L - Phillips (0-3)
HR - Teagarden (6)
21-11, 2.5 GU
Results-wise, Neil Ramirez (3.22 ERA/.198 BAA) had his first rough Triple-A outing on Tuesday.
Although the 21-year-old issued four walks in the first three innings, he worked out of trouble and yielded just one unearned run. But the fourth inning wasn't as kind. In that frame, he surrendered two doubles, three singles, and uncorked a wild pitch.
In all, Ramirez allowed six runs (five earned) in 3.1 innings, giving up six hits, walking four, and striking out two. He threw 47 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
The outing is a reminder that––while Ramirez is having plenty of success and has seemingly cemented himself as a full-time Triple-A pitcher––it's still too early to think about him helping the major league pitching staff until much later this season.
Even in the losing effort, the Round Rock offense remained hot and continued to post runs in bunches.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden had another big game, going 2-for-4 with a solo homer, a walk, and three runs scored. In his three games since returning to Triple-A, Teagarden is 5-for-8 with four homers. He has walked five times without striking out.
Nine-hole hitting catcher Kevin Cash reached in all five of his plate appearances, getting two singles, walking twice, and getting plunked once.
Infielders Matt Kata (3/4, 2B, BB) and Brian Barden (2/5, 2B) both doubled once.
Chad Tracy (.274/.376/.419) was 0-for-3 with a pair of free passes. While the 25-year-old has never been known for high walk totals, he has nine walks in his last nine games––and 19 (versus 23 strikeouts) in 30 contests on the year.
Yoshinori Tateyama (1.59 ERA/.231 BAA) kept Tucson off the board for two innings. He gave up a hit and struck out two.
Scuffling southpaw Zach Phillips suffered the defeat after he permitted three runs (two earned) in an inning. After getting out to a fast start, Phillips has posted the following line over his last five appearances––6.2 ip, 16 h, 12 r, 5 bb, 6 k.
W - Snyder (2-0)
HR - Bianucci (11), Mendonca (9)
15-17, 7.0 GB
Following a rough April, the RoughRiders improved to 7-3 in May with Tuesday afternoon's extra-inning victory over Midland.
Things got off to a slow start, as left-hander Martin Perez (2.73 ERA/.231 BAA) threw 38 pitches and walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. Perez managed to get out of the jam without yielding a run, and he cruised through the remainder of the game.
The 20-year-old needed only 49 pitches to get through the final five innings of his outing. In all, Perez worked six shutout frames, giving up three singles, walking four (just one after the first), and striking out four. He fanned the side––all swinging––in the sixth inning.
Perez also worked low in the zone, keeping the ball in the park and getting nine groundouts against two flyouts. In addition to his strong 1.8:1 groundout-to-airout rate this season, Perez has yielded only one homer in seven starts.
Left fielder Mike Bianucci (.320/.374/.616) contributed offensively, going 2-for-5 with a two-run homer––his 11th of the season and third in four games.
Davis Stoneburner (2/5, 2B) and Elio Sarmiento (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled while Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) singled twice. Rodriguez swiped his seventh base.
Frisco lost its three-run lead in the seventh inning, when reliever Justin Miller (3.71 ERA/.222 BAA) coughed up three runs while recording only one out.
Miller then gave way to lefty Ben Snyder (4.08 ERA/.262 BAA), who ultimately picked up his second win in as many games. Snyder twirled 3.2 innings of scoreless ball, giving up two hits and striking out two.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca was only 1-for-5 with three punchouts (and an error) on the afternoon, but he provided the game-winning blow with his opposite-field solo homer to lead off the 11th inning.
The long ball was Mendonca's ninth of the year, putting him just one behind last year's total of 10––which he accomplished in 120 games.
Scuffling centerfielder David Paisano saw his average drop to .213 after the hitless performance. The 23-year-old is just 4-for-33 (.121) with a walk and 10 strikeouts over his last 10 games.
18-12, 2.5 GB
The Pelicans and Indians were washed out on Tuesday evening. They'll play a doubleheader beginning at 6:05 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday. Myrtle Beach's scheduled starting pitchers are right-handers Ryan Kelly and Joe Wieland.
L - Mendez (4-1)
19-11, 0.5 GB
Tuesday's Crawdads game was an uninspiring effort across the board, as starting pitcher Roman Mendez struggled with the strike zone and the offense plated just one run on five hits.
Mendez (2.23 ERA/.237 BAA) hadn't walked more than two batters in any of his first six starts, but he issued five free passes (and uncorked three wild pitches) in five innings on Tuesday. The 20-year-old gave up three runs on five hits, striking out three.
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Teodoro Martinez (.325/.367/.373) singled twice in four trips, making him the Crawdads' second-leading hitter. Christian Villanueva, who paces the club at .343, also had two base hits in four at-bats.
Right fielder Josh Richmond was 1-for-4 with his ninth double––Hickory's only extra-base hit of the evening.
Young shortstop Jurickson Profar's 0-for-3 performance––his third straight hitless game––dropped his batting average to .197. On the positive side, he's still slugging .408 and has 13 walks against 13 strikeouts in 21 games on the year.
Righty reliever Colby Killian (2.95 ERA/.231 BAA) fanned three batters over two shutout frames, working around a hit and a walk. Joe Van Meter (4.97 ERA/.222 BAA) hurled a perfect eighth to finish the game.
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