W - Hunter (2-1)
HR - Tracy (15), Nelson (10), Cruz (9), Quintanilla (4)
39-31, 1.0 GB
With the wind blowing directly out to left field––in a park where the ball normally carries to left regardless––the two clubs combined for 18 runs on 32 hits, including five homers.
Rehabbing starting pitcher Tommy Hunter threw 62 strikes out of 85 pitches over six innings. He yielded four runs on 10 hits, striking out two without issuing a walk.
Hunter mostly featured a four-seam fastball at 90-94 mph (showing a little cutting action at times) and an 87-90 mph cutter. He threw lots of cutters, which helped him induce 12 groundouts against only four flyouts, although he began elevating his stuff more often as the outing progressed.
The righty also mixed in some 82-85 mph changeups and upper-70s curveballs. He didn't throw many curveballs, though, as it wasn't particularly sharp.
Health-wise, Hunter appeared to be fine on the mound and covered first base without issue. While his velocity and cutter were strong, the overall command and breaking ball were inconsistent.
The offense gave Hunter plenty of support, as the club battered Royals prospect Mike Montgomery for nine runs on 10 hits in three innings.
Shortstop Omar Quintanilla (.277/.355/.423) went 3-for-5 with a double and a home run. The round-tripper was Quintanilla's fourth of the year. He hasn't hit four homers in a season since 2006, when he did it in 82 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
First baseman Chad Tracy was 2-for-5 with a double and his 15th round-tripper. Luis Cruz (2/4, HR) and Brad Nelson (1/4, HR) also went yard.
All four home runs came off Montgomery.
Chris Davis, who played in left field once again, raised his average to .354 by singling three times in four at-bats. He was also hit by a pitch. Brian Barden's average jumped to .364 when he doubled twice in four trips.
Right-hander Seth McClung came out of the bullpen and surrendered one run while scattering five hits in two innings.
The Storm Chasers scored their seven runs on 17 hits. They went 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 men on base.
W - Snyder (5-1)
SV - Castillo (8)
HR - Greene (7, 8)
39-29, 9.0 GB
The RoughRiders and Hooks played free baseball for the second consecutive night. After three innings on Sunday, the two clubs were knotted at seven runs apiece. And then they both went scoreless until the 12th.
Frisco took the lead in the 12th on third baseman Tom Mendonca's run-scoring double––his 19th two-bagger of the season. The ultimate winning run came home on a Jose Ruiz RBI fielder's choice.
Starting pitcher Brandon Webb, making his third rehab start with the RoughRiders, was knocked around for four runs on six hits (all singles) in just two-thirds of an inning. He walked one, struck out one, and threw 36 pitches (22 strikes).
Webb began the contest by allowing five consecutive singles. He then got a strikeout, gave up another single, got a groundout, and walked a batter before being lifted for lefty reliever Corey Young.
Right fielder Jonathan Greene (.312/.386/.509) helped bring the ‘Riders back into the game by going 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI. He knocked a two-run shot in the second before belting a three-run bomb in the third.
DH Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2B, 2 BB) singled, doubled, and walked twice. Elio Sarmiento (1/5, 2B) hit his fourth two-bagger while Engel Beltre (2/4) got a pair of singles, giving him his second multi-hit effort in as many nights.
Carlos Pimentel worked the middle innings of regulation, and he yielded two runs on four hits. The 21-year-old worked around five hits and two walks.
In his return from the disabled list, fireballing righty Tanner Scheppers retired all six batters he faced, fanning four on 30 pitches. He threw all of his fastballs between 94-96 mph.
Southpaw Ben Snyder (3.29 ERA/.244 BAA) came up with three big scoreless innings to earn his fifth victory of the season. The 25-year-old has permitted only one earned run in 13.2 innings this month.
Three former Rangers farmhands saw action for the Hooks on Sunday––catcher Emerson Frostad (2/6, 2B), right fielder Jose Vallejo (0/4), and right-handed reliever Matt Nevarez (2 IP, 2 runs). Nevarez was stuck with the loss.
40-29, 2.0 GU
The Pelicans' first-half finale was canceled due to rain. Myrtle Beach heads into the All-Star break as first-half division champions, and they were just one-half game behind the Frederick Keys for the league's best overall record.
Four Myrtle Beach players will now travel to Modesto, Calif., where they will participate in the Carolina League/California League All-Star Game at 9:30 p.m. Central on Tuesday.
The break ends on Thursday with the Pelicans hosting Potomac in a three-game series to kick off the second half.
L - Marban (1-1)
HR - Selen (6), Deglan (2)
40-28, 1.0 GU
The Crawdads closed out the first half on Sunday evening.
Nick McBride got the start in what was essentially a bullpen day for the club. McBride went the first 2.2 innings, yielding three runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. Ben Henry followed by allowing one run and scattering four hits in 2.1 innings.
Left-hander Jimmy Reyes (2.93 ERA/.317 BAA) turned in the most impressive pitching performance for the Crawdads, as he struck out five while giving up three hits in two scoreless innings.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (.230/.324/.333) ended his first half on a positive note. The 19-year-old Canadian went 2-for-4 with a double (his seventh) and a homer (his second).
After struggling mightily in April and May, the former first-round pick has begun to show some signs of life in June. Through 11 games this month, he is 12-for-37 (.324) with two doubles, a homer, six walks, and six strikeouts.
Second baseman Alejandro Selen was 2-for-4 with a solo homer of his own––his sixth in just 17 games with Hickory.
Speedy leadoff man Teodoro Martinez (2/5, 3B) singled and tripled while right fielder Jhonny Gomez (2/4) singled twice.
Reliever Jorge Marban was stuck with the loss after a rare poor outing in which he gave up three runs in one inning. Marban allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out two.
W - Mendoza (1-0)
HR - Nicholas (1)
2-1, 1.0 GU
The Indians came roaring back with three runs in the final two innings. All three runs were provided by first baseman Brett Nicholas, who had a career-best game.
Nicholas, the Rangers' sixth-round pick in last year's MLB Draft, went 4-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI. He knocked a two-run shot in the eighth before getting the walkoff single to win it in the ninth.
Although Nicholas played first base on Sunday, he was drafted as a catcher. After dealing with a hamstring issue in spring training, he spent much of the first half at extended spring. He hit .245/.319/.344 in 51 games with Spokane last summer.
Starting pitcher Santo Perez, making his official state-side debut, limited the Volcanoes to two runs on two hits in five innings pitched. He walked two and struck out three.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Perez had a 2.59 ERA with 41 strikeouts and nine walks in 59 innings for the Dominican Summer League Rangers last season.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto (3/5, 2B), centerfielder Ruben Sierra (2/4, 2B) and left fielder Braxton Lane (1/4, 2B) all doubled.
Leadoff hitter and right fielder Hirotoshi Onaka was 0-for-2 with two walks, a sacrifice bunt, and his first stolen base.
Cleanup hitter Nick Vickerson had a brutal day at the plate, striking out in all five of his plate appearances.
Left-hander Will Lamb, the Rangers' second-round selection in the recent MLB Draft, tossed a scoreless inning in his professional debut. He punched out the side around issuing a walk and yielding a single.
Andres Perez-Lobo hurled a perfect seventh while Francisco Mendoza gave up a run and fanned four in two innings.
11-5, 0.5 GU
The Dominican Rangers were off on Sunday. They'll return to action on Monday.
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