W - Peguero (2-1)
SV - Eyre (2)
HR - Davis (3), Garko (2)
27-21, 0.5 GU
The RedHawks slugged their way to victory on Saturday evening.
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman allowed three runs in five innings, struggling with control once again. He threw just 47 of his 92 pitches for strikes while walking five. Kirkman gave up five hits and struck out two.
Third baseman Chris Davis (.292/.346/.442) had only one hit, but it was a three-run homer, giving him 25 RBIs in 30 games.
Cleanup hitter Ryan Garko, who was 2-for-5, launched a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Esteban German (3/4, 2B, BB), Gregorio Petit (1/4, 2B, BB), Mitch Moreland (1/4, 2B, BB) and Chad Tracy (2/5, 2B) all doubled.
Moreland now has five extra-base hits in his last three contests.
Left-hander Zach Phillips hurled 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He yielded two hits but walked zero and fanned two.
Willie Eyre earned his second save after he punched out two in 1.1 shutout frames.
W - Eppley (1-0)
29-19, 4.0 GU
The star of the night for the RoughRiders was certainly second baseman Marcus Lemon, who led the team in hits and provided the walkoff single in the 11th.
Lemon (.241/.263/.345) broke out of a slump by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Starter Ryan Tatusko allowed three runs while scattering 10 hits through five innings, walking one and striking out three.
The bullpen was phenomenal, with Adalberto Flores [2 IP], Evan Reed [1 IP], Beau Jones [2 IP] and Cody Eppley [1 IP] combining for six innings of scoreless work.
In past years, Jones' biggest enemy has been command more than stuff. But to start this season, the lefty has one walk and 14 strikeouts in 10 innings.
Andy Jenkins (3/5) and James Tomlin (2/4) both had multiple hits.
Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. He went 0-for-3 with three punchouts the day before.
In 53 at-bats with the RoughRiders, Teagarden has whiffed 22 times.
W - Main (2-2)
SV - Hamburger (2)
20-27, 9.5 GB
Michael Main (4.01 ERA/.268 BAA) gave the Blaze solid work on Saturday, as he matched a season high with seven innings pitched. Main yielded two runs on five hits, walking one and fanning seven.
Catcher Jose Felix (.265/.316/.363) had Bakersfield's only extra-base hit of the game. He was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in.
Engel Beltre (2/5) and Chris Gradoville (2/5) both singled twice in five trips while Tom Mendonca (1/3, 2 BB) and Jared Bolden (1/2, 2 BB) both walked twice. Bolden also had an assist from left field.
Reliever Mark Hamburger (3.32 ERA/.247 BAA) fanned one in a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save.
L - Thompson (4-2)
HR - Santana (7)
31-19, 3.5 GU
Matt Thompson didn't walk a batter on Saturday, but he uncorked four wild pitches and plunked a hitter. In all, Thompson worked five innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck out three.
Slugging left fielder Cristian Santana (.261/.323/.507) blasted off with a two-run homer––his seventh of the season––in a 1-for-4 effort.
Jared Prince (1/2, BB) and Ed Koncel (0/2, 2 BB) both reached base multiple times.
Lefty Joe Ortiz kept Hickory close with three shutout innings of relief. He surrendered just one hit while walking zero and striking out three.
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