W - Beltre (4-1)
SV - Strop (9)
57-48, 3.5 GU
Oklahoma City finished off a dominant four-game sweep of the Express on Friday night. The RedHawks surrendered just seven total runs in the four games.
Starting pitcher Omar Beltre (2.50 ERA/.216 BAA) gave up a run on two hits over six innings of work. The righty threw 50 of his 75 pitches for strikes, and he walked two while fanning five.
Brandon Boggs (2/3, 2B, BB), Esteban German (1/4, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (1/4, 2B) all doubled in the game.
Left fielder Matt Brown was 1-for-4 with his second triple of the season.
Cleanup hitter Ryan Garko singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .257.
Leadoff man Craig Gentry was 0-for-1 officially, but he was plunked twice and walked once.
Hard-throwing reliever Tanner Scheppers (3.91 ERA/.264 BAA) worked two blank innings on 21 pitches. He yielded one single and fanned two without issuing a base on balls.
Pedro Strop (2.34 ERA/.202 BAA) punched out a pair in a perfect ninth inning. The 25-year-old picked up his ninth save.
L - Murphy (0-1)
19-15, 1.0 GB
Richard Bleier (4.76 ERA/.276 BAA) wasn't able to get the victory despite working into the eighth inning.
The 23-year-old southpaw didn't allow a run until the sixth inning. In all, he yielded three runs on eight hits in 7.1 frames, walking one and striking out four.
As usual, the sinkerballer was a ground ball machine. He induced 11 groundouts against four flyouts. Bleier is getting 2.1 groundouts per flyout in 124.2 innings on the year.
Frisco lost the lead when left-hander Tim Murphy coughed up four runs––though all unearned––on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.
DH John Whittleman (.190/.313/.301) was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in.
Joey Butler was 2-for-4 with his fifth triple.
Catcher Jose Felix singled twice in four trips, raising his Double-A average to .286.
Adalberto Flores (3.38 ERA/.246 BAA) finished it out by striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
The ‘Riders had a scary moment in the top of the first inning, when centerfielder Engel Beltre injured his shoulder during a collision with the wall. Beltre was forced to leave the game.
If Beltre is unavailable for Saturday's contest, Frisco is left with just nine active position players and 10 active pitchers.
W - Boscan (8-9)
HR - Kaase (4)
23-12, 4.0 GU
Bakersfield survived game one in the extreme hitter-friendly environment of Lancaster.
Wilfredo Boscan (4.13 ERA/.288 BAA) picked up his eighth victory despite battling through early struggles and allowing at least one baserunner in every inning.
The 20-year-old allowed five runs on 11 hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without walking a batter.
Boscan has shown steady improvement throughout the season. Over his last seven starts, he has issued just four walks while fanning 45 in 48 innings.
Second baseman Jake Kaase was 2-for-4 with a homer and three runs batted in. His round-tripper was Bakersfield's only of the night.
DH Mike Bianucci went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him 15 on the season.
Cody Podraza (2/4, BB) and Doug Hogan (2/5) both singled twice.
Justin Miller returned from the disabled list––pitching in his first game since June 15––and retired both batters he faced. He struck out one.
W - De Los Santos (1-0)
HR - Bolden (2)
19-14, 3.0 GB
Jake Brigham bounced back from his career-worst outing with another solid seven-inning performance.
The 22-year-old held Kannapolis to two runs on five hits over the seven innings, walking one and striking out three. He induced two groundouts per flyout [10-to-5] in the contest.
Centerfielder Jared Bolden tied the game in the sixth with a two-run homer, his third since returning to Hickory. He also singled and laid down a sacrifice bunt.
The Crawdads won it in walkoff fashion, as Vin DiFazio singled Bolden home in the bottom of the night. The knock was DiFazio's only hit of the game.
Shortstop Jonathan Roof singled twice in three at-bats.
Hard-throwing righty Ovispo De Los Santos retired all six batters he faced to earn the victory, striking out three.
De Los Santos has surrendered just five hits in 13.2 innings between Spokane and Hickory this season.
L - Killian (1-1)
1-2, 1.0 GB
Andrew Doyle yielded just an unearned run in four innings in his second start of the season. The sinkerballer walked none, fanned two, and got eight groundouts against two flyouts.
Right-hander Tim Stanford followed with a pair of scoreless innings, striking out two. The 21-year-old has allowed just two runs on 10 hits in 20 innings this season.
Leadoff hitter Jake Skole (.281/.350/.360) singled twice in four trips. He was the only Spokane player with multiple knocks.
Jurickson Profar (1/4), Andrew Clark (1/2, BB), and Clark Murphy (1/3) had the club's other hits.
L - Blackwell (4-2)
15-16, 3.0 GB
The AZL Rangers played a forgettable game on Friday, dropping a 14-0 decision, getting just five hits, and committing four errors.
Shawn Blackwell gave up a leadoff home run to rehabbing outfielder Jody Gerut and it was downhill from there. The young righty surrendered five runs [three earned] in just two-thirds of an inning.
Lefty Chris Hanna gave up one run in two innings, the first run he has allowed in 11 innings to start his professional career. Hanna fanned two without walking a batter.
Drew Robinson (2/3), Alinson Perez (1/3), Oduber Herrera (1/4) and Teodoro Martinez (1/4) combined for the team's hits.
Converted outfielder Edward Alfonzo appeared in his first game as a pitcher and hurled a scoreless inning. The 20-year-old Venezuela native allowed a hit, walked one, and fanned one.
Richard Alvarez appeared and relief and tossed 1.1 scoreless innings despite yielding two hits and two walks. Alvarez was pitching in his first game since July 8.
Erratic right-hander Tae-Kyung Ahn coughed up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He issued four walks, plunked a batter, and uncorked a wild pitch.
24-20, 2.5 GB
The Rangers had the day off on Friday. They dropped a 12-inning game to the Indians on Thursday afternoon.
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