L – Ramirez (3-2)
HR – Shelton (3)
15-5, 3.0 GU
First baseman Chris Shelton scored Oklahoma's only run of the game with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning.
Starter Elizardo Ramirez allowed four runs – three earned – in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out three.
Casey Benjamin and Kevin Richardson each singled one time. They were Oklahoma's only other baserunners of the game.
Righty Steve Rowe returned from the disabled list to toss 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out one.
Kameron Loe continued struggling, as he gave up one run on two hits and a walk in one inning. He has given up 16 hits and walked eight in 12 2/3 Triple-A innings this season.
W – Puffer (1-0)
SV – Batista (1)
HR – Ramirez (6)
14-4, 3.0 GU
Max Ramirez (.323/.432/.677) hit his sixth home run in his first 17 games on Monday night. If the catcher were to match last season's 391 total at-bats [a low estimate barring injury], he would be on pace to hit 38 home runs this season.
Ramirez also doubled and walked in the game.
Centerfielder Craig Gentry got above the .300 mark with three singles in four at-bats.
First baseman Chris Davis was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Starting pitcher Michael Schlact just didn't have it on Tuesday, as he needed 98 pitches to throw 3.2 innings. Schlact allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits. He walked four and fanned just one.
Brandon Puffer came through with 3.1 shutout innings. He gave up only one hit while striking out one.
Reliever Kendy Batista, back from his short stay at Triple-A Oklahoma, struck out five batters in two perfect innings.
L – Jones (1-3)
8-11, 5.0 GB
Cleanup hitter Grant Gerrard bounced back from a short slump to belt two doubles – and a single – in five at-bats.
Mauro Gomez (3/5, 1B) and Truan Mehl (3/5) also had three hits.
Starter Beau Jones was knocked around for five runs – four earned – on nine hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out three.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo went 2-for-5 with a double while leadoff man Julio Borbon walked twice in an 0-for-1 night.
W – Quintero (2-0)
SV – Flores (1)
11-4, 3.0 GB
Jorge Quintero (3.60 ERA/.189 BAA) turned in a solid effort, allowing three runs – two earned – in five innings. He surrendered three hits, walked two and fanned four.
Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.299/.338/.418) has yet to show much extra-base pop, but he is beginning to heat up at the plate. Beltre singled three times, drove in three runs and stole his second base.
DH Tim Smith (2/5), 1B Mitch Moreland (2/4), LF Miguel Alfonzo (2/4) and Carlos Dominguez (2/4) all singled twice.
Ian Gac and Andres James each went 1-for-4 with a double. It was James' second double of the season. He doubled only twice in 195 at-bats with short-season Spokane last season.
Dan Sattler (1.2 IP) and Adalberto Flores (2.1 IP) each tossed scoreless relief to preserve the victory for Clinton.
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