13-7, 1.5 GU
The entire Pacific Coast League took Wednesday off. The Express return to action at Memphis on Thursday evening, as left-hander Michael Kirkman will take on Redbirds righty Adam Ottavino.
L - de los Santos (1-2)
6-13, 7.0 GB
Despite getting 10 hits and an excellent pitching performance from left-hander Miguel de los Santos, Frisco still dropped the game and saw its losing streak extended to five.
De los Santos (5.23 ERA/.186 BAA) turned in arguably the best start of his professional career. The 22-year-old worked a career-high seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits. He walked just one while striking out 10.
Although de los Santos had issues with high pitch counts and/or walks in each of his first three Double-A starts, he needed only 94 pitches (throwing 63 strikes) to complete seven innings on Wednesday.
The Dominican Republic native has continued to miss bats at a high rate, even in the Texas League. Through 20.2 innings, he has yielded 13 hits while fanning 27.
Still, de los Santos' excellent outing wasn't enough to earn the victory. In fact, he got stuck with the loss after the offense stranded nine runners on base.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.361/.381/.681) singled three times and drove home the club's only run.
Jonathan Greene (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) and Mike Bianucci (2/4) both singled twice.
Getting his first action at the Double-A level, second baseman Edwin Garcia batted ninth and went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout.
Mark Hamburger (3.09 ERA/.214 BAA) worked around a hit and a walk to post a scoreless eighth inning. He fanned one.
W - Loux (2-1)
SV - Hurley (2)
HR - Strausborger (1, 2)
Despite a solid start from right-hander Barret Loux, the Pelicans found themselves trailing entering the bottom of the fifth inning. And that's when leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger flashed his power.
Strausborger crushed a pair of home runs in the fifth and sixth––a two-run shot followed by a three-run blast––to five him five runs batted in for the game. He hit just two total home runs in 64 games with short-season Spokane last summer.
Loux (3.72 ERA/.250 BAA) permitted a first-inning run on a wild pitch but shut down the P-Nats for the remainder of his outing. Overall, the starter allowed one run on four hits in five innings. He fanned seven without issuing a walk.
In his first four professional starts, Loux has 21 strikeouts and four walks over 19.1 innings.
Shortstop Leury Garcia went 2-for-4 with two doubles and his eighth stolen base of the season. Mike Olt (1/3, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/2, 2B, BB) both doubled once.
Scuffling first baseman Jared Bolden raised his average to .118 with two singles in three trips. He also stole a base.
The Nationals mounted a comeback attempt against reliever Andrew Doyle, who permitted two earned runs despite not allowing a hit in 1.1 innings. He walked two and fanned two.
Kansas State product Trevor Hurley recorded the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.
L - Yan (1-1)
HR - Strausborger (3)
13-6, 0.5 GB
Since entering the Rangers' organization last summer as a 16th-round pick, speedy outfielder Ryan Strausborger has gained a reputation as a streaky hitter.
And right now, Strausborger (.317/.360/.512) is on the upside. After knocking two long balls in game one, the 23-year-old went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in the nightcap. His three-home run day surpassed his total from all of last summer.
Spot starter Kenny Gomez had his first tough outing of the season, yielding three runs over 3.1 innings. The sinkerballer gave up six hits, walked three, hit one, and struck out four.
Gomez worked out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the first inning by getting two strikeouts and a groundout. After a quick second frame, he struggled in the third and fourth.
Reliever Chad Bell didn't make matters better, as he issued three walks (plus a hit) in two-thirds of an inning.
Johan Yan (1.64 ERA/.205 BAA) was the hard-luck loser after giving up only a single run in three frames. The 22-year-old sidearmer fanned three and walked none.
First baseman Jared Bolden (.167/.286/.222) capped off a successful doubleheader by going 2-for-2 with a triple––his first extra-base hit–-and a walk. Bolden had four total hits on Wednesday. Entering the day, he hadn't had a knock of any kind since April 14.
Santiago Chirino, who was 0-for-2 with a walk, now has one hit in his last 16 official at-bats after his fast start.
W - Van Meter (2-0)
14-6, 0.0 GU
Hickory gave up a run in the top of the 11th inning but came back with two in the bottom of the frame for the walkoff victory. The big run-scoring singles came from Josh Richmond and Christian Villanueva.
After issuing an uncharacteristically high six walks in his last start, righty starter Matt Thompson said in a recent interview that he felt he'd corrected the mechanical issues that were leading to the control troubles in his two between-start bullpen sessions.
Thompson appears to be correct. The Burleson native turned in perhaps his best start as a pro on Wednesday, striking out a career-high 10 batters while walking one over 6.2 innings. He limited Augusta's offense to one run on three singles.
Reliever Ryan Rodebaugh (0.00 ERA/.190 BAA) held the GreenJackets off the board for 3.1 innings, as he allowed one hit, walked zero, and struck out five. The 22-year-old has yet to permit a run in 11.1 innings this season.
Villanueva, who had the walkoff single, went 3-for-4 with a walk to raise his average to .328. He is batting .384 (13-for-34) during his current nine-game hitting streak. The Mexico native also stole two bases, giving him four on the year.
Odubel Herrera (2/4, 2B, BB) and catcher Kellin Deglan (1/3, 2B) both doubled once. Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez had two knocks in five trips.
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