W - Kirkman (4-0)
HR - Tracy (7), Boggs (4)
17-10, 3.0 GU
The RedHawks offense continued to get the job done on Wednesday, and so did left-hander Michael Kirkman.
Kirkman (1.82 ERA/.184 BAA) pitched his third consecutive scoreless outing. The 23-year-old worked five innings, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out seven.
The Florida native has 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings over those last three starts.
Brandon Boggs (.338/.434/.631) continued to rake, going 2-for-5 with a homer and four runs batted in on the afternoon.
Chad Tracy, who was 2-for-4, also went yard and walked once. He raised his season batting average to .317.
Second baseman Hernan Iribarren was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Chris Davis (2/5), Mitch Moreland (2/5) and Gregorio Petit (2/4) singled twice.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden singled once and struck out three times in four plate appearances.
Oklahoma City defeated former RedHawk hurler Luis Mendoza, who got the start and allowed one run [Tracy's homer] in two innings.
W - Roark (4-1)
SV - Reed (2)
HR - Bankston (2)
14-12, 1.0 GB
The Frisco offense appears to be heating up as a whole, thanks in part due to the resurgent bat of first baseman and cleanup hitter Wes Bankston.
The Plano native fell a triple short of the cycle on Wednesday afternoon, as he was 3-for-5 with a double and a solo home run.
Tanner Roark improved to 4-1 on the young season by limiting the Missions to just two runs on four hits over six innings of work. The right-hander threw just 67 pitches while walking zero and fanning four.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento (1/3, 3B) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/4, 3B) both tripled once. Sarmiento also laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Leadoff man and left fielder Marcus Lemon had two singles in five at-bats. He stole a base and was caught stealing once, making him 1-for-4 on stolen base attempts this season.
The generally solid ‘Riders bullpen continued to get the job done, as Adalberto Flores, Alexi Ogando and Evan Reed all threw scoreless innings, with each striking out one.
Flores and Reed were particularly efficient in their frames, throwing just seven and eight pitches, respectively.
L - Gomez (0-2)
9-14, 6.0 GB
In Tuesday night's series opener, the Blaze blanked Visalia. On Wednesday, it was Bakersfield that got shut out.
The offense managed just three singles in the game, coming from David Paisano (1/4), Engel Beltre (1/3, BB) and Jared Bolden (1/2, BB).
Starting pitcher Kennil Gomez (7.27 ERA/.338 BAA) continued to scuffle, as he allowed a season-high five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings, walking two and striking out three.
The only positive of the outing for the 22-year-old Gomez––it was the first time this season he had struck out more than he walked in a start. In 17.1 innings, he has yielded 26 hits while walking 13 and striking out just 10.
Lefty Tim Murphy continued to pitch well, as he retired all nine batters he faced in three perfect innings, striking out two. The UCLA product lowered his earned-run average to 1.59.
Justin Miller fanned one in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
W - Ross (3-3)
SV - Ocampo (1)
HR - Velazquez (6), Santana (5)
17-10, 1.5 GU
The Crawdads just will not lose. They won their ninth straight game with a two-run victory over Asheville on Wednesday evening.
Starting pitcher Robbie Ross (2.93 ERA/.268 BAA) was solid, scattering seven singles and surrendering just an unearned run over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Miguel Velazquez (.320/.402/.608) continues to carry the Crawdads offense, as he was 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in.
The 21-year-old Velazquez has six homers on the season, but five of them have come in the last 10 games.
Cristian Santana hasn't been bad, either. The left fielder had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was a two-run homer in the third inning, his fifth of the season.
Third baseman Matt West hit his second triple of the year.
Washington State product Jared Prince began the season on a hot streak, but he has since cooled off immensely. He is just 2-for-28 with no extra-base hits over his last seven games.
Kyle Ocampo fanned five while allowing one earned run in three innings of relief. Though Ocampo has been hittable thus far, he has five walks and 16 strikeouts in 14.2 innings.
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