L - Phillips (0-1)
HR - Tracy (3)
13-8, 0.5 GU
After dropping the extra-innings decision on Thursday, the Express have now lost four-of-five and are only one-half game up on the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (9.87 ERA/.438 BAA) scuffled once again, as he allowed four runs on nine hits in 5.2 innings. He walked four, hit one, and struck out two. The 24-year-old has surrendered 35 hits in his first 17.1 innings at Triple-A Round Rock this season––an oddity given his above-average velocity and overall stuff.
Leadoff hitter Esteban German (.349/.417/.488) was one of the stars, going 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs batted in. The 33-year-old now has 10 walks against 11 strikeouts in 20 games this season.
Cleanup man Chad Tracy (.234/.310/.390) had just one knock in five at-bats, but the lone hit was a two-run homer––his third of the season.
Brian Barden (2/4, BB) singled twice and walked while Kevin Cash (1/5, 2B) doubled. Brad Nelson (0/2, 3 BB) and Doug Deeds (1/3, 2 BB) walked multiple times.
Hard-throwing reliever Mark Lowe showed improvement in Thursday's outing, throwing 13 of 17 pitches for strikes and retiring all four batters he faced.
Zach Phillips suffered the loss after he allowed a run on two hits in 1.1 innings.
W - Miller (1-1)
7-13, 6.0 GB
Frisco snapped its five-game skid with an extra-innings victory against the first-place Missions.
After posting his first strong Double-A outing last Saturday, starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel appears to be gaining some steam with the ‘Riders. On Thursday, the righty hurled six innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out six.
Pimentel exited the game with Frisco holding a 4-1 lead, but the bullpen couldn't hold it due to some unusual wildness.
Relievers Ben Snyder (0.2 IP), Adalberto Flores (0.1 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) combined to walk seven batters––while allowing just one hit––in two innings. Snyder permitted a run while Flores gave up two.
Justin Miller (2.70 ERA/.213 BAA), who has been wild at times, shut the door on San Antonio with two perfect innings, including three strikeouts. He threw 16 strikes out of 25 pitches.
Frisco scored the game-winning run on a Jonathan Greene bases-loaded walk. He was 0-for-2 with two walks and a HBP.
Second baseman Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B) and centerfielder David Paisano (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.
Playing in his first Double-A game, left fielder Travis Adair was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a run batted in. Through 16 games with Myrtle Beach, the 23-year-old had posted a .365/.420/.540 slash line.
L - Ross (2-1)
13-7, 1.5 GB
It's difficult to win a game when you allow 16 base runners via hit or walk and advance them over with six total wild pitches. And that's exactly what happened to the Pelicans on Thursday.
Left-hander Robbie Ross (2.61 ERA/.230 BAA) entered the evening with 16.2 scoreless innings on the season. After a perfect first inning, Ross was knocked around a bit in the second frame before getting tagged for five runs in the third inning.
Overall, the 21-year-old yielded six runs on eight hits over four innings, walking one and striking out two. On the positive side, he recorded 10 groundouts and zero flyouts. He also bounced back from the rough third frame with a 1-2-3 fourth before exiting.
When Ross exited the game, he gave way to left-hander Kasey Kiker (6.00 ERA/.270 BAA). The 23-year-old worked two innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked one, uncorked two wild pitches, and struck out two.
Centerfielder Jared Hoying (.259/.338/.397) bounced back from a cold spell by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and a free pass.
First baseman Jared Bolden, beginning to heat up, was 3-for-4 with his first double of the season. Second baseman Santiago Chirino had three singles and a walk in four trips.
Designated hitter Mitch Hilligoss batted fifth in playing his first official game of the season. He had a single and a strikeout in five trips.
Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz (2.45 ERA/.175 BAA) punched out one in a hitless, scoreless ninth inning.
L - Melo (2-2)
HR - Telis (4)
14-7, 0.5 GB
Entering the 2011 campaign, righty Carlos Melo had posted slightly above-average walk rates, but he never had many extreme issues with free passes.
But after Thursday's game, Melo has now allowed 18 walks (while striking out 22) in 16 innings at Single-A Hickory.
The 20-year-old worked four innings against August, giving up four runs (three earned) while dealing out seven walks and giving up just two hits. He struck out four.
Randol Rojas (4.26 ERA/.297 BAA), who is currently Melo's tandem partner, surrendered four runs on five hits over three innings. The sinkerballer struck out four without walking a man.
Catcher Tomas Telis (.297/.349/.514) provided the Crawdads' only run production with his solo home run––his fourth of the season. He also singled. Through 20 games, the switch-hitting Telis has drawn five walks and only struck out three times.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar tripled and walked in four plate appearances.
Jake Skole (1/3, BB) and Jhonny Gomez (1/3, BB) both singled and walked. Gomez continues to reach base multiple times in just about every game––he has 18 hits and 10 free passes over 16 contests.
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