W - McClung (1-0)
HR - Kata (2)
16-9, 1.5 GU
The Express put the game out of reach early, scoring seven runs in the top of the first inning and chasing Cubs starter J.R. Mathes after he recorded just two outs.
The cushion was plenty for starting pitcher Seth McClung (2.91 ERA/.222 BAA), who allowed three runs in five innings. It wasn't totally easy for the 30-year-old, who threw 115 pitches while giving up seven hits, walking five, and striking out five.
Nine-hole hitting right fielder Joey Butler (.276/.323/.448) drove in three runs for the second consecutive game. On Tuesday afternoon, he was 2-for-5 with a double and a triple. Butler now has a 10-game hitting streak. The flip side is that he has fanned 13 times without working a walk during that stretch.
Second baseman Matt Kata, who was 3-for-6, belted his second home run of the season.
Brian Barden (2/4, BB), Luis Cruz (2/5) and Robinzon Diaz (2/4, BB) all singled twice. Leadoff man and left fielder Esteban German had a single, two walks, and a sacrifice fly in six trips. He also stole his eighth base.
Relievers Beau Jones (2 IP), Justin Miller (1 IP) and Yoshinori Tateyama (1 IP) combined for four shutout frames to close out the victory.
Miller, who was recently signed by Texas after opting out of his minor league deal with the Mariners, was making his Round Rock debut. The 33-year-old walked one batter in an otherwise clean eighth inning.
W - Aguero (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (2)
HR - Osuna (1)
10-15, 7.0 GB
The RoughRiders earned a come-from-behind victory against the first-place Missions, scoring five late-inning runs.
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (6.04 ERA/.307 BAA) had a rocky outing, throwing 96 pitches in 4.2 innings. The Dominican Republic native permitted three runs on four hits, walking four and fanning three.
Frisco got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning when Davis Stoneburner doubled before shortstop Renny Osuna jacked a two-run homer. The next hitter, centerfielder Guilder Rodriguez, added a triple and was brought home on Mike Bianucci's single. Within a span on four batters, the ‘Riders had tied the game.
First baseman Jose Ruiz (.325/.402/.429) had a single and a double in three plate appearances.
Overall, the nine hitters in the Frisco lineup struck out 12 times without drawing a walk. The club ranks last in the Texas League with 61 free passes. For comparison, the first-place Missions have worked 120 walks. Ruiz currently leads the ‘Riders with 10 walks in 22 contests.
The Frisco bullpen slammed the door on the heavy-hitting San Antonio offense, as Ben Snyder (1.1 IP), Ramon Aguero (1 IP) and Mark Hamburger (2 IP) teamed up to allow one hit over 4.1 scoreless frames. Hamburger was particularly impressive, punching out four while retiring all six men he faced.
W - Ross (3-1)
HR - Hoying (3), Zaneski (2, 3), Hilligoss (1), Prince (1)
16-9, 2.0 GB
The Pelicans offense gathered 20 runs on 23 hits in Tuesday afternoon's pasting of the Potomac Nationals. Myrtle Beach hitters belted an incredible 15 extra-base hits in the game.
Catcher Zach Zaneski (.306/.346/.612) led the way with his incredible performance, going 5-for-6 with three doubles, two home runs, and seven RBI. His first blast was a grand slam. The 24-year-old entered the game with three doubles, one homer, and eight RBI in his first 12 contests this season.
Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss (3/6, 2B, HR), right fielder Jared Prince (2/4, HR, 2 BB), and centerfielder Jared Hoying (3/4, 2B, HR, HBP) also went deep.
Leadoff hitter Ryan Strausborger (.343/.395/.583) continued his excellent play, going 3-for-6 with a double and two triples.
Jared Bolden (1/5, 3B) tripled while Santiago Chirino (2/5, 2B) added a single and a double.
Shortstop Leury Garcia didn't have an extra-base hit, but he singled three times in six trips to raise his average to .276.
Third baseman Mike Olt got the day off.
Starting pitcher Robbie Ross (3.71 ERA/.253 BAA) allowed five second-inning runs before settling down. In the end, he worked six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. The southpaw struck out four.
After giving up five consecutive hits to start the second, Ross retired 14 of the next 15 hitters he faced.
Kasey Kiker continued his battles with control, issuing four free passes in two innings. He surrendered an unearned run on one hit.
Sinkerballing righty Zach Osborne ended the madness with a perfect ninth inning.
18-7, 1.5 GU
After a 70 minute rain delay, Tuesday night's game between Hickory and Kannapolis was canceled. Kannapolis led, 3-1, going into the bottom of the third inning, but the game won't be resumed or made up at a later date.
Starting pitcher Carlos Melo had yielded three runs in four innings, giving up three hits, walking three, and plunking one. Shortstop Jurickson Profar was having a notable day offensively, with two doubles in two plate appearances.
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