W - Rapada (1-0)
HR - Saltalamacchia (7), Moreland (4)
35-28, 2.0 GU
Tuesday morning's game between Oklahoma City and New Orleans was an adventure, to say the least.
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (3.11 ERA/.227 BAA) had a solid effort, yielding three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out six.
Though Kirkman has consistently pitched deep into games for the last three seasons, Tuesday's start marks the first time Kirkman has ever pitched seven full innings in back-to-back outings.
Right fielder Mitch Moreland (.265/.336/.417) went off, going 4-for-4 with a home run, four runs batted in, and a walk.
The bullpen wasn't able to hold the RedHawks' lead in the last two innings, as Zach Phillips [0.2 IP] and Pedro Strop [1.1 IP] both surrendered two runs.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia ended the game in the 10th, though, as he blasted a walkoff solo home run for his only hit of the day.
Shortstop Gregorio Petit tripled and drove home two runs in the contest, while leadoff man Esteban German was 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of stolen bases.
L - Eppley (1-1)
HR - Lawson (5), Teagarden (3)
36-26, 3.5 GU
Richard Bleier worked into the seventh inning on Tuesday, but the Frisco bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead.
The Florida native pitched 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out five.
At the plate, second baseman Matt Lawson (.310/.404/.478) was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden (.274/.364/.442), who was 2-for-4, doubled and hit a solo round-tripper.
Leadoff man Renny Osuna raised his batting average to .291 with two singles in four at-bats.
Mitch Hilligoss played left field and had a single, a walk, and an outfield assist, as he threw out Adrian Cardenas at third base.
Sidearming righty Cody Eppley fanned three batters in two innings, but he suffered the loss after allowing one run. He walked two batters.
In his first 14.2 innings at the Double-A level, Eppley has surrendered three runs on nine hits, walking seven and striking out 16.
L - Pimentel (5-3)
26-38, 15.0 GB
The nine-inning game took three hours and 18 minutes to complete, it was 94 degrees at first pitch, and the paid attendance was just 382.
On top of all that, the Blaze fell behind early and lost by 11 runs.
In a less-than-pleasant game, where Stockton was 12-for-25 with runners in scoring position, starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel was battered for seven runs on 10 hits in 3.1 innings.
Right-hander Jake Brigham, who returned from the disabled list, coughed up five runs on six hits in only two frames.
In fact, the only Bakersfield hurler to escape unscathed was Justin Miller, who fanned three in 1.2 scoreless innings.
On the other side, the Blaze were limited to only three hits in the game. They came from Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 2B, BB), Jared Bolden (1/4, 2B) and Tom Mendonca (1/3).
W - Thompson (5-4)
SV - Tullis (3)
HR - Garcia (3)
38-27, 1.0 GB
Hickory took home the rain-shortened victory on Tuesday evening.
Starter Matt Thompson was good enough to earn the victory, as he allowed four runs [three earned] on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out nine.
Thompson has struggled in his last few starts, but he has posted a 75:15 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 67.2 innings on the season.
Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia (.263/.310/.337) was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer, his third round-tripper of the season.
Right fielder Jared Prince (.295/.378/.460) was a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles, giving him 19 two-baggers for the year. The Washington State product is 20-for-51 [.392] with eight doubles and two homers this month.
First baseman Michael Ortiz was 1-for-1 with a walk and two runs scored.
W - Medina (1-0)
9-5, 0.0 GU
The Rangers moved into a tie for first place with an extra-innings, walkoff win against the team that resides next door to them.
Left-hander Juan Grullon made his first start of the season, giving up only an unearned run in five innings. He scattered four hits, walked zero, and fanned six.
First baseman Christefer Obispo was 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run batted in. He had the club's only extra-base hit of the game.
Chris Garia (1/3, BB) and Guy Edmonds (1/3, BB) both singled once and walked once.
Left fielder Esdras Abreu had two singles and two runs batted in.
Playing in his second professional game, DH Jorge Alfaro was 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He was also hit by a pitch and scored a run.
Francisco Lugo won the game in the bottom of the 10th with his single, scoring leadoff man Luis Mendez.
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