W – Maeda (2-3)
HR – Cruz (21), Gold (10), Davis (8, 9), Teagarden (5), Meyer (2)
40-34, 3.0 GU
The bad news on Wednesday was that Elizardo Ramirez served up eight runs on 10 hits in only 2.1 innings.
The good news is that the RedHawks combined to hit six home runs in the game.
|Davis added two more home runs. b>|
Nelson Cruz (.348/.451/.704) was just as good. The right fielder was 4-for-5 with a double, a homer and three runs batted in.
Taylor Teagarden (1/4, HR, BB), Nate Gold (2/4, HR) and Drew Meyer (2/4, HR) also added homers from the 7-8-9 spots in the lineup.
Left-hander Bill White (5.53 ERA/.271 BAA) fanned three batters in 1.2 perfect innings of relief.
Wes Littleton finished it off with two punchouts in a scoreless inning.
Oklahoma's pitchers combined to strike out 13 batters in the game.
W – Puffer (5-0)
HR – Berkery (3, 4)
44-27, 5.0 GU
Thomas Diamond had a rough first inning. In that frame, the hurler gave up four hits and walked two batters, leading to three earned runs.
|Berkery wasn't going to be topped by Chris Davis. b>|
In all, Diamond surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings pitched. He walked three and struck out four.
Infielder Thomas Berkery (.256/.333/.463) socked a pair of solo home runs, including the game-winning shot in the top of the ninth inning.
Steve Murphy (2/4, BB), Ben Harrison (2/2, 2 BB) and Casey Benjamin (2/3, BB) all singled twice.
Brandon Puffer earned his fifth victory of the season – against no losses – with two shutout frames. He fanned two.
W – Giles (1-1)
SV – Jones (1)
HR – Gerrard (6), Gomez (4)
1-2, 1.0 GB
|Gomez won the game with a long ball. b>|
Grant Gerrard (2/3, HR, BB) belted his sixth home run of the year.
Left fielder K.C. Herren tripled and walked. The three-bagger was just Herren's fourth extra-base hit of the season.
Starter Evan Reed surrendered three runs in five innings. He allowed four hits, walked four, and struck out four.
Josh Giles and Beau Jones each pitched two scoreless innings. Giles recorded three punchouts while Jones fanned two.
41-26, 2.5 GU
The LumberKings begin their season's second half on Thursday evening.
L – Perez (0-1)
HR – Fry (1)
1-1, 0.0 GU
Martin Perez turned 17-years-old in April, but that didn't stop him from pitching well in the college-product heavy Northwest League on Wednesday night.
|Fry provided Spokane's only run. b>|
Perez also struck out the side in his second ever professional inning. He fanned a pair of 22-year-olds and a 21-year-old.
Hard-throwing righty Matt Nevarez pitched in his first game outside of the AZL since being taken by the Rangers in the 10th round of the 2005 MLB Draft.
Nevarez walked three batters and uncorked a pair of wild pitches in 1.1 innings. He gave up one run on one hit, striking out two.
Right fielder Eric Fry supplied Spokane's lone run with a solo homer. He also singled.
Ryan Schlecht walked two, but didn't allow a run or a hit in 1.2 innings.
Left-handed reliever Yoon-Hee Nam punched out two in a shutout frame.
W – Mendoza (1-0)
10-6, 1.0 GU
Anyenil Mendoza (0.93 ERA/.250 BAA) hurled five scoreless innings in his start against the DSL Astros, holding them to only two hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Juan Polanco (3/5, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit with his third double of the year.
Backstop Tomas Telis (.314/.383/.451) was 1-for-2 with a walk. Telis has drawn seven walks while striking out just one time in 51 official at-bats this season.
Johan Barboza and Jonathan Rojas both threw two innings to complete the shutout.
L – De La Cruz (1-2)
8-8, 2.0 GB
The Rangers were touched up for 16 runs on 20 hits – including three home runs – on Wednesday morning.
Starting pitcher Michael De La Cruz gave up six runs in four innings, but the bullpen didn't fare much better.
DH Alison Perez (1/5, 2B) and C Gilberto Guarucano (1/3, 2B, BB) each added their first double of the season.
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