9-11, 4.0 GB
The Pacific Coast League had a circuit-wide day off on Wednesday. Round Rock travels to Oklahoma City, where they will face the RedHawks for a four-game set, beginning on Thursday. Lefty Michael Kirkman is slated to toe the rubber for the Express.
L - Young (1-1)
11-8, 1.0 GU
The ‘Riders sent nine hitters to the plate in a three-run first inning, but they were only able to scratch across two runs in the final 10 frames before losing in 11.
Top prospect Jurickson Profar (.229/.291/.457), playing second base on Wednesday, extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 2-for-5 with a triple, a walk, an RBI, and two stolen bases.
Brad Hawpe, who played right field on Wednesday and is beginning to see some action in the outfield for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery late last season, was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
Through 14 Double-A games, the 32-year-old Hawpe is hitting .283/.417/.500 with four doubles, two home runs, 11 walks, and 16 strikeouts.
Despite recording just a single 1-2-3 inning, Frisco starter Jake Brigham (4.01 ERA/.258 BAA) worked a season-high seven innings while throwing 98 pitches (61 strikes). He gave up four runs on seven hits, walking three and striking out six.
Chad Bell followed Brigham in relief, making his Double-A debut. The left-hander allowed one run in two innings, giving up one hit, walking two, and striking out two.
Righty Johan Yan worked a scoreless 10th inning before Corey Young permitted a run in the 11th. Young was stuck with the loss.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (2/4, BB) and shortstop Leury Garcia (2/5) each singled twice.
Although centerfielder Engel Beltre didn't have a hit in four official at-bats, he walked once and was hit by a pitch.
W - Tepesch (1-2)
SV - Van Meter (1)
10-8, 0.0 GU
Pelicans right-handers Nick Tepesch and Joe Van Meter combined on a three-hit gem.
Tepesch (2.95 ERA/.210 BAA) turned in his best start of the season, working the first six innings. The 23-year-old gave up a run on three hits while walking three and punching out five.
Tepesch, who is inducing more than two groundouts per airout so far this season, got nine groundouts and two flyouts on Tuesday.
Van Meter (1.17 ERA/.176 BAA) retired the game's final nine hitters in order during his three perfect frames. He struck out two.
A Virginia Commonwealth product, Van Meter has been excellent out of the Pelicans' bullpen so far this season. In 15.1 innings, the 23-year-old has allowed two runs on nine hits, walking four and striking out 17.
Myrtle Beach's offense had only six hits in the game, but five of them were doubles.
Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B), Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B), Vin DiFazio (2/3, 2B, BB), Santiago Chirino (1/3, 2B) and Teodoro Martinez (1/1, 2B, 2 BB) had the two-baggers.
W - Martinez (1-0)
HR - Alberto (1)
13-6, 0.0 GU
After losing a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Crawdads came back to win it in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the frame.
Hickory was helped out by two Greensboro errors. Chris Grayson (1/4, BB) led off the frame by reaching on a fielding error. He then took second on a Trever Adams (3/5) single before stealing third and scoring on a throwing error from the catcher.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto, who raised his average to .338 with a 2-for-3 performance, socked his first professional home run. Jordan Akins (2/4, 3B) tripled while Luis Sardinas (1/5, 2B) doubled.
Second baseman Rougned Odor added two singles in five trips.
Crawdads starting pitcher Santo Perez scattered seven hits in four innings, as he allowed two runs (one earned). He fanned five and walked two.
Venezuelan right-hander Arlett Mavare (2.92 ERA/.240 BAA) then punched out seven batters over three shutout frames. The 22-year-old gave up a hit and walked one.
The 6-foot-0 Mavare throws his fastball between 88-91 mph, but he has success by locating his mature three-pitch repertoire––fastball, curveball, and changeup. He's struck out 19 and walked just four in his first 12.1 innings this year.
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