W – Fukumori (1-5)
HR – Shelton (11), Benjamin (7), Ramirez (2)
73-64, 9.5 GU
Tommy Hunter had a rare bout with control on Monday, but he was still able to keep the Express off the board for 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander surrendered four hits, walked four, and struck out five.
Casey Benjamin (1/6, HR), Max Ramirez (2/6, HR) and Chris Shelton (2/6, HR) all hit home runs, but Shelton's blast was the most meaningful. He led off the top of the 12th inning with the game-winning solo home run.
Nate Gold (2/6, 2B) and John Mayberry (2/6, 2B) both doubled while Ryan Roberts (2/6) and Travis Metcalf (2/6) both singled twice.
Centerfielder Drew Meyer, who was 1-for-3, had to be helped off the field after injuring his left leg while sliding into second base. Craig Gentry took over and reached on a single and a walk in his two plate appearances.
Kazuo Fukumori hurled scoreless innings in the 11th and 12th frames to earn his first victory of the season.
L – Laughter (2-2)
39-24, 1.0 GB
Zack Parker (3.56 ERA/.252 BAA) struggled with control for the second consecutive start, but he still held the RockHounds to two runs in 5.1 innings. Although Parker walked five, he allowed just two hits and struck out three.
Smoking hot first baseman Chad Tracy (.338/.389/.508 in 65 Double-A at-bats) singled three times and drove in one run in five at-bats. He has at least three base hits in four of his last six contests.
Steve Murphy (2/4, 2B) and Manny Pina (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus (2/4, BB), DH John Whittleman (2/5) and third baseman Adam Fox (2/3, BB) all singled twice.
Andrus, who now has a 12-game hitting streak, is batting .313 in 23 August games. He has batted .318 since the beginning of June.
Relievers John Bannister and Andrew Laughter both struggled, posting identical lines. The hurlers gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. They both fanned two.
Laughter had a 2.84 ERA on August 13, but eight earned runs allowed in his last three outings [4.2 IP] have caused his earned run average to balloon to 4.15.
L – Reed (7-10)
HR – Gac (12)
24-40, 15.0 GB
Evan Reed continued his inconsistent ways on Monday, as he yielded six runs on six hits and four walks in just three innings pitched.
First baseman Ian Gac provided one of the lone bright spots of the evening with his two-run home run in the eighth inning. It was his 31st home run of the season and his 12th with the Blaze.
Renny Osuna (1/5, 2B) and Grant Gerrard (1/4, 2B) both doubled while Truan Mehl (2/5) and Erik Morrison (2/4) had two singles apiece.
W – Turner (6-3)
HR – Smith (11, 12)
32-31, 7.5 GB
Tim Smith's big month continued on Monday, as he went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four runs batted in.
Smith entered this month with six home runs on the season, but he has blasted six home runs in 95 at-bats in August alone.
Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.301/.323/.426 in the second half) was 3-for-5 with his 26th double of the year.
Miguel Alfonzo (1/3, 3B, BB) hit his first triple.
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman surrendered five runs – one earned – in four innings pitched. He gave up six hits while walking three and striking out three.
Left-hander Ryan Turner (2.70 ERA/.271 BAA) came to the rescue by allowing just one unearned run in five innings of relief work. He struck out four without walking a batter.
Turner has not given up a home run in 66.2 innings pitched this season.
Matt Lawson (2/3, BB), Mitch Moreland (2/4) and Carlos Dominguez (2/4) all singled twice.
DH Justin Smoak singled, walked, and drove in a run.
W – Perez (1-1)
SV – Schlecht (4)
44-23, 5.0 GB
Martin Perez (3.88 ERA/.278 BAA) has pitched well for most of the summer, but he has rarely worked the requisite five innings to earn a victory.
On Monday, the 17-year-old lefty picked up his first professional win after tossing five scoreless innings. He gave up four hits while walking two and fanning four.
The top two hitters in the Spokane order, LF Jared Bolden (3/5, 3B) and 2B Jake Kaase (2/3, 3B) both tripled.
After a slow start, Bolden is batting .279 with 10 doubles, three triples and three home runs over the last two months. He has also drawn 28 walks in that span.
Eric Fry (1/4, 2B) and Matt West (1/5, 2B) both hit two-baggers.
Reliever Ryan Schlecht (1.59 ERA/.187 BAA) fanned three in 2.2 shutout frames.
13-11, 5.0 GB
Hector Nelo (4.04 ERA/.301 BAA) lost despite turning in one of his better outings as a starting pitcher.
The 21-year-old limited the AZL Angels to one run on six hits in five innings. He punched out three without issuing a walk.
Angels starter Kyle Hurst shut the Rangers out for all 6.1 innings of the rain-shortened game, allowing only four base hits.
The hits came from Jamie McGraw (2/3), Mike Hollander (1/3) and Edward Martinez (1/3).
L – Grullon (0-1)
Down 0-1 (Best of three)
The division champion DSL Rangers1 dropped the first game of their best-of-three playoff series with DSL Angels.
Right-hander Ezequiel Rijo turned in a strong start, allowing one run on two hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
However, the bullpen struggled, as Juan Grullon (0.2 IP) and Ender Rosendo (1.2 IP) combined to surrender five runs in just 2.1 innings.
Guillermo Pimentel (1/3), Edwin Garcia (1/4) and Edward Alfonzo (1/3) had the Rangers' three hits in the game.
26-45, 21.0 GB
The DSL Rangers2 finished the Dominican Summer League season with a 26-45 record.
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