W - Benson (2-1)
SV - Madrigal (12)
HR - Arias (5)
53-48, 1.5 GB
Suddenly, Joaquin Arias is a power hitter.
The shortstop (.316/.327/.484 in July) went 3-for-4 with his fourth home run of the season, and his third in five games. Arias now has six extra-base hits in those five contests.
Starting pitcher Kris Benson was impressive, tossing 106 pitches (73 strikes) over seven innings. He allowed three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out seven.
Third baseman Esteban German had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk and his 32nd stolen base of the season.
Julio Borbon and Casey Benjamin both singled twice in four at-bats.
Royce Huffman (1/4, 2B) socked his 21st double of the year.
Closer Warner Madrigal's earned-run average dropped to 1.83 with a scoreless inning. He walked one.
W - Ballard (3-5)
HR - Fox (9), Majewski (1)
17-13, 1.5 GU
Mike Ballard has struggled for the most part since returning to Double-A, but his last two games have been excellent.
The southpaw tossed a complete game, surrendering just two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out six.
Over his last two appearances, Ballard has given up two runs in 16 innings, walking three and striking out 13.
Dustin Majewski (.262/.362/.348) put together his best game of the season, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and a base on balls. Majewski has 30 walks (and 23 strikeouts) in 50 games this season.
Left fielder Adam Fox was 2-for-4 with a triple and a solo home run.
John Whittleman (1/4, 2B) and Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
First baseman Mitch Moreland singled twice in five at-bats.
W - Roark (3-0)
SV - Flores (2)
15-17, 11.0 GB
The Blaze and Nuts played an absolutely wild game on Monday evening.
Bakersfield fell behind 9-3 through five innings after starter Ryan Tatusko surrendered nine runs on 13 hits in just 4.1 innings.
But the Blaze came roaring back, scoring four runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings to cruise to a five-run victory.
Relievers Ryan Falcon (2 IP) and Tanner Roark (1.2 IP) did a solid job out of the bullpen, holding Modesto scoreless.
Closer Evan Reed had his struggles, yielding three runs on three hits and two walks in just two-thirds of an inning.
Right fielder Joey Butler had a big night, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs batted in.
Elio Sarmiento hit two triples in two plate appearances, also knocking home three runs. Sarmiento entered the night with one triple in his four-year career.
DH Mike Bianucci was 3-for-4 with a single, a double, a triple, and a walk.
Jake Kaase (3/6, 2B), Davis Stoneburner (3/5, BB) and Matt Lawson (3/4, BB) also had three hits.
Playing in his first High-A game, leadoff hitter and centerfielder David Paisano singled once in six at-bats. The game as a whole was a nice introduction to the Cal League for Paisano.
L - Hamburger (2-8)
17-13, 1.0 GB
It was just another start for Martin Perez on Monday.
The southpaw yielded two unearned runs in five innings pitched. The appearance marked the sixth consecutive start that he had pitched exactly five innings.
Tyler Tufts (??? ERA/.??? BAA in July) continued his dominant ways, allowing only one hit in four scoreless innings. He fanned two without issuing a walk.
The Crawdads offense was shut down by Texas A&M product Kyle Nicholson, who yielded two unearned runs in nine innings. The power sinkerballer got 16 groundouts versus only six flyouts, walking zero.
Right fielder Miguel Alfonzo singled twice in four at-bats.
Second baseman Mike Hollander was 1-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in.
L - Grullon (0-1)
HR - Velazquez (4)
13-24, 10.0 GB
Starting pitcher Matt Thompson had an excellent outing going until he allowed three runs in the fifth inning. In all, the righty gave up four runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.
Relievers Kyle Ocampo (1.1 IP) and Andrew Doyle (1 IP) both worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen.
Miguel Velazquez (.274/.325/.479) was 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk. The outfielder is beginning to heat up again, as he currently has a seven-game hitting streak.
Clark Murphy (2/3) and Edward Martinez (2/4) both singled twice.
Joe Bonadonna (1/3, BB), Vin DiFazio (1/3, BB) and Jason Ogata (1/3, BB) all singled and walked.
L - Alvarez (1-2)
1-1, 1.0 GB
Richard Alvarez's inconsistent debut season continued on Monday, as he gave up four runs (three earned) over three innings pitched. Although Alvarez has a 5.21 ERA, it's important to remember that he is still just 16 years old.
Ed Koncel's (1/4, 2B) double was the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the night.
Edward Alfonzo (2/3), Santo De Jesus (1/4), Emmanuel Solis (1/4) and Alex Gonzalez (1/3, BB) also had hits.
Righty Bobby Wilkins (1.69 ERA/.208 BAA) allowed zero hits over three scoreless innings.
L - Alvarez (1-2)
11-34, 23.0 GB
Starting pitcher Pedro Tirado allowed three runs in four innings, but just one of the runs was earned. He walked three and struck out one.
Left-handed reliever Leonel Gil surrendered an unearned run on one hit in three frames, lowering his ERA to 2.00.
Alexi Ogando punched out two while keeping the Astros off the scoreboard for two innings.
Venezuelan catcher Carlos Torres was 1-for-4 with his first double and two runs batted in.
First baseman Carlos Oropeza singled once, walked once, and drove home a run.
L - Stanford (3-1)
34-11, 9.0 GU
DSL Rangers2 catcher Yefry Castillo (.300/.357/.408) got his average to an even .300 on Monday with four singles in four at-bats. He also walked once.
Santiago Hill, who I'm pretty sure used to be known as Santiago Chirino, singled three times in five at-bats.
Oduber Herrera (2/4, BB) had two hits and a walk.
Luis Polanco allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings.
Esdras Abreu had two hits in five at-bats. Although he's hitting just .218 on the season, a closer look reveals plenty of reason for optimism. In 18 July games, Abreu is batting .309 with a .441 on-base percentage, six doubles, and one home run in 55 at-bats.
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