W – Ramirez (6-3)
SV – Littleton (3)
HR – Cruz (22)
43-36, 5.0 GU
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (.359/.462/.710) helped put the game away with his grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning. He also added an RBI single and his 17th stolen base of the season.
Starter Elizardo Ramirez went 7.1 innings, giving up four runs – three earned – on seven hits. He struck out three without walking a batter.
Joaquin Arias (3/5), Taylor Teagarden (1/2, 2 BB) and Nate Gold (2/3, 2B, BB) all reached base three times.
Reliever Wes Littleton earned his third save by throwing 1.1 innings of hitless ball. He walked one and struck out one.
W – Diamond (2-1)
HR – Fox (5)
6-0, 2.0 GU
Frisco stayed perfect in the second half behind a strong start from Thomas Diamond and yet another explosion from the offense.
Diamond had his best outing since returning from Tommy John surgery. The former first round pick went six innings and gave up just two runs. He surrendered four hits, walked only one, and struck out four. Diamond threw 90 pitches.
The RoughRiders racked up 18 hits on Monday afternoon, but just three went for extra bases.
Third baseman Adam Fox was 3-for-5 with a homer and five runs batted in.
Thomas Berkery (1/3, 3B, 2 BB) and Steve Murphy (2/4, 2B, 2 BB) had the other extra-base knocks. Murphy has walked eight times in his last six games.
Elvis Andrus (3/5, BB) and Dustin Majewski (3/5) both singled three times while Emerson Frostad (2/5, BB), Corey Ragsdale (2/5) and Tim Gradoville (2/4, BB) had two singles.
2-4, 2.0 GB
The Blaze are currently on their All-Star break.
L – Quintero (4-4)
HR – Lawson (2)
1-4, 4.0 GB
Derek Holland (2.92 ERA/.242 BAA) remained unbeaten with his eighth no decision in 14 starts on Monday. The 21-year-old allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without issuing a walk.
Second baseman Matt Lawson (.283/.331/.396) was 2-for-5 with his second home run of the season.
Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B) and Ian Gac (2/4) both had two hits while Mitch Moreland doubled and walked twice.
W – Hurley (1-0)
SV – Springston (1)
5-2, 0.0 GU
Martin Perez allowed one run in four innings, giving up three hits and walking three. The 17-year-old southpaw also struck out three batters.
Second baseman Jake Kaase (2/5, 2B) and first baseman Justin Pickett (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Speedy left fielder Tim Rodriguez was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and his first stolen base of the season.
Shortstop Ed Koncel (1/3, BB) also singled and walked.
Lorena native Cliff Springston got the save by surrendering two runs – one earned – on three hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out two.
W – Wieland (1-0)
HR – De Los Santos (1)
2-0, 0.0 GU
Catcher Leonel De Los Santos is better known for his incredibly strong arm than his bat, but he has made some noise offensively in both AZL games this season.
After hitting a triple in Sunday's season debut, De Los Santos went 2-for-6 with a homer and three runs batted in on Monday.
Levi Romero, 24, made a rehab appearance and tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and struck out five.
Fourth round pick Joe Wieland had a strong professional debut with two shutout frames. The sinkerballer walked one, didn't record a strikeout, and posted a 5:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
Second baseman Edward Martinez was 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles and five runs batted in.
University of Kansas product Erik Morrison (2/5, 2 2B) also doubled twice.
Michael Ortiz (2/6), Johan Yan (2/4, BB) and Jamie McGraw (2/3, 2 BB) all singled twice.
Yan played right field on Monday. He was at first base in Sunday's season opener.
Right-hander Tanner Roark struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work.
W – Rijo (3-0)
SV – Mendoza (1)
12-7, 0.0 GU
Ezequiel Rijo lowered his ERA to a rather ridiculous 0.39 with six shutout innings on Monday. The righty gave up only two hits, walked none, and struck out two.
Catcher Yefry Castillo (2/4) was the only Ranger with multiple hits.
Shortstop Edwin Garcia (1/3, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit.
Francisco Mendoza allowed only one unearned run while striking out four in three innings. He picked up his first save.
L – Bryan (0-2)
9-10, 3.0 GB
Starting pitcher Melvin Bryan walked five batters in 5.2 innings, but he ended up surrendering only one earned run. Bryan gave up three hits and struck out three.
3B Miguel Moreno (1/4, 2B) doubled while CF Ramon Mota (1/3, 3B) tripled.
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