L – White (0-1)
HR – Benjamin (2), Ellison (1), Mench (1)
9-3, 2.0 GU
The middle of the RedHawks batting order – Chris Shelton (.364/.375/.727), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (.364/.447/.667) and Brandon Boggs (.351/.415/.595) – continued its dominance of the PCL on Monday afternoon.
|Benjamin is off to a quick start. b>|
Jason Ellison (2/5), Kevin Mench (1/5), and Casey Benjamin (2/4) each hit a home run in the game.
Left-hander A.J. Murray gave up six runs, five earned, on nine hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.
Robinson Tejeda made his first Triple-A outing of the season and struck out the side in between two hits in the eighth inning.
Bill White, who has a 7.71 ERA through five appearances, allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one-third of an inning. The run was a walkoff Paul Hoover single, giving the Isotopes their first win of the series.
W – Reed (1-0)
SV – Madrigal (4)
Evan Reed in his first start was very impressive. He went 5 shutout innings, giving up just 4 hits and striking out 3, getting the win. After the game, Reed discussed what led to his success.
"Definitely my fastball command," he said. "My offspeed wasn't great tonight, but when I needed it when a hitter came up in a big situation, I was able to throw a changeup for a swing and miss or a slider for a pop out. It was there when I needed it and my fastball command was getting me ahead."
Warner Madrigal threw 2 shutout innings, walking 1 and striking out 2 for the save, his 4th of the season.
The only offense for the RoughRiders came in the bottom half of the 2nd inning. Chris Davis led off the inning with a single to left. He was moved over to 2nd after a walk to Taylor Teagarden, then to 3rd on a fielder's choice off the bat of Max Ramirez. He would eventually score on a sac fly from Steve Murphy for the one and only run of the game.
Craig Gentry and Elvis Andrus both had their 9-game hit streaks snapped.
Dan Denham, a 6'2", 190 lb right-hander who was just signed by the Travelers got the start but didn't fare very well. He went 3 1/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 2 hits, walking five.
W – Touchet (1-0)
HR – Ramirez (3), Davis (2), Mayberry (2)
9-2, 0.0 GU
The ‘Riders used the longball to sweep Monday's doubleheader with the Travs.
|Davis returned from a minor arm injury. b>|
"Honestly in that situation with a guy like Austen on the mound," said Davis of the home run, "he was throwing a lot of offspeed away. I tried to go the other way too much and I chased a couple of pitches. I was looking for something out over the plate, he threw me a two-seamer, and I was able to react."
Jake Dittler struggled, giving up four runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and fanned five.
Elvis Andrus (.326/.380/.391) went 2-for-3 with a double.
Righty Dan Touchet earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits and fanned three without issuing a walk.
W – Phillips (1-1)
SV – Stewart (2)
5-7, 3.0 GB
Lefty Zach Phillips (3.24 ERA/.167 BAA) was outstanding on Monday, giving up only three hits in seven shutout frames. The 21-year-old walked two and struck out seven. He has 21 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings with the Blaze this season.
|Phillips has pitched well since his first start. b>|
Jose Vallejo extended his hitting streak to ten games with one single in four at-bats.
Manny Pina didn't have a hit in the game, but he did pick off a runner at second base. He also gunned down the game's only attempted base stealer.
Right-hander Jordan Stewart fanned a pair of batters in two perfect innings. The sinkerballer has surrendered no runs on three hits in 7 2/3 innings this year.
L – Lueke (1-1)
7-2, 2.0 GB
|Moreland played in his first game of the season. b>|
Left fielder Tim Smith (.400/.484/.520) raised his batting average to .400 with two hits, including a walk, in three official at-bats.
Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Mitch Moreland (1/4, 2B) each doubled.
Catcher Jose Felix singled twice in four at-bats.
Purdue product Dan Sattler punched out five batters in two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit.
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