L - Mathis (1-1)
HR - Davis (5)
28-23, 1.5 GU
The RedHawks finally returned home from a seemingly endless 12-day road trip on Tuesday evening.
Starting pitcher Doug Mathis continued to have his struggles, as he yielded five runs [four earned] on eight hits in six innings, walking three and striking out three.
The 26-year-old is getting over three groundouts per flyout with the RedHawks, but he has been both hittable and erratic since returning to Triple-A.
First baseman Chris Davis (.295/.350/.477) went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. The round-tripper was Davis' third in the last four days.
Left fielder Andy Jenkins returned to Triple-A and went 2-for-3 with a run batted in.
Chad Tracy (.244/.327/.417) singled once and walked twice, giving him 21 free passes on the season.
Reliever Zach Phillips fanned two in a scoreless inning. The southpaw has yet to surrender a run in 9.1 innings since his promotion to Oklahoma City.
Alexi Ogando fanned three in two perfect innings, lowering his earned-run average to 3.27.
30-20, 5.0 GU
The streaking RoughRiders enjoyed a day off on Tuesday.
W - Miller (2-1)
SV - Castillo (1)
HR - Beltre (5)
23-27, 8.5 GB
Jake Brigham (6.27 ERA/.319 BAA) struggled for his third consecutive start, but the offense was good enough to pick him up.
Brigham lasted just four innings, yielding six runs [three earned] on nine hits. He walked one and struck out three.
Bakersfield native Justin Miller did a fine job in long relief, hurling three scoreless innings, walking zero and fanning three. He picked up his second win and lowered his ERA to 0.96.
One night after causing a stir with his walkoff home run, centerfielder Engel Beltre was 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk. The bomb was his fifth of the season.
David Paisano (2/5, 2B) and Tom Mendonca (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled once.
Davis Stoneburner (2/5), Mitch Hilligoss (2/4, BB) and Andres James (2/4) had two hits apiece. James knocked in three runs.
Reliever Andrew Laughter was beaten around the park for four runs in just two-thirds of an inning, but Fabio Castillo finished off the game by striking out two in 1.1 hitless frames.
W - Ross (7-4)
HR - Velazquez (9), West (3)
33-20, 3.0 GU
Hickory pitchers Robbie Ross and Hector Nelo combined on a two-hit shutout of the River Dogs on Tuesday evening.
Ross (1.96 ERA/.230 BAA) pitched eight innings, allowing just one single. He walked zero, fanned four, and got 16 groundouts versus only three in the air.
The left-hander started his night by allowing a leadoff single to Jimmy Paredes, who was quickly erased on a double play. Ross went on to retire the next 24 batters he faced, facing the minimum through eight.
Ross has pitched 22 innings over his last three starts, giving up zero earned runs.
The hard-throwing Nelo retired the first two hitters in the ninth before allowing a single. He finished the game by getting Paredes to ground out, and overall, the Crawdads faced one batter over the minimum.
Smoking hot catcher Zach Zaneski (.455/.500/.673) moved into the cleanup spot and went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
The 23-year-old former non-drafted free agent is 13-for-20 with five doubles in his last six games.
Miguel Velazquez (1/2, HR, 2 BB, HBP) and Matt West (1/5, HR) both hit home runs in the game.
Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia singled three times and stole his 27th base.
L - D. Perez (0-1)
1-1, 1.0 GB
Tall right-hander David Perez made his official professional debut on Tuesday afternoon, striking out seven batters over four innings. He allowed two runs [one earned] on four hits.
Also making his professional debut was 16-year-old Australia native Guy Edmonds, who was 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.
Leadoff hitter and shortstop Luis Mendez went 1-for-2 with a double.
Edward Ceballo (1/1), Johan Santa (1/2) and Robert Morillo (1/4) had the team's other hits.
Relievers Luis Parra and Jorge De Jesus both fanned two batters while tossing one shutout frame apiece.
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