L - Moscoso (1-2)
HR - Boggs (3)
15-8, 2.0 GU
Chris Davis had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and a triple. The 24-year-old played third base for the first time this season.
Since returning to Triple-A, Davis is 12-for-26 [.462] with two doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 runs batted in.
Starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso labored through five innings, allowing five runs [three earned] on 10 hits. He walked two and fanned five.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (.300/.397/.560) was just 1-for-4, but the hit was a round-tripper, his third in his last five games.
First baseman Chad Tracy (1/4, 2B) belted his sixth double of the year.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden played in his first game since being optioned back to Triple-A. He was 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a walk at the plate.
L - Bleier (1-3)
11-11, 1.0 GB
Starting pitcher Richard Bleier (7.62 ERA/.327 BAA) suffered the loss despite working into the seventh inning. The southpaw scattered 11 hits [including five doubles] in 6.1 innings, leading to four runs. He struck out three without issuing a walk.
Pitching in his second Double-A game, right-hander Adalberto Flores allowed a run in 1.2 innings of work, but he also struck out three. Flores has seven punchouts in his first 3.2 innings with the ‘Riders.
Second baseman Matt Lawson (.325/.409/.468) led the way for the Frisco offense, hitting three singles in four at-bats. He also swiped his first base of the season.
Andy Jenkins (1/4, 2B), John Whittleman (1/4, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez took a step towards breaking out of a long slump by getting a single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly in four trips.
L - Boscan (1-4)
HR - Stoneburner (3), Beltre (2)
7-13, 6.0 GB
Centerfielder Engel Beltre was the star of the night for the Blaze, as he legged out a two-run inside-the-park homer in the top of the third inning. Beltre hit a sinking liner to center, where Stockton's Jose Crisotomo made an ill-advised dive, and the speedster was off to the races.
Wilfredo Boscan was knocked around a bit in five innings, as he yielded five runs on seven hits, walking one and fanning five.
Tim Murphy [1 IP] and Fabio Castillo [2 IP] helped finish out the game with scoreless relief.
Leadoff hitter Davis Stoneburner was 1-for-5 with his third homer of the year.
Jake Kaase (1/2, 2 BB) and Mike Bianucci (0/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.
W - Thompson (2-0)
SV - Lueke (8)
14-10, 0.5 GU
The Crawdads took sole possession of first place in the Sally League's Northern Division with their sixth consecutive victory and their second shutout in three days.
Starter Matt Thompson (2.52 ERA/.294 BAA) helped set the tone with five scoreless innings. He allowed just five singles while walking one and striking out six.
Robbie Erlin (0.59 ERA/.135 BAA) followed with three more shutout frames, fanning six batters.
In his first 15.1 innings this season, the 19-year-old Erlin has allowed only one run on seven hits, walking three and striking out 17. The lone run came on a solo homer. Erlin has yet to surrender a hit with a man on base this season.
Josh Lueke worked a perfect ninth inning for his eighth save.
Offensively, it was Hickory's two hottest hitters getting the job done.
First baseman Michael Ortiz (.306/.333/.419) got his average above the .300 mark with a pair of doubles in four at-bats. He's now posted multiple-hit outings in each of his last five games.
Leadoff man Cody Podraza (.313/.402/.422) extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
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