34-28, 1.0 GU
Monday's game between the RedHawks and Zephyrs was postponed due to rain. They'll make it up during a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. Central.
W - Roark (6-3)
SV - Lueke (1)
36-25, 3.5 GU
Tanner Roark broke out of his slump with arguably his best Double-A start.
The 23-year-old picked up his sixth win of the season, yielding one run on three hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out a season-high 10 batters. Roark's previous high was six punchouts.
First baseman Emerson Frostad raised his Double-A average to .320 by going 3-for-4 with a single, a double, and a triple.
Wes Bankston (1/4, 2B) and Mitch Hilligoss (1/3, 2B) also doubled.
Matt Lawson (2/4) and Elio Sarmiento (2/3) both singled twice.
Up-and-down reliever Ben Snyder had struggled in his previous three outings, but he bounced back by retiring all six hitters he faced, striking out five of them.
Snyder, who dominated lefties but struggled against right-handers last season, is actually performing better against right-handed hitters this year [.195 versus .231].
Josh Lueke sat down the side in order in the ninth to earn his first save.
W - Main (3-3)
SV - Hamburger (6)
HR - Whittleman (4)
26-37, 14.0 GB
Bakersfield picked up its first victory since the July 2 makeup game against Lancaster.
Starter Michael Main held the Ports scoreless through 5.2 innings, but a Tom Mendonca throwing error followed by two hits with two outs in the sixth led to three unearned runs.
Main still picked up the win, yielding those three unearned runs in 5.2 total innings. He gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out three.
Catcher Jose Felix (.294/.339/.392) had a career day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.
First baseman John Whittleman (.270/.471/.676 in 12 games) was 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk. Whittleman's round-tripper was his second in as many nights.
Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 3B, BB) tripled and walked while Andres James (2/4) singled twice.
W - Erlin (2-1)
HR - Koncel (8), West (4), Ortiz (3)
37-27, 1.0 GB
The Crawdads put together a dominant performance on Monday evening, as they raced out to an 8-0 lead through three innings and never looked back.
First baseman Michael Ortiz (.223/.270/.326) got the scoring started with a three-run homer in the bottom of the second inning, his third of the season. He also added a single and had four total RBI on the night.
Left fielder Ed Koncel (2/4, 2B, HR) and third baseman Matt West (1/4, HR, BB) added two-run round-trippers of their own later in the night.
Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin (1.25 ERA/.180 BAA) was excellent, tossing five scoreless innings. He limited the Power to three hits, walking none and striking out four.
In 50.1 innings this season, Erlin has issued nine free passes while striking out 50. Right-handed hitters are batting just .158 against him.
Jared Prince (2/5, 2B), Miguel Velazquez (3/5, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) all doubled once.
The multi-walk performance was just the sixth of Santana's 257-game professional career. For comparison, John Whittleman walked twice in five consecutive games with Bakersfield last week.
Chad Bell (3.08 ERA/.208 BAA) finished out the game with two shutout frames, striking out four.
L - De Los Santos (2-1)
8-5, 1.0 GB
The DSL Rangers were hurt by four errors, including a couple dropped fly balls, leading to the one-run defeat.
The story of the game was Jorge Alfaro, who made his official professional debut. The Colombia native was the designated hitter, and he was 1-for-4 with a single and three strikeouts. He was also caught stealing.
Alfaro will likely only DH for the time being, as he is returning from a hamate bone injury and just began taking batting practice approximately two weeks ago.
Starting pitcher Abel De Los Santos suffered his first loss, giving up three runs [one earned] over four innings. He walked three and struck out three.
No Rangers player had multiple hits, although Francisco Lugo, Ruben Sierra, and Johan Santa all went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Relief pitchers Leonel Gil [1.2 IP] and Jorge De Jesus [1 IP] both pitched hitless, scoreless ball, striking out two batters apiece.
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