L – Astacio (0-2)
HR – Gold (4)
Ezequiel Astacio's second start of the season was a struggle, as he allowed five runs – four earned – on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. Astacio did not allow an earned run in 15.2 innings as a reliever, but he has surrendered seven earned in his first two starts.
Relievers Michael Bumstead and Franklyn German combined to yield 11 earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings.
Utilityman Desi Relaford – who was 1-for-4 with a double at the plate – pitched the final two innings of the contest. Relaford allowed one unearned run.
First baseman Nate Gold was 2-for-4 with a home run, his fourth of the season.
Left fielder Marlon Byrd (.370/.441/.563) was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
L – Mathis (3-2)
Though the RoughRiders were held to just four hits by the Midland pitching staff, Frisco starter Doug Mathis did his part to keep his team in the game.
Mathis scattered nine singles over six innings, allowing just one unearned run. The right-hander, who dropped his ERA to 1.14, walked two and struck out three.
Left fielder Brandon Boggs and shortstop Casey Benjamin doubled for their only hits of the game.
Relievers Randy Williams and Jorge Vasquez each tossed hitless innings.
L – Giles (1-3)
Making a spot-start in place of scheduled starter Edinson Volquez, southpaw Danny Ray Herrera hurled four scoreless innings. Herrera gave up four hits while walking one and striking out two.
At the plate, designated hitter Taylor Teagarden (.412/.577/.765) was 3-for-5 with a double.
First baseman Freddie Thon (.245/.243/.321), who is finally shaking off a slow start, was 3-for-4 with a double and a stolen base. Thon has yet to draw a walk in 106 at-bats.
W – Ballard (4-3)
HR – Whittleman (7)
Clinton starter Michael Ballard (5.17 ERA/.306 BAA) worked into the eighth inning on Monday, as he surrendered two runs on eight hits in 7 2/3 innings. The Virginia product struck out four without issuing a walk.
Centerfielder Craig Gentry (.273/.348/.381) had a monster game, going 5-for-5 with three doubles and a stolen base. The stolen base was Gentry's 15th in 17 attempts this season.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.308/.352/.391), who was 2-for-5 with a double, swiped his 11th bag in 12 tries.
John Whittleman (.373/.462/.678) singled and homered in four at-bats.