W – Mathis (2-0)
6-2, 1.0 GU
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia's (.333/.417/.571) strong start has been rather quiet, but he had his biggest game of the season on Thursday night. The former Braves prospect was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and four runs batted in.
|Salty is having little trouble with Triple-A pitching. b>|
Joaquin Arias played second base and went 2-for-5 at the plate. Brandon Boggs (2/4) and Casey Benjamin (2/4) also had a pair of hits while Nelson Cruz (1/2, 2B, 3 BB) and Nate Gold (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) had multiple walks.
Kevin Mench played first base for the first time this season and went 0-for-5 at the plate, dropping him to 6-for-30 in his first seven games.
Third baseman German Duran, who was 1-for-4 at the plate, is batting just .194 to start the season. Though Duran has hit safely in six of his eight games played, he has yet to record a multi-hit performance.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis was solid before allowing two solo home runs in the top of the sixth inning. Still, he surrendered three runs on seven hits in six innings. The righty walked two and struck out four.
Bill White and Kea Kometani each pitched a scoreless inning in relief.
L – Batista (0-1)
5-1, 1.5 GB
|Murphy was perfect at the plate on Thursday. b>|
The vaunted Frisco bats were also unspectacular, but LF Steve Murphy (4/4, 2B) and 2B Thomas Berkery (2/4, 3 RBI) were solid.
Taylor Teagarden struck out four times in five plate appearances, giving him 11 whiffs in 24 official at-bats on the season.
It was also a rough night for the entire Frisco bullpen, but particularly relievers Kendy Batista and Brennan Garr.
Batista was roughed up for three runs on four hits in just one inning while Garr allowed four runs on three hits and three walks in only two-thirds of an inning.
W – Falcon (1-1)
SV – Laughter (1)
4-4, 1.0 GB
The Blaze won their fourth consecutive game – all on the road – behind the strength of a four run eighth inning.
|Pina broke an 0-for-14 start to his season. b>|
Manny Pina got the eighth inning rally started with a double. The two-bagger was his first hit of the season, making him 1-for-15.
DH Chad Tracy (.188/.257/.281) drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double to cap off the inning.
For the second consecutive start, Omar Poveda posted solid numbers despite being slightly more erratic than usual. The 20-year-old walked four batters in 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits. He struck out seven.
Southpaw reliever Ryan Falcon earned the victory with 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless ball.
Andrew Laughter earned his first save of the season after posting an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning.
4-1, 2.0 GB
The L-Kings had yet another doubleheader washed out on Thursday evening. Clinton was able to play just one of the four scheduled games in Wisconsin. They will return home to face West Michigan on Friday.
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