W – Simon (5-10)
SV – German (5)
HR – Gold (21)
63-62, 1.0 GB
The RedHawks were able to take game one of a huge series on Saturday night, beating the first place New Orleans Zephyrs and Mets prospect Mike Pelfrey. Oklahoma moved to just one game behind the division-leading Zephyrs.
First baseman Nate Gold (.283/.340/.489) gave his team a big boost with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. It was his 21st of the season and his third in four games.
Starter Alfredo Simon earned the win, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Catcher Guillermo Quiroz added two singles in four at-bats.
L – Puffer (3-3)
31-22, 1.5 GU
Leadoff man Anthony Webster had one of his best games of the season, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.
German Duran (2/5, 2B), Chris Davis (2/4, 2B) and Steve Murphy (2/4, 3B) also had multiple hits.
Starter Scott Shoemaker spread nine hits through five innings, giving up three runs.
Making his Double-A debut, Brennan Garr allowed one run on one hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.
L – Wagner (1-3)
24-31, 9.5 GB
Starter Ace Walker pitched well, giving up only one run in six innings, but the bullpen was unable to hold it for him.
Backstop Max Ramirez, who is hitting .362 with the Blaze, was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks.
Jim Fasano, Freddie Thon, and Thomas Berkery all doubled for their only hits of the game.
W – Reed (1-0)
SV – Dennis (6)
HR – Lemon (3)
22-32, 12.5 GB
Evan Reed was nothing short of brilliant in his first Single-A game, as he hurled five scoreless innings. The Cal Poly product yielded only one hit while walking none and punching out three.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the third inning. He also walked and stole his 12th base of the season.
Chad Tracy, K.C. Herren, and David Paisano all went 1-for-4 with a double.
Ivan Izquierdo (1 2/3 IP) and Chris Dennis (1 IP) combined to finish out Clinton's two-hit shutout.
W – Brigham (5-3)
SV – Laughter (9)
27-30, 0.5 GU
Jacob Brigham wasn't his sharpest, but he was good enough to keep Idaho off the board for 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed three hits, walked four, and struck out five.
First baseman Ian Gac had a perfect night at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks.
Renny Osuna (2/5) and Tim Rodriguez (2/4) also had two hits.
Relievers Dan Sattler (1.1 IP), Tommy Hunter (1 IP) and Andrew Laughter (1 IP) helped finish the shutout.
W – Grullon (1-2)
HR – Santana (3), Ortiz (2)
9-10, 4.0 GB
The Rangers were powered by a 12 run bottom of the seventh inning.
Catcher Cristian Santana was 2-for-3 with a home run, four RBI, and two walks.
First baseman Michael Ortiz was just as good, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a walk.
Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B, 3B, BB), Miguel Alfonzo (2/5), Emmanuel Solis (2/5), and Johan Yan (2/3, 2 2B, 2 BB) also had banner days at the plate.
Bobby Wilkins hurled two hitless innings, recording one strikeout.