W - Holland (6-2)
SV - Strop (10)
60-53, 3.0 GU
On the day that Rich Harden scuffled in Oakland, left-hander Derek Holland tossed a solid start in Salt Lake City.
Holland hurled six scoreless innings on 95 pitches. He gave up four hits while walking two and striking out three.
Cleanup hitter Chris Davis played left field for the first time since he played with Spokane in 2006––his debut summer. Davis' night in the field was uneventful, and he went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk at the plate.
Brandon Boggs (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled and walked.
Third baseman Esteban German (2/4, BB) and Max Ramirez (2/3, BB) both singled twice and walked. German stole a pair of bases, giving him 37 swipes on the season.
Right-hander Tanner Scheppers permitted a run on one hit in one inning of relief. He fanned two without issuing a walk.
Pedro Strop (2.15 ERA/.194 BAA) struck out two in yet another perfect inning.
Since Strop returned to Triple-A in mid-July, he has retired 26 of the 30 batters he's faced, striking out 16 of them.
L - Schlact (0-4)
21-21, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders lost for the 11th time in 13 games on Saturday night.
Starting pitcher Michael Schlact lost his fourth consecutive start after yielding five runs over five innings of work. He walked three, fanned three, and surrendered a pair of home runs.
Frisco wasn't able to do much damage against Padres top prospect Simon Castro, who struck out seven over six scoreless innings.
Left fielder Jonathan Greene went 1-for-4 with a double and the club's only RBI of the game.
James Tomlin (2/4) and Joey Butler (2/4) both singled twice.
The Missions blew the game wide open when they plated five runs in reliever Adalberto Flores' two innings.
Tim Murphy finished it out with a 1-2-3 eighth inning. He has yet to surrender an earned run in 11.1 Double-A frames.
L - Gomez (4-8)
HR - Hogan (2)
27-15, 5.0 GU
The division-leading Blaze played what can only be described as an ugly affair on Saturday evening.
The contest got out of hand quickly, as starter Kennil Gomez lasted just two-thirds of an inning and coughed up 10 runs. Gomez didn't receive much help from his defense. A pair of errors from shortstop Andres James made six of the runs unearned.
Bakersfield's defense committed six total errors, with three from James, two from Jake Kaase, and one from Mike Bianucci.
Catcher Doug Hogan (.264/.317/.378) was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk.
Leadoff hitter Cody Podraza went 1-for-6 with a triple and two runs batted in.
The Blaze offense combined to draw 10 free passes in the game. Miguel Velazquez (1/3, 2 BB), Chris McGuiness (0/3, 2 BB) and Kaase (1/3, 2 BB) all had multi-walk efforts.
All five Bakersfield pitchers surrendered at least one run. Long man Yoon-Hee Nam was the most effective, giving up just a pair of solo home runs for the only damage in 4.1 innings.
Nam has served up 10 round-trippers on the season, including seven in his last 19 innings.
L - Thompson (8-8)
HR - L. De Los Santos (1)
23-17, 1.5 GB
Even after his promotion to Single-A Hickory, left-hander Miguel De Los Santos continues to miss bats and an outstanding rate.
The 22-year-old punched out 10 over five innings on Saturday, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks along the way. De Los Santos actually had 10 strikeouts through the first four frames––he didn't record one in the fifth.
He has 78 punchouts in 48.1 total innings between Spokane and Hickory this summer.
Leadoff hitter and second baseman Travis Adair (.329/.374/.419) remained hot, going 3-for-3 with a double and a walk. Adair has nine hits over his last three games.
Joe Bonadonna (.291/.387/.418) was 2-for-3 with a double and a free pass.
Leonel De Los Santos cranked his first home run of the season. He also singled. Following an incredibly slow start, the strong-armed 20-year-old backstop is now 19-for-56 [.339] with five extra-base hits in the second half.
Right-hander Matt Thompson dropped to 8-8 on the season after he permitted two runs over three innings. Thompson struck out five while walking one.
Thompson, 20, appears to be having his innings limited by the Rangers. He is already at 114 frames in his first year with a full-season affiliate.
W - Weibley (1-1)
HR - Profar (2)
6-5, 1.0 GB
Australia native Tim Stanford performed admirably in his first state-side professional start. The 21-year-old held first-place Yakima to one unearned run in 4.1 innings. He fanned six without walking a man.
Stanford, who pitched in the Dominican Summer League last season, has a 0.66 earned-run average in 27.1 innings at short-season Spokane.
First baseman Andrew Clark (3/4, 2B, BB) and DH Clark Murphy (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) were the biggest overall producers in the Spokane lineup.
Leadoff man Jared Hoying doubled once in four trips.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar added on to the blowout with a solo home run––his second of the summer––in the eighth inning.
Catcher Kellin Deglan was 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts. He has two hits in 16 at-bats with the Indians thus far.
Relievers Brett Weibley [2.2 IP] and Ben Rowen [2 IP] finished it out with 4.2 frames of shutout ball.
L - Perez-Lobo (0-1)
20-17, 1.0 GU
Carlos Melo left with the game locked in a pitcher's duel, but the Reds teed off on the Rangers' bullpen for 10 runs over the final four innings.
Melo (3.89 ERA/.193 BAA) limited the Reds to one run on four hits over five innings. He struck out a season-high eight batters without giving out a walk.
The 19-year-old has 43 strikeouts and 19 walks in 37 innings with the Surprise Rangers this summer.
Rehabbing shortstop Leury Garcia had a strong night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and two steals.
Drew Robinson (1/4, 3B) belted his second triple.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva singled, walked, and stole his fourth base. He also committed his fifth error.
The game got out of hand late, as lefty Matt Hill allowed six runs [five earned] in just one-third of an inning. The Georgia native was pitching in his first game since July 10.
After getting out to a strong start, third-round pick Jordan Akins has been stuck in a devastating slump. The outfielder is 1-for-36 over his last 12 contests, dropping his average all the way to .169.
W - Gil (2-1)
HR - Abreu (4)
33-20, 3.5 GU
Saturday was another day and another victory for the Dominican Rangers. They've now won nine consecutive games and 13 of their last 14.
Southpaw starter Luis Parra (2.70 ERA/.190 BAA) struck out nine and allowed only one run in five innings, but he left the game with the Rangers trailing 1-0.
The club finally busted out for five runs in the top of the seventh before getting two more in the eighth.
Left fielder Esdras Abreu (.239/.297/.373) was 2-for-4 with his team-leading fourth home run. He knocked in three.
Hanser Alberto raised his average to .374 with three hits––including a double––in three plate appearances.
Christefer Obispo (1/3, BB) and Hector Martinez (1/4) had the team's other hits.
Leonel Gil (0.31 ERA/.190 BAA) picked up the victory with three no-hit, no-run innings. The Dominican Republic native has allowed one run in 29 innings for the summer.
Hard-throwing righty Dario Beltre closed it out by striking out two in a scoreless ninth.
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