W - Tomko (3-3)
HR - Davis (15), Barden (6), Quintanilla (5)
Before Tuesday's game was suspended, rehabber Scott Feldman threw two scoreless innings and shortstop Omar Quintanilla had clocked a solo home run. The Express finished off the victory on Thursday.
Right-hander Brett Tomko took over and hurled five innings of one-run ball, yielding three hits, walking one, and striking out two. He threw only 67 pitches in the five frames.
Third baseman Brian Barden raised his average to .364 by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a homer. DH Chris Davis went 2-for-4 with a home run and a base on balls.
Leadoff man Julio Borbon doubled once and tripled once in five trips. He also stole his 10th base in Triple-A.
Joey Butler (2/4) singled twice and swiped a bag.
L - Ramirez (4-3)
41-32, 0.5 GB
In the seven-inning game, Round Rock plated its only run on via a Chris Davis (1/3) RBI single, which was set up by Omar Quintanilla's second triple of the season.
Brad Nelson (1/3, 2B), Esteban German (1/3, 2B) and Kevin Cash (1/2, 2B) all doubled once.
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez started the game strong but scuffled in the middle innings. In the end, he yielded four runs on five hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six.
One of the overall goals for Ramirez has been reducing his pitch counts, which would allow him to work deeper into games. He threw 101 pitches in the five frames on Thursday.
Fireballing reliever Pedro Strop worked a clean sixth inning, throwing 10 of his 12 pitches for strikes.
After struggling initially in Triple-A, Strop has posted the following line in his last eight appearances––12.1 ip, 13 h, 3 r, 4 bb, 16 k.
W - Snyder (6-1)
HR - Ruiz (8), Osuna (6), Sarmiento (4)
1-1, 1.0 GB
Just prior to Thursday's game, the Frisco RoughRiders announced that they had moved right-hander Jake Brigham into the bullpen. Lefty Ben Snyder got the spot start and picked up the victory after he was staked to a 6-0 lead through three innings.
Snyder ended up working five innings, allowing only a run on five hits. He fanned four without issuing a walk.
Midland got back into the game when Brigham entered and relief and struggled mightily. The hard-throwing righty coughed up four runs in two-thirds of an inning. He threw just 10 of 22 pitches for strikes and gave up four hits and walked a pair.
Justin Miller (2.1 IP) and Fabio Castillo (1 IP) put out the fire, though, as they combined for 3.1 no-hit, scoreless innings to close out the game.
As Frisco's backup catcher, Elio Sarmiento (.253/.300/.547) hasn't seen consistent playing time this year. But he is suddenly the hottest hitter in the organization. On Thursday, Sarmiento fell just a single short of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and a solo home run.
Over his last six games, Sarmiento has been a power machine. The 25-year-old is 10-for-23 with five doubles, two triples, and two long balls.
First baseman Jose Ruiz (3/4, HR) and DH Renny Osuna (2/3, HR, BB) also went deep.
Leadoff man Davis Stoneburner was 2-for-5 with two doubles and his 10th stolen base.
Tom Mendonca had a rough night off the office, singling once but also striking out four times in five trips.
L - Boscan (2-3)
0-1, 1.0 GB
Playing in front of the largest crowd of the season in Myrtle Beach (5,486) the Pelicans dropped their second-half opener on Thursday.
Starter Wilfredo Boscan had pitched well of late, but he was knocked around for six runs in 2.1 innings. The Venezuela native surrendered seven hits, including three doubles.
All six of Potomac's runs came in the third inning, but that was ultimately enough to pick up the victory.
The bullpen trio of Chad Bell (2.2 IP), Zach Osborne (3 IP) and Kasey Kiker (1 IP) all threw scoreless ball, combining to allow only two hits. All three hurlers fanned three apiece.
Bell, 22, has seen his velocity jump back into the low-90s lately, and his results have been much-improved. He has the following line in his last seven outings––12.2 ip, 10 h, 1 r, 2 bb, 17 k.
Left fielder Jared Hoying led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with his 11th double and a base on balls.
Santiago Chirino (2/4) and Jared Bolden (2/4) both singled twice while Vin DiFazio was 1-for-2 with two walks.
Although Leury Garcia was hitless in four official at-bats, he stole two bases, giving him 18 on the year.
The Pelicans were closed out by former Rangers farmhand Hector Nelo, who was released in spring training. Nelo allowed a run in 1.2 innings before logging his fifth save.
L - Van Meter (5-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB
Hickory was held scoreless by a couple Metroplex-area products on Thursday. Starting pitcher Colton Cain, who hails from Waxahachie, limited the Crawdads to two hits in six shutout frames. Dallas Baptist product Victor Black worked a blank ninth for his first save.
Crawdads starter Nick Tepesch (3.38 ERA/.265 BAA) fanned nine batters over six scoreless innings. He scattered six hits and walked one.
The 22-year-old Tepesch has been very solid in his last five starts––29.1 ip, 24 h, 8 bb, 29 k with a 2.15 earned-run average.
Hickory's offense had only four singles in the game. They came from Odubel Herrera (1/4), Andrew Clark (1/3), Jake Skole (1/3) and Kellin Deglan (1/3).
L - Mendoza (1-1)
5-2, 1.0 GU
After posting strong performances in his first two professional games, centerfielder Zach Cone moved into the cleanup spot on Thursday. He responded with two singles and an RBI in four trips. The 21-year-old now has multi-hit efforts in each of his first three games.
Spokane starting pitcher Victor Payano pitched the first four innings. He gave up two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking one.
Second-round pick Will Lamb kept the Bears off the board in the fifth, working around a pair of singles.
Francisco Mendoza dropped to 1-1 on the young season after he gave up two runs in three frames.
Young leadoff hitter Rougned Odor raised his average to .355 with two more singles in four at-bats. Trever Adams (1/3, 2B) doubled while Guillermo Pimentel (1/4) singled.
W - Dennis (1-0)
HR - Robinson (1)
2-1, 1.0 GU
The Rookie Rangers lost a late late, giving up three runs in the top of the ninth. They sent it to extras by plating a single run in the ninth. Then after yielding two runs in the top of the 10th, they came back with three in the bottom of the frame for a walkoff victory.
The lack of fans, radio broadcasts, and general fanfare generally leads to pretty quick games in Arizona. But Thursday's game lasted three hours and thirty-one minutes.
Rehabbing starter Miguel de los Santos punched out seven in three innings, giving up a run on four hits. Another rehabber, centerfielder Leonys Martin, batted leadoff and went 1-for-3 with a triple.
Third baseman Drew Robinson may not be in Arizona for much longer. He is working his way back from a broken finger sustained in extended spring training, and he should wind up in Spokane.
Robinson appears fully healthy thus far. On Thursday, he was 2-for-2 with a two-run homer and two walks.
Kendall Radcliffe (1/3, 2B), Jordan Akins (1/5, 2B) and Kevin Torres (2/4, 2B) all doubled while DH Matt Leeds (2/5, 3B) hit his first triple.
Second baseman Nick Urbanus, who hails from the Netherlands, singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.
Right-hander Abel de los Santos––no relation to Miguel––fanned five in three innings but also allowed two runs.
W - Tirado (1-0)
The DSL Rangers crushed the ball around the yard in Thursday's doubleheader, combining to score 21 runs in the two seven-inning games.
Starter Pedro Tirado gave the club five strong innings, giving up two runs, while the offense went to work in the first game.
The infielder all had strong performances. Second baseman Alberto Triunfel walked, was plunked twice, and scored three runs. Shortstop Luis Marte went three-for-four with three RBI. Third baseman Smerling Lantigua was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and three RBI.
Alex Gonzalez (1/1, 2B), Luis Cedeno (1/4, 2B) and Anderson Jesus (1/4, 2B) also added one two-bagger apiece.
W - Montero (1-0)
15-6, 1.0 GU
The second game was more of the same. Shortstop Alberto Triunfel had arguably the best game of his young career, as he was 2-for-5 with his fourth double and first triple.
Alex Gonzalez (1/4, 2B) and Fernando Vivili (1/4, 2B) also added their fourth double.
Centerfielder Chris Garia (1/3) singled and stole his seventh base.
Lefty Geuris Grullon worked a blank seventh inning to finish the game, but he also struggled with control a bit. While Grullon didn't allow a hit and struck out one, he walked a pair.
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