W – Ballard (2-3)
SV – Diaz (2)
69-59, 8.0 GU
Left-hander Mike Ballard earned his second Triple-A victory by pitching five innings and allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out five without walking a batter.
Left fielder John Mayberry (.323/.333/.484 in August) was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him a total of 37 on the season.
Kevin Richardson (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) and Ryan Roberts (2/4, 2B) also doubled. Roberts extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He is batting .378 in 25 games since the PCL All-Star break.
Joaquin Arias (2/5), Drew Meyer (0/3, 2 BB), Nate Gold (1/4, BB) and Craig Gentry (1/3, BB) all reached twice.
DH Chris Shelton didn't get a hit, but he walked three times.
Reliever Yukinaga Maeda tossed 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief before handing it over to Joselo Diaz, who kept the Royals off the board for the game's final 1 1/3 frames. Diaz fanned three.
W – Puffer (7-0)
SV – Laughter (9)
HR – Tracy (2)
32-22, 0.0 GU
Michael Schlact was effective in his return from the disabled list, posting his best start since July 1.
The right-hander went five innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Brandon Puffer earned his seventh victory of the season with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
First baseman Chad Tracy smoked a two-run homer off Naturals starter Rowdy Hardy in the sixth inning.
Elvis Andrus (1/3, BB) and Julio Borbon (2/4) both reached base twice.
L – Kiker (5-4)
23-32, 10.0 GB
Kasey Kiker (4.18 ERA/.275 BAA) yielded three runs – one earned – in five innings pitched. He allowed three hits while walking three and punching out five.
Right-handed reliever Josh Lueke fanned three in two shutout innings.
Catcher Chris Gradoville singled three times in four at-bats. He now has a 12-game hitting streak and is batting .511 [24-for-47] over that stretch.
Marcus Lemon (1/4), Renny Osuna (1/3, BB) and Ian Gac (1/4) combined for Bakersfield's other three hits.
Josh Giles struck out three while tossing two scoreless frames.
W – Main (2-1)
HR – Moreland (15)
28-27, 5.5 GB
Michael Main allowed three solo home runs on Saturday, but he was still able to pitch into the seventh inning. He went 6.2 frames, giving up four runs – three earned – on five hits. He struck out eight without giving out a walk.
Over his last three starts, Main has struck out 23 batters in 17 innings.
First baseman Mitch Moreland (.308/.388/.515) went 2-for-4 with his 15th home run of the season.
Engel Beltre (4/5, 2B), Matt Lawson (3/5, 2B) and Miguel Alfonzo (2/4, 2B) all doubled.
Shortstop Andres James was 2-for-4 with his first triple of the year.
Tim Smith singled once in four at-bats, bringing his hitting streak to 16 games.
W – Ramirez (1-1)
HR – Ogata (1)
39-19, 5.0 GU
The Indians had just one hit in the game. It came in the form of a Jason Ogata solo home run.
Neil Ramirez got the starting nod and allowed just one run in 2.2 innings, but he issued five free passes.
Right-hander Juan Peralta was solid in relief, pitching three scoreless innings. He struck out two.
L – Nelo (1-3)
HR – Yan (1)
10-7, 3.5 GB
Hector Nelo allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in just two innings of work on Saturday.
Third baseman Johan Yan (.246/.317/.365) was 1-for-4, but he connected on his first home run of the season. He was a three-run shot over the left field fence.
Alejandro Selen (1/4, 2B), Leonel De Los Santos (1/4, 2B) and Jamie McGraw (2/5, 2B) all doubled.
Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza singled twice in five at-bats.
Tall right-hander Ben Henry yielded one unearned run in 3.2 innings. The South Carolina native allowed only one hit while walking three and striking out one.
43-19, 3.5 GU
Saturday's game was rained out.
L – Marinez (0-2)
HR – Mota (3)
22-42, 22.0 GB
Starting pitcher Yeiser Marinez lasted just one-third of an inning. He allowed two runs on two walks.
Centerfielder Ramon Mota (.292/.364/.479 in August) had a career-best game, going 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, a walk, and five runs batted in.
Right fielder Edward Ceballo (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Miguel Montes de Oca (2/5, BB) and Alfredo Chalas (2/5, BB) singled twice.
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