 10 contests.
Andrew Clark (1/3, 2B, 3 BB), Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B, 2 BB) and Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B, BB) also doubled once.
Overall, the Spokane batters drew 13 walks in the game. They left 15 on base but were 10-for-21 with men in scoring position.
Starting pitcher Tim Stanford had a rare bout with control, as he issued four walks in four innings. The Australia native held Yakima to two runs.
Relievers Zach Osborne, Jimmy Reyes, Francisco Mendoza and Ben Rowen tossed one shutout inning apiece to close out the game.
Osborne was making his first appearance since he was hit in the face by a line drive in batting practice in mid-July.
29-23, 0.5 GU
The Rangers had their final off day of the regular season on Thursday. They have a huge game against the second-place Royals on Friday evening.
42-23, 5.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers won the San Pedro Division for the third consecutive season, but they lost to the DSL Reds in the first round of the playoffs.
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