L - Beltre (0-6)
HR - Moreland (8), Brown (6)
48-39, 4.5 GU
Omar Beltre was slightly wild in his return to Triple-A.
Though he only walked two batters, he threw only 43 strikes out of 75 pitches. The righty lasted five innings, giving up two runs [one earned] on three hits. He struck out four.
Corner outfielders Mitch Moreland (2/4, 2B, HR) and Matt Brown (1/4, HR) produced Oklahoma City's two runs with a pair of solo home runs.
Leadoff man Craig Gentry (2/4) singled twice while Max Ramirez (1/3, 2B) belted his fourth double.
Long reliever Geoff Geary kept the RedHawks in the game, surrendering an unearned run over three innings, throwing just 34 pitches.
L - Perez (3-5)
HR - Osuna (2)
Martin Perez pitched four innings on 52 pitches before leaving the game with stiffness in his back. The young southpaw gave up two runs, walking one and striking out six.
Second baseman Renny Osuna, taking over for the traded Matt Lawson, was 2-for-3 with a solo home run, producing Frisco's lone run of the game.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre singled twice and was hit by a pitch in his three plate appearances.
Brennan Garr struck out two in a pair of scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 4.87.
W - Tatusko (8-1)
SV - Jones (2)
HR - Frostad (3)
12-3, 5.5 GU
Ryan Tatusko needed 97 pitches to get through 6.1 innings, and he walked five, but he was good enough to pick up his eighth victory.
The tall right-hander yielded one run on five hits, striking out three.
First baseman and cleanup hitter Emerson Frostad did enough to win the game with his two-run homer in the top of the third inning.
Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez (2/3) singled twice in three trips.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre had one single in three at-bats. Through eight games with Frisco, Beltre is 14-for-28––an even .500 batting average.
Beau Jones earned his second save by retiring the final two batters of the game, getting a groundout and a strikeout.
L - Nam (2-2)
12-5, 3.0 GU
South Korea native Yoon-Hee Nam got the start for the Blaze, and he gave up five runs in five innings of work. The 22-year-old walked one and struck out five.
DH Chris Gradoville was 1-for-4 with his 16th double of the season.
David Paisano (2/5), Jonathan Greene (2/4), Jake Kaase (2/3, BB) and Jose Felix (2/4) all singled twice.
Making his High-A debut, Kansas State product Trevor Hurley yielded one run on one hit in two innings, walking one and striking out two.
W - Ortiz (1-1)
HR - West (6)
Both teams scored four runs in the the first inning, and the Crawdads and Grasshoppers continued to play even baseball through 11 innings in game one of the doubleheader.
Starter Neil Ramirez allowed five runs [three earned] on seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out four.
Right-hander Johan Yan (0.00 ERA/.154 BAA) was outstanding in long relief, pitching 3.2 scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out four.
Yan began throwing sidearm about halfway through Extended Spring Training, and so far, it has been a big success. In his first 10.2 innings at Hickory, the 21-year-old has yet to surrender a run.
Third baseman Matt West was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his sixth long ball of the year.
Versatile infielder/outfielder Jared Bolden went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks, and three runs batted in.
Travis Adair (2/5, 3B) tripled while Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) doubled.
Joe Bonadonna (2/4, BB) and Michael Ortiz (2/3) both singled twice.
Left-hander Joe Ortiz gave up a solo home run, but it was the only run he allowed in 2.1 innings en route to his first victory of the season.
W - Tullis (3-0)
HR - Bolden (1)
9-8, 3.5 GB
Jared Bolden finished off a phenomenal double dip with a perfect night at the plate in game two. He was 2-for-2 with a double, a two-run homer, and a walk.
In his first nine games since coming down from Bakersfield, Bolden is 14-for-34 with three doubles, a homer, and five walks.
Starting pitcher Braden Tullis lowered his earned-run average to 2.18 with five shutout innings. He permitted three singles, walked two, and fanned five.
The 20-year-old has hurled 10 blank innings over his last two starts.
Leadoff man Travis Adair (2/4, 2B) and DH Cody Podraza (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.
Adair's recent hot streak has raised his batting average up to .297.
Ovispo De Los Santos and Tyler Tufts both pitched blank innings to finish out the game. De Los Santos has retired the first six batters he has faced with Hickory.
W - Rojas (1-1)
11-10, 1.5 GB
Young right-hander Randol Rojas appears to be getting into a groove with Spokane. On Saturday, he allowed three runs [two earned] in 5.1 innings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out three.
The sinkerballer recorded 10 groundouts versus only three in the air, and he now has a 2.22:1 ratio thus far.
The club got doubles from Clark Murphy (2/4, 2B), Brett Nicholas (2/3, 2B, 2 BB), Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B, BB).
Designated hitter Andrew Clark singled three times and drove in four runs. Second baseman Kevin Rodland also had three knocks.
W - Rijo (1-0)
HR - Villanueva (1)
10-6, 1.0 GU
The AZL Rangers jumped into first place with another offensive explosion on Saturday night, scoring 10 runs on 17 hits.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva (.340/.431/.500) led the way, going 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk, and three runs batted in.
Toolsy outfielder Jordan Akins singled four times in five at-bats, raising his batting average to .297.
Second baseman Drew Robinson doubled twice and walked once in six trips.
Braxton Lane (3/5), Alinson Perez (2/5) and Jhonny Gomez (2/3, BB) all singled multiple times on the evening.
Starting pitcher Ezequiel Rijo earned his first victory of the year after giving up one run over five innings pitched. He walked one and struck out three.
Young left-hander Alexander Claudio got knocked around out of the bullpen, as he permitted four runs on five hits in just two-thirds of an inning.
L - Jimenez (1-2)
17-17, 4.0 GB
Left-hander Luis Parra tossed six no-hit innings, but some wildness led to one earned run. He walked three and struck out three.
Second baseman Hanser Alberto (.392/.398/.494) was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in.
Right fielder Alex Gonzalez (1/2, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice while shortstop Belarmino Campos (1/4, 2B) doubled.
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