L – Maeda (1-1)
HR – Gold (6)
18-10, 1.5 GU
John Mayberry continued his hot start in Triple-A on Thursday, as he was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run and a walk. Mayberry has five hits in 11 at-bats since his promotion.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis surrendered four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out two.
First baseman Nate Gold (.235/.371/.506) went 1-for-4 with a home run and a walk. Gold walked just 40 times in 122 games last season, but he has already drawn 18 free passes in 23 games this year.
Joaquin Arias singled twice, committed two errors, and stole his sixth base of the season.
Scuffling relievers Kameron Loe (1.1 IP) and Kea Kometani (2 IP) each threw scoreless relief.
W – Hodges (4-1)
SV – Madrigal (9)
HR – Davis (7)
19-7, 3.5 GU
Frisco jumped on the Missions early on Thursday, taking an 11-1 lead into the bottom of the second inning.
San Antonio made a late rally, even bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning. But closer Warner Madrigal retired both batters he faced to get out of the jam.
First baseman Chris Davis (.320/.362/.588) went 3-for-5 with a home run – his seventh – and four runs batted in.
Elvis Andrus, who was 1-for-4 with a walk, drove in three runs.
Max Ramirez (.364/.452/.636) went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI.
Not to be outdone, left fielder Steve Murphy (.348/.404/.554) reached base five times, getting two singles and three walks.
Ben Harrison (1/4, 2 BB), Emerson Frostad (1/4, BB), Dustin Majewski (0/3, 2 BB) and Corey Ragsdale (1/4, BB) also reached base multiple times. Harrison and Ragsdale each stole a base.
Aside from Madrigal, reliever Brandon Puffer was the only pitching star of the night. He allowed just one run in three innings in his appearance.
L – Reed (1-1)
15-13, 5.0 GB
Julio Borbon extended his modest hitting streak to seven games while raising his batting average to .284. He went 1-for-3 with a double and two walks. The Tennessee product also stole his seventh base.
Starting pitcher Evan Reed uncharacteristically issued four walks in 2.1 innings. The free passes burned him, as he ended up allowing six runs on six hits. He struck out four.
Grant Gerrard (1/5, 2B), John Whittleman (1/3, 2B, BB), and Chris Gradoville (1/4, 2B) also doubled for Bakersfield.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon singled and walked twice.
Pitching in his first High-A game, Josh Lueke surrendered two runs on three hits in one inning. He struck out two.
18-5, 2.0 GU
The first-place LumberKings travel to Kane County to take on the second-place Cougars for a three-game weekend series beginning on Friday.
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