33-26, 0.5 GB
The Express had Wednesday off. They travel to Des Moines to begin a four-game set against the Iowa Cubs (27-32) on Thursday night.
L - Brigham (2-5)
32-25, 7.0 GB
Wednesday's series opener against the first-place Missions was simply one of those nights were almost nothing went right for the RoughRiders.
The club had its six-game winning streak snapped and fell behind by three runs in the first inning. The offense plated one run on only three hits.
Second baseman Davis Stoneburner (1/3, 2B), centerfielder Engel Beltre (1/2, BB) and right fielder Jonathan Greene (1/3) had the only knocks.
Stoneburner entered the game after leadoff hitter Leonys Martin left after reaggravating the lower back injury that recently kept him out for two games. Martin was hit by a pitch in the first and picked off shortly after. The injury is considered to be relatively minor but is lingering for the time being.
Starter Jake Brigham continued his struggles, as he yielded four runs in five innings, throwing 96 pitches. He gave up four hits while walking and striking out three apiece.
The 23-year-old Brigham has hit a recent slump after getting out to a strong start in Double-A. Over his last four starts, he has posted the following numbers––16.2 ip, 19 h, 17 r, 14 bb, 11 k.
Lefty Ben Snyder was perhaps the lone bright spot, working around a walk in a scoreless frame. He struck out two.
Right-handers Adalberto Flores (1.2 IP) and Ramon Aguero (1.1 IP) allowed four and three runs, respectively, in their outings. Aguero's earned-run average ballooned to 7.94 in 15 appearances with the ‘Riders.
San Antonio leads Frisco by seven games with 13 contests remaining in the Texas League's first half.
W - Gomez (2-1)
34-25, 3.5 GU
The Pelicans and Dash went into extra innings for the second consecutive night, but this time it was Myrtle Beach that pulled away with the walkoff triumph.
Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss (.271/.326/.380)––filling in for the injured Mike Olt––launched a walkoff double with one out in the 12th.
The 25-year-old Hilligoss had an excellent night overall, going 4-for-6 with two doubles, a walk, and two RBI. Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia (.242/.286/.329), who scored the winning run, was 2-for-4 with a double, three walks, and two stolen bases.
Through three High-A starts, Justin Grimm is having more success in the Carolina League than he was in the Low-A South Atlantic League.
The University of Georgia product hurled six scoreless frames on Wednesday, holding the Dash to four hits while walking three and striking out six.
The bullpen wasn't able to hold the early lead, though, as Zach Osborne (1 IP) and Joe Ortiz (0.2 IP) combined to permit four runs between the seventh and eighth innings.
Cleaup hitter and first baseman Chris McGuiness (2/3, 3 BB) singled twice and walked three times. Right fielder Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) added his ninth double of the season.
Sidearming Dominican righty Johan Yan (2.25 ERA/.214 BAA) kept the game tied with 3.1 frames of hitless, walkless, and scoreless ball. The only base runner he allowed reached on a Leury Garcia error. Yan, who throws heavy sinkers in the mid-to-upper 80s, induced seven groundouts, two strikeouts, and an infield popup.
Kenny Gomez (2.25 ERA/.240 BAA) worked around a pair of hits in a scoreless 12th to earn his second victory.
32-26, 2.5 GB
The entire Sally League was quiet on Wednesday. Hickory will look to extend its three-game winning streak at Lexington (28-31) on Thursday.
W - Rodriguez (2-0)
6-1, 0.5 GU
Since losing their first game of the season, the Dominican Rangers have rolled off six consecutive victories. On Wednesday, the club did it with an offensive outburst (relative to the large strike zone, pitcher-friendly circuit) that included six runs on 11 hits.
Cleanup hitter and third baseman Smerling Lantigua had his best game as a professional, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Shortstop Luis Marte (1/5, 2B) and catcher Fernando Vivili (1/3, 2B, BB) also added one two-bagger apiece. All three prospects are worth watching in the coming years.
The club also stole six bases––from six different players––in the game.
Leadoff man Chris Garia (2/5) singled twice, knocked in three, and stole his second bag. Christefer Obispo (1/3, BB) and Alex Gonzalez (2/4) also singled twice.
Starting pitcher Pedro Tirado yielded two runs on four hits in 4.1 innings, walking one and striking out five.
The bullpen trio of Ricardo Rodriguez (1.2 IP), Leonel Gil (2 IP) and Angelo Leclerc (1 IP) closed out the game by combining for 4.2 innings of shutout relief.
The 19-year-old Leclerc has yielded just one hit in his first six innings.
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