L - Bonilla (2-2)
20-18, 2.5 GB
The Express lost in walkoff fashion for the second consecutive day, as reliever Lisalverto Bonilla uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch with nobody out in the 10th.
Bonilla pitched a scoreless ninth––striking out a pair––but gave up a triple and a walk before ending the game with that wild pitch. Although the 22-year-old righty has fantastic stuff––as evidenced by his 28 strikeouts in 19 innings this season––he's also plenty erratic. Bonilla has now allowed 16 hits in 19 innings.
Six of Round Rock's 12 games this month have been decided by one run. Unfortunately for the Express, they've dropped all four of their one-run games in the current road trip.
Starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend began the game by surrendering four runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Although he fanned the side in the seventh inning, sidearming righty Johan Yan (3.79 ERA/.268 BAA) allowed a run on a hit and a hit batter.
Neal Cotts then tossed a scoreless eighth, working around two hits while fanning one. The veteran southpaw now has a 0.86 ERA on the season, and fellow lefties are 0-for-25 against him with 19 strikeouts.
After falling behind early, Round Rock got back into the game against Padres reliever Brad Boxberger, who was tagged for three runs in the ninth inning.
First baseman Chris McGuiness (.285/.413/.520) continued his recent tear by going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk. The left-handed masher now has seven extra-base hits over his last eight contests.
Aaron Cunningham (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Yangervis Solarte (3/5) singled three times.
W - Tufts (1-0)
HR - Nicholas (9), Chiang (2)
20-17, 2.0 GB
Frisco's bullpen combination tossed a combined shutout in Monday's series opener against Midland.
Right-hander Tyler Tufts, who began this season in the bullpen, tossed a career-high five shutout innings on just 66 pitches. He scattered four hits, walked one, and struck out one.
Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare then followed with three punchouts in two scoreless innings. Jimmy Reyes (1 IP) and Roman Mendez (1 IP) finished off the game.
Mendez was particularly impressive in his frame, striking out a pair while retiring all three batters he faced. He now has a 0.51 ERA on the season.
At the plate, first baseman Brett Nicholas continued his career-best power surge by going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three RBI. The University of Missouri product has already set a personal best with nine round-trippers.
Right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/4, HR) added a solo shot in the seventh inning.
W - Martinez (4-2)
SV - Van Meter (3)
24-13, 6.5 GU
Myrtle Beach ran its winning streak to seven games after finishing off a four-game sweep of the Red Sox on Monday. The Pelicans went a perfect 7-0 on their home stand––they're now 16-4 at TicketReturn.com Field this season.
Pelicans starter Nick Martinez (2.72 ERA/.232 BAA) matched his season best by working six innings. The Miami native limited Salem to three runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Joe Van Meter (2.57 ERA/.259 BAA) slammed the door by retiring all nine hitters he faced in three perfect innings, striking out four of them. He now has 25 strikeouts and nine walks in 21 frames this season.
At the plate, Myrtle Beach got doubles from 3B Drew Robinson (1/4, 2B), 2B Rougned Odor (2/4, 2B), and DH Trever Adams (2/4, 2B).
Following his slow start, Robinson is now hitting .302/.340/.488 in 11 May games.
Right fielder Preston Beck went 2-for-4 with a single and his second triple. Luis Sardinas (2/5) and Royce Bolinger (2/3) also added a pair of knocks. Sardinas stole his 11th base.
L - Vasquez (2-2)
HR - Brinson (8)
19-17, 3.0 GB
The scuffling Crawdads returned home on Monday, but it didn't improve the results, as they dropped their fourth consecutive game.
West Virginia jumped out to a big early lead against righty Kelvin Vasquez, who was tagged for seven runs––three earned––in just 2.1 innings.
Vasquez wasn't helped by his own defense––Hickory committed five errors on the evening, including two from Vasquez himself.
Centerfielder Lewis Brinson launched a leadoff solo home run for his only hit in five trips.
Right fielder Nomar Mazara provided the rest of the offensive damage, going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Mazara also picked up a pair of outfield assists.
Jorge Alfaro was 0-for-1 but drew two walks and was plunked twice.
Sinkerballing righty John Kukuruda helped keep Hickory within striking distance by working 4.2 innings and yielding just an unearned run. He pitched around four hits and three walks.
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