W - Ramirez (2-0)
SV - Ogando (1)
HR - Davis (2), Petit (2)
19-13, 1.5 GU
Oklahoma City ran into trouble early, as Michael Kirkman (2.56 ERA/.186 BAA) struggled with control. The southpaw allowed just three hits in four innings, but seven walks led to six runs [four earned]. He struck out three.
Kirkman had trouble with rehabbing catcher Kurt Suzuki, who went 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, and a walk in the contest. Suzuki will travel down I-35 to join the Athletics for Wednesday's game against the Rangers.
Rehabbing slugger Nelson Cruz played in his first game back, and he was 1-for-5 with a double and four strikeouts.
Chris Davis (.359/.406/.563 in Triple-A) played a key role in the victory, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in.
Infielders Esteban German (4/5, 3 3B) and Gregorio Petit (4/5, 2B, HR) combined for eight hits, five of which went for extra bases. Both German and Petit have spent considerable time playing for the River Cats in past years.
In all, Oklahoma City had nine extra-base hits in the game.
The RedHawks got outstanding bullpen work from Elizardo Ramirez, Willie Eyre, and Alexi Ogando, as they combined to retire the final 15 batters of the game.
Ramirez worked three perfect innings, while Eyre and Ogando both worked 1-2-3 frames.
Pitching in his first Triple-A game, Ogando earned the save, getting two groundouts to second and a strikeout swinging.
L - Bleier (2-4)
19-13, 3.0 GU
Frisco's winning streak was snapped in a big way on Tuesday afternoon.
Coming off an 88-pitch complete-game shutout, Richard Bleier didn't make it through the fifth on Tuesday. He allowed six runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings, walking zero and striking out one.
Brennan Garr, who had been dominant of late, saw his earned-run average balloon to 4.76 when he surrendered six runs on six hits [including two homers] in just two innings pitched.
James Tomlin (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Matt Lawson (2/5, 2B) both doubled once.
Left fielder Andy Jenkins singled twice in four trips. He also drove in a run.
In his first Double-A game on Monday night, Jake Kaase entered as a pinch runner and scored a run. He was 0-for-2 on Tuesday.
Beau Jones, who had been in Extended Spring Training to rehab a shoulder injury, retired all seven batters he faced in 2.1 perfect innings for his first outing of the season. Jones struck out four.
W - Miller (1-0)
SV - Eppley (5)
15-15, 2.5 GB
Suddenly, the Blaze are looking good. Bakersfield won its fourth consecutive game to get back to .500 and within 2.5 games of first place.
Starting pitcher Jake Brigham spun a solid outing, yielding three runs over six innings of work. He allowed six hits, walked one, and struck out four.
First baseman Mitch Hilligoss (1/4, 2B), DH Chris Gradoville (2/4, 2B) and second baseman Erik Morrison (1/3, 2B) all doubled.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre singled once and was hit by a pitch, raising his batting average to .243.
Every Bakersfield starter had one hit in the game. Gradoville was the only player with multiple knocks.
Justin Miller earned the victory by keeping the Mavericks off the board for two innings, striking out two.
Cody Eppley picked up his fifth save with a scoreless ninth, getting two groundouts and a strikeout. He has begun his High-A career with 17 shutout innings, walking one and fanning 22.
20-12, 3.0 GU
The entire Sally League enjoyed the day off on Tuesday. Hickory returns to action on the road against Greensboro on Wednesday night.
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