W – Littleton (3-1)
HR – Mayberry (6), Davis (3)
34-31, 1.0 GU
Luis Mendoza took one step closer to the Majors on Tuesday.
The native of Mexico tossed four more scoreless innings, giving up three hits and a walk. Mendoza fanned five batters.
Left fielder John Mayberry (.298/.359/.532) was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in.
First baseman Chris Davis (.291/.361/.527) also went hard. He was 1-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
Lefty Yukinaga Maeda was impressive in relief of Mendoza, as he struck out five of the six batters he faced. Maeda did not allow a baserunner in two innings.
The RedHawks won the game on a walkoff steal of home by second baseman Joaquin Arias. The steal was Arias' 14th.
W – Hodges (6-4)
SV – Garr (2)
HR – Ramirez (15), Murphy (9)
39-24, 5.0 GU
The ‘Riders have become well-known throughout the Texas League this season for their excruciatingly long games.
But Tuesday night's contest was especially bad. The nine inning affair officially lasted three hours and 51 minutes.
First baseman Max Ramirez (.360/.451/.650) helped pave the way offensively by going 1-for-3 with a homer, three walks, and three RBI.
DH Steve Murphy (2/5, HR) also hit a home run.
Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B, 2 BB) doubled and walked twice.
Craig Gentry (2/5, BB), Adam Fox (2/3, 2 BB) and Thomas Berkery (2/5) all singled twice.
Trey Hodges got the starting nod and surrendered four runs on four hits in five innings.
Brennan Garr (5.50 ERA/.282 BAA) earned the save with 2 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out three.
L – Hyatt (6-2)
HR – Whittleman (6)
35-30, 6.0 GB
John Whittleman (.258/.361/.415) provided all of Bakersfield's offensive punch on Tuesday evening. The third baseman hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth, but it was too little, too late for the Blaze.
Starter Jared Hyatt gave up 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings, leading to four earned runs. He struck out six without walking a batter.
Left-hander Beau Jones (4.76 ERA/.272 BAA) struck out five hitters in 2.1 innings of relief. He gave up one single and didn't walk a batter.
Julio Borbon (2/4, 2B) hit his 18th double of the season.
W – Holland (6-0)
40-21, 3.5 GU
Derek Holland (2.91 ERA/.247 BAA) issued four walks in six innings, but he was nearly unhittable. The lefty gave up only two hits, helping him preserve the shutout through six. Holland struck out five.
The L-Kings were able to piece together 10 runs despite having only two extra-base hits on the night.
The extra-base knocks were doubles off the bats of Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Ian Gac (1/3, 2B).
Renny Osuna (2/4), Tim Smith (2/5), and Carlos Dominguez (2/4) all singled twice.
Right fielder Mitch Moreland singled and walked twice.
W – Mendoza (1-0)
SV – Rojas (1)
HR – Polanco (2), Solis (1)
6-3, 0.5 GU
Emmanuel Solis (.265/.342/.412) had his best game of the young DSL Rangers season, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and a walk.
Solis, who turns 19 later this month, batted .205 in 45 games for the AZL Rangers last summer.
Right fielder Juan Polanco (.258/.410/.484) was 2-for-3 with a walk and his second homer of the year.
Leadoff man and catcher Juvenal Lara was 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three RBI.
Starting pitcher Juan Grullon [not to be confused with Geuris Grullon] allowed only one unearned run in four innings. He spread out three hits, walked four, and struck out seven.
Relievers Francisco Mendoza (3 IP) and Jonathan Rojas (2 IP) combined to allow zero earned runs.
L – Borjas (0-1)
3-6, 3.0 GB
It was an ugly game for the Rangers. The pitching staff struggled and the offense collected no extra-base hits.
About the only thing of note in this game is the performance of third baseman Miguel Moreno. The native of Venezuela was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
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