W - Kirkman (1-3)
SV - Strop (1)
HR - Nelson (8), Davis (5)
27-18, 1.5 GU
In his first game back at Triple-A Round Rock, third baseman Chris Davis batted third and launched a three-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He was also hit by a pitch.
Rehabbing starting pitcher Scott Feldman, pitching in his second game with the Express, threw 96 pitches (55 strikes) over 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. He walked three and fanned only one, although he also induced 10 groundouts against three flyouts.
First baseman Brad Nelson (.287/.383/.524) continued his excellent month by launching a solo homer––his eighth of the season and second in as many games.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden (2/4, 3B) singled and tripled while centerfielder Joey Butler (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked once.
Butler has not only posted an impressive .313/.363/.482 slash line in 22 Triple-A games, but he has also hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games at the level. The 25-year-old has notched multi-hit efforts in four of his last five contests.
Left-hander Michael Kirkman (1.37 ERA/.237 BAA in 19.2 May innings) allowed just one hit and fanned two in 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Kirkman has posted the following line in three appearances since moving to the bullpen––4.2 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 7 k.
Cody Eppley, making his return to Triple-A, worked around a single and a HBP in 1.1 shutout frames. He struck out one.
Pedro Strop struck out the last batter of the game to earn his first Triple-A save.
23-21, 7.0 GB
The RoughRiders took Tuesday off, as the club returned home to Frisco and prepared for a three-game series against the North Division-leading Northwest Arkansas Naturals (21-18).
L - Erlin (3-2)
25-19, 0.0 GU
Left-hander Robbie Erlin (2.14 ERA/.132 BAA) was stuck with the loss despite another strong start. The 20-year-old limited the Red Sox to two runs––one earned–-over six innings pitched. He scattered five hits and fanned six without walking a batter.
Through nine starts, Erlin's season line looks something like this––54.2 ip, 25 h, 5 bb, 62 k.
Second baseman Santiago Chirino (.250/.306/.290) went 2-for-4 with his fifth double, the Pelicans' only extra-base hit of the game.
Myrtle Beach's scuffling offense has scored more than four runs just once in its last nine contests.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger singled, was hit by a pitch, and stole a pair of bases to give him 14 swipes on the season.
First baseman Jared Bolden singled and walked in four plate appearances.
The game got out of hand when relievers Kenny Gomez and Zach Osborne combined to allow six runs in 2.2 innings. Gomez yielded two runs in two frames while Osborne gave up four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Sidearming righty Johan Yan fanned the final batter of the ninth to get out of the jam.
24-20, 4.0 GB
The Hickory Crawdads were quiet on Tuesday. They'll host the New York Yankees-affiliated Charleston RiverDogs (20-25) for a four-game set, beginning on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.
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