L - Ballard (4-5)
40-33, 2.5 GU
Overall, the RedHawks played an ugly game on Thursday night, but starting pitcher Omar Beltre was excellent.
The right-hander needed only 56 pitches to complete five scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked none, and struck out six.
Mike Ballard suffered his fifth loss, as he allowed four runs on seven singles in just one inning.
Oklahoma City was held to four singles in the game, and they came from Craig Gentry (1/4), Esteban German (1/3, HBP), Chris Davis (1/4) and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/4).
Lefty reliever Clay Rapada fanned two in a perfect inning, lowering his ERA to 1.85.
W - Roark (8-3)
2-0, 0.0 GU
Tanner Roark continued a solid string of starts, limiting the RockHounds to two runs [one earned] on seven hits over seven innings. He fanned three without giving up a free pass.
Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon singled four times in five at-bats.
The 2010 season has been a strange one for Lemon. He's been disappointing on the whole, batting just .265. However, in 154 at-bats out of the leadoff spot, Lemon has posted a decent .305/.339/.409 slash line.
Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B) and James Tomlin (1/4, 2B, BB) both doubled once.
Taylor Teagarden (2/5), Elio Sarmiento (2/5) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) singled two times apiece.
Right-handed relievers Evan Reed and Josh Lueke both pitched one shutout frame to finish out the game.
L - Murphy (0-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB
Carlos Pimentel got his second half off to a decent start, as he permitted three runs over six innings of work, walking three and fanning six.
John Whittleman (2/4, 2B, BB), Mike Bianucci (2/5, 2B), Jose Felix (1/4, 2B) and Andres James (2/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Left-hander Tim Murphy suffered his first loss of the season after yielding four runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings.
L - Tufts (0-4)
HR - Ortiz (4)
0-1, 1.0 GB
First baseman Michael Ortiz came through in the clutch, as he belted a game-tying, two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. But the Crawdads ended up losing in 10.
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez gave up three runs over five innings. He surrendered two home runs, giving him five home runs yielded over his last two starts.
Reliever Braden Tullis retired all nine batters he faced, getting four strikeouts and four groundouts.
Travis Adair (2/5), Leury Garcia (2/5) and Cristian Santana (2/4) all singled twice.
Third baseman Matt West was 1-for-3 with a walk and his 14th double.
Tyler Tufts suffered his fourth loss in only eight appearances with Hickory this season.
L - Johnson (0-1)
1-5, 3.0 GB
The Indians lost their second extra-innings game in as many days.
Making his second official start in the U.S., righty Randol Rojas hurled five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked two, struck out one, and got 10 ground ball outs.
Ben Henry, who was terrific in his first outing, gave up four runs in just 1.1 innings on Thursday.
Red-hot sluggers Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, 2B) and Andrew Clark (3/5, 2B) both reached base three times and doubled once.
Danny Lima (3/4) and Alejandro Selen (2/4) also had multiple hits.
Leadoff man Jurickson Profar went hitless in five plate appearances, striking out twice.
Cleanup hitter and third baseman Mike Olt singled once and walked twice.
W - Monegro (1-0)
1-2, 1.0 GB
Where to begin with this game?
The AZL Rangers scored 23 runs on only 14 hits [helped by five Padres errors and 14 walks].
The Rangers scored 10 runs in the eighth inning. That half inning featured only three hits. They were helped out by six walks, six wild pitches, four hit batsmen, two errors, and one balk––all in one half inning.
Left fielder Braxton Lane (3/4, 2 2B) and DH Jake Skole (3/4, 2B, 3 BB) led the way with three hits apiece.
Lane drove home five runs while Skole had two runs batted in.
Cody Podraza (1/1, 2B, BB) and Santiago Chirino (1/1, 2B, BB) also doubled once.
Shortstop Drew Robinson was 0-for-1, but he walked four times and was hit by a pitch once.
Right fielder Jordan Akins tripled, walked twice, and scored four runs.
Starting pitcher Carlos Melo had a rough night, as he allowed six runs on seven hits in only three innings.
Relievers Arlett Mavare [1 IP] and Aaron Thompson [1 IP] closed out the game with scoreless ball.
W - Perez (1-3)
HR - Abreu (2), Santa (1)
12-8, 0.5 GB
The Rangers' Dominican Summer League team also went on a tear on Thursday morning.
The club got home runs from left fielder Esdras Abreu (3/5, HR) and third baseman Johan Santa, who belted a two-run shot in his only plate appearance.
Starting pitcher David Perez yielded three runs [one earned] on five hits over five innings, walking zero and striking out six.
Perez, who earned his first professional victory, has two walks and 26 strikeouts in 21.1 innings this season.
Middle infielders Luis Mendez (4/5, 2B, 2 BB) and Hanser Alberto (3/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Ruben Sierra (2/6) and Jorge Alfaro (2/4) had two singles apiece.
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