Minor League Player of the Day: Marquez Smith (Bakersfield Blaze) was a perfect 4-4 at the dish with 2 singles, a double, a homerun, 2 runs scored, and 5 runs batted in. The homerun was his 6th of the season, a 2-run shot in the 1st inning.
Henry Rodriguez went 2-4 with 2 singles while Mike Hessman hit his 14th homerun of the season in the 5th inning and drew 2 walks.
Pedro Villarreal went 7 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. Jose Diaz allowed a run in the 9th to pick up the loss. Diaz allowed a run on 3 hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
Brodie Greene had 2 singles in 3 at-bats. Bryson Smith had a double and a walk in 4 plate appearances. Smith also drove in a run.
Josh Smith allowed 1 run on 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 7 in 6.2 innings pitched to earn the win and boost his record to 4-5 on the season. Lee Hyde and Loek Van Mil combined to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings of relief. Van Mil struck out 2 to earn his 3rd save of the season.
I am trying to decide if I should make a football joke here or not? Every Blaze batter had at least one hit in this game. Sit back and relax as I recap the hitting highlights for the Blaze in this one.
Marquez Smith had a huge game and was mentioned in our player of the day post at the top. Ryan Wright went 2-5 with 2 runs scored. Yorman Rodriguez went 2-3 with a double and a homerun. He also scored scored 3 times, drove in 2 RBI, and drew 2 walks. Kyle Waldrop had 2 singles in 4 at-bats as well as a run scored and an RBI. Yovan Gonzalez went 2-3 with a double, 2 RBI, and 4 runs scored. Dominic D’Anna only had 1 hit but was still able to drive in 3 RBI.
Lake County 1 – Dayton 0
The Dragons only had 3 hits in the contest. Oddly enough, all 3 were doubles by Jessee Winker, Seth Mejias-Breen, and Junior Arias. Unfortunately, none of those guys could cross home.
Ismael Guillon allowed a run on 3 hits and 2 walks in 5.2 innings pitched. He dropped to 1-6 on the season. Ben Klimesh struck out 4 in 2.1 perfect innings pitched.
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