W – Rowe (2-2)
HR – Cruz (20), Davis (4)
36-31, 3.0 GB
After seeing their division lead cut to nothing, a nice four-game winning streak has run the RedHawks' lead back up to three games.
First baseman Chris Davis (.323/.400/.597) was 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a walk. He now has four walks in his last five games.
DH Nelson Cruz hit a three-run home run in the third inning. He also singled and worked a free pass.
Starting pitcher Steven Rowe surrendered three runs on nine hits in five innings to earn his third victory. He walked three and struck out three.
Kea Kometani didn't surrender a run [or a hit] in 1.2 innings despite issuing three walks. He struck out one.
Jason Ellison and Joaquin Arias each singled three times while John Mayberry had two singles in five at-bats.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
W – Ballard (5-3)
40-25, 6.0 GB
The ‘Riders pushed across 15 runs without the benefit of a home run on Thursday night as they cruised to the first half title.
Starting pitcher Mike Ballard (4.20 ERA/.313 BAA) needed only 86 pitches to complete seven innings. He gave up no runs on four hits while walking one and fanning five.
Ballard has surrendered two earned runs in 21.2 innings over his last three outings.
Left fielder Ben Harrison (.303/.401/.537) was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him 11 on the season.
Catcher Emerson Frostad was 2-for-5 with his 16th double of the year.
Steve Murphy (.291/.327/.519) went 2-for-4 with a triple – his fourth – a walk, and three runs batted in.
Craig Gentry (2/5), Elvis Andrus (2/5), and Corey Ragsdale (2/4, BB) all singled twice.
Lefty Zack Parker fanned one in a scoreless inning while Joselo Diaz punched out two in a 1-2-3 ninth.
L – Giles (0-1)
35-32, 6.0 GB
Bakersfield starter Zach Phillips (5.77 ERA/.264 BAA) permitted three runs on six hits – all singles – in six innings on Thursday. He struck out seven while walking two batters.
Truan Mehl (2/5, 2B) and J.T. Restko (1/5, 2B) both doubled for the Blaze.
Julio Borbon (2/5) singled twice while John Whittleman (1/3, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.
Outfielder K.C. Herren was 0-for-2, but he walked three times.
40-22, 2.5 GB
Thursday's series finale was rained out. Clinton will be playing a doubleheader against Wisconsin starting Friday evening.
L – Rojas (2-1)
HR – Salas (1)
6-5, 1.0 GB
Second baseman Roan Salas (.209/.244/.326) had the big blast of the day for the DSL Rangers, as he hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. He was 1-for-3.
Starting pitcher Orlando Caraballo allowed four runs – just one earned – on six hits in 3.1 innings. He walked six and struck out five.
W – Mayora (1-0)
5-6, 2.0 GB
Left-hander Raul Mayora was brilliant for the Dominican Rangers on Thursday, as he allowed only two hits and two walks in six shutout innings. The 21-year-old struck out 10 batters.
Centerfielder Ramon Mota (.231/.375/.436) was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
Designated hitter Domingo De Rosario singled and walked twice.
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