W – Rowe (5-3)
SV – Littleton (2)
HR – Cruz (14), Hulett (7)
52-50, 2.0 GB
Second baseman Tug Hulett (.270/.359/.392) added on to his career-high home run total on Wednesday, as he smacked his seventh homer of the year. Hulett also added a single.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz also went deep, going 3-for-4 in the contest.
Catcher Chris Stewart doubled and walked in three trips.
Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon lasted just three innings, but he allowed only one run. He gave up five hits, walked two, and fanned three.
Steve Rowe went on to post four hitless innings, walking and striking out one each.
A.J. Murray (3.32 ERA/.206 BAA) struck out four in one scoreless inning. Portland shortstop Ray Chang reached on a passed ball strikeout.
L – Herrera (5-2)
16-17, 5.5 GB
Starting pitcher Chris Baker was solid over six innings, giving up only one run on one hit. He walked two and struck out five.
Brandon Puffer and Kea Kometani each added two scoreless innings in relief.
Third baseman Micah Furtado (.435/.500/.565) continued to rip the cover off the ball in Double-A with two doubles and a single in four at-bats.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (1/4, 2B, BB) and DH Salomon Manriquez (1/2, BB) each reached twice.
W – Giles (5-4)
SV – Marte (4)
15-18, 5.0 GB
One day after Bakersfield launched six home runs against Lake Elsinore, the two teams played a 2-1 pitchers duel.
Starter Michael Schlact surrendered one run in seven innings of work. He gave up four hits while walking one and fanning two.
Leadoff hitter Craig Gentry raised his average to .311 with a pair of singles in four at-bats. He also drove in both of Bakersfield's runs.
Shortstop Matt Smith was 1-for-2 with a double.
14-17, 6.0 GB
Clinton did not play, meaning Mauro Gomez did not hit another home run on Wednesday.
W – Kirkman (1-4)
SV – Laughter (2)
15-20, 2.5 GB
Right-handed pitcher Evan Reed was successful in his first professional start, hurling three no-hit innings. The 6-foot-4 product of Cal Poly walked one and struck out six.
Michael Kirkman picked up the win with two scoreless frames. Kirkman, who has issued 24 walks in 22 innings, walked two on Wednesday.
First baseman Ian Gac was 2-for-3 with a double.
Matt Lawson, Tim Smith, Renny Osuna, Jonathan Greene, Eric Fry, and Steven Marquardt all singled once.
10-17, 9.5 GB
The AZL Rangers, who rest once every five days, were off on Wednesday.
L – Mendoza (3-4)
HR – Ventura (1)
The White Sox issued 11 walks in the game.
RF Edward Alfonzo (0/1) and shortstop Edward Martinez (1/2) each walked three times while 1B Alberto Puello (1/3) and third baseman Miguel Moreno (0/2) drew two walks apiece.
Centerfielder Ariel Ventura was 3-for-5 with a home run, his first of the season.
Left fielder Jairo Valdez singled twice in five at-bats.