W – Rheinecker (1-2)
HR – Gold (10), Botts (7)
35-38, 4.0 GB
John Rheinecker (4.75 ERA/.284 BAA) scattered 10 hits over seven innings to pick up his first Triple-A win of the season on Saturday. The southpaw allowed five runs while walking one and fanning four.
Designated hitter Jason Botts (.303/.416/.491) was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.
First baseman Nate Gold (.298/.349/.510) hit a three-run homer – his 10th of the year – in the seventh inning. Gold also singled in the game.
Left fielder Kevin Mahar (.313/.344/.458) went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz and catcher Chris Stewart each picked up a single and a double in the contest.
Relievers Wes Littleton and A.J. Murray each threw one inning of perfect relief, recording one strikeout.
W – Mendoza (8-0)
HR – Frostad (6)
Frisco starting pitcher Luis Mendoza (5.35 ERA/.263 BAA) improved his record to 8-0 with a complete-game victory on Saturday. The native of Mexico surrendered three runs on eight hits in seven innings, walking one and striking out three.
Designated hitter Emerson Frostad was one of four RoughRider hitters with multiple hits in the game. Frostad was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run, his sixth of the season.
Shortstop Casey Benjamin (3/4, 2B), left fielder Steve Murphy (2/4), and first baseman Jim Fasano (2/4, 2B) also had multiple hits.
Second baseman German Duran doubled and walked twice in four plate appearances.
W – Puffer (3-0)
SV – Ingram (15)
HR – Benjamin (7), Mayberry (2)
3-2, 1.0 GB
The RoughRiders swept their doubleheader in Corpus Christi on Saturday behind yet another solid pitching performance. Spot-starter Kenneth Chenard allowed just one run on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Former Houston Astro Brandon Puffer provided 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief and closer Jesse Ingram topped it off with five strikeouts in two innings. The save was Ingram's 15th of the year.
Right fielder John Mayberry was a perfect 3-for-3 with a home run, his second since joining Double-A Frisco.
Shortstop Casey Benjamin (2/4) also went deep while first baseman Emerson Frostad was 1-for-3 with a triple.
L – Knippschild (2-3)
0-3, 3.0 GB
Starting pitcher Michael Schlact struggled mightily on Saturday, as he coughed up nine runs – seven earned – on nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.
Reliever Jose Marte, who was just promoted from Single-A Clinton, was the lone bright spot on the mound. He struck out four while allowing just one hit in two scoreless innings.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (3/5, 2 2B, BB) and catcher Brian Valichka (3/5, 2B) led the Blaze with three hits each.
Jon Weber (2/6, 2B) and first baseman Freddie Thon (2/4, 2B, BB) also pitched in with two hits.
L – Kiker (2-2)
2-1, 0.0 GB
Clinton starter Kasey Kiker struggled on Saturday evening, as he surrendered five runs – four earned – on five hits in five innings. The Alabama native walked two and struck out four.
Brett Zamzow (2 IP), Ivan Izquierdo (1 IP), and Jon Hollis (1 IP) combined for four innings of shutout ball in relief of Kiker.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo singled three times in five at-bats, raising his average to .277. Vallejo also stole his 20th base in 22 attempts.
Centerfielder David Paisano reached base three times with a single and two walks.
W – Tatusko (1-0)
SV – Dennis (2)
2-3, 0.0 GB
Second baseman Renny Osuna raised his average to .471 through four games with three hits – including a double – and a walk in five plate appearances.
Designated hitter Steven Marquardt was 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
Daniel Hoben earned the start for the Indians and allowed three runs on four hits in four innings. Hoben walked one and struck out three.
Indiana State product Ryan Tatusko was outstanding in relief, throwing three hitless frames. The 6-foot-5 righty walked one and struck out four.
W – Indriago (1-0)
HR – Santana (2)
2-0, 0.5 GU
Saturday afternoon's game was busy, to say the least. The Giants committed seven errors while the Arizona Rangers had none.
Despite the ugly final score, starting pitcher Miguel De Los Santos actually pitched well. The 18-year-old southpaw did not allow a run in two innings of work. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two.
Georgia Tech product Jared Hyatt yielded one hit in two scoreless innings. He fanned two.
Catcher Cristian Santana went deep for the second time in as many professional games. The backstop was 2-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and four runs batted in.
Designated hitter Reece Creswell (2/3, 2B, BB) and right fielder Miguel Velazquez (2/5) added two hits apiece. Velazquez also stole two bases.
L – De Leon (0-1)
San Pedro Rangers left fielder Jhonny Gomez hit a home run, his first of the season, on Friday. Gomez was 1-for-3 with two runs and two RBI.
Starting pitcher Juan Grullon, 17, allowed one run on three hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Second baseman Alejandro Selen (.286/.423/.286) singled three times in five at-bats. He also walked once.