L - Corey (6-8)
HR - Smoak (4)
65-68, 8.5 GB
Bryan Corey was knocked around a bit on Friday, as he gave up three runs in four innings. The veteran righty allowed six hits and walked four.
Willie Eyre (2.23 ERA/.214 BAA) did an outstanding job in long relief, tossing three shutout frames. He gave up just one hit and walked zero while fanning one.
First baseman Justin Smoak was 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs batted in. The round-tripper was his 12th of the season, but just his fourth in 192 Triple-A at-bats.
Rehabbing third baseman Esteban German doubled once in four at-bats. German will likely be activated when the rosters expand on September 1st.
W - Beavan (4-4)
SV - Vaughan (7)
HR - Gradoville (1)
33-27, 3.0 GB
Blake Beavan (2.78 ERA/.291 BAA in August) turned in another excellent start on Friday, giving up just five singles in seven scoreless innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Catcher Chris Gradoville was the star offensively, going 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. One of the hits was an inside-the-park home run. Gradoville said it was the first of his life.
Steve Murphy (3/4, 2 2B) also had three hits, two of which were doubles.
Shortstop Renny Osuna was 2-for-5 with a two-bagger.
DH Marcus Lemon singled twice in four trips.
The RoughRiders had trouble closing out the game, as they allowed five runs in the ninth inning. Andrew Laughter surrendered three of them and Thomas Diamond gave up two without recording an out.
L - Bleier (7-10)
33-28, 10.0 GB
Richard Bleier allowed four runs in the first inning on Friday night. The frame started with a pair of infield singles. But he settled down late and gave up a total of five runs over six innings.
Bakersfield had just three hits on the night. They came from David Paisano (1/4), Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B) and Doug Hogan (1/1, 2 BB).
Tyler Tufts worked a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, recording one strikeout.
L - Brigham (2-9)
27-33, 13.5 GB
Jake Brigham's August struggles continued on Friday, as he allowed four earned runs in four innings. He walked two and struck out just one batter.
Cristian Santana (1/4, 2B) and Matt West (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
?Catcher Leonel De Los Santos singled twice and drove in one of Hickory's two runs.
Carlos Pimentel allowed one run on four hits in three innings. He now has a 0.36 earned-run average in 25.0 August innings.
W - Thompson (4-4)
HR - Velazquez (10), Ogata (4)
34-33, 7.0 GB
Matt Thompson's first full season is getting better and better.
The Burleson native held Boise to one run on four hits in five innings on Saturday. He fanned five and walked zero.
Thompson has now faced Boise in each of his last three outings.
He has one walk and 25 strikeouts in 32.1 innings this month.
Miguel Velazquez (.301/.362/.539) was 2-for-2 with a solo home run and two walks. The Puerto Rico native has 11 walks versus 17 strikeouts in 26 August games.
Jason Ogata was 1-for-2 with a homer and two walks.
Jared Prince (2/4, 2B), Danny Lima (1/4, 2B) and Denny Duron (2/4, 2B) all doubled.
Left-hander Geuris Grullon surrendered an unearned run in two innings. He struck out two.
L - Rodriguez (2-1)
HR - Ortiz (2), Smith (1)
11-16, 5.5 GB
Tim Smith rehabbed, batting cleanup and playing left field. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run. Smith will leave to play for Team Canada in the World Cup of Baseball within the next couple of days.
Engel Beltre hit leadoff and played in center. The Dominican Republic native was 1-for-3 with a double and a stolen base.
Starter Edwin Escobar yielded four runs (two earned) in just 1.1 innings of work.
First baseman Michael Ortiz (.313/.415/.463 in August) was 2-for-5 with his second home run of the summer.
Shortstop Edwin Garcia went 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Billy O'Conner (2/4, 2B, BB), Taylor Vail (1/4, 2B) and Emmanuel Solis (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.
In all, the Rangers had nine extra-base hits in the losing effort.
Tae Kyung Ahn and Shane Zegarac finished it off with hitless innings. Ahn gave up zero hits, walked one, hit one, and struck out two.
18-45, 29.5 GB
The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.
L - Rojas (0-1)
47-15, 9.0 GU
The DSL Rangers2's season came to an unfortunate end on Friday morning, as they were swept by the Twins in the best-of-three series.
Starter Randol Rojas allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Miguel De Los Santos fanned the side in his frame, but he walked two and allowed an unearned run.
Shortstop Oduber Herrera (2/4, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit.
Backstop Yefry Castillo singled twice in four trips.
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