L - Hunter (1-1)
HR - Tracy (9)
32-24, 0.5 GU
Rehabbing right-hander Tommy Hunter, who is once again attempting to work his way back from the nagging groin injury, threw 36 pitches (24 strikes) in his scheduled two-inning outing on Saturday. Hunter gave up three runs on five hits, striking out one.
Seth McClung (5.20 ERA/.298 BAA) followed and yielded 10 hits for his second consecutive outings. On Saturday, McClung worked six innings and allowed five runs. He walked two and fanned five.
After McClung allowed four consecutive singles (two bunts) to begin the ninth, sidearming righty Cody Eppley entered and quickly induced a double play followed by a flyout to center.
Since returning to Triple-A, the 25-year-old Eppley has produced the following line––7 ip, 4 h, 1 r, 2 bb, 8 k.
Cleanup hitter Chad Tracy (.271/.357/.463) singled and launched a solo home run––his ninth of the season––in four trips.
In an odd twist of splits, the right-handed hitting Tracy is just 9-for-63 (.143/.260/.270) against left-handed pitchers this season. But he has posted a .329/.400/.550 line against fellow righties.
Doug Deeds (1/4, 2B) doubled while catcher Taylor Teagarden (2/4) singled twice.
Recently optioned centerfielder Julio Borbon was 0-for-4 with a walk, two strikeouts, and his fourth stolen base. He also picked up an outfield assist, gunning down speedy prospect Dee Gordon at second base.
Joey Butler (.302/.354/.466) singled and walked in four plate appearances. He is 22-for-67 (.328) since rejoining the Express last month.
W - Erlin (2-0)
SV - Castillo (6)
30-24, 6.0 GB
Left-hander Robbie Erlin now has two victories in his first two Double-A starts. He also has two wins over Tulsa.
Facing the Drillers for the second time this week, Erlin worked six innings and allowed one unearned run. He scattered four singles (two infield) while walking one and striking out five.
Erlin, who threw 54 of his 90 pitches for strikes, gave up three total earned runs in 12.1 innings against Tulsa this week.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.296/.336/.556) appears to have regained his power stroke after a brief slump. Mendonca was 2-for-4 with two doubles––giving him 11 for the season––on Saturday. He has two doubles, a triple, and two home runs in his last five contests.
Renny Osuna (1/4, 2B), Jose Ruiz (1/3, 2B, BB) and Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
Leonys Martin got the night off for the second consecutive game. He is getting some rest while dealing with some minor tightness in his lower back.
The RoughRiders plated three seventh-inning runs and the bullpen combined for three shutout innings to help give Erlin the victory.
Right-hander Tyler Tufts (2.04 ERA/.273 BAA) struck out all three men he faced in the bottom of the seventh. Corey Young worked a perfect eighth while Fabio Castillo needed only 12 pitches to record the save with a blank ninth.
Castillo has now worked one scoreless inning–-and earned a save––in each of his last five appearances. He has just one strikeout but hasn't walked a batter over that span.
L - Osborne (0-2)
HR - Zaneski (6)
32-23, 3.5 GU
Barret Loux (3.90 ERA/.236 BAA) yielded three runs over five innings of work. He gave up eight hits––including five doubles––and fanned five without issuing a walk.
While Loux didn't walk a batter, he did unleash three wild pitches. In fact, the 22-year-old has thrown 13 wild pitches this season despite walking just 15 hitters in 55.1 innings. Loux's control is solid, but it seems likely that he's simply bouncing a lot of curveballs in the dirt.
Suddenly scuffling reliever Zach Osborne was tattooed for four runs in one inning. The Houston native has allowed exactly four runs in three of his last four appearances. He had tossed eight shutout frames over his first six High-A games.
Catcher Zach Zaneski (.313/.353/.545) powered the offense by going 3-for-4 with a solo home run, his sixth of the season.
Leury Garcia (1/4, 3B) tripled while Ryan Strausborger (2/5, 2B) doubled.
After getting out to a decent start, the 20-year-old Garcia posted a paltry .184/.193/.207 slash line in May.
Right fielder Jared Prince raised his average to .246 with two singles in four at-bats.
Kasey Kiker (6.50 ERA/.232 BAA) allowed only a solo home run in two relief innings. Kiker, who walked one, now has 24 walks and 22 strikeouts in 18 innings for the season.
L - Rowen (0-2)
29-26, 4.5 GB
Crawdads starting pitcher Matt Thompson began the season with some uncharacteristic control issues. While he appeared to eventually get over the problem, those control troubles have once again returned.
Thompson issued five walks and uncorked two wild pitches in 3.1 innings on Saturday. He gave up three runs despite yielding only one hit.
Over his last two starts, the 21-year-old righty has walked nine batters in 9.1 innings.
The Hickory offense continued to show signs of life after scuffling through much of May.
Second baseman Odubel Herrera was a good example of the Crawdads' April success and May woes. After hitting .329/.387/.494 in April, he batted just .176/.247/.235 with three times the strikeouts last month.
But Herrera appears to be heating up once again. The lefty hitter went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI on Saturday.
Switch-hitting catcher Tomas Telis (.296/.346/.434) singled three times in five trips, giving him seven knocks in the last two games.
Telis, who has excellent hand-eye coordination at the plate, has 11 walks and 13 strikeouts in 51 games on the year.
Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B) and Christian Villanueva (1/5, 2B) doubled for their only hits of the day. Kellin Deglan (1/3, BB) and Teodoro Martinez (0/1, BB, HBP) both reached twice.
The speedy Martinez suddenly has six walks in his last four contests, doubling his season total.
Florida International product and former undrafted free agent Jorge Marban (2.35 ERA/.137 BAA) continued to impress out of the Hickory ‘pen, working a scoreless inning.
Marban has posted the following line in his last six outings––9 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 2 bb, 10 k.
4-1, 1.0 GB
The DSL Rangers were postponed due to rain for the second time in three days. After a scheduled day off on Sunday, the club will face the DSL Nationals on Monday morning.
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