59-58, 5.0 GB
The RedHawks got Thursday night off to travel back home to Oklahoma City, where they'll take on Salt Lake on Friday evening.
W - Strop (5-5)
SV - Hamilton (2)
HR - Tracy (20, 21), Fox (16, 17)
24-22, 2.0 GB
Kasey Kiker's (15.58 ERA/.366 BAA in three August starts) struggles this month continued on Thursday. Although he lasted five innings, Kiker gave up six runs on five hits (three home runs), walking four and striking out three.
Adam Fox (.282/.334/.516) has just been unbelievable lately. He belted two more home runs and added another single for good measure. Fox has multi-hit efforts in each of his last four games, and he has belted 13 home runs since mid-July.
Slugging first baseman Chad Tracy (.320/.361/.641 in 39 second-half games) was 2-for-5 with two homers and five runs batted in. His two-run bomb in the ninth eventually won the game for the ‘Riders.
Brennan Garr did a solid job in long relief, keeping Tulsa off the board for two innings.
Corey Young (0.1 IP), Pedro Strop (1.2 IP) and Clayton Hamilton (1 IP) also worked shutout ball out of the ‘pen.
Mitch Moreland (2/4) and Manny Pina (2/4, BB) both singled twice.
Rehabbing second baseman Ian Kinsler went hitless in five at-bats, striking out once.
W - Tatusko (5-6)
SV - Miller (1)
HR - Lawson (10)
23-24, 9.0 GB
Ryan Tatusko (4.33 ERA/.261 BAA) appears to be in another one of his good stretches.
The right-hander helped Bakersfield pull off the sweep over first-place San Jose, pitching 7.2 innings and allowing one run on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Second baseman Matt Lawson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run.
David Paisano (1/4, 2B, BB), Elio Sarmiento (2/4, 2B, BB), Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B, BB) and Jake Kaase (2/4, 2B) all doubled in the game.
Right fielder Joey Butler singled twice and knocked in one run.
Bakersfield turned four double plays in the game.
Justin Miller earned his first save with 1.1 scoreless innings to finish it off.
L - Brigham (2-7)
21-24, 7.0 GB
Hickory dropped to 2-10 in the month of August. They've scored more than four runs just twice in those 12 contests.
Starting pitcher Jake Brigham surrendered two runs in four innings pitched, walking one and striking out one.
Carlos Pimentel (3.21 ERA/.256 BAA) gave up just an unearned run over four scoreless innings. The 19-year-old native of the Dominican Republic hasn't yielded an earned run in his last three outings, spanning 13 innings.
Cody Podraza (1/4, 2B) and Eric Fry (1/3, 2B) both doubled.
Shortstop Leury Garcia singled twice in three at-bats, raising his average to .232.
W - Ortiz (2-0)
SV - King (2)
HR - Ogata (3), Zaneski (2)
The Indians finished off the game with Joseph Ortiz and Justin King. Ortiz was particularly impressive, yielding just one run on three hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out three without walking a man.
Catcher Zach Zaneski added a two-run homer later in the fourth inning, after the game resumed on Thursday.
L - Matlock (1-5)
25-28, 6.0 GB
Braden Tullis got back on the right track on Thursday, surrendering only an unearned run in six innings of work. He spread out four singles while walking three and fanning four.
Hard-throwing Cuban reliever Reinier Bermudez punched out five in three blank innings. He gave up one hit.
The Indians had seven hits in the game, but all of them were singles.
DH Jason Ogata singled twice in four at-bats.
W - Yan (3-1)
SV - Arrendell (6)
HR - Ortiz (1)
6-9, 4.5 GB
Richard Alvarez had one of his better starts of the season results-wise, giving up just two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out three without walking a batter.
First baseman Michael Ortiz (.307/.371/.409) was 1-for-4 with a home run and two runs batted in.
Rehabbing catcher Max Ramirez doubled once and walked once in four trips.
Taylor Vail (1/2, 2B) also doubled.
Reliever Johan Yan didn't allow a hit in 2.1 innings. He walked one.
Kelvin Arrendell picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
L - Tirado (1-3)
16-42, 29.0 GB
Backstop Carlos Oropeza (.500/.583/.550 in 20 August at-bats) was one of the lone bright spots for the DSL1 club, as he went 3-for-4 with a double.
Starter Pedro Tirado allowed three runs (two earned) over four innings.
Alexi Ogando struck out the side in his inning, but he had some rare struggles, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits.
W - Rojas (6-5)
HR - Morillo (3)
45-13, 11.0 GU
The DSL Rangers2 offense had a field day on Wednesday.
Third baseman Robert Morillo (.447/.512/.763 in August) was 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in. Morillo has two doubles, two triples, and two homers in 38 at-bats this month.
Second baseman Yefry Castillo was 4-for-5 with a double. Teodoro Martinez (1/5, 2B) also hit a two-bagger.
Shortstop Oduber Herrera singled twice, walked once, and had two RBIs.
Starting pitcher Jonathan Rojas yielded just one run in five innings, walking zero and striking out five.
Pepe Sibid (2 IP), Omar Beltre (1 IP) and Francisco Mendoza (1 IP) all chipped in with scoreless relief. Beltre fanned two in his perfect inning.
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