L - Eyre (1-3)
20-14, 1.5 GU
The RedHawks dropped a 14-inning marathon on Thursday night in Oklahoma City.
Starting pitcher Mike Ballard worked the first six innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Pitching in his second Triple-A game, right-hander Alexi Ogando surrendered two runs [one earned] in two innings of work. He gave up three hits while fanning four and walking zero.
Because of extra innings, closer Pedro Strop worked three frames, retiring all nine batters he faced.
Left-hander Clay Rapada followed with two hitless innings, lowering his earned-run average to 2.65.
Willie Eyre was stuck with his third loss of the season after a 32-pitch inning that included three runs on four hits, two walks, and one hit batter.
Strong-armed right fielder Mitch Moreland (.255/.328/.431) was clutch throughout the game, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs batted in, and a walk. He also had an outfield assist, gunning down the speedy Corey Wimberly at third base.
Brandon Boggs (2/4, 3B, 2 BB) tripled while Wes Bankston (3/5, 2B, BB) doubled.
First baseman Chris Davis was hitless in seven at-bats, striking out three times and grounding into one double play.
L - Kiker (1-4)
19-14, 2.0 GU
Playing in his first game back in Double-A, catcher Taylor Teagarden may have built a bit of confidence. The Dallas native batted fifth and went 3-for-4 with a double. He had just two total hits [both singles] between the majors and Triple-A this season.
Starting pitcher Kasey Kiker was wild once again, surrendering four runs in 3.2 innings. He gave up four hits, walked five, and struck out two. Kiker also plunked a batter and uncorked a pair of wild pitches.
Right fielder Joey Butler was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him seven on the season.
Evan Reed struck out the side in the top of the ninth, but he also allowed a run on two hits. Reed has had trouble with walks during his career, including 28 in 48.2 frames with Bakersfield last season. But over his first 14.1 Double-A frames, Reed has walked just three while striking out 16.
W - Tufts (2-1)
17-15, 1.0 GB
The Blaze came back with three runs in their final two at-bats to pick up the walkoff win and their sixth consecutive overall victory. With Visalia's loss to San Jose on Thursday night, Bakersfield moved to within one game of first place.
Starting pitcher Michael Main battled through seven innings, yielding five runs [four earned]. He allowed seven hits, including three home runs, while walking one and striking out three.
Engel Beltre raised his batting average to .275 with three hits in five at-bats. It was his second consecutive three-hit game. He also stole his sixth base and picked up an outfield assist.
Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B), Erik Morrison (2/4, 2B) and Jose Felix (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Reliever Tyler Tufts put Bakersfield in position to win with a pair of 1-2-3 innings, getting two strikeouts.
Infielder Mitch Hilligoss drove home the game winning run with his single in the bottom of the ninth. It was his only hit of the night.
L - Thompson (3-1)
HR - DiFazio (6), Koncel (6)
21-13, 3.0 GU
Matt Thompson ran into trouble early, as he gave up three runs––including a pair of home runs––in the first inning, but he settled down afterwards.
In all, the starter allowed four runs [three earned] over five innings. He gave up six hits while walking just one and fanning six.
Sluggers Vin DiFazio (1/4, HR) and Ed Koncel (2/4, HR) both added solo home runs to help the comeback effort.
Andrew Doyle (4.32 ERA/.281 BAA) continued to pitch well, getting four punchouts in three scoreless innings. He has yielded just two runs over his last eight outings, spanning 14 innings.
Third baseman Matt West left the game after being plunked on the knee with a pitch in the second inning.
Catcher Leonel De Los Santos (.115/.115/.115) struck out twice in four hitless at-bats. He is just 6-for-52 with no extra-base hits, no walks, and 13 strikeouts on the season.
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