W - Geary (3-2)
SV - Strop (3)
HR - Davis (1)
11-6, 1.5 GU
Welcome back to Triple-A, Chris Davis.
The first baseman arrived in Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, and in the bottom of the eighth of his first game back in the minors, he socked a game-winning three-run homer.
Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (2.51 ERA/.178 BAA) helped set the tone early with yet another strong start. The tall righty allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out six.
McCarthy has worked at least seven innings in all four of his starts this season, and he has walked just five [while striking out 18] in 28.2 frames.
Cleanup hitter Chad Tracy (.344/.408/.688) was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in. Tracy has 11 extra-base hits and 16 RBI in 16 contests.
Esteban German singled twice, walked once, drove home two runs, and stole his fourth base.
Rehabbing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught nine innings for the second consecutive day. In four plate appearances, he was 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.
Veteran reliever Geoff Geary worked a scoreless eighth inning, but he imploded after retiring the first batter he faced in the ninth. Geary allowed singles to three of the next four batters he faced.
Pedro Strop came on to try and protect the lead––and he did, but not without some drama. Strop allowed a three-run triple to Daniel Descalso, putting the tying run on third base.
The fireballing righty ended the theatrics––and the game––with a strikeout of cleanup hitter Tyler Henley.
L - Beavan (2-2)
7-8, 1.0 GB
Blake Beavan had his first rough start of the 2010 season, as he yielded six runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings. The Irving native was uncharacteristically wild in the game, walking three while striking out just one.
John Whittleman's (1/3, 2B, BB) double was the team's only extra-base hit.
Whittleman hit his two-bagger off former Rangers prospect Matt Nevarez.
Nevarez, a 23-year-old California native, pitched in the bullpen for Single-A Hickory last season, and he went to Houston in the Ivan Rodriguez trade. Armed with a fastball that tops out at 96 mph, Nevarez was added to the Astros' 40-man roster over the offseason.
Second baseman Matt Lawson was 0-for-1 with two walks. He was also hit by a pitch.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento singled once and drove home both of Frisco's runs in the game.
Right-hander Brennan Garr struck out three in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, lowering his season ERA to 3.86.
L - Castillo (0-1)
HR - Felix (1)
6-7, 3.0 GB
Through five innings, starter Kennil Gomez had allowed seven baserunners, but he didn't let any of them score. In the sixth, he gave up a double and two singles before being lifted. All three runners eventually came around to score.
The Dominican Republic native surrendered those three runs in five-plus innings, giving up seven hits, walking one, and striking out one.
San Jose had more than its share of baserunners in the game, between 11 hits, six walks, four errors, and two hit batsmen. They were 4-for-20 with runners in scoring position on the night.
The Bakersield offense did some damage of its own against San Jose reliever Oliver Odle in his two innings. Catcher Jose Felix hit a two-run homer off the Oklahoma State alum. Felix also walked in the contest.
Engel Beltre (2/3, 2B, BB) and Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) both doubled against Odle.
DH Tom Mendonca raised his average to .277 with a pair of singles in four at-bats.
Left fielder Mike Bianucci came off the disabled list on Saturday evening. He batted cleanup and singled once in four trips.
To clear room for Bianucci on the roster, outfielder Eric Fry was released by the Rangers organization.
Fabio Castillo struck out four batters in 1.2 innings, but he suffered both the blown save and the loss after he allowed a two-run homer to the red-hot Brandon Belt.
A former University of Texas standout, Belt was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a walk on the evening. He is batting .422 with eight extra-base hits and seven walks in 14 games to begin his professional career.
L - Ross (1-3)
8-9, 2.0 GB
Southpaw Robbie Ross (4.82 ERA/.299 BAA) held the Sand Gnats scoreless through three innings, but he scuffled in the fourth and fifth. In the end, the 20-year-old gave up four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three.
Ross allowed three doubles in the five innings, two of which came off the bat of Mets shortstop prospect Wilmer Flores. The 18-year-old Flores has nine doubles and two homers in just 16 games this year.
Leadoff man Cody Podraza (.259/.365/.370) paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with his second triple of the season.
Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez singled twice in four trips.
Braden Tullis turned in his best outing of the season, hurling three shutout innings of relief. Of his nine outs, the sinkerballer got five groundouts and four punchouts.
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