L - Hankins (5-2)
HR - Nelson (7), Cruz (6)
26-18, 0.5 GU
Round Rock lost for the fifth time in its last seven games and saw its division lead shrink to just one-half game over both Albuquerque and New Orleans.
The starting pitching has struggled lately, as the Express have just one by-definition quality start (at least six innings and three earned runs or fewer) from a non-major league rehabber in their last nine games.
The bullpen hasn't exactly been flawless during that span, either, posting a cumulative 7.26 earned-run average in 31 total innings.
Designated hitter Brad Nelson, who went 2-for-5, got the Express on the board early with his two-run homer in the first inning. Second baseman Luis Cruz was 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run long ball of his own.
Starting pitcher Derek Hankins saw his earned-run average balloon to 6.50 after he yielded seven runs (six earned) on seven hits over five innings. He walked four, struck out three, and yielded two home runs.
Relievers Zach Phillips and Yhency Brazoban both allowed one run (Brazoban's unearned) in two innings apiece.
Omar Quintanilla (1/5, 2B), Matt Kata (1/4, 2B), Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, BB) and Kevin Cash (1/4, 2B) all doubled for their only hit of the night. Right fielder Doug Deeds singled twice in four trips, raising his average to .278.
W - Miller (5-1)
SV - Snyder (1)
HR - Stoneburner (4)
23-21, 7.0 GB
The RoughRiders got out to a sizable early lead, lost it by allowing four runs in the ninth inning, and ultimately won the game by adding two more in the top of the 10th.
Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin (.327/.389/.551) had perhaps his best game in the states, going 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, a walk, and three RBI. He also stole two bases to give him seven in 11 contests.
Through his first 11 games, the 23-year-old Martin is 16-for-49 (.327) with four doubles, two triples, and a homer. He has worked five walks and only struck out twice.
Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (.367/.404/.633 in May) hasn't quite seen regular playing time, but he extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 4-for-5 with a solo home run, his fourth of the season.
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (4.50 ERA/.282 BAA) scattered seven hits (six singles) over six scoreless innings, walking two and striking out three.
After working two scoreless innings, righty Fabio Castillo failed to retire all three hitters he faced in the ninth, leading to three runs allowed. Justin Miller followed by getting out of the jam, but not before giving up a run of his own for his fourth blown save.
Lefty Ben Snyder, who worked a scoreless 10th, earned his first save.
Renny Osuna (2/5) and Mike Bianucci (2/5) both singled twice while Guilder Rodriguez (1/3, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice.
25-18, 1.0 GU
The Pelicans enjoyed the day off on Monday, as they returned home to prepare for a home stand.
W - Killian (3-1)
24-20, 4.0 GB
Hickory shortstop Jurickson Profar (.269/.389/.513) continued to dazzle with the bat on Monday, as he went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a walk, and two runs batted in.
After Monday's game, the 18-year-old now has more walks (21) than strikeouts (20) through his first 33 games. He also––incredibly––leads the Crawdads with a .513 slugging percentage, which includes 11 doubles, three triples, and four home runs.
Catcher Tomas Telis (.280/.327/.420) broke out of a slump by going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a walk, and three runs batted in. Left fielder Alejandro Selen (2/6, 2 2B) doubled twice and drove in three runs of his own.
Jake Skole (3/6, 2B) and Jhonny Gomez (2/3, 2 BB) also notched multi-hit efforts.
For the game, the Crawdads went 10-for-27 with runners in scoring position and belted eight total extra-base hits.
Second baseman Odubel Herrera, who singled and walked in five trips, has been stuck in a slump for most of this month. The 19-year-old is hitting just .169/.239/.231 in 19 May games.
Righty Justin Grimm was hit around for the first time this season, as he permitted nine hits in 4.1 innings. Overall, he yielded four runs while walking one and fanning two.
Reliever Jorge Marban punched out four in two hitless, scoreless innings to close out the victory. He walked one but didn't allow a hit.
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