W - Kirkman (7-1)
SV - Strop (7)
HR - Petit (3)
39-30, 3.5 GU
Michael Kirkman battled through six innings on Sunday, pitching just well enough to earn his seventh victory of the season.
The 23-year-old southpaw technically got the quality start, giving up four runs [but only three earned] in those six innings, walking five and striking out six. He threw 98 pitches.
Catcher Kevin Richardson got the start and went 3-for-4 with a double and his first stolen base of the season.
Esteban German (2/5, 2B), Chris Davis (2/4, 2B) and Ryan Garko (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Davis is now 32-for-68 at the plate this month.
Shortstop Gregorio Petit was just 1-for-4, but the one knock was his third home run of the season.
Lefty Zach Phillips rebounded from a rough outing by pitching 1.2 scoreless frames, but he still struggled with control. Phillips walked two and threw 50 percent of his pitches [26/13] out of the strike zone.
Pedro Strop finished the game by retiring all four batters he faced, fanning one.
L - Bleier (3-6)
37-30, 2.5 GU
Having already clinched the Texas League's South Division title for the first half, Frisco was blown away by the Hooks on Sunday.
Starting pitcher Richard Bleier allowed six runs in the first three innings, but he battled through to pitch seven frames.
The southpaw threw 94 pitches [70 strikes] in those seven innings, giving up seven earned runs on 13 hits. He walked zero and struck out three.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento was 1-for-3 with a double, Frisco's only extra-base hit of the game.
Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) and Renny Osuna (1/4) had the team's other three knocks. Rodriguez stole his ninth base of the year.
Adalberto Flores (2.86 ERA/.202 BAA) chipped in with a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.
29-41, 16.0 GB
The Blaze are enjoying their All-Star break right now. They finished the first half with a 29-41 record, 16 games behind the champion San Jose Giants.
They'll return to action at home against Visalia on Thursday, June 24.
L - Tufts (0-3)
40-30, 2.0 GB
The Crawdads needed a victory and a Lakewood loss to force a one-game playoff for the first-half title, but neither happened.
In fact, the BlueClaws won their game long before Hickory's contest with Greenville was over.
Because of that, right-hander Matt Thompson was pulled after two scoreless innings to save his arm for this week's Sally League All-Star Game.
Pitching in his first game above rookie ball, Carlos Melo was able to hold his own. The 19-year-old allowed a run on two hits in 1.2 innings, walking one and striking out two.
At the plate, DH Cristian Santana (3/4, 2 2B, BB) and third baseman Matt West (2/5, 2 2B) both doubled twice. West committed three errors, giving him 14 on the year.
Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) and Michael Ortiz (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.
The hot-and-cold Ortiz is hitting .281/.344/.474 in June after an anemic .177/.235/.266 performance in May.
Shortstop Leury Garcia singled, walked, and stole two bases. He finishes the first half with 38 swipes.
A pair of struggling relievers––Hector Nelo and Tyler Tufts––both allowed four earned runs. Nelo worked one inning while Tufts pitched 1.1 frames.
In seven appearances since coming down from Bakersfield, Tufts has yielded 12 runs [eight earned] on 11 hits in 7.1 innings. He's given up nine runs in 1.2 innings over his last two outings.
0-2, 2.0 GB
Sunday afternoon's scheduled game was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, July 25.
L - De Jesus (1-1)
10-7, 1.0 GB
The box score for the Rangers' game against the Braves on Sunday morning has yet to be posted, but they now have the results from Saturday's contest against the Tigers.
Starting pitcher Santo Perez worked five hitless innings, though he did give up a pair of unearned runs. The 6-foot-5 Dominican Republic native walked zero and struck out four.
Young shortstop Hanser Alberto had an excellent performance, singling in each of his four plate appearances.
First baseman Christefer Obispo was 3-for-4 with his second double of the season.
Both Alberto and Obispo committed two errors.
Left-hander Leonel Gil fanned three in two shutout frames. The 19-year-old has yet to allow a run in 8.1 relief innings this summer.
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