31-28, 2.0 GU
The RedHawks go on the road to face New Orleans (29-30) on Thursday evening.
L – Schlact (2-5)
36-21, 7.0 GU
Although he was pitching without his best stuff, Michael Schlact took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Wednesday. The hurler struggled in the sixth, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk before being lifted for reliever Brennan Garr.
Schlact didn't strike out a batter in the 5.2 inning outing. It was his first K-less game since a two inning appearance with the AZL Rangers on August 8, 2004.
Left fielder Steve Murphy (2/3, 2B, BB) and second baseman Thomas Berkery (2/4, 2B) each doubled.
Brennan Garr struck out two and allowed two hits in 1.1 scoreless frames.
Left-hander Zack Parker finished it off with his best outing of the year. After allowing a leadoff walk, he got a jamshot 4-6-3 double play before freezing Kyle Blanks on a changeup for a strikeout looking.
L – Hamilton (1-1)
34-25, 4.0 GB
Lefty Kasey Kiker (4.42 ERA/.263 BAA) cruised on Wednesday, surrendering only three singles in seven scoreless innings. Kiker struck out six while giving out one free pass.
DH Chad Tracy (1/3, 2B, BB) had Bakersfield's only extra-base hit.
Julio Borbon and Truan Mehl each went 2-for-5.
Borbon stole his 23rd and 24th bases of the season while Vallejo swiped his 23rd.
L – Feliz (5-2)
39-16, 5.5 GU
It was bound to happen. Neftali Feliz finally gave up his first home run of the season.
The hard-throwing righty, who was reportedly sitting between 95-97 mph with his fastball, surrendered three runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. He struck out five without walking a batter.
Tim Smith (2/3), Miguel Alfonzo (1/2, BB) and Matt Lawson (1/3, BB) had Clinton's only hits.
W – Rijo (1-0)
SV – Mendoza (1)
2-2, 1.0 GB
Young starter Ezequiel Rijo, 17, only struck out one batter in five innings, but he was plenty effective. The 6-foot-4 righty surrendered one run on three hits, walking two batters.
Catcher Tomas Telis singled twice and knocked in a game-high three runs.
CF Ariel Ventura (2/3, 2B) and 2B Alex Gonzalez (2/4) had two singles apiece.
The Rangers had no extra-base hits on the day.
Five-foot-nine lefty Carlos Rosario bounced back from a rocky first outing to post two shutout frames. He struck out three without allowing a hit.
L – De La Cruz (0-1)
HR – Mota (1)
1-3, 2.0 GB
Starting pitcher Michael De La Cruz was doomed by his second inning, in which he coughed up five runs. The righty went two total innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits.
Cristian Zapata put out the fire in a hurry with 3.1 shutout innings. He scattered three hits.
Switch-hitting centerfielder Ramon Mota was 1-for-2 with a walk and a solo homer. Mota, who turns 18 in July, is 5-for-13 with a double, a triple, and a single in his first four games of the season.
Reliever Yeiser Marinez punched out five in two scoreless frames.
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