W – Littleton (6-1)
HR – Cruz (23), Arias (2)
44-36, 5.5 GU
Steven Rowe (3.88 ERA/.307 BAA) gave the RedHawks six strong innings on Tuesday night. The Texas Tech product gave up two runs on six hits. He struck out four without issuing a walk.
Right fielder Nelson Cruz (1/4, HR) went hard while John Mayberry (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled.
A combination of Brian Gordon (1 IP), Warner Madrigal (2 IP) and Kazuo Fukumori (2 IP) held the Express scoreless for five innings.
Reliever Wes Littleton allowed a run in the top of the 12th, but shortstop Joaquin Arias (.291/.313/.390) won the game with a two-run shot – his second of the season – in the bottom of the frame.
6-0, 2.0 GU
The ‘Riders are on their All-Star break. A host of Frisco players will be in Springfield for Wednesday's All-Star Game.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo was the only Bakersfield player participating in the game. He struck out in his only at-bat.
L – Tatusko (1-5)
HR – Santana (7)
1-5, 5.0 GB
For the second night in a row, Clinton lost a late-game lead due to sloppy play. On Tuesday night, the LumberKings made six errors and there could have been more.
On the bright side, Blake Beavan went six strong, giving up only two runs – one earned – on four hits. He walked two and struck out three.
First baseman Mitch Moreland (.323/.395/.509) went 3-for-4 with two triples and four runs batted in.
Left fielder Cristian Santana (.219/.299/.409) was 2-for-4 with a monster solo home run that sailed over the left-center field fence.
W – Kirkman (1-1)
HR – Fry (3)
6-2, 0.0 GU
Michael Kirkman continued to be lights out on Tuesday night. The left-hander tossed five scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and walking just one. He struck out five.
In 40.1 innings between Spokane and Single-A Clinton last season, Kirkman issued 37 walks. In 18 innings between those two levels this year, he's walked just six.
Right fielder Eric Fry (.385/.448/.769) was 3-for-4 with a home run. He has three home runs in seven games.
Second baseman Jason Ogata (2/4, 3B, BB) tripled and walked while leadoff man Jake Kaase (4/5) singled four times.
Florida State product and first baseman Dennis Guinn singled twice in four trips in his professional debut.
Third round pick Tim Murphy had a rocky pro debut. He recorded just two outs, giving up two runs on three walks and a home run.
Relievers Dustin Brader (1.1 IP) and Corey Young (2 IP) tossed scoreless ball to finish the victory.
L – Main (0-1)
2-1, 0.5 GB
Michael Main was understandably rusty in his first start back from his rib injury. The fireballing right-hander allowed five runs – just two earned – in 2.1 innings. He surrendered three hits while walking and striking out one apiece.
The AZL Rangers offense gathered just four hits, all of which were singles.
LF Adam Cobb (2/4), CF Chris Dove (1/4), and C Kevin Torres (1/1) had the knocks. The hit was Torres' first in his first professional at-bat.
Third baseman Johan Yan was 0-for-1 with a pair of walks.
Pitchers Tyler Tufts (2 IP), Cody Eppley (1.1 IP) and Bobby Wilkins (1 IP) all threw scoreless relief.
W – Barboza (1-0)
13-7, 1.0 GU
Juan Grullon allowed two runs on three hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking four and fanning six.
1B Stanly Vizcaino (2/5, 2B), LF Jhonny Gomez (1/5, 2B) and 3B Keury Arias (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled for the Rangers.
Shortstop Edwin Garcia singled twice in four at-bats.
L – Borjas (1-2)
9-11, 4.0 GB
Starter Kelvin Borjas struggled with control, as he walked five batters in three innings. The hurler didn't strike a batter out and he gave up five runs – four earned – on five hits.
RF Edward Ceballo (2/3) and Ramon Mota (2/4) both singled twice.
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