W - Jackson (4-1)
SV - Eppley (4)
HR - Teagarden (9), Tracy (8)
31-22, 2.5 GU
Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon played in the outfield––working in center–-for the first time in his current rehab stint. Borbon had a strong day at the plate, getting a single and two walks in five trips. He also stole his third base in two games.
After allowing a solo homer to Tommy Manzella in the first inning, starting pitcher Zach Jackson settled down to retire 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced. But Jackson scuffled afterward and yielded six runs (five earned) in six-plus innings.
Still, thanks to a strong offensive performance, Jackson picked up his fourth victory of the season.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who was 2-for-5, launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning. First baseman Chad Tracy added a solo shot in the fifth.
Infielders Esteban German (3/5, 2B) and Luis Cruz (3/5, 2B) both singled twice and doubled once.
Omar Quintanilla went 0-for-2, but he drew all three walks.
The Express' right-handed late-inning relievers helped hold the lead. Pedro Strop worked two scoreless frames, giving up one hit and striking out two without issuing a walk.
Cody Eppley, who earned his fourth save, fanned two of his own in a shutout ninth inning.
W - Perez (3-0)
SV - Castillo (4)
HR - Osuna (3)
27-24, 7.0 GB
Martin Perez (2.41 ERA/.234 BAA) permitted a four-run inning sandwiched between five scoreless innings. When the dust had settled, Perez yielded four runs in six innings, giving up eight hits and fanning four without issuing a walk.
Perez, who threw 60 strikes out of 96 pitches, didn't permit a walk for the second time in 11 starts this season. He also induced nine groundouts against three flyouts.
Second baseman Renny Osuna's solo home run in the fifth inning proved to ultimately be the game-winning run, as both teams worked scoreless ball until the end of the game. Osuna also singled, raising his average to .322.
Left fielder Jonathan Greene, who singled twice and walked once in four trips, was the only other RoughRiders player to reach multiple times.
Righty relievers Tyler Tufts, Justin Miller, and Fabio Castillo worked one scoreless inning apiece, combining to retire nine of the game's final 11 hitters. Tufts yielded a double while Castillo plunked a batter.
L - Yan (2-3)
HR - Strausborger (6), Hilligoss (2)
31-21, 4.5 GU
The Pelicans began the game with six scoreless innings before Frederick tied it with three in the seventh. The Keys ultimately won it in walkoff fashion in the 11th.
Starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.88 ERA/.280 BAA) worked six shutout frames but gave up two singles to start the seventh before being pulled. Boscan surrendered two runs in six-plus innings, allowing five hits, walking one, and striking out seven.
First baseman Mitch Hilligoss provided some power by going 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run. Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger, who was also 2-for-5 singled and added a solo round-tripper of his own.
Jared Prince (2/4, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/5, 2B) also belted two-baggers.
Myrtle Beach didn't record any outs in the bottom of the 11th. After Johan Yan allowed a leadoff single, Chad Bell came on and gave up a single followed by a game-winning double.
L - Killian (4-2)
27-25, 4.5 GB
After Wednesday's game, all seven teams in the South Atlantic League's Northern Division are above the .500 mark. Unfortunately, that means the Crawdads are in sixth place despite a 27-25 record.
Conversely, just one of the seven Southern Division teams are above .500 at this point.
Hickory starter Cody Buckel (2.45 ERA/.232 BAA) turned in his best start yet in the losing effort, permitting only one unearned run in five innings. He struck out six and didn't walk a batter.
Buckel sat down 13 of the final 14 hitters he faced, with just one batter getting the ball out of the infield.
The club fell behind after reliever Colby Killian coughed up four runs on six hits in two innings of work. Jorge Marban (2.51 ERA/.122 BAA) hurled a perfect ninth, getting one strikeout.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva doubled––his 14th––and walked in four trips.
Jonathan Roof (2/4) singled twice while Jhonny Gomez (1/4) singled once and drove home a pair of runs.
W - Gomez (1-0)
SV - Tirado (1)
3-1, 0.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers twirled their third consecutive shutout on Wednesday afternoon.
The latest shutout was a mixture of Luis Moreno (4 IP), Jose Gomez (2 IP), Jesus Fandino (1 IP), and Pedro Tirado (2 IP).
In his start, the 18-year-old Moreno scattered four hits, walked one, and struck out two.
The offense scored three runs on only five singles.
Chris Garia (1/4, BB), Luis Mendez (1/3, BB), and Anderson Jesus (1/3, BB) all singled and walked. Smerling Lantigua (1/4) and Esdras Abreu (1/3) had the other knocks.
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