W - Kirkman (2-0)
HR - Tracy (6)
12-6, 2.5 GU
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (2.74 ERA/.190 BAA) hurled an absolute gem on Sunday afternoon, permitting just one hit over eight scoreless innings.
The game was perhaps the best of Kirkman's professional career. After allowing a single and three walks in the first two innings, he settled down to retire 12 of the final 14 batters he faced. He walked one and another hitter reached on an error.
In all, the left-hander worked eight innings and threw 99 pitches while walking four and striking out six.
First baseman Chad Tracy continued his assault on Triple-A pitching, going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk. He now has six round-trippers on the season.
Craig Gentry was 1-for-2 with three walks and his fifth steal of the year.
Esteban German (1/4, BB), Max Ramirez (1/3, 2B, BB), Brandon Boggs (1/3, BB) and Mitch Moreland (1/3, BB) also reached base multiple times.
Clay Rapada pitched a scoreless ninth on 15 pitches, giving up one hit, to complete Oklahoma City's two-hit shutout of Memphis.
W - Roark (2-1)
HR - Richardson (2), Lemon (1)
8-8, 0.0 GU
Frisco kept Corpus Christi off the scoreboard entirely due to excellent pitching from the trio of Alexi Ogando, Tanner Roark and Zach Phillips.
The hard-throwing Ogando was dominant in four innings, surrendering just one hit, walking one, and striking out eight. He now has 14 strikeouts versus just two walks in 9.2 frames on the season.
Roark didn't record a strikeout in his four innings, but he also didn't walk a batter and allowed just two singles. The right-hander needed just 45 pitches––throwing 30 strikes––to complete his outing.
Phillips pitched a scoreless ninth to finish out the game.
At the plate, designated hitter Marcus Lemon continued to right the ship by going 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run––he was just a double short of the cycle.
Kevin Richardson, who was 1-for-4, blasted a solo homer two batters before Lemon hit his.
James Tomlin (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Elio Sarmiento (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Tomlin stole his second base.
Infielder Renny Osuna singled once and tripled once in four trips.
For the second time in three days, all four of the Texas League's South Division teams are tied in the standings at 8-8.
L - Brigham (0-2)
6-8, 4.0 GB
In his first two starts this season, Jake Brigham didn't allow any earned runs, but high pitch counts kept him from working deep into the game both times.
On Sunday, the 22-year-old worked into the seventh inning for the first time in his professional career.
Brigham pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs and scattering eight hits. Though Brigham gave up four doubles and a home run, he was able to limit the damage by walking zero and striking out three.
The Blaze didn't have any extra-base hits in the game, but Mitch Hilligoss (2/3, BB) and David Paisano (2/4) both singled twice.
Catcher Jose Felix singled once and walked once in four trips.
Bakersfield native Justin Miller struck out one while working a perfect ninth inning.
L - Lueke (0-1)
HR - Velazquez (2)
8-10, 2.0 GB
Starting pitcher Wilmer Font had his struggles on Sunday afternoon, as he allowed three runs on six hits and two walks in just three innings of work. The hard-throwing righty struck out two.
Fellow right-handers Trevor Hurley [3 IP] and Andrew Doyle [2 IP] did an excellent job of long relief. The only damage allowed between the two was an unearned run in the fourth.
Doyle yielded one single, walked zero, and struck out two. The sinkerballer also got three ground ball outs. Outside of a rough second outing––where Doyle was battling sickness and allowed six runs––he has surrendered just one run in seven frames.
Centerfielder Miguel Velazquez (.288/.347/.515) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a base on balls.
Cody Podraza (2/3, 2B, BB) and Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.
Cleanup hitter Jared Prince singled twice, raising his batting average to .306.
Shortstop Leury Garcia stole his eighth base, but he also committed three errors, giving him nine on the young season.
Garcia's final error put the eventual tying run on base in the bottom of the ninth. Closer Josh Lueke gave up two unearned runs on two hits and a walk to suffer his first loss of the season.
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