L - Perez (0-1)
HR - Majewski (1)
Omaha leads 2-0 (best of 5)
The Express had a phenomenal regular season in which they went 87-57, including a 45-27 mark at home. But that's now one game from being erased, as Thursday's loss to Omaha has the club down 2-0 with the series heading to Nebraska.
For the second consecutive night, Round Rock fell behind early. Starting pitcher Martin Perez surrendered three runs in the top of the second inning.
Right fielder Val Majewski brought the Express back into the game with his two-run homer in the bottom of the second. He also singled later in the contest.
But it wasn't enough in the end, as that would be the only runs Round Rock's offense scored in the game.
Perez ended up throwing 89 pitches (52 strikes) in five innings. He yielded three runs on five hits, walking three and striking out five.
Hard-throwing reliever Tanner Scheppers followed by giving up a run on three hits in one inning.
After Michael Kirkman retired all five batters he faced––striking out a pair––in 1.2 innings, newly acquired righty Tim Wood was knocked around. Omaha put the game out of reach against Wood, scoring three runs and getting five hits in 1.1 innings.
Wood gave up a two-run homer to former Rangers prospect Manny Pina, the Storm Chasers' catcher.
Centerfielder Joey Butler (2/3, BB) and DH Chad Tracy (1/4) had Round Rock's only other hits of the game. Although the club was so prolific offensively all season––and especially at home––they have a total of two runs in their first two postseason games.
The series now shifts to Nebraska for the next two games. A potential game five would be played back in Round Rock, although the Express would need to win two straight on the road. Friday's matchup features a pair of young pitching prospects in Round Rock's Neil Ramirez and Omaha's Mike Montgomery.
W - Snyder (1-0)
SV - Miller (1)
Series tied 1-1 (best of 5)
The first two games in San Antonio were a couple of nail-biting pitchers' duels. Both Frisco and San Antonio split the first two games, and they'll now head to Frisco for the next two games in the best-of-five series.
The Missions fell to an incredible 56-16 at home after the loss.
Lefty starter Ben Snyder (3.87 ERA/.273 BAA) has been a strike-throwing machine all season, but he issued five walks in six innings on Thursday. Still, Snyder permitted only three hits, struck out four and––most importantly––kept the Missions off the scoreboard.
The ‘Riders scored both runs off San Antonio starter Simon Castro in the fourth inning. Tom Mendonca (2/4, 2B) led off the frame with a double, Mike Bianucci (1/4) followed with a single, and Jonathan Greene (2/4, 2B) plated the game's first run with another single.
The eventual game-winning run came home on Engel Beltre's (0/3) groundout to first base.
Elio Sarmiento (1/2), Renny Osuna (1/5) and Mitch Hilligoss (1/4) also had hits.
Richard Bleier gave up a run in two-thirds of an inning during the seventh, but Johan Yan sat down all four batters he faced to stop the bleeding.
Standout closer Justin Miller (1.81 ERA/.185 BAA) protected the lead with a blank ninth inning, working around two walks.
The ‘Riders and Missions will play game three at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark on Friday night. Right-handers Carlos Pimentel and Casey Kelly will be the pitchers.
L - Hurley (0-1)
HR - McGuiness (1)
Series tied 1-1 (best of 5)
The Pelicans scored five first-inning runs and chased Kinston starter Francisco Jimenez after only two-thirds of an inning. But unfortunately for Myrtle Beach, the team wasn't able to hold on to the lead and take control of the best-of-five series.
In fact, the lead evaporated quickly. By the middle of the third, the K-Tribe had a 6-5 lead. Myrtle Beach tied the game in the bottom of the third, and the game remained knotted until the 11th.
Pelicans starter Chad Bell (2.98 ERA/.246 BAA), who has been excellent in the second half, surrendered six runs on eight hits in only 2.2 innings. He walked two and plunked two without recording a strikeout.
First baseman Chris McGuiness played a big role in the early rally, going 2-for-5 with a three-run homer. Zach Zaneski (2/5, 2B) and Jared Hoying (1/5, 2B) both doubled.
Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (2/5, BB) and third baseman Mike Olt (2/4, BB) both singled twice.
Ryan Kelly (2.1 IP), Zach Osborne (1 IP) and Jimmy Reyes (1.2 IP) were all outstanding in relief posting scoreless ball and allowing one total hit for five frames.
Righty Trevor Hurley ended up allowing two runs in three innings. Both runs came in the top of the 11th inning.
The Pelicans' offense put a man in scoring position with fewer than two outs during the sixth, eighth, ninth, and tenth innings––but they weren't able to capitalize.
Greensboro leads 1-0 (best of 3)
The Crawdads and Greensboro Grasshoppers had a ‘travel day'––even though the two clubs are just 100 miles apart––on Thursday. Left-hander Will Lamb will toe the rubber when the best-of-three series resumes in Hickory on Friday.
35-41, 9.0 GB
The Indians finished their regular season in third place in the Northwest League's East Division. The club didn't qualify for the postseason, as they were one game behind Boise for the division's wild card spot.
38-18, 13.0 GU
For the second consecutive season, the rookie-level Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division title but fell in the league's semifinal game.
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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