L - Hamburger (0-3)
30-22, 1.5 GU
Rehabbing outfielder Julio Borbon batted leadoff and played as the Round Rock designated hitter on Tuesday evening. In five plate appearances, Borbon singled twice, walked, and struck out. He also showed the hamstring was strong by stealing a pair of bases against former teammate Max Ramirez.
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (3.50 ERA/.229 BAA) worked three scoreless innings on 39 pitches, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out one.
Ramirez was lifted from the game after taking a one-hop comebacker off his right forearm. Luckily, the x-rays were negative and he just has a forearm contusion.
Righty reliever Mark Hamburger coughed up five runs on six hits in just two innings, raising his Triple-A earned-run average to 10.64. He worked a quick fourth but was knocked around the yard in the following frame.
Zach Phillips (5.59 ERA/.280 BAA) worked the final three innings, giving up two runs. He allowed three hits while walking and striking out two.
Cleanup hitter and first baseman Chad Tracy (.271/.357/.447) extended his modest hitting streak to seven games. The 25-year-old was 2-for-3 with his 10th double and a base on balls.
Chris Davis (1/5, 2B) and Esteban German (1/5, 2B) both doubled as well.
Matt Kata (2/3, BB) and Taylor Teagarden (2/4) both singled twice.
The Express offense was just 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position during the game.
26-24, 7.0 GB
The entire Texas League took Tuesday off. The Frisco RoughRiders return to action on Wednesday evening, as they'll take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (24-21) to begin a three-game series.
W - Ross (6-1)
SV - Kelly (7)
31-20, 4.5 GU
The Pelicans scored a pair of runs on a two-out, two-run single from Zach Zaneski in the first inning. And that was plenty for starting pitcher Robbie Ross.
Ross (2.48 ERA/.237 BAA) matched his career best by working eight innings on Tuesday. He held the Keys to one unearned run on three singles, striking out seven without walking a batter.
The 21-year-old southpaw was strong throughout, retiring 12 consecutive hitters early in his outing and finishing by sitting down the final 11 men he faced.
He has yet to surrender a home run in 58 innings on the season.
Zaneski, who provided both of the Myrtle Beach runs, singled twice to raise his average up to .298. Jared Prince (2/4) and Jared Bolden (1/4) had the club's other hits.
Leadoff man and left fielder Jared Hoying was 0-for-2 with two walks.
Closer Ryan Kelly (4.66 ERA/.265 BAA) allowed a single and plunked a batter in the ninth inning, but he got a pair of strikeouts and earned his seventh save of the season.
L - Jackson (0-1)
27-24, 4.5 GB
The Crawdads were bested by Pirates prospect and Waxahachie native Colton Cain on Tuesday afternoon. Cain permitted just two runs on three hits over six innings, and the Hickory bats managed just four hits for the game.
Left fielder Jonathan Roof, who was 1-for-3 with his fourth double, had the club's only extra-base hit. After getting out to a strong start, the Michigan State product went just 8-for-50 (.160) in 19 games during May.
Jurickson Profar (1/3, HBP), Odubel Herrera (1/4), and Josh Richmond (1/3, BB) singled for the other hits.
Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez (.271/.318/.350) didn't have an official at-bat, but he worekd two walks and laid down a sacrifice bunt. Entering the game, Martinez hadn't walked in his last 14 contests.
Starting pitcher Luke Jackson worked a season-high five innings, giving up three runs while scattering eight hits, walking one, and striking out two.
Submarining righty Ben Rowen gave the Crawdads three scoreless innings of relief. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound hurler surrendered one hit, walked one, and struck out three.
A former closer at Virginia Tech, Rowen has worked exactly three innings in each of his three appearances since joining Hickory from extended spring training.
W - Leclerc (1-0)
2-1, 1.0 GB
Dario Beltre, Leonel Gil, and Angelo Leclerc combined on a six-hit shutout of the DSL Yankees on Tuesday morning.
Beltre, 18, worked four scoreless innings, giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out four. Gil, a 20-year-old lefty, followed with three blank frames of his own. The 19-year-old Leclerc finished it off with two no-hit, no-walk frames. He struck out two.
Right fielder Alex Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a double, and he also brought home the game's only run on either side.
Talented shortstop Luis Marte singled twice in three trips. Chris Garia (1/3, BB) and Fernando Vivili (1/3) had the team's other knocks.
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