L - Jackson (6-3)
51-37, 4.0 GU
Neil Ramirez (3.77 ERA/.235 BAA) returned from the disabled list (arm fatigue) for a strong three-inning start on Friday. The prospect threw 30 of his 47 pitches for strikes and allowed a run on three hits. He struck out six without issuing a walk.
The 22-year-old Ramirez has logged 71.2 innings at Triple-A, giving up 63 hits, walking 32, and striking out 82. Ramirez was pitching for the first since since June 28, when he worked a scheduled two-inning outing before going on the DL with shoulder fatigue.
Zach Jackson followed Ramirez and surrendered two runs while scattering six hits in 3.2 innings. Though he didn't pitch poorly, he was stuck with the loss after the Express offense plated only one run.
Reliever Ryan Tucker (4.45 ERA/.234 BAA) permitted one hit over 2.1 shutout frames. He fanned two.
The 24-year-old Tucker has posted strong results in his last nine outings––13.2 ip, 10 h, 3 r, 4 bb, 12 k.
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Julio Borbon went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt before spraining his ankle and having to be carted off the field.
Chris Davis' (1/4, 2B) 10th double of the season was the Express' only extra-base hit of the night.
Joey Butler (1/1, 3 BB), Taylor Teagarden (1/3, BB), Matt Kata (1/4) and Kevin Cash (1/3, BB) had the other knocks.
W - Wieland (1-0)
HR - Ruiz (10)
7-7, 2.0 GB
Friday night's game in Springfield featured 26 total runs, 37 hits, and six errors.
Facing the Springfield Cardinals for the second time in as many starts, Frisco hurler Joe Wieland threw 89 pitches in five-plus innings. He gave up five runs (two earned) on nine hits. Five of the nine hits Wieland allowed went for extra bases. He walked three and struck out five.
The 21-year-old Wieland had just four walks in 85.2 innings with High-A Myrtle Beach this season. He's already learning about pitching against more mature hitters, as Wieland has six walks in 11 frames over his last two starts.
Although Frisco won by just four runs, they had a relatively comfortable lead for most of the night. The RoughRiders scored four in the second inning followed by a six spot in the fourth.
First baseman Jose Ruiz (.291/.362/.474) struck out three times but also went 2-for-6 with a three-run homer––his 10th long ball of the season.
Second baseman Renny Osuna (3/6, 3B) and DH Mike Bianucci (1/5, 3B) both hit their first triple of the season.
Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin (.348/.435/.571) extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. He also gunned down a pair of runners at home plate.
Martin, 23, was promoted to Triple-A Round Rock after the game. He finished his Double-A stint by going 39-for-112 (.348) with nine doubles, two triples, and four homers. He drew 15 walks and struck out only eight times.
Engel Beltre (3/5) and Elio Sarmiento (3/5, 2B) had three hits apiece while Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) singled twice, knocked home four runs, and stole his 15th base. Rodriguez was also promoted to Triple-A after the game.
Hard-throwing righty Tanner Scheppers permitted two runs on three hits in 1.2 innings.
Fabio Castillo tossed a blank eighth before yielding four runs in the ninth inning.
L - Boscan (2-6)
7-9, 4.5 GB
The game was delayed––and eventually called––due to rain in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The Pelicans were shut down by Dash starter Matt Wickswat, who hurled seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball. Myrtle Beach had only four total hits in the game. Catcher Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) double for the team's only extra-base hit.
Starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan allowed five runs in 6.1 innings of work.
W - Reyes (3-0)
For the second consecutive start, right-hander Cody Buckel (2.22 ERA/.223 BAA) yielded just a single hit in 5.1 innings of work.
Buckel was once again dominant in the first game of Friday's doubleheader. The 19-year-old, who stands 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, allowed one run on one hit in 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out seven. He now has 68 strikeouts in 52.2 innings since joining the Crawdads from extended spring training at the end of April.
Friday's lone hit was a ground ball single to center off the bat of Ben Orloff––the second hitter of the game.
Lefty reliever Jimmy Reyes (1.85 ERA/.309 BAA) let Buckel's inherited runner score but didn't permit anything of his own in 1.2 innings to finish out the game. Reyes gave up two hits.
The Hickory offense tallied a first-inning run when an Andrew Clark (1/2, 2B, BB) double plated leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B) who had also doubled.
They won it when two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Alejandro Selen (1/1, BB, SAC) singled home a run before Yefry Castillo (1/3, 3B) brought him in with a run-scoring triple.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva singled twice in three trips, raising his batting average to .275. The Mexico native stole his 21st base in 25 attempts.
9-6, 0.0 GU
The second game of the doubleheader was suspended due to rain in the third inning. It will be resumed at 5:00 p.m. Eastern on Saturday. The Crawdads had a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning, and righty Roman Mendez had worked three innings of one-hit, shutout ball.
L - Payano (1-2)
HR - Nicholas (4)
12-10, 1.0 GB
Spokane starter Victor Payano was set back by a rough first inning in which he surrendered four runs. The talented southpaw gave up six runs (four earned) in 2.2 innings. He allowed four hits while walking four and striking out three.
Left-hander Chris Hanna followed by allowing three runs in 3.1 innings.
Jose Monegro (1.93 ERA/.218 BAA) was Spokane's pitching star of the night, as he hurled three innings of no-hit ball. The 21-year-old walked one and struck out two. In 14 innings with the Indians, Monegro has yielded 12 hits, walked four, and fanned 17.
First baseman Brett Nicholas went 3-for-4 with his fourth home run––a two-run shot in the first inning.
Catcher Jorge Alfaro singled three times and knocked home a run in four trips. He was also hit by a pitch.
Hirotoshi Onaka (1/4, BB) and Rougned Odor (1/3, 2 BB) both singled and walked.
W - Claudio (2-0)
HR - Williams (1)
9-4, 0.5 GU
One day after the Surprise Rangers exploded for 21 runs, they put 15 more on the AZL Mariners.
Catcher Kevin Torres hit for the cycle, going 4-for-6 with a single, a double, a triple, and a three-run homer. He raised his batting average to .385.
Infielder Jimmy Swift also had four hits––all of which were singles––in five at-bats.
Aside from Torres, first baseman Matt Leeds' (1/4, 2B, BB) double was the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the game.
Nick Urbanus (2/6), Jordan Akins (2/5), Luis Sardinas (2/4) and Chris Grayson (2/5) all singled twice.
Starting pitcher Abel de los Santos permitted four runs (three earned) on seven hits in 3.1 innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.
Phil Klein (0.2 IP), Greg Williams (1.1 IP) and Kyle DeVore (0.2 IP) worked shutout ball out of the bullpen. The Mariners tagged lefty Kevin Johnson for four runs on five hits and two walks in 1.1 frames.
L - Valdespina (0-2)
The first game of Friday's DSL Rangers doubleheader was a continuation of a suspended game from June 3. The Rangers and Nationals played the final seven innings on Friday, and the DSL Nats busted out with six runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Starter Richelson Pena, back on June 6, allowed just one run on four hits in three innings of work. Jose Valdespina entered on Friday and yielded four runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings. Valdespina pitched extremely well until the eighth.
Second baseman Luis Marte went 1-for-5 with a double while centerfielder Chris Garia was 2-for-5 with a triple. Smerling Lantigua (2/3, BB), Diego Cedeno (1/2, 2 BB) and Anderson Jesus (1/4) had the team's other hits.
L - Gomez (3-1)
21-12, 1.0 GU
In the second game, a scheduled seven-inning affair, the Rangers were held to just a lone single. It came from left fielder Diego Cedeno (1/3) as the second batter of the game.
DSL Nationals pitching held the Rangers without a hit for the final 6.2 innings of the contest.
Rangers starter Jose Gomez (2.89 ERA/.225 BAA), a 17-year-old native of Panama, allowed two runs in four innings of work. He fanned four without issuing a walk. Jose Leclerc finished it off with two shutout innings, giving up a hit, walking one, and striking out two.
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