W - Phillips (3-1)
SV - Strop (11)
HR - Iribarren (6)
67-59, 5.0 GU
Hernan Iribarren has worked his way into the fifth spot of the OKC lineup for a reason. On Saturday, he belted a game-winning two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.
The 26-year-old utilityman has gone yard in two consecutive games and has posted a .364/.390/.545 slash line in 20 contests this month.
Omar Beltre (2.65 ERA/.225 BAA) turned in another solid outing, giving up three runs over seven innings. The 28-year-old scattered four hits, walked three, and fanned six.
But, as luck––or lack thereof–-would have it, Beltre still didn't get the victory. He is just 2-8 on the season despite a sparkling 2.65 ERA.
Middle infielders Esteban German (1/3, 2B, HBP) and Alex Cora (2/4, 2B) both doubled.
Right fielder James Tomlin singled once and walked once.
Zach Phillips (2.49 ERA/.256 BAA) worked a hitless eighth and Pedro Strop (2.06 ERA/.197 BAA) pitched a clean ninth.
W - Chick (1-1)
SV - Hamburger (2)
HR - Whittleman (4), Sarmiento (2), Felix (1)
25-29, 3.0 GB
After a disastrous first start with the ‘Riders, Travis Chick bounced back and tossed five scoreless innings to earn the victory. The Irving native allowed four hits and struck out three without walking a batter.
Frisco jumped on top in the third inning when John Whittleman (1/2, HR, BB) began the frame with a solo home run.
Guilder Rodriguez followed Whittleman with a single, and catcher Jose Felix (.303/.313/.379) launched a two-run shot for his first Double-A homer.
Left fielder Elio Sarmiento (1/4, HR) added an insurance run with his solo home run in the top of the sixth.
Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Joey Butler (1/3, BB) singled and walked.
Righties Tyler Tufts and Mark Hamburger both tossed one hitless, scoreless inning to finish out the victory. Hamburger earned his second Double-A save.
L - Hurley (2-2)
30-24, 4.0 GB
The Blaze lost for the sixth consecutive game, and Stockton won its 14th straight. Bakersfield's deficit is now four games with 16 remaining. They'll finish the regular season with a four-game home set against the division-leading Stockton Ports.
Robbie Ross (4.66 ERA/.299 BAA) was knocked around for a whopping nine hits in 2.1 innings, though he was able to limit the damage to only three runs. He fanned one without walking a batter.
Yoon-Hee Nam and Justin Miller did a fine job of keeping the Blaze in the game with their long relief efforts. Nam yielded one run in 3.2 innings while Miller tossed two hitless, scoreless innings. The Bakersfield native struck out three.
Right fielder Miguel Velazquez (1/3, 2B, BB) and second baseman Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Andres James (2/4) singled twice while Mike Bianucci (1/2, BB, HBP) singled, walked, and was hit by a pitch.
Bakersfield clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh, but late-inning reliever Trevor Hurley coughed up a pair of solo home runs in the ninth and was saddled with his second loss.
W - Brigham (4-4)
HR - Koncel (9), Zaneski (7), Bolden (5), Pimentel (1)
28-25, 3.5 GB
The Crawdads played a bit of longball on Saturday, crushing four round-trippers to account for seven of the club's nine runs.
Catcher Zach Zaneski (.306/.380/.480) got it started with his solo homer in the first inning. The 24-year-old drew a walk later in the game.
Jared Bolden followed suit for back-to-back solo shots.
DH Ed Koncel (2/4, HR) hit a three-run jack while left fielder Guillermo Pimentel (1/4, HR) drove in a pair on his first home run with Hickory.
Pitcher Jake Brigham (3.14 ERA/.208 BAA) worked seven innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. He walked one and punched out five. Brigham has worked at least into the seventh inning in five consecutive starts.
Jonathan Roof (1/4, 2B) doubled while Leury Garcia (1/5) singled once and stole his 40th base in just 75 games this season.
Dominican relievers Johan Yan and Ovispo De Los Santos finished it off with one shutout inning apiece. Yan struck out two while De Los Santos tossed a perfect ninth.
L - Earls (1-3)
12-11, 3.0 GB
The Indians bullpen issued 11 walks over four innings, allowing Eugene to tie the game in the seventh before busting out for six runs in the top of the ninth.
Starting pitcher Tim Stanford (1.88 ERA/.210 BAA) was solid but not spectacular in five innings. The 21-year-old allowed three runs while scattering seven hits, walking zero, and striking out four.
Two-hole hitter and centerfielder Jake Skole doubled for the club's only extra-base hit. He was 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBI.
Infielders Mike Olt (2/4) and Jurickson Profar (2/2, BB) both singled twice. Profar also laid down a sacrifice bunt and stole his seventh base of the summer.
Jared Hoying was 0-for-3 with a walk, stopping his hitting streak at 16 games. He swiped his 19th bag.
Right-handed reliever Jorge Marban walked the bases loaded in his Spokane debut, but he didn't yield a run thanks to a pair of strikeouts.
Erratic southpaw Geuris Grullon walked four batters, uncorked a wild pitch, and had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt in 1.2 frames. All the action led to just one run because he didn't give up a hit.
Justin Earls (5.60 ERA/.269 BAA) got the final out of the eighth but coughed up six runs without retiring a batter in the top of the ninth. Francisco Mendoza eventually got out of the frame, but not before walking in a pair of Earls' runs.
26-22, 1.0 GU
The Surprise Rangers had the day off. They'll face the second-place Royals on Sunday night.
L - Beltre (1-1)
42-23, 5.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers lost Saturday's regular season finale despite taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning.
Abel De Los Santos (1.85 ERA/.214 BAA) began the game with four hitless, scoreless innings. The 17-year-old walked one and struck out five.
Righty Luis Moreno (0.96 ERA/.102 BAA) continued it by striking out three in a pair of no-hit frames. Moreno hasn't yielded a hit in his last four outings, spanning 10 innings.
The no-no was broken up when Victor Payano surrendered a hit––but no runs––in the seventh inning.
The Braves won the game by plating four in the bottom of the eighth.
Middle infielder Alex Gonzalez singled three times in four trips, raising his average to .280.
Diego Cedeno (2/4) and Francisco Lugo (1/4) had the other knocks.
DH Guy Edmonds struck out in all four of his plate appearances.
The Rangers will take Sunday off before beginning the Dominican Summer League playoffs on Monday afternoon.
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