L - Tomko (5-5)
HR - Nelson (19), Butler (8)
68-48, 9.0 GU
Left fielder Joey Butler (.335/.390/.512) continues to have incredible success in Triple-A. On Sunday, the 25-year-old went 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, and three RBI.
Initially, Butler's success in Round Rock appeared to be simply a hot start. But he has continued to perform––if not improve––over the 88-game sample size.
Starting pitcher Brett Tomko fanned eight batters in 5.1 innings, but he yielded nine runs on eight hits and four walks. Merkin Valdez followed by allowing two runs in 1.2 innings.
Righty Tanner Scheppers, appearing in his first Triple-A game since early this season, permitted a run in two innings. He gave up four hits and walked one without a strikeout.
Leonys Martin moved into the Express' nine-hole, perhaps to take some pressure off the scuffling prospect. He went 2-for-4 with a double on Sunday.
Matt Kata (2/4, 2B) also doubled. First baseman Brad Nelson was 2-for-4 with his 19th home run of the season.
Catcher Kevin Cash had a single and two walks in four trips.
W - Pimentel (5-8)
SV - Tufts (5)
22-21, 5.0 GB
Carlos Pimentel (5.42 ERA/.266 BAA) turned in one of his better outings of the season, despite a few command issues. After giving up 10 runs in 3.2 innings during his previous outing, the 6-foot-3 hurler worked six shutout frames on Sunday. He gave up two hits, walked four, and struck out a season-high nine batters.
The ‘Riders built an early lead, peppering Missions starter Casey Kelly for five runs in five innings. Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) and Mitch Hilligoss (1/4, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hits.
Shortstop Renny Osuna (.302/.345/.415) led the way at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI, and his 15th stolen base of the season.
The Missions got back into the game when relievers Corey Young (0.2 IP) and Fabio Castillo (0.1 IP) each yielded two runs during a seventh-inning rally. Tyler Tufts (2.60 ERA/.287 BAA) gave up an unearned run in the eighth but shut the door in the ninth for his fifth save.
L - Boscan (4-9)
HR - Prince (7)
20-22, 4.5 GB
It was an all-around forgettable evening for the Pelicans, who had more errors (four) than hits (three).
Starter Wilfredo Boscan worked seven innings, scattering 10 hits and allowing five runs (three earned). He walked two and struck out one.
Jared Prince (.273/.375/.386) provided a run with a solo homer––his seventh of the season and his only hit in four trips. Ryan Strausborger (1/3, 2B) and Santiago Chirino (1/3, 3B) had the club's other hits.
Shortstop Leury Garcia had a rough day at the office, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout while also committing three errors. Garcia has 32 errors this season.
Righty reliever Ryan Rodebaugh struck out one in a perfect ninth inning.
W - Rowen (3-4)
HR - Deglan (4, 5), Skole (5)
25-18, 0.5 GB
The Crawdads' offense had struggled during their first two games in Asheville, but they busted out for 16 runs on 22 hits during Sunday's contest. Hickory scored all of its runs in the final five innings.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (.229/.318/.359) turned in a career performance, going 4-for-6 with a double, two home runs, and five RBI. Centerfielder Jake Skole (.270/.374/.370)––the Rangers' other first-round pick from last season––was 2-for-5 with a grand slam, five total RBI, and a walk.
Eight of the nine Hickory starting position players had at least one extra-base hit. The one who didn't––second baseman Odubel Herrera––had three singles in five trips, raising his average to .295.
Jurickson Profar (2/5, 2B, 2 BB), Tomas Telis (2/4, 2B, BB), Andrew Clark (3/6, 2B), Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B), Alejandro Selen (2/4, 2B) and Jhonny Gomez (3/5, 2B) all doubled once.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Luke Jackson allowed two runs on five hits in five innings pitched, walking one and striking out one.
Jackson didn't earn the victory, though, as reliever Jorge Marban came on and permitted four runs in one-third of an inning, immediately tying the game.
Roman Mendez (3.42 ERA/.260 BAA) punched out four in two scoreless innings while Andrew Doyle fanned two in a perfect ninth to finish the victory.
W - Hendricks (2-1)
SV - West (5)
5-7, 3.0 GB
Tall right-hander Nick McBride induced 11 groundouts and just one flyout in a strong 5.1-inning performance for Spokane. The North Carolina native allowed two runs, scattering six hits while walking one and fanning two.
The Indians scored the eventual game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning on a Drew Robinson (0/3) sacrifice fly, scoring centerfielder Zach Cone (1/3, HBP).
Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks (1.59 ERA/.138 BAA) pitched 2.2 shutout innings out of the bullpen to pick up his second victory. In his first 14 professional appearances, the 21-year-old has logged 22.2 innings, giving up just 11 hits, walking one, and striking out 21.
Middle infielders Rougned Odor (2/4) and Hanser Alberto (2/4) both singled twice. Alberto stole his fifth base.
After a slow start, the 18-year-old Alberto is beginning to pick up the pace offensively. He is 12-for-38 (.316) with two walks and four strikeouts during his last 10 games.
Trever Adams (1/3, BB), Brett Nicholas (1/3, BB) and Guillermo Pimentel (1/3, BB) all singled and walked. Yefry Castillo (1/4, 2B) belted his second double.
Hard-throwing closer Matt West (3.14 ERA/.192 BAA) punched out two in a perfect ninth inning. West now has 21 strikeouts without a walk in 14.1 innings this year.
W - Blackwell (4-0)
SV - Claudio (1)
HR - Torres (3)
26-12, 7.5 GU
Andrew Faulkner (1.13 ERA/.140 BAA) has been perhaps the AZL Rangers' best pitcher since he signed. The 18-year-old southpaw got the starting nod on Sunday and tossed three innings of perfect ball with one strikeout.
Faulkner has given up one earned run in 16 innings, yielding eight hits, walking two, and fanning 14.
Shawn Blackwell (3.41 ERA/.237 BAA) gave up two runs on three hits in four innings. The 20-year-old Texan struck out four and didn't walk a batter.
The club's offense continued to crush the ball, led once again by second baseman Jimmy Swift. He was 1-for-2 with a triple and two walks, giving him a .472/.562/.764 slash line in the Arizona League.
First baseman Matt Leeds had a double, a triple, and two walks in four plate appearances.
Ryan Rua (2/4, BB) reached base three times and stole three bases, giving him seven swipes on the season.
Dutch infielder Nick Urbanus (.310/.377/.379) singled three times in five trips. He is hitting .333 since the beginning of July.
32-23, 1.0 GB
The Dominican Rangers and Dominican Phillies were postponed on Sunday.
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