L - Corey (0-1)
?11-18, 4.5 GB
Centerfielder Josh Hamilton made his second rehab appearance on Monday afternoon, going 1-for-3 with a double and two walks.
Starting pitcher Mike Ballard pitched well, giving up three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings. He struck out three and walked none. The left-hander fired 71 strikes out of the 97 pitches he threw.
Second baseman Jose Vallejo (.419/.471/.484 in 31 Triple-A at-bats) was 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in.
Julio Borbon (1/5, 3B) tripled while Brandon Boggs (2/5) singled twice.
Reliever Bryan Corey suffered the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits over two innings.
W - Kometani (1-0)
HR - Murphy (5), Pina (4)
15-15, 1.5 GB
Guillermo Moscoso (4.82 ERA/.282 BAA) gave up four hits and walked five in five innings, but he held Midland to just three runs.
Reliever Andrew Laughter didn't allow a run in 2.1 innings. He gave up three hits and didn't issue a walk or record a strikeout.
Pedro Strop suffered another blown save after yielding two runs on two walks and a hit in the ninth inning.
Catcher Manny Pina, who went 1-for-5 on the day, blasted a three-run homer in the first inning.
Steve Murphy (2/5, HR, BB) added a two-run bomb in the fifth.
Guilder Rodriguez (2/6, 3B) and Adam Fox (1/2, 3B) both tripled.
First baseman Justin Smoak was 2-for-4 with a double and two walks.
Making his return to Double-A ball, Brennan Garr hurled two hitless innings of relief. He walked one batter and struck out one.
Kea Kometani earned the victory after striking out three in two shutout frames.
12-18, 9.5 GB
The Blaze enjoyed a day off at home on Monday. They will remain home to face the 19-11 Modesto nuts on Tuesday evening.
L - Hamburger (1-2)
?16-15, 2.5 GB
Carlos Pimentel got a quality start on Monday, pitching six innings and allowing three runs. He gave up three hits while walking two and fanning five.
Third baseman Erik Morrison (.382/.405/.765 in 34 at-bats) had a pinch-hit RBI double.
Clark Murphy (2/3, 2B, BB) singled, doubled, and walked.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano was 1-for-3 with a walk, raising his batting average to .300.
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