L - Mills (7-2)
HR - Bianucci (3)
46-36, 1.0 GU
Left-hander Brad Mills entered Friday's start among the Pacific Coast League's leaders in earned-run average. It ballooned all the way to 3.78 after he gave up eight runs on eight hits in 2.1 innings, however. Mills walked two and fanned two.
Although five Express relievers combined for solid work following Mills, it wasn't enough to get the club back in the game.
Former Rangers farmhand Doug Mathis earned the victory for New Orleans by giving up three runs in six innings.
DH Mike Bianucci provided a run by going 1-for-4 with a solo home run, his third of the season.
Jim Adduci (2/4, 2B) and Yangervis Solarte (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. Centerfielder Jared Hoying, who batted third, added two singles in four at-bats.
Mike Olt (1/3, BB) singled once, walked once, and struck out twice.
Righty Ryan Rodebaugh led the bullpen work by giving up one run in 2.2 innings. Joakim Soria, Lisalverto Bonilla, Nate Robertson, and Ben Rowen all followed with one scoreless frame apiece.
Soria threw 13 of his 17 pitches for strikes, giving up a hit and striking out a pair.
L - Pucetas (8-7)
4-5, 1.0 GB (43-36)
Veteran righty Kevin Pucetas, who is beginning his transition from traditional sinkerballer to knuckleballer, suffered the loss on Friday, although he pitched well.
Pucetas threw 93 pitches in seven innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out two.
Pucetas is undergoing a gradual transformation. He's only mixing in the knuckler occasionally for the time being and using it most in his final inning of every start.
At the plate, right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang led the offense by going 2-for-3 with his 19th double. Brett Nicholas, who was 1-for-4, drove home Frisco's only run.
Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare worked around a walk in a scoreless eighth inning.
W - Jackson (8-4)
HR - Garcia (1), Sardinas (1)
4-3, 0.5 GB (44-32)
The Pelicans got big days from perhaps the two biggest prospects on the team––shortstop Luis Sardinas and right-hander Luke Jackson.
Sardinas, who raised his batting average to .276, went 3-for-4 with his 10th double, his first home run, a walk, and two runs batted in. He also committed his 18th error at shortstop.
Jackson dealt his best outing of the season, tossing seven innings of two-hit shutout ball. The hard-throwing righty walked two and struck out six.
Second baseman Edwin Garcia went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks. Drew Robinson, who was 1-for-2, drew three walks in the game.
After Jackson exited the game, righty Paul Schwendel allowed a run in the eighth inning while striking out the side. Ryan Harvey gave up two runs in the ninth but held on to the lead.
L - Faulkner (2-2)
6-3, 1.0 GB (45-34)
The Crawdads' slugging offense managed only three hits while being shut out on Friday.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner permitted three runs––two earned––in 5.2 innings. He scattered seven singles, walked two, and struck out five.
Left fielder Nick Williams paced the offense by going 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls. Jordan Akins (1/4) and Lewis Brinson (1/4) singled for the team's only other hits.
L - Sprenger (0-2)
6-9, 7.0 GB
The Indians and AquaSox both played scoreless ball until the seventh inning, when Everett busted out for five runs. Spokane came back with a three-run rally in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough.
Third-round pick David Ledbetter turned in another strong outing, as he worked five shutout innings while yielding four singles. He struck out three and walked two.
Justin Sprenger pitched a scoreless sixth but coughed up three runs in the seventh without recording an out. Abel de los Santos allowed the final two runs, working two innings.
The big blow was a grand slam off the bat of Mariners first-round pick D.J. Peterson.
Second baseman Gabriel Roa (1/4, 2B, BB) and catcher Marcus Greene (1/2, 2B) both doubled once for Spokane.
W - Palumbo (1-1)
HR - Demeritte (2)
4-4, 1.0 GB
Rangers first-round pick Travis Demeritte helped power the Rookie Rangers to a 7-1 victory on Friday evening.
Demeritte, batting third, went 2-for-3 with his first triple and his second home run. The round-tripper brought home two runs in a six-run second inning.
Leadoff man Luis Mendez went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Left fielder Diego Cedeno, who batted ninth, was 1-for-3 with a triple and three RBI.
Charles Moorman (2/3, HBP), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (2/3, BB), and Carlos Garay (1/3, BB) all reached base multiple times.
Starting pitcher Jose Samayoa allowed just an unearned run in three innings, striking out three.
Coming out of the bullpen, Joe Palumbo (2 IP), David Gates (1 IP), Santo Perez (1 IP), John Niggli (1 IP), and Zach Brill (1 IP) all worked scoreless ball. Brill had the toughest frame, as he worked around three walks and two wild pitches.
W - Jurado (4-0)
19-5, 4.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers finished off their two-game mini-sweep over the DSL Yankees2, who currently sit at 6-18. The Yankees2 is their organization's weaker squad; they're hitting .215 as a club with a 5.03 team ERA.
Rangers starter Ariel Jurado allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings, walking one and striking out eight.
Reliever Albert Decena lowered his ERA to 0.51 by fanning four in two hitless, scoreless innings. Nerfy Nunez worked a blank ninth.
The Rangers had 11 hits in the game, and 10 of them were singles. Second baseman Rodrigo Ayarza went 1-for-3 with his second double, the lone extra-base knock.
Ricardo Valencia (2/4) and Jesus Martinez (2/3, BB) both singled twice. Shortstop Luis Terrero had a single and a walk in four trips. He also committed his seventh error.
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