W - Madrigal (3-0)
HR - Gentry (4)
50-39, 5.5 GU
Tanner Scheppers got knocked around for five runs on a whopping 11 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked two, struck out one, and threw 85 pitches.
Scheppers has surrendered 20 hits over a combined nine innings in his last two starts.
The RedHawks worked their way back, however, scoring two runs in the ninth to tie it and another in the 10th to win it.
Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry bumped his average up to .316 by going 3-for-6 with a double, a homer, and two runs batted in.
Esteban German (2/5, 2B), Mitch Moreland (2/5) and Ryan Garko (2/5) chipped in with two hits apiece.
Left fielder Brandon Boggs struck out twice, but he also drew three walks and had an outfield assist.
Clay Rapada, Zach Phillips, Pedro Strop, and Warner Madrigal all hurled one shutout inning out of the bullpen to help the come-from-behind effort.
L - Flores (2-3)
14-5, 4.0 GB
Richard Bleier (5.42 ERA/.279 BAA) needed only 71 pitches to complete seven innings, but he didn't factor in on the decision.
The sinkerballing southpaw allowed three runs on eight hits, walking zero and fanning three. He recorded 16 groundouts and zero flyouts in the game.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden's double was the club's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-3.
Third baseman Renny Osuna (2/4) and centerfielder Engel Beltre (2/4) both picked up a pair of singles.
John Whittleman was 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
Frisco lost the game in the top of the ninth, when right-hander Adalberto Flores surrendered a couple runs, blowing his first save of the season.
L - Hurley (0-1)
HR - Paisano (3), James (1)
12-9, 1.0 GU
Despite losing their fifth consecutive game, the Blaze were able to hold on to first place by one game.
Starter Carlos Pimentel was slightly erratic, but he was able to work seven innings for the second consecutive start.
The 20-year-old hurler allowed three runs [two earned] on five hits, walking four and striking out five. He uncorked a pair of wild pitches.
Bakersfield got three of its runs on homers from right fielder David Paisano (1/5, HR) and shortstop Andres James (1/4, HR).
The round-tripper was just the second of James' five-year career in the U.S.
Left fielder Jake Kaase went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, while Jose Felix (3/5, 2B) and Chris Gradoville (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Second baseman Davis Stoneburner singled twice and stole his 14th base of the season.
Trevor Hurley suffered the loss by yielding three unearned runs [due to a couple errors, including one of his own] in 1.2 innings.
L - Ramirez (7-6)
10-11, 4.5 GB
Neil Ramirez was Hickory's tough-luck loser on Thursday evening, as he scattered seven hits but yielded only one run in six innings of work. He walked two and struck out seven.
The Crawdads weren't able to get much going at the plate. Jared Bolden contributed both the runs with a two-RBI pinch-hit double in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Right fielder Jared Prince picked up a couple singles in five trips, raising his average to .294.
Travis Adair (1/4, BB) and Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, BB) also reached multiple times. Both players had a stolen base.
Hard-throwing righty Ovispo De Los Santos surrendered two runs [one earned] in two innings pitched.
W - Rojas (2-1)
HR - Olt (3)
14-12, 0.5 GB
Spokane jumped on top early, scoring 10 runs in the first three innings en route to the easy victory.
Third baseman Mike Olt did some damage with his bat, going 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, and five runs batted in. He hit a three-run jack in the bottom of the second inning.
On the mound, young right-hander Randol Rojas held Vancouver to two hits over five scoreless innings. He walked one, struck out one, and induced nine ground ball outs.
Relievers Ben Rowen and Kevin Johnson chipped in with two shutout innings apiece to finish out the game.
Right fielder Ryan Strausborger went 2-for-3 with his third double of the season.
Jared Hoying (2/4, BB) singled twice, walked once, and scored three runs.
First-round pick Jake Skole was 1-for-3 with a free pass and a strikeout.
L - Rijo (1-1)
11-9, 0.0 GU
Five AZL Rangers pitchers combined to surrender 14 runs, and the offense had the task of going against Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson.
The rehabbing Anderson allowed one run in four innings, but the Rangers did get him for seven hits.
Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez (.385/.424/.526) had a strong game, going 2-for-3 with a double and his 11th stolen base.
Junior Payano (1/2, 3B) tripled while Oduber Herrera (3/4) and Christian Villanueva (2/4) both had multiple singles.
Staring pitcher Ezequiel Rijo was touched up for seven runs [six earned] in four innings of work. He walked three and struck out five.
Andrew Doyle appeared in his first game in some time, and he allowed three runs [one earned] on three hits in an inning.
W - Diaz (2-0)
SV - De Jesus (2)
20-18, 4.0 GB
The Rangers picked up a solid all-around victory over the Dominican Summer League Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Starting pitcher Abel De Los Santos (1.98 ERA/.231 BAA) worked four innings, allowing two runs. He walked one and struck out two.
The bullpen trio of Jesus Diaz [2 IP], Dario Beltre [1 IP] and Jorge De Jesus [2 IP] combined for five innings of scoreless relief to close out the game.
The 18-year-old De Jesus fanned two batters and walked two in his two frames. He has 16 walks and 29 punchouts in 19.1 innings on the season.
Left fielder Esdras Abreu carried the torch offensively, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run batted in.
Francisco Lugo (2/4, 2B) and Hector Martinez (1/3, 2B, BB) also added two-baggers.
Leadoff hitter Chris Garia singled, walked, and stole his 18th base.
Hanser Alberto raised his batting average to .394 with a pair of singles in four plate appearances.
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