W – Ramirez (3-1)
HR – Cruz (3), Ellison (2)
11-4, 2.0 GU
The RedHawks exploded for 19 runs on Thursday evening.
Centerfielder Jason Ellison (.333/.419/.519) helped put the game away with a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning. In all, he was 4-for-6 with a double and a home run.
Nelson Cruz (.333/.500/.694) had a similar line, as he went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two walks. Cruz has 13 walks, versus four strikeouts, in 11 Triple-A games this season.
Second baseman Joaquin Arias (.311/.311/.333), who has begun playing in the field, singled four times in five trips. He was the third RedHawk – along with Ellison and Cruz – to drive in four runs on the night.
Ryan Roberts (2/5, 2B, BB), Nate Gold (2/6), Kevin Mench (2/5, 2B), and Casey Benjamin (2/5) chipped in with two hits while Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Brandon Boggs (1/3, BB) had one hit apiece.
Elizardo Ramirez earned his third win of the season by allowing three runs – two earned – in six innings. He gave up six hits, walked one, and struck out four.
Playing in his first Triple-A game, Kendy Batista retired the side in order on just nine pitches. He struck out one.
W – Touchet (2-0)
SV – Madrigal (5)
HR – Ramirez (5)
10-3, 1.0 GU
Michael Schlact's (2.50 ERA/.148 BAA) impressive start to the 2008 season continued on Thursday, as he yielded just two hits while tossing six scoreless innings. The 6-foot-8 right-hander walked three and struck out five.
Steve Murphy (2/3), Adam Fox (2/3) and Dustin Majewski (2/4) all had multiple hits in the game while John Mayberry and Chris Davis notched consecutive RBI doubles in the third inning.
But the game's big blow was a solo home run off the bat of Max Ramirez (.255/.364/.638), who connected for his fifth round-tripper in 13 games. Ramirez's home run broke a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth inning.
Warner Madrigal (0.00 ERA/.136 BAA) earned the save by striking out two in a scoreless frame.
L – Bannister (1-2)
HR – Gomez (1), Tracy (1)
7-8, 3.0 GB
Left fielder Chad Tracy extended his hitting streak to eight games with a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. He also walked. Tracy has an extra-base hit in each of his last four games.
First baseman Mauro Gomez also went 1-for-3 with a walk and his first lone ball of the season.
Starting pitcher John Bannister allowed three runs – two earned – on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out six.
John Whittleman doubled and struck out three times in his four plate appearances. He has fanned 18 times in 48 at-bats this season.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo had his hitting streak stopped at 12 games. He was 0-for-3 with a walk.
8-3, 3.5 GB
Clinton enjoyed a scheduled day off on Thursday. They will begin a three-game set at Dayton on Friday evening.
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