W – Volquez (6-1)
HR – Gold (23), Hulett (9), Matranga (9)
66-63, 1.0 GB
Oklahoma finally passed the New Orleans Zephyrs on Tuesday, but they now remain behind the Albuquerque Isotopes by one full game.
Edinson Volquez seemed unfazed by his hiccup earlier in the week, as he tossed seven innings of shutout ball. He allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out eight.
Smoking hot first baseman Nate Gold was 3-for-5 with another home run, his fifth in his last seven games.
Third baseman Dave Matranga (3/5) and second baseman Tug Hulett (1/5) also hit round-trippers.
Leadoff man Freddy Guzman had two singles, a double, and a walk.
L – Mendoza (14-3)
HR – Boggs (16), Frostad (12)
31-25, 1.0 GB
Luis Mendoza allowed four runs on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings on Tuesday, losing for just the third time in 17 decisions this year.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs and first baseman Emerson Frostad each went 1-for-3 with a home run.
Steve Murphy was 2-for-4 with a double.
Infielders Casey Benjamin and Chris Davis also doubled while John Mayberry was 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
W – Ballard (5-2)
SV – Marte (9)
25-32, 10.5 GB
Mike Ballard didn't pitch quite as well as his last time out, but he was good enough to earn his 14th total victory of the season.
In six innings of work, the lefty gave up four runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out five.
Outfielders Ben Harrison and Thomas Berkery each singled three times.
Craig Gentry (2/5), John Whittleman (2/4, 2 2B), and Matt Smith (2/4) all had two hits apiece.
W – Phillips (11-5)
SV – Dennis (7)
Zach Phillips (2.86 ERA/.242 BAA) carried a shutout into the seventh inning, but he was unable to finish it off.
The 20-year-old southpaw gave up three total runs in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out five.
Right fielder Josh Bradbury was the only L-King with multiple hits, as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Infielders Marcus Lemon, Jose Vallejo, and Jay Heafner all doubled.
W – Haar (6-3)
SV – Lueke (4)
HR – Heafner (2)
25-32, 10.5 GB
Jeremiah Haar broke out of a bit of a slump on Tuesday, as he tossed five scoreless innings against the first place Swing. The right-hander gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out three.
Third baseman Jay Heafner, who has been on a roll lately, was 2-for-3 with his second home run of the season.
David Paisano also had two hits, including a double.
Josh Lueke finished the game off with two hitless innings.
L – Hunter (1-2)
29-31, 1.0 GU
Derek Holland, a 20-year-old product of Wallace State Community College, struck out 10 batters while yielding just one run on two hits in six innings on Tuesday. He did not issue a walk.
In 50 innings with the Indians, the left-hander has allowed 42 hits while walking 19 and fanning 66.
Mitch Moreland was the lone Spokane hitter with multiple knocks, as he was 2-for-4 with a double.
Julio Borbon made his debut, leadoff off and playing centerfield. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.
W – Peralta (1-1)
HR – Beltre (3)
10-11, 3.0 GB
Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre smacked his third home run with the AZL Rangers, a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. He also walked twice and scored three total runs.
Shortstop Matt West (1/5) and catcher Cristian Santana (3/4) each tripled in the game. West now has one double, four triples, and no home runs on the season.
Miguel Alfonzo added three singles in five at bats.
Texas native Cody Podraza returned to action for the first time since July 6. Podraza singled and walked in his only two plate appearances.
L – Sibid (1-4)
34-32, 15.0 GB
Jhoan Quintero, not to be confused with Bakersfield hurler Jorge, struck out seven batters in 3 innings on Tuesday. He gave up one run on two hits and three walks.
Second baseman Roan Salas and backstop Juvenal Lara each singled twice in four trips.