L - Ballard (5-6)
HR - Boggs (8)
57-49, 2.5 GU
Mike Ballard was slugged for 10 runs [six earned] in only 2.2 innings of work on Saturday night. The left-hander threw 82 pitches in less than three total innings.
Righty Warner Madrigal (4.84 ERA/.256 BAA) filled in long relief duties, giving up one run over 3.1 frames. He fanned five.
Right fielder Brandon Boggs (.279/.404/.446) blasted a three-run homer––his eighth of the season––for his only hit of the night.
Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.
Clay Rapada saw his earned-run average jump to 2.09 after a rare poor outing. The lefty specialist allowed three runs in just one inning.
L - Snyder (2-4)
19-16, 1.0 GB
The fairly short-handed RoughRiders played a rather forgettable game on Saturday night.
Spot-starter Ben Snyder worked his way through five innings, yielding five runs on seven hits.
Righty Chris Mobley, who was signed earlier in the day to fill a bullpen spot, worked a perfect sixth inning, but he fell apart in the seventh. Mobley allowed six consecutive batters to reach base in his second frame, and they all came around to score.
Shortstop Renny Osuna was 2-for-4 with his fourth triple of the season, raising his average to .296.
Marcus Lemon (2/5, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.
James Tomlin singled three times and walked once in five trips.
Backstop Jose Felix also had a strong night, going 1-for-3 with a base on balls.
Mark Hamburger was excellent in his first Double-A inning, tossing a perfect frame with one strikeout on just seven pitches.
W - Pimentel (7-6)
HR - Bianucci (12, 13), Morrison (7), Velazquez (3)
24-12, 5.0 GU
With a combined 26 runs on 34 hits, it's safe to say the Blaze felt the full-effect of the Lancaster JetHawks jet stream on Saturday night.
Carlos Pimentel earned the victory despite giving up nine runs [just three earned] in five innings. Pimentel allowed 11 hits but struck out six.
All nine Bakersfield hitters had at least one knock in the game. Infielders Tom Mendonca and Jake Kaase were the only to go without an extra-base hit.
Miguel Velazquez (.282/.336/.395) entered the game without an extra-base hit since July 18. But he had a powerful night, going 2-for-6 with a triple, a home run, and five runs batted in.
The Puerto Rico native has 73 total RBI in 100 games between Hickory and Bakersfield.
DH Mike Bianucci (.254/.305/.427) was 3-for-5 with a pair of home runs, giving him 13 round-trippers on the year.
Erik Morrison, who was 1-for-5, added a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano (.289/.348/.382) had five hits––including two doubles––in six plate appearances.
Cody Podraza (3/4, 2B, BB), Doug Hogan (2/5, 2B) and Andres James (2/6, 2B) also had strong games.
W - Ortiz (3-1)
SV - Tufts (7)
20-14, 2.0 GB
Braden Tullis had a rare rough start on Saturday, as he was touched up for four runs on eight hits over three innings pitched.
But the bullpen picked him up, with righties Johan Yan [2.2 IP], Joe Ortiz [2.2 IP] and Tyler Tufts [0.2 IP] teaming up to pitch six scoreless innings.
Yan (0.87 ERA/.182 BAA) and Ortiz (1.24 ERA/.191 BAA) both allowed two hits and fanned four batters. The 19-year-old Ortiz has 43 strikeouts in 29 innings at Hickory.
Scuffling catcher Leonel De Los Santos doubled twice in four at-bats, raising his average to .208.
Vin DiFazio (2/4, 2B, BB) and Jonathan Roof (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Travis Adair (2/4) and Jared Prince (2/3, BB) had two singles apiece. Adair also stole his ninth base.
Former Rangers farmhand Ian Gac went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in the game for Kannapolis. He is hitting .292 on the season with 18 round-trippers.
A six-year free agent after last season, Gac signed with the White Sox organization over the offseason.
W - Rojas (3-2)
2-2, 1.0 GB
Young right-hander Randol Rojas (2.38 ERA/.233 BAA) just keeps on rolling.
The 19-year-old Venezuela native scattered five hits over five shutout frames on Saturday night, walking zero and striking out three. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in any start since his first in Spokane.
On-base machine and first baseman Andrew Clark (.318/.429/.388) went 3-for-4 with a walk and four runs batted in.
Jared Hoying (2/4, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice and walked while Mike Olt (2/4, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar was 1-for-3 with a pair of free passes.
Dominican Republic native Francisco Mendoza (3.94 ERA/.318 BAA) fanned five batters in 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. He allowed one hit without walking a man.
Brett Weibley punched out three in the ninth, working around a hit and a walk.
W - Rijo (3-2)
16-16, 2.0 GB
The Surprise Rangers got an excellent pitching performance from 19-year-old hurler Ezequiel Rijo (4.50 ERA/.241 BAA). He allowed one run on two hits over a season-high six innings pitched, walking one and striking out four.
New Mexico native Anthony Haase followed with two no-hit innings, though he did surrender a run after walking two batters and hitting one. He struck out four.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva (.299/.377/.458) doubled twice for both of his team's extra-base hits.
Oduber Herrera (3/6) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) both singled multiple times. Gomez knocked in four runs.
Drew Robinson played his first game in left field. The fourth-round pick had previously seen time at shortstop and second base.
Left-hander Geuris Grullon (1.59 ERA/.209 BAA) finished it off with a blank ninth inning. The 6-foot-5 hurler hasn't walked a batter in his last seven appearances, spanning 7.1 innings.
W - S. Perez (4-2)
SV - De Jesus (4)
25-20, 2.5 GB
The DSL Rangers earned their fourth win in five contests behind yet another dominant all-around performance.
Starting pitcher Santo Perez (2.79 ERA/.206 BAA) hurled a season-best six scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, struck out seven, and walked one.
In 42 innings this season, the 21-year-old righty has five walks and 33 strikeouts.
Shortstop Belarmino Campos led the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with three doubles and two runs batted in.
Johan Santa (1/1, 2B) and Carlos Oropeza (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Right fielder Hector Martinez raised his average to .228 with three singles in five at-bats.
Jorge De Jesus (3.20 ERA/.170 BAA) earned his fourth save after yielding one run in three innings of work. He has 34 strikeouts in 25.1 frames this season.
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