W – Redman (2-3)
HR – Gold (11), Botts (8), Mahar (3)
41-40, 3.5 GB
The suddenly red-hot RedHawks scored at least 10 runs for the fourth time in as many games on Saturday.
The top four hitters in the lineup all had at least two hits.
Leadoff hitter Freddy Guzman (.263/.342/.360) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk. He also stole his 24th base of the season.
Second baseman Tug Hulett was 2-for-5 with a double and a stolen bases, his 12th.
Left fielder Jason Botts (2/5, 2B, HR) and first baseman Nate Gold (3/5, 2B, HR) each doubled and homered in the game.
Right fielder Kevin Mahar (.305/.337/.461) was 1-for-4 with a round-tripper – his third – and a walk.
Starting pitcher Mark Redman allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings, walking none and fanning three.
Relief pitchers Wes Littleton and Randy Williams each threw one scoreless inning.
L – Mathis (7-5)
5-4, 0.5 GB
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis, who has struggled in the month of June, yielded four runs on eight hits in six innings. The sinkerballer walked three and struck out four.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (.281/.386/.538) and third baseman Adam Fox (.313/.382/.449) each singled twice in four at-bats.
Designated hitter Anthony Webster, shortstop Casey Benjamin, and first baseman Jim Fasano all doubled for their only hit of the game.
W – Ballard (1-1)
3-7, 4.0 GB
After starting the second half 0-7, the Bakersfield Blaze finished off a three-game sweep of the Modesto Nuts.
Making his second California League start, left-handed pitcher Mike Ballard was outstanding. Ballard allowed just two runs – one earned – on four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out three. Ballard also got 14 outs on the ground versus just four in the air.
Third baseman Chris Davis (.293/.331/.571) capped off his outstanding month with three hits – including a double – in four at-bats. The Longview native hit .354 with seven home runs in the month of June. He extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (.290/.337/.424) singled four times in five at-bats.
Reliever Jose Marte struck out two in a scoreless inning. Though Marte struggled in his first stint with the Blaze this season, he has allowed no runs on two hits in six innings since being re-promoted. Over that span, he has walked two and struck out 10.
L – Poveda (8-3)
HR – Gomez (7)
5-4, 0.5 GB
Omar Poveda suffered a rare poor start on Saturday, as he allowed six runs – three earned – in just two innings of work. The big righty gave up five hits while walking one and striking out two.
Normally a solid defensive club, the L-Kings made five errors, coming from Omar Poveda, Mauro Gomez, David Paisano (2), and John Whittleman.
Right fielder K.C. Herren singled twice in four at-bats while first baseman Mauro Gomez was 1-for-4 with a home run.
Third baseman John Whittleman was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and an error. He will not be sad to see June go, as he hit just .236 in the month.
Left-handed pitcher Tim Gudex (2.86 ERA/.250 BAA) tossed 3 1/3 scoreless frames, giving up three hits, walking one, and punching out two.
W – Jaimes (1-1)
5-7, 0.5 GU
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman struggled, giving up six runs on six hits in just three innings. He walked four and struck out three.
However, the Spokane bullpen went on to post 12 innings of one-hit, shutout ball to pick up the victory.
Dan Sattler gave up the lone hit – a single – in four innings. He struck out five.
Chris Dennis (1.29 ERA/.118 BAA) went on to strike out three in two hitless innings.
Jordan Stewart fanned two in three hitless frames. After giving up five runs in just two-thirds of an inning in his first outing, Stewart has posted eight scoreless innings in his last three times out.
Jose Jaimes earned the victory with three more hitless innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Third baseman Johan Yan (3/7, 2B) and catcher Chris Gradoville (3/6, 2B, 3B) each had three hits. Gradoville caught all 15 innings of the game.