W – Nippert (4-1)
SV – Littleton (2)
HR – Metcalf (1)
32-28, 3.0 GU
Oklahoma opened up a three-game lead on New Orleans behind the outstanding pitching of Luis Mendoza and Dustin Nippert.
Mendoza had struggled in his previous rehab outings, but the righty was perfect on Thursday. In four innings pitched, Mendoza retired all 12 batters he faced. He struck out two and recorded nine outs on the ground. Of the 12 batters faced, just one ball was hit in the air.
Dustin Nippert was nearly as good in three innings pitched. He gave up no runs on two hits, walking none and fanning five.
Third baseman Travis Metcalf was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season.
Taylor Teagarden went 1-for-4 with a triple while Joaquin Arias singled twice in four trips.
L – Hodges (5-4)
36-22, 6.0 GU
The scuffling Frisco offense was shut out for just the second time this season on Thursday.
Trey Hodges got the spot-start after Matt Harrison was promoted to Triple-A. Hodges gave up two unearned runs in four innings of work.
The Riders had no extra-base hits on the night. Steve Murphy (2/5), Emerson Frostad (2/3, BB) and Casey Benjamin (2/2, BB) all singled twice.
L – Hyatt (6-1)
34-26, 4.0 GB
Jared Hyatt finally dropped his first game of the season after yielding four runs in five innings of work.
Catcher Manny Pina was Bakersfield's only hitter with multiple hits. He singled twice and drove in a run, raising his average to .276.
Left-hander Beau Jones returned from the disabled list – this time in a relief role – and gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings. He allowed two hits and walked one without striking out a hitter.
Jones had been inactive since his fourth start of the season, which game on April 22.
L – Dennis (2-2)
39-17, 5.5 GU
It appears that Clinton has hit their first slump of the season. The L-Kings have lost five of their last six games to the division's two last place clubs.
Starter Derek Holland lasted five innings, surrendering two runs on six hits. He walked three and fanned four.
Red-hot second baseman Matt Lawson was 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in.
Right fielder David Paisano returned from a hamstring injury that landed him on the DL for a month and a half. He was 1-for-4 with a double.
Paisano sat out most of spring training because of his hamstring, but broke came on Clinton's active roster. He played in nine games, going 4-for-27 at the plate before going to Surprise for more rehab.
Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B, BB) and Tim Smith (1/2, 2B, BB) each doubled and walked.
W – Garcia (1-0)
L – Urbina (0-1)
SV – Peralta (1)
Well this certainly makes the writeup easier, if not a little confusing.
For team 1, CF Ariel Ventura went 2-for-4 with a pair of triples.
Starter Raul Mayora allowed three runs, two earned, in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Relievers Melvin Bryan (1.1 IP) and Reynaldo Alvarez (1 IP) tossed hitless ball.
Julio Gonzalez (2/4, 3B, BB), Alfredo Chalas (2/4, BB), Juvenal Lara (2/4, 2B) and Luis Cabrera (2/4) all chipped in with multiple hits for team 2.
Team 2 starter Orlando Caraballo gave up three runs, two earned, in four innings. He also walked two and struck out four. It was better than his first outing of the season, in which he walked all three batters he faced.
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