W - Feldman (2-0)
SV - Hunter (1)
46-34, 4.0 GU
Round Rock was rehab central on Thursday night. Catcher Mike Napoli batted third and played part of the game in his first night back. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.
Starting pitcher Scott Feldman worked six innings and threw 100 pitches, giving up three runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out one.
Darren O'Day followed with two innings. While he struck out five, he also gave up two runs––both of which came on a home run.
Tommy Hunter closed out the Sounds with a perfect ninth inning in which he punched out two.
Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon had his best performance since returning to Triple-A. The speedster notched four hits in five at-bats and stole two bases.
Joey Butler (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Brian Barden (1/4, 2B) hit his 18th double.
Omar Quintanilla (3/5) and Esteban German (2/2, 2 BB) both had multiple singles.
W - Castillo (2-4)
HR - Bianucci (17)
3-4, 2.0 GB
The RoughRiders went up against a former Rangers draft pick, who was making his Double-A debut. Left-hander John Gast was the club's fifth-round pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. After undergoing Tommy John surgery during his senior year of high school, Gast eventually chose to attend Florida State instead of signing with the Rangers. He pitched three years with the Seminoles and was a sixth-round pick in last year's draft.
Gast allowed five runs in six innings, walking one and striking out seven. Designated hitter Mike Bianucci had a solid day against him––he was 3-for-4 with a double and his 17th home run of the season.
Leonys Martin (1/4, 2B, HBP) and Renny Osuna (1/5, 2B) also had two-baggers. Martin stole his ninth base of the year.
Frisco starter Ben Snyder kept his club in the game by allowing three runs over five innings of work.
Richard Bleier and Jake Brigham followed by hurling one shutout inning apiece out of the bullpen.
Tanner Scheppers scuffled in his outing, as he yielded three runs in only one-third of an inning. The fireballing righty gave up two hits and walked two––he threw only 14 of 29 pitches for strikes.
Frisco got the victory on Davis Stoneburner's walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Overall, he was 2-for-4 with a base on balls.
L - Ortiz (4-3)
5-3, 1.0 GB
The Indians and Pelicans both played scoreless ball until the top of the ninth inning in a game that lasted just a shade over two hours.
Myrtle Beach starter Barret Loux (3.18 ERA/.231 BAA) set a career best with 11 strikeouts over six shutout frames. He scattered six hits and walked one.
Loux had his best month of the season in June. In five starts, the Houston native posted a 3-0 record with a 2.17 ERA, striking out 36 and walking seven in 29 innings.
The Pelicans offense had seven singles scattered through the nine innings. Second baseman Santiago Chirino (.291/.326/.392 in June) was the only player with multiple hits, getting two singles in three at-bats.
Diminutive southpaw reliever Joe Ortiz yielded only one run in three innings, but that one run was enough for Kinston to earn the victory and Ortiz to get stuck with the loss.
L - Marban (1-2)
HR - Profar (8)
5-3, 0.0 GU
Hickory starting pitcher Matt Thompson (3.88 ERA/.227 BAA) allowed one run on two hits and fanned six in five innings, but the control troubles were still there. The 6-foot-3 righty walked four batters and uncorked four more wild pitches.
Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar (.266/.375/.498) hit a two-run homer––his eighth of the season––for his lone hit in five at-bats. Profar still has more walks (36) than strikeouts (31) in 62 games this season.
Andrew Clark entered as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning, and he doubled in both of his plate appearances. Odubel Herrera (2/4, 2B) and Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) both doubled while Josh Richmond (1/4, 3B) belted his fourth triple.
Left fielder Jonathan Roof raised his average to .250 with two singles in three official at-bats. The Michigan State alum also walked once.
Sidewinding reliever Ben Rowen retired all six batters he faced in two innings, getting three strikeouts and lowering his earned-run average to 3.32.
While Jorge Marban has been excellent for Hickory this season, he imploded in the eighth on Thursday. Marban surrendered five runs (just two earned) in two-thirds of an inning, giving up three hits and walking one.
W - J. Grullon (4-0)
SV - West (2)
HR - Sierra (1)
8-6, 0.0 GU
The Indians picked up a come-from-behind victory with the help of a couple key hits from right fielder Ruben Sierra. Sierra went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer. The round-tripper put the club ahead in the bottom of the eighth.
Starter Richard Alvarez pitched well early before running out of gas on the fifth. Overall, he yielded four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out four.
Lefty Juan Grullon (0.00 ERA/.174 BAA) was the savior in long relief. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native kept Yakima off the board for 3.2 innings, as he allowed two hits and struck out five without walking a batter.
Grullon has yet to surrender a run in 12.2 innings with Spokane this season. He also has four of the club's eight wins.
After Sierra's two-run homer, closer Matt West worked a clean ninth inning for his second save––strikeout, lineout to center, strikeout. He has 10 strikeouts in 6.1 shutout frames this year.
Mississippi State product Nick Vickerson had two singles and a walk in four trips. Trever Adams (2/4) also singled twice, raising his average to .415.
W - Dennis (2-0)
SV - Haase (2)
7-2, 2.0 GU
Omar Beltre, who was diagnosed with spinal stenosis (the narrowing of the spine) and underwent surgery in spring training, logged his first official game action of the season on Thursday. The 29-year-old righty worked the first inning––walk, strikeout swinging, caught stealing, strikeout swinging.
Second baseman Luis Mendez, an 18-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela, was a late addition to the AZL Rangers roster. He didn't attend spring training in the States and played four games in the Dominican Summer League to start this season.
But since coming over, the 5-foot-9 infielder is 13-for-25 (.520) with two doubles, a triple, four walks, and only three strikeouts. On Thursday, he was 5-for-6 with a double and a three-bagger. He also stole a base.
Scheduled starter Luis Parra entered in the second inning and surrendered four runs in four innings. The left-hander gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out three.
While the Rangers took a big early lead, they fell behind when Ezequiel Rijo coughed up three runs on four hits in one inning of relief work.
Nick Urbanus (2/5, 2B, BB), Jordan Akins (1/5, 2B) and Guy Edmonds (2/5, 2B) all doubled. Edmonds is 7-for-16 with two doubles and a homer in his first four games.
Speedy outfielder Kendall Radcliffe singled once and walked four times in his five plate appearances. Third baseman Ryan Rua went 3-for-5 in his first AZL game.
Cleanup man Matt Leeds whiffed four times and walked once.
W - Tirado (2-0)
HR - Marte (2)
18-9, 0.0 GU
Southpaw starter Pedro Tirado (2.59 ERA/.231 BAA) worked a season-high six innings, holding the Dominican Nats to just a solo home run. He gave up three total hits and fanned four without issuing a walk.
Second baseman Luis Marte (.341/.363/.489) had just one hit in four at-bats, but it was a three-run homer in the first inning that gave the club an early lead. Although Marte is just 17, he now has seven extra-base hits in his last eight games.
First baseman Christefer Obispo had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a triple. He was also hit by a pitch. Left fielder Diego Cedeno (2/3) singled twice.
Jesus Fandino (0.90 ERA/.067 BAA) finished off the game with two hitless, scoreless innings. The 17-year-old Venezuelan walked one and fanned one.
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