W – Baker (3-3)
HR – Gold (19), Hulett (8)
60-62, 4.0 GB
Chris Baker turned in his best performance of the year, tossing seven scoreless innings. The veteran right-hander allowed three hits while walking two and striking out four.
Shortstop Tug Hulett (.281/.369/.412) hit his career high eighth home run on Wednesday night. The Auburn product also singled and doubled.
Nate Gold homered while 2B Desi Relaford and RF Kevin Mahar each singled twice.
W – Ingram (3-1)
HR – Frostad (11), Murphy (9)
29-21, 0.0 GB
Left fielder Steve Murphy led the ‘Riders with three hits – a single, a double, and a home run – in six at-bats. He also drove in three runs.
Doug Mathis yielded four runs – three earned – in 4.2 innings. He gave up six hits, walked three, and struck out six.
Danny Herrera (2.1 IP) and Kea Kometani (2 IP) each followed with scoreless relief.
First baseman Emerson Frostad won the game with a home run in the top of the 12th inning. He also singled and walked in the contest.
Jesse Ingram blew his first save of the season by allowing a run in the bottom of the 11th, but he won the game with a scoreless bottom of the 12th.
Right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga was reportedly promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma on Wednesday.
W – Touchet (4-4)
HR – Andrus (1)
22-30, 9.5 GB
Starting pitcher Kendy Batista hurled two hitless innings before reportedly being promoted to Double-A Frisco.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus hit his first home run with the Blaze, a solo shot in the top of the seventh inning. In total, he was 4-for-5 on the day, raising his Bakersfield average to .327.
DH Jim Fasano (3/5), C Max Ramirez (2/2, 2 BB), and 1B Freddie Thon (2/5) all singled multiple times while Craig Gentry singled and walked.
Relief pitchers Danny Touchet (4 IP), Brennan Garr (2 IP), and Mike Wagner (1 IP) combined to finish the shutout.
21-30, 11.5 GB
W – Jaimes (3-1)
SV – Laughter (8)
HR – Gac (13)
26-29, 0.5 GU
Derek Holland, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last seven appearances, surrendered two runs in five innings of work on Wednesday. He allowed five hits while walking one and striking out five.
Hitting .323 on the season, leadoff hitter Matt Lawson went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Fellow middle infielder Andres James singled three times in four trips, driving in two more runs.
First baseman Ian Gac was 1-for-4 with a home run, his 13th of the year.
L – Hall (0-1)
7-8, 4.5 GB
Wilmer Font was outstanding once again, as he gave up only one earned run in four innings. The young right-hander yielded two hits, did not issue a walk, and struck out four.
Catcher Cristian Santana and DH Johan Yan each went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
L – Quintero (0-1)
First baseman Roan Salas, a 17-year-old native of Venezuela, led the DSL Rangers offense with a single, a double, and a walk in four plate appearances.
Southpaw Juan Gullon surrendered one run on four hits in four innings, walking two and fanning three.