W - Ramirez (3-1)
Neil Ramirez (2.03 ERA/.167 BAA) continues to be Round Rock's most consistent starting pitcher. The 21-year-old worked 5.1 innings on Thursday, holding the Cubs to two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out five.
Ramirez has yet to permit more than three runs in any of his five Triple-A starts. He has allowed 15 hits in 26.2 innings, walking 10 and striking out 30.
Third baseman Brian Barden led the way offensively, going 4-for-6 with a double and two runs batted in. Luis Cruz (1/3, 2B), Doug Deeds (2/5, 2B) and Craig Gentry (2/4, 2B, BB) also doubled.
Cruz left the game in the sixth inning after being hit in the head by a pitch. He eventually walked off under his own power.
The Express got scoreless work from right-handed relievers Chris Mobley (2.2 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP). Mobley now has a 2.89 ERA in 18.2 innings this season.
W - Tufts (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (3)
HR - Greene (4), Stoneburner (2)
12-15, 5.0 GB
Frisco was powered by a pair of home runs and excellent bullpen work from four different relievers.
Starter Martin Perez threw 94 pitches in four-plus innings, surrendering three runs. The young southpaw allowed six hits while walking and striking out four.
Reliever Tyler Tufts (1.42 ERA/.182 BAA) entered with the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth. He wiggled out of the jam without yielding a run and retired the side in order over the following two frames.
Ben Snyder (0.2 IP), Ramon Aguero (0.1 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) finished the game with shutout ball. In all, the four relievers allowed one hit and fanned eight in five innings.
Right fielder Jonathan Greene raised his average to .342 by going 2-for-4 with a double and his fourth round-tripper of the year. Second baseman Davis Stoneburner, who was 1-for-3, belted a solo home run.
Renny Osuna (2/4) and Mike Bianucci (2/4) both singled twice in four trips.
L - Hurley (0-1)
Pelcians starter Ryan Kelly limited the damage to two runs over four innings despite allowing seven hits and walking three. He also struck out three.
Wilfredo Boscan, 21, pitched well in his first game since coming down from Double-A Frisco. The Venezuela native scattered five singles over 4.2 frames, giving up one run, walking one, and striking out five.
The Myrtle Beach offense plated three runs on only six total hits. Centerfielder Jared Hoying had the only multi-hit effort, as he was 2-for-4 with his sixth double.
Andres James (1/3), Mitch Hilligoss (1/5), Mike Olt (1/3, BB) and Zach Zaneski (1/4) had the other knocks.
L - Buckel (0-1)
HR - Deglan (1)
Hard-throwing Dominican righty Roman Mendez (1.72 ERA/.233 BAA) turned in another strong start, giving up two runs (one earned) over six innings. He scattered seven hits, walked two, and punched out seven.
The 20-year-old former Red Sox prospect has yielded exactly one earned run in each of his six starts this season.
Catcher Kellin Deglan had only one hit in four trips, the the knock was his first home run of the season––the second of his young professional career.
Tomas Telis (2/4) and Teodoro Martinez (2/3) both singled twice.
Cody Buckel suffered the loss after he allowed two runs in two innings, giving up a hit and walking two.
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