L - Ramirez (2-2)
HR - Hernandez (2)
Entering Saturday's start against the RedHawks, Neil Ramirez (4.50 ERA/.241 BAA) had issued just four walks in 21 innings. He'd been relatively efficient in each of his four outings this season.
That certainly wasn't the case on Saturday, as the 22-year-old threw a whopping 55 pitches––and only 25 strikes––in the first inning. He was lifted after the frame, in which he allowed six runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Streaking shortstop Luis Hernandez provided some pop for the Express with a two-run homer––his second of the season––in the third inning. He also singled once.
Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Leonys Martin raised his batting average to .344 by going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and his sixth stolen base.
Joey Butler (2/4, 2B) added a single and a double, bumping his average to .310 on the young season.
Cleanup man Brad Nelson (2/4) singled twice.
Oklahoma City expanded its lead off lefty reliever Ben Snyder (3.78 ERA/.309 BAA), who was knocked around the yard for four runs on six hits in 1.1 innings.
Right-handers Yoshinori Tateyama (2 IP) and Sean Green (1 IP) kept the RedHawks off the scoreboard for the final three innings.
Green, 33, has the following stat-line through eight appearances this season––12.1 ip, 15 h, 2 r, 4 bb, 10 k. The sinkerballing sidearmer is flashing improved velocity this season, and he is inducing four groundouts per airout. Fellow righties are also just 2-for-22 against him with nine strikeouts.
L - Pimentel (2-1)
After showing improved control in the early going this season, Carlos Pimentel (1.35 ERA/.174 BAA) struggled with the strike zone on Saturday. The 22-year-old allowed seven hits and walked five batters in 4.2 innings, leading to three runs allowed. He struck out three.
The runs allowed by Pimentel were his first in 20 innings this season. He'd begun the season with 15.1 shutout frames over his first five appearances, including one start.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre (1/4, 2B) doubled for the RoughRiders' only extra-base hit of the game, and he also picked up a pair of outfield assists.
Chris McGuiness (2/4), Jurickson Profar (1/3, BB), Brad Hawpe (1/4) and Jose Felix (1/3) had the team's only other hits.
Lefty Corey Young worked around a hit and a walk in an otherwise clean and scoreless 1.2 innings.
Newly signed righty reliever Ross Wolf was touched up in his first appearance for Frisco. The 29-year-old veteran coughed up four runs in two-thirds of an inning, giving up four hits and walking two. He threw only 14 of his 31 pitches for a strike.
L - Buckel (2-1)
Cody Buckel (1.65 ERA/.174 BAA) was relatively human and hittable for the first time this season on Saturday. The 19-year-old righty still picked up a quality start––allowing three runs in six innings––but he scattered nine hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Buckel hadn't surrendered more than two hits in any of his first four starts this season. He has now yielded 16 hits in 27.1 innings, walking nine and fanning 33.
The Pelicans were able to plate one run in the top of the ninth but ultimately stranded the tying run at second base.
Facing rehabbing sinkerballer Chien-ming Wang, the Pelicans scored one run on four hits in four innings. Wang struck out three without issuing a walk.
Jake Skole (2/4, 2B), Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B) and Yefry Castillo (2/4, 2B) all singled once and walked once. Second baseman Santiago Chirino added two hits in four trips, raising his batting average to .215.
L - McBride (2-1)
HR - Odor (4)
Charleston and Hickory have arguably the two most talented rosters in the South Atlantic League out of the gates this season, and the two clubs played a slugfest in Saturday's series opener.
Tall lefty Victor Payano (2.96 ERA/.188 BAA) battled his way through five innings. He gave up four runs––three earned––on four hits while walking four and striking out four.
On the other side, the Crawdads roughed up fireballing Yankees prospect Jose Campos for eight runs in only 2.2 innings. The offensive performance was particularly impressive considering Campos entered the night having permitted three earned runs in 22 innings over his first four starts.
The RiverDogs erased an early deficit by plating a six spot versus righty Nick McBride in the sixth inning. All of the runs were unearned.
Young prospect Rougned Odor had a solid game at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double and a two-run homer––his fourth of the season. Both of the extra-base hits came against Campos.
Left fielder Jeremy Williams went 2-for-4 with his third double.
Hanser Alberto (2/5) and Drew Robinson (2/4, BB) both singled twice.
Speedy shortstop Luis Sardinas had one single, two walks, and a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances. He also stole his eighth base of the year.
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