W - McCarthy (4-1)
SV - Strop (13)
71-64, 3.0 GU
Brandon McCarthy (3.44 ERA/.234 BAA) bounced back from a rough outing to post seven strong innings on Monday. The righty gave up one run while scattering eight hits, walking zero, and striking out nine.
The 27-year-old was extremely efficient, throwing 70 of his 95 pitches for strikes. He has nine walks and 38 strikeouts in 49.2 innings on the season.
First baseman Ryan Garko (1/4, 3B) brought home a run with his first triple of the season.
Gregorio Petit (2/3, 2B) and Esteban German (2/4, 2B) both doubled once.
Max Ramirez (1/2, BB) and Hernan Iribarren (1/3, BB) singled and walked.
Right-handers Warner Madrigal and Pedro Strop worked one shutout frame apiece to close out the game. Strop hasn't permitted an earned run in Triple-A since June.
L - Bleier (7-11)
30-33, 2.0 GB
Like McCarthy, left-hander Richard Bleier also threw plenty of strikes. The sinkerballing southpaw threw strikes with 70 of his 94 pitches and yielded five runs (four earned) on nine hits in 6.2 innings.
Bleier recorded 14 groundouts against one flyout in the contest.
Rehabbing second baseman Ian Kinsler went 1-for-4 with a triple and two runs batted in. Shortstop Cristian Guzman had one single in five trips.
Leadoff hitter Marcus Lemon played left field and went 2-for-5 with a double, raising his average to .269.
Emerson Frostad (1/5, 2B) also doubled once.
Third baseman Renny Osuna had a pair of singles in four at-bats.
W - Gomez (5-8)
HR - Stoneburner (13), Hogan (4), Podraza (2)
35-28, 4.0 GB
Bakersfield won for the third consecutive night, but the club still sits four games back of first-place Stockton with seven games remaining.
Starter Joe Wieland had a rough night, as he yielded three runs on nine hits over just three innings of work. He struck out one without walking a batter.
Right-hander Kennil Gomez (5.63 ERA/.306 BAA) followed with outstanding relief work. The 22-year-old pitched the final six innings, giving up just one run on five hits. He walked three and fanned two.
The Blaze offense went up against rehabbing starter and former Rangers pitcher Vicente Padilla. The veteran hurler worked three scoreless innings, giving up two hits.
Bakersfield's bats went to work the moment Padilla left the game. Catcher Doug Hogan (.230/.279/.348) launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Davis Stoneburner (1/5, HR) and Cody Podraza (2/4, HR) added back-to-back solo round-trippers in the fifth.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca went 2-for-4 with his 23rd double and his first stolen base of the season.
W - Ramirez (10-8)
SV - Ortiz (3)
31-30, 5.5 GB
The Crawdads and Tourists scored all of the game's runs in the first four innings, and the last five frames were packed with zeros.
Neil Ramirez battled his way to his 10th victory of the year, working 6.1 innings and giving up five runs (three earned) on 10 hits. He walked zero and fanned six.
Shortstop Leury Garcia (.306/.368/.371 in August) was 3-for-5 with a double and his 46th stolen base of the season. The 19-year-old has 11 hits over his last five contests.
Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, BB), Zach Zaneski (2/5, 2B) and Jonathan Roof (2/4, 2B) also doubled once.
The Hickory offense combined to strike out 16 times in the nine-inning game.
Standout lefty reliever Joe Ortiz (1.60 ERA/.188 BAA) retired the final six hitters of the game in order, striking out two. He has 55 punchouts versus five walks in 39.1 frames with Hickory this summer.
L - Osborne (1-3)
HR - Nicholas (3)
18-14, 3.0 GB
Spokane took a 5-1 lead into the top of the ninth before surrendering seven runs and eventually dropping the game.
University of Georgia product Justin Earls (5.46 ERA/.286 BAA) pitched well in the spot-start. The southpaw limited the Hawks to one run on four hits over three innings of work.
Relief pitchers Jorge Marban and Kevin Johnson followed by working two shutout innings apiece.
Johnson, a 42nd-round pick from the University of Cincinnati, has permitted only four earned runs in 28 innings (1.29 ERA) this summer.
Catcher Brett Nicholas (.288/.354/.452 in August) was 2-for-4 with a homer and two runs batted in. He has four extra-base hits over his last five games.
Right fielder Josh Richmond raised his average to .306 by going 2-for-4 with a triple.
Jake Skole (2/5) and Andrew Clark (2/4) both had a pair of singles.
Tim Steggall worked a scoreless eighth inning before coughing up four runs and recording one out in the ninth. Zach Osborne followed by permitting three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.
L - Haase (0-1)
31-24, 0.5 GU
The Surprise Rangers' season came to a close with a loss in Monday's Arizona League semifinal matchup against the AZL Brewers.
The Rangers took the lead before an out was recorded in the first inning, and they led throughout until the Brewers came back with three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Starting pitcher Carlos Melo turned in an outstanding performance, striking out a career-high 13 batters in six innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks.
The 19-year-old prospect finished with a bang––he fanned seven of the final eight hitters he faced.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva showed some pop by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles.
Travis Meiners (1/4, 3B) had a triple while Luis Sardinas (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled.
Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez singled three times in five trips.
After pitching a perfect seventh inning, Anthony Haase yielded two singles and a walk to load the bases with nobody out. Joe Van Meter then walked in a run.
Jose Monegro followed Van Meter and allowed a two-run double to dead center that gave the AZL Brewers the lead and––eventually––the ballgame.
The Rangers attempted a comeback, putting two runners on base in the ninth inning, but a Luis Sardinas flyout to left field ended the threat.
42-23, 5.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers won the San Pedro Division for the third consecutive season, but they lost to the DSL Reds in the first round of the playoffs.
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