L - Jackson (4-2)
33-25, 0.5 GU
The Isotopes lost their leadoff hitter on Monday––as Dodgers top prospect Dee Gordon was called up to the major leagues––but that didn't stop the lineup from battering the Express.
Starting pitcher Zach Jackson (6.29 ERA/.307 BAA) was knocked around for a season-high eight runs on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. He walked three and struck out two.
Things continued to get ugly when inconsistent reliever Justin Miller entered the game. The former major leaguer threw just 16 of 40 pitches for strikes and walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning. He allowed three runs.
The 33-year-old Miller has issued 13 free passes in 11.1 innings since joining the Rangers organization.
Albuquerque pitchers––including Round Rock native Travis Schlichting, who threw 1.2 innings in relief––limited the Express to seven singles while recording the shutout.
Joey Butler (2/3), Omar Quintanilla (2/4) and Chris Davis (2/4) all singled twice. Esteban German (1/3, BB) had the only other knock. He also stole his 15th base.
Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon was 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, dropping him to 4-for-18 (.222) in five Triple-A contests.
Zach Phillips (1.2 IP) and Mark Hamburger (1 IP) finished off the losing effort with scoreless relief out of the bullpen. Hamburger worked a perfect ninth on nine pitches.
W - Perez (4-0)
HR - Ruiz (5), Martin (3)
32-24, 6.0 GB
The RoughRiders finished off their road trip to Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa with a perfect 6-0 record. And, amazingly, the club gained just one game on the first-place San Antonio Missions.
While the pitching was plenty strong on Monday, Frisco was mostly carried by the Cuban duo of Leonys Martin and Jose Ruiz.
Martin (.357/.439/.583) went 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk, and four runs batted in. Ruiz (.311/.366/.476) was 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI of his own.
Martin was caught stealing twice, dropping him to 8-for-14 in attempted steals through 21 games. Ruiz broke out of a slump in which he'd had just two total hits in his last seven contests.
Starter Martin Perez (2.60 ERA/.236 BAA) picked up his fourth victory, yielding three runs in six innings of work. The 20-year-old allowed six hits (five extra-base hits) while walking one and striking out eight. He threw 88 pitches.
While Perez's stuff has always been strong, the most important thing for him this season was to begin limiting his pitch counts and walks. The prospect has now worked at least six innings in each of his last six starts, and he has walked two or fewer in four of his last five.
Perez currently leads the Texas League with 65 strikeouts in 65.2 innings pitched this season.
After Ramon Aguero allowed a run in one-third of an inning, relievers Corey Young (1 IP), Tyler Tufts (0.2 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) all slammed the door with scoreless ball.
Tufts fanned both batters he faced, giving him 27 strikeouts against only two free passes in 25 frames this year.
Castillo continued to be the sudden model of consistency, retiring the side in order on just six pitches. His last six appearances have produced the following line––6 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 1 k.
Cleanup hitter Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while Tom Mendonca (1/4, BB), Robinzon Diaz (1/4, BB) and Travis Adair (1/3, BB) all singled and walked.
L - Ortiz (3-2)
33-24, 3.5 GU
Pelicans starter Wilfredo Boscan allowed three consecutive hits in the third inning, leading to both of his runs allowed.
Overall, though, it was a strong start for Boscan. The right-hander allowed two runs in seven innings, scattering five hits, walking one, and striking out four.
After reliever Joe Ortiz worked a scoreless eighth inning, he allowed a run in the top of the ninth. And that was all the Dash would need to earn the series-opening victory.
The Myrtle Beach offense stranded 10 base runners and got just one extra-base hit en route to scoring two runs on 10 hits.
Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (.302/.363/.493) singled twice in five trips, recording his fifth multi-hit effort in his last six games. The strong-armed prospect picked up yet another outfield assist by gunning down a runner at home plate.
Shortstop Leury Garcia (.231/.268/.312) also singled twice and stole his 11th base in 17 attempts this year.
Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) belted his eighth double while Jared Hoying (1/3, BB) and Mike Olt (1/3, BB) both singled and walked once.
First baseman Chris McGuiness, playing for the first time since May 13 due to a back injury, was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.
Sidearming righty Johan Yan allowed the game's winning run to score––an inherited runner––on a groundout. He didn't allow any further damage.
W - Buckel (1-2)
SV - Rodebaugh (7)
31-26, 3.5 GB
Crawdads starting pitcher Cody Buckel (2.33 ERA/.272 BAA) had a bit of a strange line. Although the young hurler allowed nine hits in five innings, he held the BlueClaws to two runs (one earned). Buckel punched out seven without walking a batter.
Hickory raced out to an early lead with six runs in the third inning, giving the club a 7-1 lead at the time.
The team tied a franchise record by stealing eight bases in eight attempts on Monday afternoon. Second baseman Odubel Herrera (2/3, BB) had three steals, giving him 17 on the year. Christian Villanueva (2/4, BB) stole twice for his 12th and 13th. Jonathan Roof, Jake Skole and Tomas Telis also had single swipes.
Skole had a big day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI. Telis continued his hot-hitting with a 3-for-5 effort, knocking his 11th double.
Roof (2/4, 2B) and Josh Richmond (1/4, 2B, HBP) also contributed one double apiece.
Leadoff hitter Teodoro Martinez drew yet another walk, giving him nine free passes in his last six games. He had nine walks in 53 rookie ball games last summer.
The game got relatively close when Jorge Marban had his first rough outing of the season. The Florida native coughed up three runs (two earned) in just one-third of an inning.
But closer Ryan Rodebaugh (0.55 ERA/.175 BAA) slammed the door by permitting only one hit in 3.2 shutout innings. The 22-year-old punched out four.
Rodebaugh has allowed two earned runs in 32.2 innings on the season, logging seven saves and posting a 0.55 earned-run average.
4-1, 1.0 GB
The DSL Rangers and DSL Nats were suspended after three innings on Monday, almost certainly due to rain. Second baseman Luis Marte (1/2, 2B), third baseman Smerling Lantigua (1/1, BB) and left fielder Diego Cedeno (1/1) had the Rangers' hits. Starting pitcher Richelson Pena had surrendered one run in three frames.
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