L - Hankins (5-3)
31-22, 2.5 GU
The Express fell behind quickly when starting pitcher Derek Hankins (6.79 ERA/.310 BAA) was tagged for five runs in the first inning. Overall, the 27-year-old permitted seven runs over three innings. He gave up eight hits and uncorked three wild pitches.
There hasn't been much middle ground for Hankins this season. In six of his 11 outings, he has given up three runs or fewer. But in the other five, he has given up six runs or more.
Southpaw reliever Beau Jones (3.57 ERA/.294 BAA) helped keep the RedHawks in check by yielding just a solo home run in three innings of long relief. He fanned four without issuing a walk.
The Round Rock offense plated just one run on six hits in the contest. Cleanup hitter Brad Nelson (.271/.371/.494) led the way, going 2-for-4 with his ninth double. Esteban German, who was 1-for-4, notched his 12th two-bagger.
Centerfielder Joey Butler singled twice in three trips, raising his Triple-A average to an even .300.
Ryan Tucker (6.48 ERA/.262 BAA) allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in one inning. The hard-throwing righty has struggled since returning to the minor leagues––5.2 ip, 7 h, 7 r, 7 bb, 7 k.
W - Snyder (4-0)
SV - Castillo (5)
HR - Mendonca (12), Osuna (4)
28-24, 7.0 GB
Although the RoughRiders are 20-10 since the beginning of May, they remain seven games behind the first-place San Antonio Missions. Regardless, the success should set up well for a strong second-half performance.
The club came back and won the game with a pair of clutch home runs. Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.293/.333/.543) launched a two-run shot to the the game in the ninth. Second baseman Renny Osuna (.320/.362/.440) followed with a game-winning two-run homer of his own in the 10th.
Starting pitcher Jake Brigham (4.87 ERA/.245 BAA) had some control issues for the third straight outing. The 23-year-old gave up three runs in five innings, allowing six hits and walking four batters. He threw just 49 of 86 pitches for strikes.
Catcher Robinzon Diaz (2/4, 2B) and left fielder Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) both doubled.
Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin singled once and fanned twice in five plate appearances. While Martin still isn't striking out often, he has whiffed four times in his last three games. The outfielder has 11 walks and six strikeouts through 19 contests.
Ben Snyder (1.1 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) helped secure the victory by retiring every hitter they faced.
After a rough start, the hard-throwing Castillo appears to be settling down. He has twirled hitless, walkless, and scoreless ball in each of his last four innings pitched.
L - Hurley (0-2)
31-22, 3.5 GU
Joe Wieland (2.08 ERA/.243 BAA) was knocked around for the first time this season, giving up five runs on 11 hits in six innings pitched. He did strike out six without walking a batter, extending his string of batters faced without a free pass to 202.
Wieland now has struck out 76 and walked three in 65 innings on the season. As he reaches the upper levels, he will surely have to learn more about keeping hitters uncomfortable in the box. Regardless, his ability to throw strikes at will is certainly encouraging.
Cleanup hitter and third baseman Mike Olt (.287/.403/.511) powered the offense by going 2-for-3 with his 12th double and his 34th walk in 50 games.
The Pelicans tied the game with three runs in the top of the eighth but lost it when righty Trevor Hurley (2.25 ERA/.254 BAA) surrendered a solo homer in the bottom of the frame.
Leadoff hitter David Paisano saw his average drop to .140 in High-A after he went 0-for-3 with a free pass.
W - Tepesch (1-3)
SV - Rodebaugh (6)
28-25, 4.5 GB
University of Missouri product Nick Tepesch (4.12 ERA/.287 BAA) worked into the seventh inning for his first time as a pro and earned his first professional victory on Thursday night.
The 22-year-old held Delmarva to two runs over 6.1 innings, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out five. He also plunked two.
Tepesch got some offensive support from leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar (.270/.391/.527), who was 2-for-4 with his fourth triple and two runs batted in. Left fielder Jonathan Roof went 0-for-2, but he also brought in a pair of runs.
Right fielder Josh Richmond (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled, walked, and struck out. He has 15 doubles on the season.
Relievers Joe Van Meter (0.2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (2 IP) helped carry the Crawdads to victory. Rodebaugh allowed an unearned run but didn't give up a hit. He walked one and struck out two.
The 22-year-old Rodebaugh has posted the following line this season––29 ip, 19 h, 6 bb, 34 k. While his fastball doesn't have a ton of sink, he works low in the zone and has induced over 1.4 groundouts per airout this year.
3-1, 0.5 GB
Most of the Dominican Summer League's games on Thursday were postponed, most likely due to rain. The DSL Rangers will face the DSL Cubs2 at 10:30 a.m. Dominican time on Friday morning.
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