L – Fukumori (0-5)
HR – Arias (6)
65-57, 5.0 GU
The quickly shrinking Oklahoma led fell to five games on Sunday, as they dropped their fifth consecutive game.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis was excellent in his rehab outing, hurling three hitless innings. He walked two and struck out four while throwing 45 pitches.
It all fell apart in the fourth inning, when Kazuo Fukumori coughed up seven runs in one inning of work. His ERA ballooned to 4.68.
Leadoff hitter Joaquin Arias (.290/.323/.413) went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk.
Chris Shelton (2/4, 2B), Nate Gold (1/3, 2B, BB), Ryan Roberts (1/5, 2B), John Mayberry (2/5, 2B) and Nick Trzesniak (2/3, 2B, BB) all doubled.
Casey Benjamin was 1-for-4 with his third triple of the year.
Benjamin also took the mound in order to record the final out of the eighth inning for the RedHawks.
L – Millwood (0-1)
29-20, 1.0 GU
The scuffling Frisco offense was held scoreless for the second consecutive game on Sunday.
Kevin Millwood threw 74 pitches in four innings in his rehab start. He allowed two runs – one earned – on five hits, walking two and striking out six.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.279/.324/.401) was 1-for-4 with a double. It was the team's only extra-base hit.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus (1/3, BB) singled, walked, and stole his 46th base of the season.
Relievers J.B. Diaz and John Bannister tossed two scoreless innings apiece.
L – Reed (6-8)
21-28, 8.0 GB
Evan Reed took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but as seems to be the norm for him, he was done in by one really bad inning.
The big right-hander surrendered eight runs while recording only two outs in the fifth inning. He ended up going 4 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Catcher Chris Gradoville and third baseman John Whittleman both went 2-for-4 with a double. Whittleman extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Centerfielder Truan Mehl (1/3, BB) singled, walked and drove in two runs while first baseman Ian Gac (2/4) had a pair of base hits in four at-bats.
Josh Giles (3.70 ERA/.253 BAA) didn't record a punchout in 2 1/3 innings, but he also allowed no runs.
Josh Lueke fanned all three batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth inning. He now has 58 strikeouts in 48 innings with the Blaze this season.
L – Turner (5-2)
25-24, 5.5 GB
Ryan Tatusko (4.55 ERA/.254 BAA) allowed five runs on 10 hits in five innings of work. He walked one and struck out seven.
Left fielder Tim Smith (.297/.361/.428) moved into the leadoff spot and moved his hitting streak up to 10 games by going 2-for-4 with a double.
Jonathan Greene, who was 1-for-3, also doubled.
CF Engel Beltre (2/5), 1B Mitch Moreland (2/5) and C Jose Felix (2/4) singled a pair of times.
Former Auburn Tiger Chris Dennis (1.41 ERA/.228 BAA) struck out four batters while surrendering one hit in 1.2 shutout frames.
L – Bleier (3-5)
HR – West (3)
37-16, 6.0 GU
It appears that Richard Bleier has hit a bit of a wall. After being one of the Northwest League's most dominant pitchers in the early going, the left-hander has posted a 7.40 ERA over his last five starts.
On Sunday, Bleier gave up three runs in four innings of work. He walked two and struck out four.
Third baseman Matt West (.282/.393/.390) brought home one of Spokane's runs with a solo home run in the ninth inning. He also drew a walk in the contest.
Centerfielder David Paisano (1/4, 2B) hit his 15th double.
W – King (3-1)
9-3, 0.0 GU
Hector Nelo (4.01 ERA/.301 BAA) got the starting nod and pitched four scoreless innings for the Rookie Rangers. He allowed two hits while walking four and fanning four.
Jacksonville State product Justin King (2.49 ERA/.138 BAA) was strong in relief of the righty, as he yielded one run in three innings. He struck out five.
Shortstop Leury Garcia singled three times and drove in a pair of runs in four at-bats.
Third baseman Johan Yan (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while Clark Murphy (1/4, BB), Aja Barto (1/3, BB) and Edward Martinez (1/3, BB) all singled and walked.
The Rangers stole seven bases in eight attempts during the game.
Pitchers Tyler Tufts and Cody Eppley both struck out two batters in one scoreless inning.
39-19, 0.5 GB
The DSL was off on Sunday.
19-40, 21.0 GB
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