L - Holland (5-2)
57-51, 2.0 GU
Derek Holland was knocked around a bit in his second start back in Oklahoma City, as he needed 80 pitches to complete 4.2 innings. He yielded four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out two.
Cleanup hitter Chris Davis (.353/.407/.558) went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in. He now has a 10-game hitting streak in Triple-A.
Max Ramirez (2/4) singled twice while Esteban German (1/2, 2 BB) and Brandon Boggs (1/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.
Matt Brown had his 16-game hitting streak snapped after he went 0-for-4 with three punchouts.
Right-hander Tanner Scheppers hurled two scoreless innings for the third consecutive outing. He allowed two hits, walked none, and fanned two.
The 23-year-old Scheppers has a 1.93 earned-run average with 35 strikeouts in 28 innings as a reliever in Triple-A. His ERA as a starting pitcher is 5.84 in 24.2 frames.
Pedro Strop (2.27 ERA/.197 BAA) finished the game with yet another perfect inning, striking out two batters.
L - Schlact (0-3)
HR - Tomlin (4)
19-18, 2.0 GB
The Missions finished off a four-game sweep on Monday night, extending Frisco's losing streak to eight.
Starter Michael Schlact surrendered four runs over the first two innings, and though he settled down, he was saddled with his third Double-A loss.
The tall righty yielded four runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings. He walked two and fanned four.
Streaking centerfielder James Tomlin (.319/.354/.429 in the second half) was 3-for-4 with a solo home run. He also swiped his eighth base of the season.
Joey Butler (2/4) and Renny Osuna (1/3, BB) both reached base a pair of times.
Right-hander Brennan Garr fanned four batters in 2.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Tyler Tufts' Double-A debut went smoothly, as he worked around a pair of singles to toss a shutout frame.
24-13, 4.0 GU
The California League took the day off on Monday. The first-place Blaze return to action at Visalia (17-20) on Tuesday evening.
L - Gunter (0-1)
21-15, 2.5 GB
Neil Ramirez cruised through the first three innings, retiring nine of the 10 batters he faced. But he didn't get out of the fourth and ended up yielding three runs over 3.2 innings. He walked one and fanned six.
Righty Johnny Gunter was tagged for four runs [three earned] on six hits in only 1.1 innings.
Second baseman Jonathan Roof led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with his second double with Hickory.
Michael Ortiz (1/3, 2B, BB), Edwin Garcia (1/4, 2B) and Leonel De Los Santos (1/3, 2B) also added two-baggers.
Though De Los Santos' overall numbers are still quite ugly, he is 15-for-49 [.306] in 15 games since the All-Star break.
Left fielder Ed Koncel returned from the disabled list and played in his first game since July 10. He was 0-for-2 with a pair of walks.
North Carolina native Sam Brown was solid in long relief, allowing just an unearned run over 3.1 frames.
W - Mendez (1-0)
HR - Olt (7)
3-3, 1.0 GB
Hard-throwing righty Roman Mendez tossed five scoreless innings in his first game as a member of the Rangers organization.
The 20-year-old Dominican Republic native, who was acquired as part of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia deal on Saturday, surrendered only three hits while walking one and striking out eight.
The eight punchouts marked a career-high for Mendez.
Third baseman Mike Olt (.281/.376/.464) was 2-for-3 with a homer and a walk.
Jurickson Profar went 1-for-4 with his 12th double and two runs batted in.
Jared Hoying (2/5) and Jake Skole (0/2, 2 BB) both reached twice while Clark Murphy (0/1, 3 BB) walked three times.
Hoying stole his team-leading 15th base of the summer.
Lefty Justin Earls and righty Tim Steggall finished out the game with two scoreless innings apiece. Both pitchers struck out two.
In his first 5.2 innings with Spokane, the 21-year-old Steggall has permitted four hits while walking three and striking out six.
W - Mavare (2-1)
17-16, 1.0 GB
The Surprise Rangers moved to within one game of first place with an extra-innings walkoff victory against the first-place Royals.
Cleanup hitter Tomas Telis was the hero with his run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th. The 19-year-old was a perfect 5-for-5––all singles––on the night. He had two runs batted in.
Telis, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, recently began his throwing program and has played every game as a designated hitter this season. He got out to a slow start at the plate but is now hitting .390 over his last 10 contests.
Starter Carlos Melo (4.22 ERA/.191 BAA) continued his up-and-down ways. He was up on Monday, limiting the Royals to three runs [one earned] in five innings.
Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez raised his average to .331 with a pair of base hits in five plate appearances.
Rehabbing shortstop Davis Stoneburner was 1-for-4 with a triple and a free pass.
Right-hander Kyle Ocampo returned to action with 1.1 no-hit innings out of the bullpen. He has been on the suspended list for the last month.
Arlett Mavare picked up the victory with two blank frames, working around a pair of hits and a pair of walks. The Venezuela native fanned three.
W - Medina (2-2)
Second baseman Alex Gonzalez was the big run producer in the Rangers' first victory. He was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B), Robert Morillo (2/2, 2B, BB) and Christefer Obispo (1/2, 2B, BB) also hit two-baggers.
Leadoff hitter Chris Garia had a pair of singles in four tries.
Starter Abel De Los Santos was knocked around for five runs in three innings, but he was saved by dominant closer Emiliano Medina.
Medina worked the last four innings of the game without yielding a run, dropping his ERA to a sparkling 0.36. He gave up two hits and fanned four.
W - Gil (1-1)
29-20, 1.0 GU
The Rangers played their second doubleheader in as many days on Monday, and they picked up another sweep.
With the help of nine wins in their last 10 ballgames, the Dominican Rangers now sit atop the DSL San Pedro division.
Left-hander Leonel Gil (0.35 ERA/.211 BAA) got the club off to a nice start with five shutout innings. The 6-foot-0 hurler scattered six hits while fanning five and walking zero.
The offense broke it wide open with five runs in the sixth, capped off by a bases-clearing hit from catcher Jorge Alfaro. Overall, Alfaro was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBI.
Second baseman Hanser Alberto (.370/.379/.471) had three singles in four trips. Alberto has three walks and three strikeouts in 138 official at-bats this summer.
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