W – Ramirez (7-3)
HR – Cruz (25), Gold (11), Metcalf (2)
47-38, 7.5 GU
Starting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez needed 102 pitches to throw eight innings on Monday. He gave up two runs on five hits, walking none and fanning four.
First baseman Nate Gold hit his second home run in 90 June at-bats. It was his 11th of the season. He also walked.
Nelson Cruz (1/4, HR, BB) and Travis Metcalf (1/4, HR) also hit round-trippers.
Left fielder John Mayberry (1/5, 3B) tripled and catcher Taylor Teagarden singled twice in four at-bats.
L – Diamond (2-2)
HR – Ragsdale (5), Vallejo (1)
9-2, 2.0 GU
Thomas Diamond was roughed up for nine runs in four-plus innings on Monday. He gave up nine hits, walked three, and struck out just one.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo was 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and two walks. He also stole his second base. The home run was Vallejo's first at the Double-A level.
Shortstop Corey Ragsdale (1/4, HR) also homered.
Emerson Frostad (2/4, 2B) and Ben Harrison (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Brennan Garr (4.33 ERA/.257 BAA) struck out two batters in two shutout frames.
Right-hander J.B. Diaz tossed two perfect innings in his Double-A debut. He got one strikeout.
L – Poveda (0-2)
4-7, 4.0 GB
The Blaze played a sloppy one on Monday, as they committed seven errors and gave up 13 hits in the lopsided loss.
Omar Poveda allowed eight of those hits in only 3 2/3 innings. He surrendered six runs while walking none and fanning three.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon went 2-for-4 with his ninth double of the year.
Renny Osuna (2/3) and Mauro Gomez (2/4) also had two hits while Chad Tracy (1/4, 2B) hit his 25th double.
Reliever Hector Nelo walked four batters in one inning in his High-A debut. The righty allowed three runs – all were unearned.
Left-hander Beau Jones punched out two in a hitless ninth inning.
W – Kirkman (1-0)
HR – Greene (10, 11), Santana (8)
4-8, 4.0 GB
With 17 runs on 25 hits, there were a whole lot of offensive stars for the LumberKings on Monday. Every Clinton starter had at least two hits and all reached base at least three times.
Third baseman Jonathan Greene was 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI. Greene's power has been a bit inconsistent this season, but he now has four home runs in his last three contests.
Left fielder Cristian Santana (2/6, HR) put the game out of reach with a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Mitch Moreland (3/6, 2 2B) and Tim Smith (4/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Jose Felix (3/6, 2B) had one two-bagger.
Shortstop Davis Stoneburner was 3-for-6 with a triple.
Engel Beltre (2/5, BB), Matt Lawson (3/6) and Kyle Murphy (2/5, BB) all reached safely three times.
Starter Michael Kirkman took a shutout into the sixth inning, but he gave up four runs while getting two outs in the sixth. In all, he surrendered four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. The lefty walked one and struck out six.
Fabio Castillo moved back to the bullpen and struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to put the game away.
W – Pimentel (2-0)
10-4, 1.0 GU
Carlos Pimentel walked three and struck out just one on Monday, but he ended up surrendering only one run on three hits in five innings.
Left fielder Joey Butler singled three times in three at-bats, raising his average to .528 [19-for-36]. He also reached base on a hit by pitch.
Jared Bolden (1/5, 2B), Justin Pickett (2/5, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano singled twice and walked once.
Korean southpaw Yoon-Hee Nam didn't give up a hit, a walk, or a run in three innings of work. He struck out four batters.
Juan Peralta struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.
4-3, 1.0 GB
The AZL Rangers took Monday off.
W – Gullon (1-1)
SV – Barboza (1)
HR – Salas (2)
16-9, 0.0 GU
Second baseman Roan Salas (.260/.326/.416) was 3-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, and four runs batted in.
Juan Polanco (.266/.431/.418) was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a walk. Polanco has walked 21 times in 25 games played.
Edwin Garcia (2/5, 2B), Tomas Telis (3/4, 2B) and Yefry Castillo (3/6, 2B) also doubled.
Telis has struck out just once in 78 at-bats this season.
Juan Grullon allowed two runs while scattering seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out four.
Reliever Orlando Caraballo struck out the side in a scoreless inning.
Johan Barboza (1.88 ERA/.298 BAA) hurled three shutout innings. He gave up for hits and didn't record a walk or strikeout.
W – Borjas (2-2)
SV – Monegro (1)
11-14, 5.0 GB
Starter Kelvin Borjas provided the Rangers with six strong innings. He permitted one run on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Designated hitter Alex Gonzalez (1/4, 2B) had the team's only extra-base hit. It was his second double.
Junior Payano (2/5) and Domingo Del Rosario (2/4) both singled twice.
Eighteen year old reliever Jose Monegro punched out six in three innings of no-hit ball.
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