W - Tomko (6-5)
HR - Nelson (21)
71-50, 10.0 GU
Express manager Bobby Jones won for the 1,500th time in his managerial career on Saturday evening.
Starting pitcher Brett Tomko (6.59 ERA/.310 BAA) earned the victory against a Sacramento team he'd spent time with during the '09 and '10 seasons. Tomko allowed two runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits, walking two, and striking out nine. He threw 79 of his 120 pitches for strikes.
Tomko also surrendered a home run to centerfielder Jai Miller. It was Miller's 28th of the season and the 20th that Tomko has allowed in 83.1 innings at Triple-A.
First baseman Brad Nelson (.277/.357/.504) extended his modest hitting streak to seven games by going 2-for-4 with his 22nd double and his 21st home run.
Kevin Cash (3/3, BB) reached safely in all four of his plate appearances while Leonys Martin (2/5) and Matt Kata (2/4) both singled twice.
Veteran infielder Esteban German had a single, two walks, and his 37th stolen base of the season.
Michael Kirkman worked around one single in a scoreless eighth inning. Sidearming righty Darren O'Day, who was recently optioned back to Round Rock, yielded an unearned run on two hits and a walk in his frame.
W - Flores (4-2)
SV - Tufts (6)
25-23, 5.0 GB
Five Frisco pitchers teamed up on a one-run, three-hit effort in Saturday night's game against Tulsa.
Righty Carlos Pimentel (5.28 ERA/.262 BAA) was lifted after three innings due to a groin injury. The 21-year-old threw scoreless ball, giving up one hit and fanning four without issuing a walk.
Adalberto Flores (2.69 ERA/.225 BAA) followed by going nine up, nine down with five strikeouts in three perfect innings of relief. The 24-year-old righty, who stands 6-foot-7, earned the victory.
Justin Miller gave up a solo home run but fanned three in 1.2 innings. Richard Bleier (0.1 IP) and Tyler Tufts (1 IP) finished the contest by retiring the final four hitters.
The RoughRiders scored both runs on a Jose Felix (1/3) two-RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Renny Osuna (1/4), Mitch Hilligoss (1/4), Jonathan Greene (1/3) and Davis Stoneburner (1/3) singled for the team's only other hits.
L - Gomez (2-3)
23-25, 3.5 GB
Right-hander Kennil Gomez (3.60 ERA/.245 BAA) suffered the loss despite pitching relatively well. The 23-year-old allowed two runs in six innings, scattering seven hits, walking one, and striking out three.
The Myrtle Beach offense broke an 18-inning scoreless streak by plating a pair of runs in the eighth inning, but it was too little, too late.
David Paisano (1/3, 3B) tripled while Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) and Jared Hoying (1/3, 2B) both doubled.
Shortstop Leury Garcia left the game with a dislocated shoulder after diving for a ball in the field.
L - Jackson (4-4)
26-22, 3.5 GB
Luke Jackson appears to have fallen into the first slump of his professional career. On Saturday, the young right-hander was tagged for seven runs in two innings pitched. He allowed eight hits (including two homers) while walking two and striking out three.
The Crawdads' bullpen kept Kannapolis off the scoreboard for the final seven innings, but it wasn't enough in the end.
Andrew Doyle (3.86 ERA/.130 BAA) worked three perfect innings with three strikeouts. Roman Mendez then struck out two in two scoreless innings. And Matt Thompson went six up, six down with three strikeouts.
Thompson has battled major control issues this season––especially of late––but he was solid on Saturday.
Eight of the nine Hickory position players had exactly one hit, and all were singles. Jurickson Profar (1/3, BB) and Jake Skole (1/3, BB) both singled and walked once.
L - Martinez (0-2)
HR - Alfaro (5)
7-11, 5.0 GB
Spokane fell behind early when starter Nick Martinez gave up six runs (five earned) over three innings. He allowed eight hits while fanning two without issuing a walk.
Catcher Jorge Alfaro struck out in two of his four plate appearances, but he also had a double and a solo home run––his fifth of the season.
DH Trever Adams raised his average to .319, going 3-for-4 with his fourth triple of the season. Hanser Alberto (2/4) singled twice, bumping his batting average to .276.
Right-handed reliever Carlos Melo fanned four and walked one in two innings of no-hit, shutout ball. Arlett Mavare struck out all three batters he faced in a perfect eighth inning.
W - A. de los Santos (6-0)
29-14, 9.5 GU
The Arizona Rangers extended their division lead to 9.5 games with another excellent all-around performance on Saturday.
Starting pitcher Abel de los Santos (3.65 ERA/.244 BAA) worked five shutout frames for his second consecutive start. This time, he gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out three.
The 18-year-old Dominican Republic native has 49 strikeouts and eight walks in 49.1 innings this summer.
Left-hander Greg Williams punched out four in two perfect innings of relief. Tim Stanford followed with a hitless inning, walking one and striking out one.
DH Kevin Torres, who went 3-for-3 with a walk, as the only AZL Rangers' player with multiple knocks in the game. But the club was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen bases, including two from Chris Grayson, who now has 15 on the year.
W - A. Leclerc (4-1)
SV - Montero (2)
In the continuation of a previously suspended game, the Dominican Rangers beat the Yankees1.
Jose Gonzalez (2/4, 3B) and Smerling Lantigua (2/4, 2B) tripled and doubled––respectively––for the club's only extra-base hits. Leadoff man Chris Garia had two singles in four at-bats.
Relievers Jose Gomez (2.2 IP), Anyelo Leclerc (2 IP) and Dennys Montero (2 IP) shut the Yankees down for the game's final 6.2 innings, giving up three hits and keeping their opponents off the scoreboard.
L - Nunez (2-3)
37-26, 3.5 GB
The Rangers weren't quite as successful in the nightcap. Righty Dario Beltre technically pitched in both games––he started the first game, which had been previously suspended.
The Dominican Rangers had just one hit on the game while the defense committed four errors. All four defensive miscues came from third baseman Smerling Lantigua, who was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
After Luis Marte's (1/3) first-inning single, the Yankees1 held the Rangers hitless the remainder of the way.
Marte picked up his 17th stolen base while Garia––who was 0-for-2 with a walk––got his 30th steal.
Starter Nerfy Nunez yielded eight runs––but just two earned––on four hits and two walks in 2.2 innings.
Dario Beltre finished the game with three innings of hitless, scoreless relief, striking out four.
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