L – Redman (2-4)
44-42, 2.5 GB
The RedHawks offense only put up one run, but that didn't stop Jason Botts (.324/.431/.556) from reaching base twice. He was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.362/.431/.777) was 2-for-3 with a double and a free pass.
Mark Redman gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings, walking four and fanning two.
Back from his suspension for performance enhancing drugs, righty Francisco Cruceta gave up one run on three hits in one inning.
W – Shoemaker (1-0)
SV – Kometani (5)
HR – Fasano (8)
10-4, 2.0 GU
Scott Shoemaker (3.65 ERA/.255 BAA) put up his second consecutive strong outing, hurling 5 2/3 innings of one run, four-hit ball. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out three.
Right fielder John Mayberry (.303/.387/.545) singled, doubled, and was hit by a pitch in four plate appearances.
First baseman Jim Fasano (.304/.348/.505) was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.
Brandon Puffer (1.1 IP), Ken Chenard (1 IP), and Kea Kometani (1 IP) all threw scoreless relief. Kometani has a 2.42 ERA in 22 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.
W – Marte (2-2)
HR – Thon (3, 4)
6-9, 2.0 GB
Third baseman Chris Davis' hitting streak reached 25 games with a single and a walk in five plate appearances.
First baseman Freddie Thon (.263/.275/.390) stole the show, as he was 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in.
Right fielder Jon Weber also having three hits, totaling two singles and a double.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (.291/.336/.434) continued his solid season with two hits and a walk from the top spot of the order.
Designated hitter Taylor Teagarden (.330/.463/.599) was 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.
Mike Ballard ended up with an ugly line of six runs in 6 1/3 innings, but most of the damage was done when he came out for the top of the seventh. The southpaw yielded nine hits, walked one, and struck out six.
Jose Marte got the victory with a scoreless inning. Though his ERA currently sits at 8.51, he has yet to allow a run in 8 2/3 since re-joining the Blaze in late-June.
L – Gudex (2-4)
6-8, 2.5 GB
Omar Poveda (2.50 ERA/.212 BAA) didn't factor in the decision, but he tossed a masterpiece. The right-hander surrendered just two hits over seven scoreless innings, walking none and striking out seven.
Centerfielder Craig Gentry led the team with two singles in four at-bats.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.
W – Stewart (1-0)
SV – Dennis (5)
HR – Gac (5), Yan (1)
9-8, 4.0 GU
Michael Kirkman didn't give up any hits in four innings, but he allowed two runs – one earned – on four walks. He also struck out seven.
Designated hitter Ian Gac (.288/.365/.606) was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run.
Right fielder Tim Rodriguez also had three hits – all singles – in four at-bats.
Third baseman Johan Yan (.250/.270/.389) was 1-for-4 with a home run, his first of the season.
Reliever Hector Nelo fanned three in 1 1/3 innings. He allowed one hit and walked two.
Closer Chris Dennis (0.93 ERA/.065 BAA) retired all five batters he faced. He was promoted to Single-A Clinton after the game.
6-5, 3.0 GB
The Rookie Rangers return to action on Friday morning.
L – Rojas (0-2)
Left fielder Stanly Vizcaino led the team with two hits – including a double – in three at-bats.
First baseman Jairo Valdez (.352/.375/.500) was 1-for-2 with a single.
Right-handed pitcher Ovispo De Los Santos (0.84 ERA/.195 BAA) allowed just one run on four hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four.