W - Jackson (3-1)
SV - Tucker (2)
HR - Davis (7)
29-19, 1.5 GU
One day after Neil Ramirez needed 96 pitches to complete four innings, left-hander Zach Jackson (5.58 ERA/.299 BAA) provided the model of efficiency. The 28-year-old threw just 82 pitches over seven innings, giving up a run on six hits. He walked one without recording a strikeout.
Jackson got the benefit of four double play balls in his first six innings of work.
Round Rock scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning, being led by three consecutive extra-base hits. Esteban German (2/4, 2B) doubled, Omar Quintanilla (1/4, 3B) tripled, and Chris Davis (1/4, HR) clocked a two-run homer.
Davis now has seven round-trippers in nine Triple-A games, including three in four contests since he re-joined the Express.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden (1/4, 3B) hit his third triple while second baseman Luis Cruz (1/4, 2B) belted his 10th double.
The club got strong bullpen work from Cody Eppley, Zach Phillips, and Ryan Tucker. All three hurlers worked two-thirds of an inning without yielding a run.
L - Brigham (2-4)
24-23, 7.0 GB
Although the RoughRiders dropped the series to the Naturals, first baseman Jose Ruiz (.336/.395/.507) continued rolling offensively. The 26-year-old Cuba native went 3-for-4 with three doubles––giving him 11 on the season––and two runs batted in.
On the season, Ruiz is 45-for-134 (.336) with 11 doubles, four homers, 13 walks, and 24 strikeouts.
Righty Jake Brigham (4.82 ERA/.237 BAA) struggled for the second consecutive start, this time permitting five runs (four earned) over five-plus innings. He walked and struck out three.
Brigham was ejected in the sixth inning after arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire.
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Leonys Martin raised his average to .339 with three singles in five at-bats. He also swiped his eighth base in just 14 games.
Renny Osuna (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Davis Stoneburner (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked.
Tom Mendonca was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk. He is now 0-for-14 with eight punchouts over his last four contests, dropping his average to .294.
Adalberto Flores (1.24 ERA/.225 BAA) continued to post solid work out of the Frisco bullpen, keeping the Naturals off the board and punching out a pair in 1.1 innings.
W - Ortiz (3-1)
SV - Kelly (6)
28-19, 3.0 GU
The Pelicans came back with two runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn the one-run victory and extend their division lead to three games.
Facing Wilmington for the second time in as many starts, righty Wilfredo Boscan held the opposition to a run on three hits in 5.2 innings, walking two and striking out three.
Left-hander Joe Ortiz (1.82 ERA/.170 BAA) allowed the comeback with his solid long relief work. The diminutive reliever gave up only a solo home run in three innings, fanning three without walking a man.
Ryan Kelly induced a groundout to the last batter of the game––the only hitter he faced––to earn his sixth save of the season.
Third baseman Mike Olt (.291/.400/.513) tied the game in the eighth with his run-scoring double––his 11th two-bagger of the season. He also singled in the game.
Olt scored right fielder Jared Bolden, who was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. After a slow start, Bolden is now batting .294/.324/.500 in 19 games this month.
DH Jared Prince got the game-winning hit with his RBI single in the eighth. He also walked.
Zach Zaneski belted his eighth double for his only hit of the night. Santiago Chirino (1/2, BB, SAC) singled, walked, and laid down a sacrifice bunt.
L - Rowen (0-1)
HR - Profar (6), Martinez (2)
26-21, 2.5 GB
Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.308/.427/.551 in May) was 2-for-5 with yet another home run, his second in as many games and his sixth of the season.
The 18-year-old Profar currently leads the Crawdads in a number of offensive categories, including triples (three), home runs (six), and slugging percentage (.550). He is second on the club in walks (23) and third in on-base percentage (.401).
Left fielder Teodoro Martinez (.286/.319/.368) isn't known for his power, but he launched his second round-tripper in as many games as well. Martinez also singled and laid down a sacrifice bunt.
Starting pitcher Cody Buckel worked a season-high four innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out five and didn't issue a walk.
After posting two scoreless innings, submarining righty Ben Rowen struggled in his final inning-plus. Overall, he gave up four runs (three earned) in three-plus frames.
Jorge Marban and Ben Henry tossed one shutout frame apiece at the end of the game. Henry punched out two in a perfect ninth inning.
Alejandro Selen (1/4, 2B) doubled while Jake Skole (0/2, 2 BB) and Jonathan Roof (1/3, BB) both reached twice.
Right fielder Josh Richmond walked once and struck out three times in four plate appearances.
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