W – Hurley (4-6)
HR – Gold (24), Matranga (10), West (9), Quiroz (6)
67-63, 0.0 GB
The RedHawks moved into a tie for first place with a huge victory on Wednesday.
Eric Hurley has built a reputation for finishing seasons on a high note, and he appears to be well on the way to doing it once again. The right-hander surrendered two runs – one earned – on just two hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out four.
First baseman Nate Gold (.301/.348/.759 in August) was 2-for-5 with a double and a home run. It was his 24th long ball of the season and his 11th of the month.
Dave Matranga (4/5), Guillermo Quiroz (2/5) and Kevin West (3/5) also hit home runs.
Freddy Guzman added three singles in five at bats.
L – Schlact (3-1)
31-26, 2.0 GB
Facing the San Antonio Missions for the second time in two weeks, Michael Schlact was hammered on Wednesday night. After defeating them in his first start, the tall righty gave up eight runs – seven earned – in just two innings. A ground ball pitcher, Schlact allowed seven hits, including two home runs.
Left fielder Steve Murphy drove in two of the team's three runs with a pair of singles.
Chris Davis also singled and walked.
Brennan Garr walked three batters in two innings, but he allowed no runs and no hits. He struck out three.
First baseman Emerson Frostad pitched the game's ninth inning, giving up two runs.
L – Bumstead (1-1)
HR – Cadena (5, 6), Fasano (2)
25-33, 10.5 GB
Left fielder Nick Cadena blasted two home runs in the losing effort on Wednesday, giving him six on the season.
DH Jim Fasano (2/4, 2B, HR) also hit a round-tripper.
John Whittleman (2/3, 2B, BB), Ben Harrison (2/4), and Elvis Andrus (1/3, BB) also reached base multiple times.
Rehabbing Mike Bumstead coughed up nine runs, eight earned, in only two innings.
Jorge Quintero made his High-A debut, allowing an unearned run on a hit and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
25-32, 10.5 GB
The L-Kings will be forced to play their second doubleheader in three days on Thursday.
L – Castillo (3-5)
29-32, 1.5 GU
The inconsistent Fabio Castillo suffered his fifth loss on Wednesday, as he surrendered five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Second baseman Renny Osuna had both of the team's extra base hits with two doubles in three at bats. He also reached on a HBP.
Left fielder Luke Salas was 2-for-4.
Jordan Stewart (2 IP) and Andrew Laughter (1 IP) hurled scoreless relief.
L – Pimentel (0-4)
10-12, 4.0 GB
One night after Wilmer Font was roughed up for the first time this season, Carlos Pimentel got knocked around.
Pimentel allowed six runs on seven hits in only three innings, walking one and punching out three.
Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre raised his average to .292 with two singles in four at bats.
Matt West (1/4) knocked in two runs while Cristian Santana (1/3) doubled.
L – Gedron (0-2)
HR – Gonzalez (5)
34-33, 16.5 GB
The Pirates of San Pedro de Macoris improved to 50-16 on the DSL season with their win over the Rangers.
The ninth inning was kind to the DSL Rangers, as DH Mervin Gonzalez (.155/.339/.330) smashed a grand slam, his fifth home run of the season.
Thanks to a wild pitch, Yeyser Martinez was able to record a rare four strikeout inning in the ninth.