L – Kometani (2-1)
HR – Cruz (8)
17-8, 2.0 GU
|Teagarden picked up his first AAA hit. b>|
Veteran hurler Steve Rowe got the spot start on Monday and allowed one run in three innings.
Kea Kometani, who is off to a slow start, was stuck with the loss after allowing three runs in two innings. He has walked eight while striking out nine in 10.1 innings this year.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt in his second Triple-A game.
DH Nate Gold and 3B Ryan Roberts both reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Yukinaga Maeda yielded one run on two hits in three innings of relief. He struck out three without walking a batter. The run allowed was a monster home run off the bat of Padres prospect Chase Headley.
L – Ballard (2-1)
HR – Harrison (2), Murphy (2)
16-7, 1.5 GU
|Is Harrison returning to his 2006 form? b>|
Ben Harrison (.318/.333/.591) continued to heat up, as he went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk.
Smoking hot outfielder Steve Murphy also belted his second home run of the season. He was 2-for-4 with a base on balls.
Catcher Max Ramirez (3/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while right fielder Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B) had one two-bagger.
Warner Madrigal allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his one inning. The hard-throwing righty struck out two.
W – Kiker (1-0)
HR – Vallejo (4), Whittleman (3)
13-12, 5.0 GB
The Blaze got above the .500 mark for the first time all season behind a strong effort from 2006 first-round pick Kasey Kiker.
|Pina had a career night. b>|
In addition to the solid performance by Kiker, the Bakersfield bats had a much-needed field day.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo had just four career home runs entering the 2008 season. Vallejo smoked his fourth home run of the year [25 games] on Monday.
Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (.271/.297/.314) singled four times in six at-bats. He also stole his sixth base in as many attempts.
John Whittleman has been hot-and-cold thus far, but he was able to hit his third home run of the road trip. The native of Texas was 2-for-3 with a couple of walks on the night.
Backstop Manny Pina (.200/.286/.255) was 3-for-5 with two doubles. It was only the second three-hit game of Pina's career and it was the first time he had more than one extra-base hit in a single game.
Grant Gerrard (2/6), Truan Mehl (1/4, BB) and K.C. Herren (1/4, BB) also reached multiple times.
Clayton Hamilton closed out Bakersfield's third consecutive victory with two shutout frames.
W – Turner (2-1)
HR – Greene (2), Lawson (1)
16-5, 1.0 GU
Lefty Derek Holland (2.79 ERA/.205 BAA) surrendered two runs on six hits in four innings of work. He did not factor in the decision.
|Osuna reached base four times. b>|
After seeing his average dip slightly below the .400 mark in his last game, Ian Gac reached the plateau again after going 1-for-2 with a double and two walks.
Shortstop Renny Osuna (.277/.377/.369) singled three times and walked once in five trips to the dish.
Infielders Jonathan Greene (1/3, HR) and Matt Lawson (1/4, HR) each went deep for the L-Kings.
Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Tim Smith (2/5, 2 2B) both doubled.
Although they weren't racking up extra base hits, outfielders Cristian Santana and Miguel Alfonzo combined to drive in five of their team's runs.
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