L - Jackson (2-1)
HR - German (3), Kata (3)
24-14, 2.5 GU
Left-hander Zach Jackson, who pitched with the 51s last season, was knocked around by his former team on Monday. Jackson surrendered six runs in four innings, giving up six hits, walking four, and plunking two.
The Round Rock offense wasn't able to get much going against Las Vegas starter Brett Cecil, but they did manage solo home runs from Esteban German (1/3, HR, 2 BB) and Matt Kata (1/4, HR).
Brad Nelson (2/4, 2B), Kevin Cash (1/4, 2B), Chad Tracy (1/3, 2B, BB) and Omar Quintanilla (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Six of the Express' eight hits went for extra bases. Aside from Nelson's single, right fielder Joey Butler also singled, walked, and had a sacrifice fly.
Pedro Strop had an efficient outing, throwing 13 pitches (eight strikes) to five batters faced. He allowed a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out one.
W - Snyder (3-0)
SV - Mobley (1)
HR - Mendonca (10)
19-18, 5.0 GB
The RoughRiders and RockHounds played scoreless ball until the eighth, when Midland jumped ahead with two runs before Frisco plated three in the bottom of the frame.
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz batted third and played the entire game on Monday, going 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI. He flew out in his other two at-bats. The rehabbing slugger is expected to play the next three games with the RoughRiders.
Aside from Cruz, the story of the night was 20-year-old southpaw Martin Perez (2.66 ERA/.217 BAA), who set career highs in innings pitched (7.2), strikeouts (10), and pitches thrown (102).
After walking four in each of his last two starts, Perez surrendered only one walk in 7.2 frames on Monday, giving up two runs on four hits. He threw 73 of his 102 pitches for strikes. He retired 13 consecutive batters at one point between the third and seventh frames.
The top prospect surrendered both of his runs in the eighth inning, but Frisco's bats struck back with the help of a Leonys Martin leadoff walk, a Cruz double, and a Tom Mendonca two-run homer.
Martin, appearing in his fifth professional game, singled and walked in four trips. He was also 1-for-2 on the base paths. The free pass was Martin's first, and he has yet to strike out.
Mendonca (.317/.338/.579) was 2-for-4 with a double and that two-run homer––his 10th of the season. The 23-year-old has already matched last year's home run total in just 35 games. He also extended his hitting streak to nine games.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre, playing in his second game since his 15-game suspension, went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Relief pitchers Ben Snyder (0.2 IP) and Chris Mobley (0.2 IP) recorded two outs apiece to pick up the win and the save, respectively. The save was Mobley's first since 2009, when he had three for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs.
W - Wieland (4-2)
SV - Kelly (4)
23-14, 1.0 GU
The Pelicans moved into first place all by themselves after Monday evening's victory against the division-rival Dash.
Starting pitcher Joe Wieland (1.62 ERA/.221 BAA) continued his recent string of dominance, allowing just one run (a solo homer) over 6.1 innings. He yielded six hits and fanned eight without walking a batter. He also began the outing by retiring the first 11 batters he faced.
Wieland now has a streak of 120 consecutive batters without issuing a walk. His last free pass was on April 18 against Winston-Salem––when he walked one in six innings. The 21-year-old has 51 walks and three strikeouts in 44.1 innings on the season.
Myrtle Beach leadoff hitter and centerfielder Jared Hoying (.263/.358/.415) started the game with his first triple of the season. He came around to score on a Ryan Strausborger fielder's choice.
Hoying was 2-for-4 on the evening while Strausborger went 1-for-4 with a double and his 12th stolen base.
First baseman Mitch Hilligoss raised his average to .279 with three singles––plus an RBI––in four at-bats.
Right-hander Ryan Kelly (4.59 ERA/.270 BAA), who recently moved back into the bullpen, surrendered a solo homer but otherwise worked 2.2 flawless innings. He punched out the last five hitters of the game––all swinging.
L - Johnson (1-1)
HR - Profar (4)
21-16, 4.5 GB
Due to a rain storm, the game was called in the top of the 11th inning, just after the GreenJackets had taken a one-run lead.
Crawdads starter Randol Rojas (3.52 ERA/.280 BAA) scuffled through his outing a bit, giving up two runs on three hits and three walks in 4.1 innings. He struck out two.
Augusta extended its lead in the seventh inning, when the club tagged Joe Van Meter for three runs. Overall, the right-handed reliever allowed those three runs in 2.2 innings.
Making his official full-season debut, lefty reliever Jimmy Reyes hurled a shutout inning, giving up one hit and striking out one. Ryan Rodebaugh dropped his earned-run average to 0.42 with two more hitless, scoreless innings.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.232/.353/.465) continued to flash some power, going 1-for-3 with a solo homer, a walk, a HBP, and his fourth stolen base in five attempts. The 18-year-old now has an extra-base hit in five of his last six games.
Josh Richmond raised his average to .258 with three singles (plus a HBP) in five trips. Tomas Telis (2/5) singled twice and stole a base while Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with his 11th double.
Hickory fell behind––and ultimately lost the game––when southpaw reliever Kevin Johnson walked three batters (including walking in a run) while recording just one out in the 11th. Though Johnson hasn't been particularly hittable this season, he has issued 20 walks in 14.2 innings.
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