L - Tomko (1-3)
HR - Tracy (14), Butler (3), Quintanilla (3)
36-28, 1.5 GB
Brett Tomko was plenty serviceable while he was with the Rangers earlier this season, posting a 4.58 ERA in 17.2 innings. But he has struggled since returning to Triple-A Round Rock.
On Monday, Tomko was knocked around for seven runs on nine hits––including three home runs––in just three innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Former Rangers outfielder Brandon Boggs led off the game against Tomko with a solo round-tripper, his third of the season in Triple-A. He also has two in the majors.
Though reliever Derek Hankins (6.39 ERA/.302 BAA) issued four walks in three innings, he kept the Sounds off the board after allowing only one hit. Hankins struck out five.
Zach Phillips (4.75 ERA/.261 BAA) retired all six batters he faced, striking out a pair.
The Express launched three home runs in the game, but it wasn't quite enough.
Streaking cleanup man Chad Tracy (.282/.366/.538) launched yet another long ball, his 14th of the season, his third in three games, and his sixth in nine games. The 25-year-old has four doubles, a triple, and seven round-trippers in 12 games this month.
Tracy currently ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 59 RBI in 60 games played.
Shortstop Omar Quintanilla (2/4, HR, BB) and right fielder Joey Butler (1/3, HR, BB) added solo homers of their own. Butler extended his hitting streak to 14 games, and he is now hitting .366 since his second Triple-A stint began in May.
Leadoff man Julio Borbon was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two strikeouts, and his sixth stolen base.
Doug Deeds (1/4, 2B) had just one hit, but it was his 11th two-bagger of the season.
W - Brigham (3-5)
HR - Bianucci (14), Ruiz (7)
34-28, 9.0 GB
One day after the RoughRiders were officially eliminated from first-half contention, the offense busted out for 13 runs on a season-high 20 hits, including seven extra-base knocks.
The biggest blow came from left fielder Mike Bianucci (.269/.326/.509), who launched a grand slam in the fourth inning. He also singled and doubled in six trips.
While third baseman Tom Mendonca (.315/.356/.565) didn't go yard, he was 4-for-6 with a double and four RBI. The 23-year-old is now 12-for-19 with four two-baggers and a homer in his last four contests.
Mendonca also committed two errors, giving him nine on the season.
Not wanting to be left out, first baseman Jose Ruiz (.308/.368/.497) was also 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and four RBI.
Jonathan Greene (3/5, 2B), Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B0 and Guilder Rodriguez (3/5, 2B) all doubled once. Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2 BB) and Renny Osuna (2/5, BB) both singled twice.
In other words, the Frisco offense was solid on Monday. They went 8-for-20 with runners in scoring position.
Starter Jake Brigham picked up his third victory after he allowed six runs––just three earned––in six innings. Brigham yielded six hits while walking two and fanning six.
Corey Young (2 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) finished out the game with scoreless relief.
36-27, 3.0 GU
On Sunday, the Pelicans played a 23-inning contest before making a five-hour bus trip to Northern Virginia. Luckily for the Myrtle Beach squad, Monday's scheduled game against the P-Nats was washed out due to rain. They'll play a doubleheader on Tuesday, beginning at 5:05 p.m. Eastern. Barret Loux and Justin Grimm are the scheduled starting pitchers.
W - Killian (5-2)
SV - Rodebaugh (9)
HR - Villanueva (6)
36-27, 1.0 GB
The surging Crawdads pulled to within one game of first-place Hagerstown on Monday. The club has now won seven of their last eight games, and they're averaging over eight runs per game this month.
Although third baseman Christian Villanueva (.274/.333/.438) had only one hit in five trips, it was his sixth home run of the season.
Second baseman Odubel Herrera (.410/.465/.590 in June) matched his total bases count, going 2-for-5 with two doubles. The smoking hot Herrera has multiple hits in seven of his last eight contests.
Jurickson Profar doubled, singled, and walked in five plate appearances, raising his on-base percentage to an impressive .389 through 51 games.
Tomas Telis (2/5) singled twice while centerfielder Jake Skole (1/2, 2 BB) singled once, walked twice, and had a sacrifice fly.
Starter Nick Tepesch, who was recently named the Sally League's pitcher of the week, allowed six runs––but just three earned––over five innings of work. He walked two and fanned four.
Closer Ryan Rodebaugh (0.50 ERA/.181 BAA) lowered his ERA even more, striking out four in 2.1 shutout frames. The 22-year-old hasn't permitted an earned run in his last eight appearances, spanning 12.1 frames.
L - Pena (0-1)
7-5, 0.5 GB
The Dominican Rangers' losing streak reached four games on Monday morning.
The contest got out of hand early, as starter Richelson Pena coughed up five runs on five hits and two walks in the first inning alone.
Reliever Jesus Fandino settled things down by retiring all nine batters he faced––striking out a pair––in the second, third, and fourth innings. But the damage had been done. The 17-year-old Fandino has allowed one hit in his first six professional innings.
Offensively, the club didn't get much going. Right fielder Anderson Jesus, who was 1-for-4 with his fourth double, had the team's only extra-base hit.
Chris Garia (1/4), Alberto Triunfel (1/4), Luis Marte (1/4) and Diego Cedeno (1/2, BB) all singled.
Aside from Fandino, the only other Rangers hurler to work scoreless ball was lefty Luis de la Torre, who scattered two hits and a walk in two frames.
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