L – Astacio (2-3)
HR – Gold (7)
After a long string of bad starts, right-hander Alfredo Simon (7.67 ERA/.315 BAA) turned in an outstanding effort on Friday. The 6-foot-4 hurler surrendered just one run in three hits over six innings, walking none and fanning three.
Simon was left with a no-decision, however, as the bullpen failed to hold the lead.
Lefty Ron Mahay gave up three runs on four hits and a pair of walks in 1 1/3 innings. Ezequiel Astacio then allowed three more runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
DH Jason Botts was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk while first baseman Nate Gold (.254/.320/.455) was 2-for-3 with a walk and his seventh home run of the season.
Third baseman Drew Meyer (2/4) and centerfielder Freddy Guzman (1/2, 2 BB) also reached base multiple times.
Friday's game between the RoughRiders and Drillers was rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 6:05 p.m. Central.
W – Touchet (1-0)
HR – Teagarden (11), Cadena (1)
Bakersfield starter Bear Bay had a strange outing on Friday evening. The righty gave up just three hits in five innings, but all three left the park. Bay, who typically has excellent control, walked six batters and struck out just one. He gave up four runs in all.
Reliever Danny Touchet allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings to pick up his first victory of the season. Touchet, who spent most of 2006 with Double-A Frisco, has allowed five hits in 13 scoreless innings with the Blaze this season.
Right fielder John Mayberry (.236/.324/.519) was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Taylor Teagarden (.333/.490/.693), who caught for the first time since returning from injury, was 1-for-3 with a home run before leaving the game in the sixth inning.
After being added to the roster earlier in the day, Nick Cadena, the Rangers' 30th round pick last season out of Florida International University, was 1-for-4 with a solo home run.
First baseman Chris Kemp was 2-for-3 with a walk. He hit the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth inning.
L – Poveda (5-2)
HR – Tracy (5)
It doesn't happen very often, but the Swing of the Quad Cities caught Clinton pitcher Omar Poveda on an off night on Friday evening.
Poveda gave up six runs – five earned – on nine hits in just four innings. He walked two and struck out only one batter.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon (2/5, 2B) and catcher Manuel Pina (2/4) each had two hits.
Third baseman John Whittleman was 1-for-3 with two RBI while left fielder Chad Tracy homered for his only hit in four at-bats.