W - Rupe (5-7)
HR - Ramirez (5)
68-71, 8.5 GB
Max Ramirez was the star of the night for the RedHawks offense, going 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.
Third baseman Travis Metcalf won the game with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the tenth. He had two total hits in the game.
Starter Luis Mendoza allowed three runs on seven hits in 6.2 innings. He walked four and struck out six, throwing 117 pitches.
A.J. Murray (1.1 IP) and Josh Rupe (2 IP) both worked hitless relief.
DH Justin Leonel doubled once and walked once.
Playing in his first-ever Triple-A game, left fielder Jared Bolden was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks and a stolen base. Bolden batted just .238 at Single-A Hickory this season, but he is much more talented than his numbers suggest.
W - Jones (3-4)
SV - Vaughan (8)
HR - Whittleman (10)
37-29, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders won another tight game on Thursday, but after Midland's victory, the deficit remains at two games.
Starting pitcher Blake Beavan worked 3.1 innings before the rain delay came. He allowed one run on six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Designated hitter John Whittleman provided the go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Third baseman Jonathan Greene was 2-for-4 with a double.
Dustin Majewski (1/3, BB) and Chad Tracy (0/2, 2 BB) both reached base twice.
Beau Jones earned his third victory of the season after allowing just a solo home run in 2.2 innings. He struck out four without walking a man.
Jones is in the midst of perhaps his best stretch since his initial promotion to Frisco. Over his last nine appearances, the southpaw has pitched 13.1 innings, permitting only one earned run on 10 hits, walking three, and striking out 14.
Corey Young (2 IP) and Beau Vaughan (1 IP) finished the game with scoreless, hitless relief.
L - Bleier (7-11)
37-29, 10.5 GB
Richard Bleier suffered from some poor defense in a rare Bakersfield loss.
The left-hander gave up six runs, but just two were earned after the Blaze committed four errors in the game. He pitched six innings, allowing six hits (five singles), walking zero, and striking out three.
First baseman Mauro Gomez (2/4, 2B) and DH Ian Gac (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled twice in four trips.
L - Ramirez (3-6)
HR - DiFazio (5)
28-38, 15.5 GB
It just seems as if Hickory's season can't end fast enough. With yet another loss on Thursday, the Crawdads fell to ten games below .500 in the second half and they fell into seventh place in the eight-team Sally League Northern Division.
On the bright side, the resurgent Mark Hamburger appears to be finishing his season on a positive note. The right-handed reliever hurled three scoreless innings, giving up two hits, walking zero, and fanning four.
Starter Neil Ramirez surrendered five runs in four innings of work.
DH Vin DiFazio belted a solo home run for his only hit in four trips.
Eric Fry (2/4, 2B), Matt West (1/4, 2B) and Ed Koncel (1/4, 2B) all doubled.
L - Matlock (1-7)
35-37, 10.0 GB
Starting pitcher Matt Thompson lasted for four innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Shortstop Edwin Garcia provided Spokane's only extra-base hit of the game, doubling once in three at-bats.
Third baseman Edward Martinez singled twice in two trips.
Kyle Rhoad (1/2, BB), Jason Ogata (1/4, BB) and Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB) all singled once and walked once.
Reliever Keith Campbell worked a perfect eighth inning, lowering his earned-run average to 4.22.
12-16, 4.5 GB
The AZL Rangers failed to quality for the Arizona League playoffs.
18-45, 29.5 GB
The DSL Rangers1 failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs.
47-15, 9.0 GU
After winning the division, the DSL Rangers2 got a bye in the first round of the playoffs, but they were swept in the best-of-three Dominican Summer League semifinal series.
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