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WSU Baseball Drops Series Opener Against Youngstown State

FAIRBORN -- The Wright State baseball team led 1-0 early, only to see Youngstown State score four times in the fourth and twice in the eighth before holding on for a 6-5 decision in the opener of a three-game Horizon League series Friday night at Nischwitz Stadium.

WSU opened the scoring in the second on a Jason DeFevers RBI single and the Raiders still held that 1-0 edge through three innings as starter Jesse Scholtens retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out two.

The fourth, however, was a different story as the Penguins strung together five hits in scoring four runs, the key hit being a Shane Willoughby double to left center.

A solo home run to left off the bat of Sean Murphy, his second of the year, cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth, but Youngstown State added two insurance runs in the eighth on a double down the left field line by Alex Larivee.

Those two runs turned out to be the game-winners as Wright State rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth.  Hits by Gabe Snyder and Matt Morrow set the stage for Mark Fowler, who cracked his first home run of the year, a three-run blast to left with two out, trimming the margin to 6-5.

YSU brought on Anthony Konders at that point and he struck out the only batter he faced to earn the save.

The loss was the first for WSU at Nischwitz Stadium after winning the first 11 at home this season.  It snapped a 13-game home winning streak overall with the last setback being an 11-1 decision against Valparaiso on May 9, 2014.

Murphy and Fowler each led the Raider offense with two hits.

Wright State (20-10, 8-4 Horizon) and Youngstown State (8-19, 4-9 Horizon) will play the second game of the series Saturday at 2:00.
WSU Baseball Drops Series Opener Against Youngstown State

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INDIANS-ANGELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Conor Gillaspie hit a go-ahead home run off Corey Kluber and the Los Angeles Angels snapped a six-game losing streak, beating the Cleveland Indians 5-4 Monday night.

Garrett Richards (11-8) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings. Huston Street got the last three outs for his 26th save in 29 attempts, and his first since becoming the 27th member of the 300-save club on July 22.

Gillaspie connected for a two-run drive in the sixth. The Angels added another run later in the inning for a 5-3 lead.

Kluber (6-12) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings, and left with a 3.60 ERA this season.

INDIANS-KIPNIS OUT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have put All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis on the 15-day disabled list because of chronic inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Indians sent their leadoff hitter back to Cleveland to be examined by team doctors before the start of a series Monday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Kipnis leads the American League with 132 hits, and is batting .326 with six home runs and 39 RBIs in 101 games.

The Indians recalled infielder Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Columbus. They also optioned left-hander Michael Roth to Triple-A and recalled lefty Kyle Crockett.

WHITE SOX-THOMPSON

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Charlotte before Monday night's game with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Thompson takes the roster spot of right-hander Scott Carroll, who was optioned to the minors on Sunday. The White Sox had been playing one outfielder short since J.B. Shuck (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

Thompson, 24, was hitting .260 with 13 home runs, 39 runs batted in and 53 runs scored for Charlotte this season.

Thompson is the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, who played 13 seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers. One brother, Klay, currently is a member of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors, and another, Mychal Jr., formerly played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His father, his brothers and his mother, Julie, were expected to attend Monday's game in anticipation of his major-league debut. Thompson wasn't in the starting lineup.

HOME RUN RECORD

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Call him the real-life Crash Davis.

Mike Hessman, an infielder for Triple-A Toledo in the Detroit Tigers' system, became the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor leagues Monday night, hitting his 433rd in the seventh inning of a game against Lehigh Valley.

Davis was the character played by Kevin Costner in the movie "Bull Durham" who set the minor league record for homers.

Hessman reached the actual mark in style, hitting a grand slam to break a tie on the career list with Buzz Arlett.

According to the Society for American Baseball Research, Hector Espino hit 484 minor league home runs, but he hit most of them in the Mexican League, which is not part of the affiliated minor league system.

The 37-year-old Hessman has played 109 games in the major leagues for Atlanta, Detroit and the New York Mets. He has not appeared in the majors since 2010. He's hit 14 homers in the majors, batting .188 overall.

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