W - Jackson (12-5)
SV - Valdez (8)
HR - Teagarden (11, 12)
81-56, 13.0 GU
Catcher Taylor Teagarden's two solo home runs ended up accounting for most of the Express' offensive output on Tuesday evening, and they were the ultimate difference in the game.
Left-hander Zach Jackson turned in one of his betting outings of the season en route to his 12th victory. Jackson threw 98 pitches in 7.2 innings, giving up two runs and scattering eight hits.
The Texas A&M product induced 12 groundouts to one flyout while walking just one and fanning five.
Hard-throwing closer Merkin Valdez (3.29 ERA/.246 BAA) picked up the save by striking out a pair in 1.1 scoreless innings to finish the game.
The 29-year-old Valdez has pitched well in 12 appearances with the Express––15.1 ip, 14 h, 4 r, 5 bb, 14 k.
Rehabbing shortstop Andres Blanco was 1-for-4 with a double. Third baseman Adrian Beltre had one single and one strikeout in four at-bats.
Brad Nelson (2/4) and Joey Butler (1/3, BB) both reached base a pair of times.
L - Flores (5-4)
Although the RoughRiders took a 7-1 thrashing in Tuesday's series opener at Corpus Christi, the club still clinched a berth in the Texas League playoffs due to San Antonio's win, which eliminated Midland from contention.
Spot starter Adalberto Flores was chased after only 2.2 innings, as he yielded five runs on four hits and two walks.
Jake Brigham struck out five batters in 3.1 innings, but he allowed two runs while also uncorking three wild pitches.
Fabio Castillo retired all six batters he faced––striking out one––to finish the game.
Frisco's offense had only five hits on the evening, and all five were singles. They came from first baseman Jared Bolden (2/2, BB), second baseman Davis Stoneburner (2/3, BB) and left fielder Mitch Hilligoss (1/4).
W - Grimm (5-2)
Justin Grimm permitted only one hit––a solo home run––in six innings pitched at Wilmington. The University of Georgia alum gave up that one run while walking one and striking out eight. He also induced 10 groundouts without giving up a flyout.
Catcher Vin DiFazio slugged a double and a triple in four at-bats, driving in two runs. Mike Olt (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Jared Hoying (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Corner outfielders Jared Prince (3/5) and Travis Adair (2/6) both singled multiple times.
Ryan Kelly (3.76 ERA/.245 BAA) allowed one hit in two shutout frames, fanning two without issuing a walk. Kelly has the following line in his last nine appearances––17.1 ip, 8 h, 1 r, 3 bb, 13 k.
W - Tepesch (7-4)
SV - Mendoza (8)
Right-hander Nick Tepesch retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced on Tuesday, getting his seventh win of the year. The 6-foot-4 hurler gave up three runs on three hits in seven innings, walking three and striking out six.
Closer Francisco Mendoza (3.05 ERA/.216 BAA) got one strikeout in a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
In 20.2 innings with Hickory, Mendoza has allowed 16 hits, walked only five, and struck out 29.
Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B) doubled and drove home two runs, giving him 35 two-baggers on the year. Corner outfielders Josh Richmond (2/4) and Jonathan Roof (2/4) both singled twice.
L - Doyle (1-2)
Hickory narrowly missed getting their second doubleheader sweep in as many days.
Spot starter Joe Van Meter scattered six hits in four innings, allowing one run. The Virginia Commonwealth product struck out one without issuing a base on balls.
Offensively, Hickory had only four hits and scored both of its runs in the top of the seventh inning. Left fielder Jonathan Roof was 2-for-3 with his 14th double. Alejandro Selen (1/3) and Josh Richmond (1/2, BB) had the other hits.
Selen's throwing error allowed the walkoff game-winning run to score in the bottom of the seventh.
L - Matthews (0-3)
12-22, 6.0 GB
Kevin Matthews had an uncharacteristic bout with control on Tuesday, as he walked four batters in one-plus innings during his start. The southpaw gave up two unearned runs despite not allowing a hit and striking out two.
Catcher Yefry Castillo was the only Indians hitter with multiple knocks. He went 3-for-4 with his fifth double.
Brett Nicholas (1/2, BB), Zach Cone (1/4) and Hanser Alberto (1/3, BB) all had singles.
L - Faulkner (0-1)
For the second consecutive season, the rookie-level Surprise Rangers won their division but fell in the Arizona League's semifinal contest.
On Tuesday, the club lost to the AZL Dodgers after giving up two runs in the first inning, tying it in the second, and allowing the deciding score in the fifth.
The Rangers' offense, which had been strong all season, had only five hits while fanning 13 times on Tuesday.
First baseman Matt Leeds was 1-for-3 with a double. Jeremy Williams (2/4) singled twice while Jordan Akins (1/4) and Carlos Oropeza (1/3) also had hits.
Starting pitcher Abel de los Santos yielded two runs in three innings pitched. After Andrew Faulkner allowed a run in 1.2 innings, relievers Greg Williams (3.1 IP) and Kyle DeVore (1 IP) tossed scoreless ball.
41-30, 5.5 GB
The Dominican Rangers failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs despite posting a strong 41-30 record. The club finished in second place, 5.5 games behind the DSL Cubs2.
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