W - Tucker (2-2)
HR - Nelson (16), Teagarden (10)
60-43, 6.0 GU
The Express turned in a strong all-around performance to finish off a four-game series split in the short road trip at Omaha. The club now returns home for a quick four-game set against Memphis.
Starting pitcher Ryan Tucker (4.75 ERA/.276 BAA) needed 98 pitches to complete five innings, but he allowed only one run. The hard-throwing righty scattered six hits while walking one and striking out five.
First baseman Brad Nelson (.269/.356/.477) went 3-for-4 with a home run––his 16th of the season––and a base on balls. Left fielder Matt Kata, who was 3-for-5 with his 21st double, also had three hits.
Kata, a veteran utility man, has a .360/.400/.686 slash line while playing every day in July. He batted just .182 in June after hitting .352 in May.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden had a solo home run and a single in five plate appearances.
Chad Tracy (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked. Esteban German (2/5), Joey Butler (2/5) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) all had two hits apiece.
Although Butler is still striking out at a high clip, he has been a consistently solid producer since his promotion to Triple-A. The 25-year-old has played 77 games with the Express, posting a .323/.382/.502 slash line.
Scuffling lefty Michael Kirkman issued five walks in two innings and threw only 27 of his 57 pitches for strikes. He gave up one run and struck out three.
Kirkman has suddenly issued 13 free passes in 6.2 innings over his last three appearances.
Righty Merkin Valdez, who was recently signed by the Rangers to a minor league deal, hurled a blank eighth inning. The former Giants top prospect worked around a hit in an 11-pitch frame.
Darren O'Day closed it out with a scoreless ninth.
Rangers' top prospect Martin Perez is slated to make his second home start and his third overall Triple-A start against Memphis on Tuesday evening.
L - Bleier (3-5)
HR - Greene (13)
17-13, 2.0 GB
The Hooks avoided the four-game sweep with a 9-3 victory over the RoughRiders on Monday.
Coming off perhaps his best outing of the season, Frisco starting pitcher Richard Bleier was knocked around the yard for eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings. His ERA jumped up to 6.13 in 79.1 innings pitched.
Right fielder Jonathan Greene (.299/.365/.482) provided most of the club's offense by going 2-for-3 with a homer, a walk, and two runs batted in. Leadoff hitter Renny Osuna (1/5, 2B) also doubled and scored a run.
Davis Stoneburner (2/5) and Robinzon Diaz (2/4) both singled twice. Third baseman Tom Mendonca had a single, a walk, and a hit-by pitch in his five plate appearances.
After hitting .375 in June, Mendonca has a .225/.304/.451 slash line with five home runs in 17 contests this month. Three of his round-trippers came in one game.
Sidearming reliever Johan Yan worked around a hit and a walk in 1.2 shutout frames. Adalberto Flores followed with three innings of one-run ball. And left-hander Corey Young worked a 1-2-3 ninth on 12 pitches, getting one punchout.
Yan hasn't allowed a run since June 1, when he was with High-A Myrtle Beach. His streak––between the two levels––spans 15 appearances and 24.1 innings. His line during that time––24.1 ip, 15 h, 0 er, 10 bb, 24 k.
L - Boscan (3-8)
15-16, 4.0 GB
During the Pelicans' four-game losing streak, they've scored a grand total of two runs and have just 13 hits in 116 at-bats––that's a .112 batting average.
On Monday, the only three hits came from Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B), Santiago Chirino (1/4) and Travis Adair (1/3, BB).
Since Mitch Hilligoss' promotion to Double-A Frisco, Chirino has taken over as the Pelicans' everyday third baseman. He'll likely occupy that position until Mike Olt returns around mid-August.
The club got a relatively solid pitching performance from starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.43 ERA/.283 BAA), who worked seven innings and yielded three runs on seven hits. The Venezuelan fanned six without issuing a free pass.
Kenny Gomez followed in relief and gave up a run in two innings pitched.
L - Rowen (2-3)
19-12, 1.5 GU
Sidearming righty Ben Rowen is becoming the king of the unearned run. In his last three appearances, the 22-year-old Rowen has allowed nine runs––all unearned.
Rowen actually pitched well through three innings on Monday, but things fell apart in the 10th. Overall, he yielded four unearned runs on four hits in four innings.
Hard-throwing starter Roman Mendez (1.61 ERA/.225 BAA in July) turned in another quality effort, holding the Shorebirds hitless through the first three innings.
The former Red Sox prospect hurled six innings of one-run ball, giving up three hits (including a solo homer) while walking two and fanning four.
Second baseman Odubel Herrera was 3-for-5 with his 21st double of the season. Herrera batted .329 in April, .337 in June, and he is hitting .313 in July. His one poor stretch was May, when he hit just .176/.247/.235 in 25 games.
Josh Richmond (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked. Jake Skole (2/2, BB, HBP) and Christian Villanueva (2/4, BB) had two hits each.
The 19-year-old Skole has a .489 on-base percentage in 22 games this month.
Though catcher Kellin Deglan was 0-for-5 with two punchouts at the plate, he picked off a pair of runners at first from behind the plate.
W - S. Perez (5-1)
HR - Adams (1)
20-18, 2.0 GB
Tall righty Santo Perez (3.57 ERA/.252 BAA) improved to 5-1 on the season after he limited the Hawks to two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one, fanned two, and induced 10 groundouts against three flyouts.
First baseman Trever Adams (.321/.381/.485) was 3-for-5 with a double and his first professional home run. The 22-year-old Creighton alum also had three RBI and a walk.
Jorge Alfaro (1/5, 2B) and Drew Robinson (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Second baseman Edwin Garcia singled twice in five trips.
Leadoff hitter Hirotoshi Onaka went 0-for-3 but drew three walks. He now has 31 walks in 23 games. Left fielder Nick Vickerson had four walks and a hit-by pitch. He didn't have an official at-bat out of five plate appearances.
Relievers Kyle Hendricks (2 IP) and Chris Hanna (1 IP) teamed up for three scoreless innings to finish off the game. Hendricks fanned three while Hanna struck out a pair.
W - Williams (2-0)
20-7, 6.0 GU
Talented outfielder Jordan Akins led off the top of the 10th inning with a walk. He then stole second base, stole third base, and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.
Akins (.294/.318/.431) had one of his best games as a professional, going 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk, and three total stolen bases.
Ryan Rua (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), Jimmy Swift (2/4, 2B, BB) and Clark Murphy (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.
In six plate appearances, Dutch shortstop Nick Urbanus singled, walked, and added two steals.
First-round selection Kevin Matthews got the start and gave up one run in two innings, yielding three hits and walking two. Third-round pick Kyle Castro followed by allowing three runs (one earned) in two frames.
The Rangers' star on the mound was Marshall product Greg Williams. The southpaw struck out three batters over three innings of hitless, scoreless relief. He walked one.
W - Montero (4-1)
29-18, 2.5 GU
After the Dominican Rangers plated six runs in the top of the first, the Giants came back to take the lead in the middle innings. But the Rangers won it with two in the top of the ninth.
The catalyst was designated hitter Anderson Jesus (.268/.311/.375), who went 4-for-5 with his second triple of the season. The 17-year-old led off the ninth with the three-bagger, and he scored the game-winning run on a Luis Cedeno sacrifice fly.
Jesus' triple was the Rangers' only extra-base hit of the game. They had 13 singles on the afternoon.
Speedy leadoff man Chris Garia (.386/.470/.471 in July) reached base three more times, going 2-for-5 with a walk and his 23rd stolen base. Garia has at least two singles in each of his last six games.
Smerling Lantigua (2/5), Elio Castillo (2/3, BB) and Diego Cedeno (2/4) all singled twice as well.
Starting pitcher Richelson Pena (3.29 ERA/.235 BAA) held the Giants hitless through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Overall, he allowed two runs on three hits in five innings, walking four and fanning two.
Jose Leclerc, who has been excellent most of the season, walked three and gave up a hit without recording an out. All four base runners scored.
Righty Dennys Montero (1.53 ERA/.161 BAA) ended the madness by finishing the game with two scoreless innings. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native improved to 4-1 on the season in 12 relief appearances.
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