W - Tomko (1-2)
32-23, 1.5 GU
Brett Tomko turned in his best Triple-A outing of the season, working five scoreless innings and earning the victory. The veteran righty gave up five hits, walked one, and struck out five.
Third baseman Chris Davis raised his average to .355 while falling a home run short of the cycle. The left-handed slugger was 3-for-5 with a single, a double (his fourth) and a triple (his first).
Brad Nelson (1/3, 2B, BB) and Doug Deeds (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled while Joey Butler (1/3, 3B, BB) hit his fourth triple.
Righty reliever Mark Hamburger struggled once again out of the Express bullpen, as he yielded three runs in 1.2 innings. He gave up three hits while walking and striking out two.
Hamburger allowed a two-run homer to RedHawks catcher (and former Ranger) Max Ramirez. Ramirez is hitting .232/.266/.354 in 28 Triple-A contests this season.
Pedro Strop (5.84 ERA/.206 BAA) struck out the side in a scoreless ninth inning. He worked around a single and a walk.
W - Pimentel (2-3)
HR - Greene (6), Sarmiento (2)
29-24, 7.0 GB
The RoughRiders swept the Naturals but were unable to pick up a game on the first-place San Antonio Missions, who have all but wrapped up the Texas League South Division's first-half title.
Frisco's offense busted out for 18 runs on 17 hits in Friday's game, knocking seven extra-base hits and going 8-for-16 with men in scoring position.
Cleanup hitter and left fielder Mike Bianucci brought home six runs of his own. The slugger was 3-for-6 with two doubles, giving him 12 on the season.
First baseman Jonathan Greene went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, a walk, and four runs scored.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento (2/4, HR) launched his second home run. Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B) doubled while Tom Mendonca (1/4, 3B) added a three-bagger.
Middle infielders Renny Osuna (2/5, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, BB) both singled twice and walked once.
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (4.66 ERA/.267 BAA) turned on a season-high seven-inning effort with all the run support. The 21-year-old limited the Naturals to two runs on three hits, walking two and fanning four.
W - Grimm (2-0)
SV - Kelly (8)
HR - Garcia (1)
32-22, 4.5 GU
Justin Grimm picked up his second victory in as many High-A starts on Friday. The former fifth-round pick logged 6.2 innings, giving up one run while scattering six hits. He struck out six and walked two.
The Pelicans offense got some power supply from speedy shortstop Leury Garcia, who was 2-for-4 with his ninth double and his first home run.
Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger was 2-for-5 with a double––Myrtle Beach's only other extra-base hit. He also stole his 17th base of the season.
Catcher Vin DiFazio was 0-for-1, dropping his average to an even .200, but he worked three walks and stole a base.
Relievers Joe Ortiz (1.1 IP) and Ryan Kelly (1 IP) closed out the game with scoreless, hitless relief.
W - Henry (1-0)
29-25, 4.5 GB
The Crawdads plated 18 runs between the second and seventh innings.
Seven of Hickory's nine players notched multiple hits in the game. The team combined for six doubles and two triples.
Designated hitter Tomas Telis was the biggest run producer, going 4-for-6 with two doubles and five runs batted in. Right fielder Josh Richmond (2/5, 2 2B, BB) also doubled twice.
Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar reached base safely five times in six plate appearances, going 3-for-4 with a double (his 13th) and two walks. He also had two RBI. First baseman Jhonny Gomez had an identical stat line, raising his average to .298.
Odubel Herrera (2/6, 3B) and Teodoro Martinez (2/3, 3B, 2 BB) singled and tripled.
Catcher Kellin Deglan single three times and walked once in six plate appearances.
Although starting pitcher Roman Mendez fanned nine batters in four innings, he was hit hard for the first time all season. The 20-year-old hurler permitted six runs on eight hits while walking three and plunking one.
Ben Henry came through with excellent long relief, working four shutout frames. The South Carolina native has permitted just three hits in nine scoreless innings since earning the promotion from extended spring training.
Righty Nick McBride bounced back from a rough first outing by striking out one in a perfect ninth inning.
W - Rodriguez (1-0)
SV - A. Leclerc (1)
4-1, 0.5 GB
The Dominican Rangers earned their fourth consecutive victory with a four-run triumph over the DSL Cubs2 on Friday morning.
Making his professional debut, 17-year-old lefty Aliangel Lopez worked around two hits and four walks to post three scoreless innings. He struck out four.
Right fielder Diego Cedeno led the offense out of the eight hole, going 3-for-4 with his first double of the season.
Left fielder Anderson Jesus (2/3) and third baseman Smerling Lantigua (2/4) both singled twice.,br>
Speedy leadoff hitter Chris Garia was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts, but he also worked a pair of walks and swiped his first base of the season.
Ricardo Rodriguez and Angelo Leclerc hurled two scoreless innings apiece to finish out the game. Rodriguez fanned three while Leclerc struck out four.
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