L - Mathis (0-1)
Redbirds win 3-0 (best of five)
Oklahoma City's 28-year affiliation with the Texas Rangers presumably came to an end on Friday evening.
The Redbirds finished off the three-game sweep of the RedHawks, taking the lead in the top of the first and never really looking back.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis threw only 48 of his 93 pitches for strikes, and he issued five walks in his five innings pitched. The right-hander yielded three runs on four hits, striking out just one.
Second baseman Hernan Iribarren (1/4, 2B) and right fielder Brandon Boggs (1/4) brought home the club's two runs.
Willy Taveras (1/3, 2B, BB), Chris Davis (1/4) and James Tomlin (1/1) had the only other knocks of the evening.
The RedHawks offense combined to strike out 19 times in the nine-inning contest. Memphis starting pitcher Lance Lynn fanned 16 and walked zero in seven innings.
Mark Prior worked a scoreless inning, through he threw 21 pitches and only eight strikes. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one.
Tanner Scheppers permitted a run on two hits in one frame.
With Oklahoma City and Round Rock both finished for the season, the Rangers' affiliation swap should be made official at some point within the next 10 days.
L - Gutierrez (0-1)
HR - Lemon (1), Osuna (1)
RockHounds lead 2-1 (best of five)
The RoughRiders weren't able to overcome a tough start from right-hander Daniel Gutierrez.
Making his second Double-A start of the year, Gutierrez was pounded for six runs in 1.2 innings. He gave up six hits, walked four, uncorked two wild pitches, and struck out only one.
The offense was solid in the losing effort, plating seven runs on 10 hits––including five of the extra-base variety.
Red-hot centerfielder Engel Beltre was 2-for-4 with a pair of triples and three runs batted in.
Utilitymen Marcus Lemon (1/3, HR, 2 BB) and Renny Osuna (3/5, HR) aren't generally known for their pop, but each player added a round-tripper on Friday. Lemon led off the game with a bomb and Osuna hit a three-run jack in the seventh.
Third baseman Andy Jenkins (1/4, 2B) doubled for his only hit in four trips.
Seton Hall product Corey Young was decent in long relief, giving up one run over 2.1 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Mark Hamburger finished out the game by hurling two shutout frames on 31 pitches. The former Twins prospect worked around two hits and a base on balls.
The RoughRiders and RockHounds play game four in Midland on Saturday evening. Left-hander Robbie Ross is currently scheduled to make his Double-A debut as Frisco's starting pitcher.
Bakersfield rebounded from a rough start to post a 38-32 second-half record, but the club finished five games behind first-place Stockton and failed to qualify for the Cal League playoffs.
W - J. Ortiz (1-0)
Series tied 1-1 (best of three)
The Crawdads evened the series at one game apiece behind the arms of three standout southpaws.
Robbie Erlin began the game by limiting Lakewood to one run on two singles over five innings. The 6-foot-0 prospect walked two and struck out eight, including the final five hitters he faced.
Miguel De Los Santos followed by punching out eight over 3.2 shutout innings. He yielded one hit and walked three.
Joe Ortiz, who finished it off and earned the victory, pitched 1.1 scoreless. He gave up one hit, walked two, and struck out two.
In all, the three pitchers combined to strike out 18 batters in 10 innings.
Hickory opened the scoring in the top of the first after leadoff man Travis Adair walked, went to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a Jared Prince groundout.
The game-winning run in the top of the 10th came home on a Zach Zaneski fielder's choice. The play scored shortstop Leury Garcia, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
Guillermo Pimentel (1/3) and Michael Ortiz (1/4) both singled.
The Crawdads and BlueClaws play a deciding game three in Lakewood on Saturday night. Right-hander Jake Brigham gets the starting nod for Hickory.
Indians lead 1-0 (best of three)
Spokane and Everett used Friday as a travel day. The two teams will continue the best-of-three Northwest League Championship Series in Everett on Saturday evening. Right-hander Tim Stanford will take the hill for the Indians.
The Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division but lost to the AZL Brewers in the league's semifinals.
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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