W - Strop (1-0)
HR - Cruz (5), Deeds (4)
18-10, 1.5 GU
The Express and Sounds played a wild back-and-forth contest on Friday evening. Nashville plated two in the top of the ninth before Round Rock came back for three and the walkoff win.
Leadoff man Esteban German, who was 2-for-6 with a triple, won the game with his run-scoring single. Third baseman Brian Barden (.356/.402/.444) continued to rake, going 3-for-5 with a triple.
Doug Deeds (2/5, HR) and Luis Cruz (1/5, HR) both went deep. Cruz belted a game-tying two-run shot in the ninth.
Chad Tracy (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Brad Nelson (1/5, 2B) added doubles.
Catcher Kevin Cash singled once and walked three times in five plate appearances.
Starting pitcher Zach Jackson pounded the strike zone and scattered eight hits over six innings, giving up three runs. The lefty walked one and struck out two.
Pedro Strop picked up the victory despite struggling in his first outing back at Triple-A. The fireballing Dominican reliever threw eight of 12 pitches for strikes but permitted two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings.
L - Brigham (2-2)
12-16, 6.0 GB
Jake Brigham (4.28 ERA/.240 BAA) suffered the loss despite carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning.
Brigham, 23, retired the game's first 19 batters before running out of gas with one out in the seventh inning. Overall, he worked 6.2 frames and permitted three runs on four hits. Brigham struck out six without issuing a walk.
The righty continues to be one of the more underrated prospects in the Rangers' organization. After undergoing Tommy John surgery in '08, Brigham showed good stuff but struggled statistically in '09 and '10. He is having some early success in Double-A while featuring a 92-94 mph fastball that reaches up to 96-97 mph on occasion.
Even if Brigham hadn't allowed a base runner, he would've had trouble picking up the victory given the fact that Frisco's offense was shut out and held to three hits.
Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2B), Renny Osuna (1/3) and Davis Stoneburner (1/3) had the knocks.
Right fielder Joey Butler was 0-for-4 with three punchouts in his return to Double-A. Tom Mendonca, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, has now whiffed 12 times over his last seven contests.
Pitching in his first game since April 26, Fabio Castillo dealt a promising outing by throwing 15 of 22 pitches for strikes and hurling 1.2 shutout innings. The 22-year-old struck out a pair.
L - Erlin (2-1)
17-11, 3.0 GB
Robbie Erlin (2.25 ERA/.115 BAA) retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced on Friday evening––and he was still stuck with the loss.
The 20-year-old lefty gave up a home run to the second batter in the bottom of the first. That was all he'd allow in seven innings, but the Pelicans weren't able to score while he was in the game. Erlin struck out eight without walking a man.
Over his last three starts, Erlin has been almost perfect––21 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 1 bb, 24 k. He has allowed only 14 hits in 36 innings on the year, walking four and fanning 40.
Although Erlin doesn't possess overpowering velocity, he has been able to tear through the lower levels due to his ability to command all three pitches in his arsenal. He may not be seriously challenged until he faces older, more disciplined Double-A hitters.
The offense logged eight singles in the game but scratched across only one run.
Third baseman Mike Olt (.303/.417/.485) and catcher Zach Zaneski (.316/.350/.579) both singled twice in four at-bats.
Second baseman Santiago Chirino saw his average drop to .256 after he went without a hit in four trips. Over his last 10 games, the 19-year-old is just 6-for-31 (.194) with one extra-base hit.
Lefty Chad Bell (6.52 ERA/.350 BAA) continued to scuffle, as he yielded a run on two hits in one inning.
The game took just two hours and five minutes to complete.
W - Rojas (5-0)
HR - Telis (5), Richmond (2)
19-8, 0.5 GU
Randol Rojas (3.86 ERA/.287 BAA) worked a season-high six innings and limited Greensboro to two runs on six hits. The 20-year-old fanned three while walking one.
Rojas earned his fifth victory of the young season with the help of an offense that produced seven runs.
Right fielder Josh Richmond (.244/.363/.419) provided a chunk of the support, going 2-for-4 with a home run––his second––and three RBI.
Catcher Tomas Telis (.286/.333/.480) had only one hit in five trips, but the knock was a two-run homer––his fifth of the year. The 19-year-old switch-hitter surpassed his career best in homers just 26 games into the season.
Jake Skole (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while Jurickson Profar (1/4, BB) singled and walked.
Cleanup hitter and second baseman Odubel Herrera was 1-for-4 with three stolen bases, giving him 11 in 15 tries.
Reliever Colby Killian (3.31 ERA/.237 BAA) punched out five batters over two scoreless frames, working around a hit and two walks. He has struck out 18 and walked 15 in 16.1 innings this season.
Kevin Johnson walked the bases loaded but struck out two in a blank ninth. His season line has certainly been adventurous––12.1 ip, 6 h, 4 r, 17 bb, 15 k.
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