L – Ballard (1-2)
63-49, 10.0 GU
Left-hander Mike Ballard struggled a bit in his third Triple-A start, giving up five runs in 6 2/3 innings. He managed to scatter 12 hits while striking out one and walking zero.
Third baseman Travis Metcalf (.244/.294/.347) singled four times in four trips to the plate.
Second baseman Drew Meyer (.281/.356/.396) was nearly as good, getting three singles in four at-bats.
Jason Ellison (1/3, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit while Joaquin Arias (1/5) singled and drove in a pair of runs.
Relief pitchers Kea Kometani (1.1 IP) and Yukinaga Maeda (1 IP) didn't allow any hits or runs in their outings.
Catcher Max Ramirez left the game after suffering what is being reported as a hip flexor strain while running the bases.
L – Diamond (3-3)
23-16, 1.5 GU
Joaquin Benoit finally had a good rehab outing, as he struck out two batters in a perfect 16-pitch first inning.
Thomas Diamond followed by yielding four runs on five hits in four innings. He walked two and fanned four. Diamond allowed all four of his runs in one inning.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus (.337/.390/.435 in July) singled, walked twice, and drove in two runs.
Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.298/.331/.395) singled twice and stole his eighth base in 13 tries with the ‘Riders.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo was 1-for-5 with his ninth double.
Reliever Alfredo Gonzalez gave up one run in three innings of work. He struck out four.
Beau Jones walked two batters in one inning in his second Double-A appearance, but he didn't surrender a hit or a run.
L – Reed (6-6)
HR – Tracy (9, 10)
17-22, 5.5 GB
The Blaze didn't get much offense on Wednesday night, but Chad Tracy was able to supply most of it.
The left fielder, who was 3-for-4, had 75 percent of Bakersfield's hits. He smoked two solo home runs during the game, giving him 10 on the year and four in his last eight games.
Catcher Chris Gradoville (1/3, 2B) doubled for the other hit.
Starter Evan Reed allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings of work. He gave up five hits, walked three, and struck out three.
Josh Giles struck out four batters in two shutout innings. Ever since a rocky April in which he coughed up 15 runs in 14 innings, Giles has posted a 2.08 ERA with 50 strikeouts in 39 innings.
L – Tatusko (2-8)
20-19, 2.0 GB
Ryan Tatusko posted a quality start for the L-Kings, giving his club six innings with three earned runs allowed. He yielded eight hits and struck out five while walking one.
The Clinton offense had just two hits on the night. They were singles from Engel Beltre (1/4) and Mitch Moreland (1/3).
Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo was 0-for-1 with two walks. He has five free passes in his last four games.
32-10, 6.0 GU
The Indians enjoyed an extremely rare day off on Wednesday.
3-0, 0.5 GU
The little Rangers took Wednesday off.
W – Caraballo (3-1)
33-17, 2.0 GB
Starter Orlando Caraballo permitted just one run in seven innings of work on Wednesday. He allowed four hits, walked three, and struck out two.
Third baseman Emmanuel Solis (1/4, 2B) and left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, 2B) combined for the team's two extra-base hits.
Right fielder Juan Polanco (.275/.411/.431) and shortstop Edwin Garcia (.287/.366/.327) both had a pair of base hits.
Right-handed hurler Johan Barboza (1.09 ERA/.290 BAA) tossed two shutout innings, recording one punchout.
L – Zapata (0-1)
19-31, 16.0 GB
The Rangers lost despite a solid effort from Melvin Bryan, who remained winless on the season.
The 21-year-old gave up only one run on two hits in six innings. He fanned five while issuing four free passes.
Second baseman Domingo Del Rosario (1/4, 3B) hit his second triple and third baseman Miguel Moreno (2/4, 2B) had his seventh double.
Right fielder Alex Gonzalez singled twice in three at-bats.
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