W - Kirkman (8-3)
SV - Eppley (1)
HR - Garko (10)
48-38, 4.5 GU
Michael Kirkman (3.30 ERA/.240 BAA) notched the fifth quality start in his last six outings, holding the Express to one run over six innings. The left-hander allowed six singles while walking three and fanning six.
Kirkman got out of a couple jams in the game, including one in the bottom of the sixth, when he loaded the bases with nobody out. He then got two strikeouts and an infield popup to end the threat.
First baseman Ryan Garko hit a solo home run for the second consecutive day. He was 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
Eight of OKC's nine starters had one hit on the night, and Garko's homer was the only extra-base hit.
Making his Triple-A debut, sidearming righty Cody Eppley retired all six batters he faced, getting four strikeouts and two groundouts. Eppley earned his first save.
W - Bleier (5-6)
SV - Flores (2)
11-2, 5.5 GU
Richard Bleier was uncharacteristically wild for the second consecutive outing, but he was able to pick up his fifth victory.
The sinkerballing left-hander threw only 46 of his 81 pitches for strikes, and he walked three batters [while striking out one] in 5.1 innings. Still, Bleier gave up two earned runs and induced 11 groundouts versus only four flyouts.
The RoughRiders offense mashed five doubles in the game.
Right fielder Joey Butler led the way, going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a hit-by pitch.
Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B), Taylor Teagarden (2/5, 2B) and Andy Jenkins (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.
Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon (2/5) and first baseman Emerson Frostad (2/4, BB) both singled twice.
Ben Snyder [1.1 IP] and Adalberto Flores [1 IP] fished out the game with shutout relief.
W - Pimentel (6-4)
HR - Stoneburner (10), Mendonca (3)
12-4, 4.0 GU
Carlos Pimentel bounced back from perhaps the worst outing of his career with arguably his best.
The 20-year-old righty scattered seven hits through seven innings, holding Modesto to just one run. He struck out four without issuing a base on balls.
The Blaze offense also got the job done, as they scored nine runs on 11 total hits.
Second baseman Davis Stoneburner belted a grand slam in the eighth inning, his 10th home run of the season. He also singled and had five total runs batted in.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.
Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) doubled while Chris Gradoville (2/4) and Andres James (2/4) both singled twice.
Appearing in his first game since June 27, left-hander Shane Zegarac hurled two scoreless innings to lower his earned-run average to 2.45.
7-8, 4.0 GB
Hickory and Greensboro were washed out on Friday night. They'll play a doubleheader on Saturday.
L - Weibley (0-1)
HR - Hoying (1)
10-10, 1.5 GB
Through four starts, Miguel De Los Santos (1.59 ERA/.107 BAA) continues to be difficult to hit with the Indians.
The left-hander, who turns 22-years-old on Saturday, allowed two runs on only one hit over five innings. He walked three and struck out eight.
In his first 17 innings with Spokane, De Los Santos has yielded six hits while walking 13 and striking out 24.
Left fielder Jared Hoying, who is breaking out of his slump, was 1-for-5 with a solo home run, the first of his professional career.
Jurickson Profar (2/5, 2B) and Kevin Torres (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Centerfielder Jake Skole was 1-for-4 with three strikeouts and two runs batted in.
W - Blackwell (3-1)
9-6, 0.0 GU
The AZL Rangers steamrolled over the Mariners on Friday evening, as three pitchers combined for a three-hit shutout in Peoria.
Starting pitcher Shawn Blackwell earned his third victory, hurling six innings of scoreless ball. He gave up two singles, walked two, and struck out four.
Left-hander Chris Hanna [2 IP] and Arlett Mavare [1 IP] combined to keep the M's off the board for three more innings to finish out the game.
Hanna has begun his pro career with five scoreless frames, allowing only two hits.
Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez had another excellent game, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of stolen bases.
Second baseman Jonathan Roof (2/4) and first baseman Jhonny Gomez (2/4) also singled twice.
W - Tirado (1-1)
SV - Medina (4)
17-16, 3.0 GB
Centerfielder Chris Garia (.233/.349/.278) appears to be picking up steam. The speedster was 2-for-4 with a double and his 14th stolen base of the year. The Curacao native has nine hits over his last five games.
Starting pitcher Abel De Los Santos gave up seven hits and walked four batters in 3.1 innings, yet he somehow only surrendered one run.
Lefty Pedro Tirado fanned four hitters and yielded two hits in 2.2 innings of scoreless ball.
Dario Beltre [1 IP] and Emiliano Medina [2 IP] combined to retire all nine batters they faced. Medina struck out two in his two innings.
Designated hitter Guy Edmonds was 0-for-2, but he drew a pair of walks.
Jorge Alfaro (.188/.274/.203 in 64 at-bats) was 0-for-3 with an intentional walk. Alfaro had his seventh passed ball of the year, highlighting just how raw he is behind the plate.
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