W – Wood (5-1)
HR – Matranga (6), Cruz (4), Relaford (5)
32-35, 3.0 GB
The RedHawks roughed up former Rice Owl Phil Humber on Friday evening in New Orleans.
Humber allowed three home runs in total, giving up one to Dave Matranga (2/4), Nelson Cruz (1/4), and Desi Relaford (2/4).
First baseman Nate Gold (.303/.358/.524) singled three times in four at-bats.
Starting pitcher Mike Wood (2.24 ERA/.193 BAA) continued to dominate the PCL, as he yielded just two runs – one earned – in six innings. Wood allowed five hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out six.
L – Mathis (6-4)
HR – Webster (5)
44-22, 3.5 GU
Frisco leadoff hitter Anthony Webster notched his fourth multi-hit effort in five games with three hits – including a home run – in five at-bats. Webster also stole his 14th base of the season.
Cleanup hitter Steve Murphy extended his season-long hitting streak to 11 games with a single, a walk, and three runs batted in.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis struggled for his second consecutive start. The right-hander surrendered five runs on seven hits in just four innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Reliever Scott Shoemaker continued to pitch well for the Riders, giving up one run on two hits in four innings. The Long Beach State product struck out five.
L – Schlact (5-4)
HR – Davis (12)
29-39, 9.5 GB
The Bakersfield Blaze came up short on Friday after scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning. Four of the runs came on a grand slam off the bat of third baseman Chris Davis. The homer was Davis' 12th of the season.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (2/4, BB) and left fielder Josh Bradbury (2/3, 2B, BB) had multiple hits while designated hitter Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.
Bakersfield starter Michael Schlact allowed six runs on six hits in three innings. The tall righty walked four while striking out just one.
W – Marte (1-0)
40-25, 1.5 GB
Third baseman John Whittleman (.321/.422/.579) broke out of a lengthy slump with four singles and a walk in six plate appearances.
Right fielder K.C. Herren (.325/.390/.552) was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two walks. Herren now has 18 doubles and nine triples on the season.
Starting pitcher Michael Ballard allowed four runs in three innings, but did not factor in the decision.
Native Texan Jeremiah Haar (1.85 ERA/.259 BAA) allowed only one earned run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Brennan Garr (1.93 ERA/.173 BAA) yielded only one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. The Northern Colorado product struck out four.