69-50, 9.0 GU
The Express used Thursday as a travel day, as the club now heads for its annual west coast swing. Round Rock will play four games at Sacramento before facing Fresno in a four-game set.
W - Bleier (5-7)
HR - Sarmiento (5)
24-22, 6.0 GB
Once again, right-hander Neil Ramirez was a bit erratic, but he wasn't scored upon. The talented prospect threw 38 of his 62 pitches for strikes over three innings, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out five.
Ramirez made 20 starts between High-A (1), Double-A (2) and Triple-A (17) this season. In 83.1 innings, he has yielded 67 hits while walking 40 and fanning 102.
Catcher Elio Sarmiento went 2-for-5 with a home run––his fifth of the season––and three runs batted in. Mitch Hilligoss (3/4, 2B), Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B, BB) and Mike Bianucci (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.
Left-hander Richard Bleier picked up the victory after he worked two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Johan Yan also tacked on two shutout frames.
Scuffling reliever Fabio Castillo saw his earned-run average balloon to 6.29 after he coughed up three runs in one inning of work.
W - de los Santos (4-3)
23-23, 3.5 GB
Left-hander Miguel de los Santos struck out 11 batters in five innings on Thursday, but he didn't record a 1-2-3 inning during the outing. The hurler allowed four runs on five hits and three walks.
De los Santos now has 62 strikeouts in 41.2 innings with Myrtle Beach this season.
The performance was enough to earn the victory, as the Pelicans' offense busted out for 12 runs on 13 hits––including three doubles and three triples.
First baseman Jared Bolden had perhaps the biggest night, going 3-for-6 with a double, a triple, and five runs batted in. Leadoff man Leury Garcia also fell a round-tripper shy of the cycle. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two walks, and his 26th stolen base.
Jared Hoying (2/3, 3B, BB) tripled while Jared Prince (3/6, 2B) doubled.
Righty relievers Trevor Hurley (2 IP) and Ryan Kelly (1 IP) posted hitless, scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Colby Killian allowed a run in one inning.
L - Henry (4-2)
26-20, 1.5 GB
The Crawdads were held to only two hits on Thursday evening.
Making his second start of the season, Ben Henry (2.66 ERA/.199 BAA) was the hard-luck loser. The 22-year-old hurler allowed one run on five hits over six innings, striking out 10 without issuing a walk.
Henry has logged 47.1 innings for Hickory this season, giving up 33 hits and striking out 58.
Odubel Herrera (1/4) and Alejandro Selen (1/3) singled for the club's only knocks. Third baseman Christian Villanueva went hitless, but he did walk once and stole two bases. The Mexico native has 29 swipes this season.
L - D. Perez (1-4)
7-9, 4.0 GB
After starting strong, Spokane lefty Will Lamb has run into a few control troubles of late. On Thursday, he allowed three runs in four innings, giving up seven hits and walking three. The Clemson product struck out one.
Second baseman Rougned Odor was 1-for-3 with a double––his sixth––and his seventh stolen base. He was also hit by a pitch twice.
Yefry Castillo (2/5) singled twice while Hanser Alberto (1/3, BB) singled and walked once.
Richard Alvarez, who appears to be improving of late, worked two scoreless innings in relief of Lamb. But the bullpen wasn't able to handle the narrow lead, as David Perez and Kyle Hendricks each permitted two runs in one inning.
28-13, 9.0 GU
The Rookie Rangers had Thursday off. With a full nine-game lead over second-place Seattle (19-22), the club has all but locked up the Arizona League's West Division.
W - Fandino (2-1)
SV - J. Leclerc (1)
The Rangers scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning, and it held up––just barely––through the nine-inning contest. The game was actually a continuation of a previously suspended game.
For the Rangers, righty Jesus Fandino got the victory, as he held the DSL Nats to a single run in 4.1 innings. He gave up three hits while walking one and fanning three.
Catcher Luis Cedeno (2/3, 2B) and third baseman Smerling Lantigua (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Diego Cedeno (3/4) and Alex Gonzalez (2/4) both had multiple singles.
Tall left-hander Geuris Grullon appeared in his first game since July 12, and he recorded two-thirds of an inning while walking one.
W - Moreno (2-1)
36-24, 2.5 GB
The Rangers' went off in game two, scoring 16 runs in only six times at-bat. The Rangers scored in all six of their innings, and they scored multiple runs five times.
Red-hot middle infielder Alberto Triunfel led the way, going 3-for-4 with his eighth double of the season. Chris Garia (1/2, 2B, BB) added his seventh two bagger.
Anderson Jesus (2/4, 2B, 3B) doubled and tripled while Jose Gonzalez (1/2, 3B, 2 BB) tripled and walked twice.
Infielder Luis Marte had a single, a hit-by pitch, and two sacrifice flies in five plate appearances. He drove in three runs.
Lost in all the offense was an overall solid pitching performance. Jose Valdespina began the game with two shutout frames, and Luis Moreno followed by permitting two runs in four innings.
Luis de la Torre didn't allow a a run despite issuing three walks in the seventh––and final––inning.
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