PLAYER OF THE DAY: Angel Sanchez – 3-for-7, HR, 4 RBI
Omaha 7 vs. Oklahoma 6
Ruben Gotay capped off a 3-for-5 night by singling home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday night. Joe Nelson picked up the win after tossing two scoreless innings of relief while striking out three and walking one. Denny Bautista started the game but lasted only four innings while surrendering five hits and four earned runs (all earned). Offensively, Justin Huber went 1-for-4, Shane Costa was 1-for-3, and Matt Tupman went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Wichita 5 at Frisco 6
Gabe DeHoyos dropped his first Double-A decision after surrendering a game-winning RBI double to Frisco's Nate Gould in the bottom of the 13th inning. Angel Sanchez went 3-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs, but Alex Gordon and Billy Butler combined to go 0-for-9. Mitch Maier was 3-for-6 with his 19th double, raising his batting average to .281.
High Desert 2 at Modesto 1
John Gragg threw seven scoreless innings, and Gilbert de la Vara picked up his second save in relief since his promotion from Burlington, while tossing 2/3 scoreless innings. First baseman Mike Stodolka went 1-for-4 in the contest, and catcher Kiel Thibault's fourth inning RBI single proved to be the difference maker.
Burlington 4 at Fort Wayne 5
Burlington starter Matt Kniginyzky, who has been excellent all season, lasted only 2.1 IP while surrendering four hits and two runs (one earned). Kniginyzky's early exit has RC moderately concerned, and we're trying to find out if it was injury-related. We'll let you know as soon as we hear something. Offensively, second baseman Josh Johnson went 2-for-4 with his third triple of the season while raising his batting average to .268.
Idaho Falls 10 at Great Falls 11
Rowdy Hardy, the undrafted fifth-year senior free agent who made a splash early with his great stats, finally got a wake-up call. Hardy was knocked around by Great Falls for nine hits and six runs (four earned) in 3.1 IP while picking up the no decision in the Chukars' loss. Outfielder Joe Dickerson went 4-for-5 with his first home run of the season, his fifth double, and three RBIs while raising his batting average to .314.
Arizona Royals 6 vs. Arizona Padres 5
Second-round pick Jason Taylor (3B) raised his batting average to .377 by going 2-for-4 with his fifth double, 12th RBI, and second stolen base of the summer. Tenth-round pick Nick Van Stratten, who has struggled a bit in the adjustment to pro ball thus far, went 3-for-4 while raising his batting average to .242.
Note: Jeff Bianchi hasn't played in nearly a week. RC is investigating…
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