L - Ramirez (9-11)
68-75, 11.0 GB
Elizardo Ramirez struggled a bit in his final start of the season, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Royce Huffman and Jared Bolden both singled twice in four at-bats. Bolden is now 6-for-16 with a home run and two walks at the Triple-A level.
Greg Golson belted his eighth triple of the season.
Backstop Zach Zaneski, who is known more for his glove than his bat even at the lower levels, singled once and walked once. He is 3-for-10 with three walks in four Triple-A games.
Reliever Mike Wood pitched two scoreless innings, giving up zero hits, walking zero, and fanning three.
Josh Rupe worked a blank eighth.
W - Ballard (7-6)
39-30, 1.0 GB
The RoughRiders are officially eliminated from the playoff race, but that didn't stop Mike Ballard (3.03 ERA/.258 BAA in the second half) from turning in an outstanding start.
The left-hander allowed one run in seven innings, scattering six hits, walking one, and striking out four.
Over his last four starts, Ballard's line looks like this: 29.2 IP, 23 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 17 K. Not too shabby.
Second baseman Guilder Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a triple and three runs batted in.
Chris Gradoville (2/3, 2 2B) doubled twice while Steve Murphy (1/3, 2B) and Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) both doubled once.
Brennan Garr allowed a run on one hit in two innings. He fanned two.
W - Brader (4-0)
SV - Reed (25)
HR - Bianucci (14, 15)
40-29, 10.0 GB
The Blaze began setting up their playoff rotation on Sunday, allowing Kennil Gomez to pitch just one inning. Gomez worked a 1-2-3 frame, striking out two batters.
Michael Main followed with two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked zero, and fanned three.
Although it's just a four-inning sample size, Main appears to be much more effective than he was during the sickness earlier this season.
Dustin Brader (5.49 ERA/.289 BAA) provided four shutout innings of relief to earn his fourth victory of the season.
DH Mike Bianucci (.232/.290/.515) belted a pair of solo home runs in four at-bats. He has four round-trippers in his last three games. In fact, all four of his hits have left the ballpark.
As a quick aside, Bianucci's full line in Bakersfield looks an awful lot like what Victor Diaz does—or did—in the Major Leagues.
Also, with Sunday's homers, he now has 30 on the season between Hickory and Bakersfield.
Jake Kaase (2/4, 2B) and Erik Morrison (2/3, 2B) both doubled.
W - Font (8-3)
HR - Barto (1)
30-39, 14.5 GB
Wilmer Font straightened out a rough patch with a solid outing in his last start of the season. He gave up just two unearned runs in five innings, walking zero and fanning six.
Right fielder Eric Fry was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks.
Vin DiFazio (1/5, 2B) and Andres James (1/5, 2B) also doubled.
Aja Barto was 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk.
DH Leonel De Los Santos singled twice in three official at-bats.
Mark Hamburger continued to finish off his season on a positive note, working two perfect innings with two punchouts.
W - Hurley (7-2)
HR - Telis (2)
37-39, 10.0 GB
The Indians finished up their season on a winning note on Sunday, and Trevor Hurley (3.36 ERA/.235 BAA) helped them do it in style.
The right-hander went seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He walked zero and fanned a career-high ten batters.
Catcher Tomas Telis was 2-for-4 with a solo home run.
Including his time in Arizona, Telis finishes up his first professional season in the U.S. with a more-than-steady .330/.340/.498 line.
Jason Ogata (2/3, 3B) and Danny Lima (2/4, 3B) both tripled.
First baseman Michael Ortiz singled once and was hit by a pitch once.
Johnny Gunter worked two scoreless innings with three strikeouts to finish the victory. Gunter got off to a slow start, but he gave up just one earned run in his last seven appearances, spanning 11.2 innings.
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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