L - Eyre (0-2)
HR - Moreland (3), Saltalamacchia (3)
15-9, 1.0 GU
The RedHawks offense came up big again on Sunday afternoon, but it wasn't quite enough.
Right fielder Mitch Moreland has been off to a bit of a slow start, but he appears to be heating up. The left-hander had a big day, going 3-for-3 with a single, a double, a home run, and two walks. He reached safely in all five plate appearances.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia also hit a solo home run, coming off New Orleans starter Jorge Sosa. ‘Salty' added two more singles for a three-hit day.
Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) and Brandon Boggs (2/5, 2B) both doubled and singled.
Esteban German (2/5), Hernan Iribarren (2/5) and Chris Davis (2/5) singled twice.
Third baseman Emerson Frostad had just one hit, but it was a triple––his second in three days.
Designated hitter Taylor Teagarden was the only RedHawks player to go without a hit. He was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, continuing his slump from the majors.
Starting pitcher Mike Ballard managed the game well, giving up three runs on six hits in six innings. He fanned three without issuing a walk.
Willie Eyre fanned four in two innings, but he was saddled with the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits, shooting his ERA up to 5.40.
L - Kiker (0-3)
HR - Jenkins (2), Tomlin (1)
11-12, 2.0 GB
Kasey Kiker battled control once again Sunday, as he walked seven batters in just 3.2 innings. The left-hander gave up only one hit, but the walks led to four earned runs allowed.
Facing Astros top pitching prospect Jordan Lyles, Frisco managed to get just two runs on a pair of solo homers.
The round-trippers came from third baseman Andy Jenkins (2/4, HR) and centerfielder James Tomlin (2/4, HR).
First baseman John Whittleman was 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
Evan Reed (0.79 ERA/.205 BAA) continued his outstanding start, tossing 2.1 shutout innings. He gave up three hits and struck out three without walking a batter. The Cal Poly product has given up just one run in his first 11.1 Double-A innings.
Hard-throwing righty Alexi Ogando allowed a solo home run to Koby Clemens, but that was the only damage done in his two innings. Ogando struck out four.
W - Main (1-1)
HR - Stoneburner (4), Bianucci (2), Hilligoss (1, 2), Bolden (1)
8-13, 6.0 GB
The Blaze played a game of long ball on Sunday afternoon, as they belted five home runs and posted 14 runs on the scoreboard.
Right fielder Mitch Hilligoss (.270/.337/.378) had a nice power surge, hitting a pair of home runs in the game––his first two of the season.
Shortstop Davis Stoneburner appears to have broken out of his slump, as he was 3-for-6 with a double and his team-leading fourth homer of the season. It was Stoneburner's second round-tripper in as many games.
DH Mike Bianucci (2/5, HR) and first baseman Jared Bolden (2/5, HR) also went yard. Bolden had four runs batted in.
Engel Beltre (4/5) singled four times while infielder Andres James (3/5) had three knocks.
David Paisano led off the game with a triple, but that would be his only hit in six at-bats.
Starting pitcher Michael Main earned his first victory of the season, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Relievers Shane Zegarac [1 IP], Cody Eppley [2 IP] and Mark Hamburger [1 IP] finished out the game with four innings of shutout ball.
14-10, 0.5 GU
The first-place Crawdads enjoyed a scheduled day off on Saturday. They'll look to extend their current six-game winning streak when they return home on Monday evening.
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