L - Harden (0-2)
52-44, 1.0 GB
The suddenly scuffling RedHawks were beaten by Jeff Samardzija for the second time in a week.
Rehabbing righty Rich Harden was touched up for six runs on seven hits [including two homers] over five innings. He threw 88 pitches [62 strikes] and walked one while fanning nine.
Each of Harden's three rehab starts have been a bit of a struggle. Though he has 14 strikeouts in 11.1 innings, he has also surrendered 10 runs on 16 hits.
Mitch Moreland got the start at first base once again, and he raised his average to .291 with three singles in five plate appearances.
Second baseman Guilder Rodriguez (2/3, 2 2B) doubled twice while Jarrod Saltamacchia (2/5, 2B) doubled once.
A 26-year-old defensive whiz, Rodriguez has had multiple professional seasons with two extra-base hits or fewer in the entire year. He entered the day with one double and three triples in 83 games in 2010.
Catcher Max Ramirez singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.
Sidearmers Clay Rapada and Cody Eppley posted identical lines––one inning, one hit, zero runs, zero walks, two strikeouts.
Right-handers have yet to get a hit off Eppley in his first five Triple-A appearances.
L - Tatusko (9-2)
16-9, 3.0 GU
Ryan Tatusko (3.16 ERA/.254 BAA) was stuck with just his second loss of the season, as he allowed four runs in 6.1 innings. The Indiana native gave up four hits while walking two and striking out two.
The game was tied until the bottom of the seventh inning, when a run-scoring balk brought home the go-ahead run.
Right fielder Joey Butler went 2-for-3 with a double and a base on balls.
Emerson Frostad (2/3, BB) and Engel Beltre (1/4) had the only other hits of the game for the ‘Riders.
Lefty Ben Snyder retired all five batters he faced, getting a pair of strikeouts.
W - Gomez (4-7)
SV - Hamburger (14)
HR - Paisano (4), Greene (1, 2)
17-10, 2.0 GU
After a brutal start to his season, right-hander Kennil Gomez may be starting to figure it out.
The 22-year-old hurler tossed seven scoreless innings on Wednesday afternoon, giving up just three singles. He walked two, fanned three, and recorded 11 groundouts.
Gomez has permitted one run over 15 innings in his last two starts.
Left fielder Jonathan Greene had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in.
Centerfielder David Paisano led off the game with a solo homer. He also singled once and walked once.
Doug Hogan (3/5) singled three times while Chris Gradoville (2/5, 2B) singled once and doubled once.
The Quakes came back against reliever Corey Young in the eighth inning, scoring four runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning. Young's season ERA shot up to 3.82.
Closer Mark Hamburger continued to do an excellent job, recording the final four outs without surrendering a run to earn his 14th save.
Hamburger hasn't surrendered a single run in his last 13 outings, spanning 15.1 innings.
L - Ramirez (7-7)
HR - Adair (1)
14-12, 1.5 GB
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (5.02 ERA/.299 BAA) permitted four runs [three earned] over five innings pitched. He allowed eight hits while walking two and striking out five.
In his second year with Hickory, the 21-year-old has improved his strikeout-to-walk ratio from 1.37 to 3.1. However, at the same time, opponents are hitting him at a much greater clip [.235 to .299] this season.
Reliever Daniel Gutierrez was knocked around in his frame, but a two-out error kept any of his runs from being earned. Gutierrez yielded six unearned runs on four hits and a walk in one inning of work.
Red-hot second baseman Travis Adair raised his average to .322 by going 4-for-5 with a solo home run. The round-tripper was the first of Adair's three-year professional career.
Left fielder Guillermo Pimentel saw his average jump to .293, as he was 4-for-5 with a two-bagger.
Jared Bolden (2/5, 2B), Vin DiFazio (2/5, 2B) and Michael Ortiz (1/4, 2B) also doubled. DiFazio was playing his first game in Hickory since suffering an oblique injury on May 21.
Hard-throwing righty Ovispo De Los Santos retired all six batters he faced, striking out three of them.
W - Steggall (1-0)
HR - Richmond (1)
18-14, 0.5 GB
Starting pitcher Nick McBride bounced back from a few rough outings to hurl six scoreless innings on Wednesday evening. The North Carolina native permitted four hits, walked one, and struck out four.
Andrew Doyle struggled in relief of McBride, giving up four runs [two earned] on two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings.
Right fielder Josh Richmond was only 1-for-6, but the one knock was a solo home run in the fifth inning.
DH Clark Murphy singled once and walked twice in five plate appearances.
Tim Stanford (1.17 ERA/.167 BAA) did another fine job in long relief. He pitched 3.1 shutout frames, permitting only one hit.
UT-Arlington product Tim Steggall picked up the victory with 1.2 scoreless frames in his Spokane debut.
Santiago Chirino scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 15th. He was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a walk.
In his first six games with the Indians, Chirino is 8-for-23 with two doubles, four walks, and only one strikeout.
W - Melo (3-2)
13-12, 2.0 GB
Carlos Melo (3.91 ERA/.185 BAA) turned in another excellent effort, pitching five innings and surrendering just one unearned run.
The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native scattered five hits while walking one and striking out six.
In his first 25.1 innings with the AZL Rangers, Melo has allowed 17 hits while walking 13 and fanning 26.
Right fielder Travis Meiners, who was 2-for-4 with a double, had the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the night.
Teodoro Martinez was 1-for-4 with a pair of runs batted in.
Making his official professional debut, shortstop Luis Sardinas singled once in three plate appearances. He also committed a throwing error.
Sardinas had been out with a hand injury he sustained while getting hit by a pitch during Extended Spring Training.
20-19, 3.5 GB
The Rangers and Tigers were rained out on Wednesday.
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