W - Perez (3-2)
HR - Kata (4)
16-16, 3.0 GB
After allowing a run on two extra-base hits in the first inning, lefty Martin Perez (3.98 ERA/.208 BAA) settled down and turned in his longest start in Triple-A.
The 21-year-old Perez worked seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while walking one and striking out four. He threw 60 of his 86 pitches for a strike. At one point, Perez had retired 14 consecutive hitters between the second and sixth innings.
In 40.2 innings this year, Perez has yielded 30 hits, walked 16, and struck out 25.
The Express were powered to victory by a five-run bottom of the fourth, which was highlighted by Matt Kata's three-run homer. The veteran Kata (.291/.352/.494) also singled and drove home four total runs.
Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs singled twice in four trips, making him 6-for-11 in three games since joining Round Rock.
Luis Martinez (1/3, 2B) hit his seventh double.
Switch-hitter Yangervis Solarte, who played third base on Monday, matched Mark Saccomanno's Express franchise record by extending his hitting streak to 18 games. Solarte was 1-for-3 with a walk.
Although the Express were only 10-15 during April, the club is back to a .500 mark after beginning this month with six victories in seven tries.
W - Grimm (6-1)
SV - Yan (8)
HR - Strausborger (2)
20-11, 2.0 GU
Justin Grimm (1.60 ERA/.183 BAA) held second-place Midland to one run in six innings, giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out five. He threw 61 of his 96 pitches for a strike.
In seven Double-A starts, the 6-foot-3 prospect has permitted one run or fewer six times. He's allowed seven earned runs in 39.1 innings on the year, yielding 26 hits while walking seven and fanning 37.
Grimm currently tops the Texas League with six victories––tying him with rotation-mate Barret Loux.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (.259/.310/.407) went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second of the season.
Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B, BB), Jurickson Profar (1/3, 2B, BB) and Brad Hawpe (1/3, 2B, SF) all doubled once.
Profar's two-bagger extended his hitting streak to 18 games. He has also reached base safely in 27 consecutive contests.
‘Riders catcher Zach Zaneski raised his batting average to .237 with a pair of singles in three at-bats. He also drove in a run.
Veteran righty Ross Wolf hurled two shutout innings in relief of Grimm, giving up one hit and striking out one. Sidearmer Johan Yan allowed a run in the ninth inning but earned his eighth save of the season.
The earned run yielded by Yan was only his third in 40.2 innings since his promotion to Frisco during last season.
15-14, 3.0 GB
The entire Carolina League took the day off on Monday. Myrtle Beach returns to action on Tuesday against the 15-14 Carolina Mudcats, beginning a three-game home series.
L - Lamb (0-3)
HR - J. Williams (5), Robinson (3)
18-12, 4.0 GB
The Crawdads were undone by a four-run Kannapolis outburst in the fourth inning.
Starting pitcher Will Lamb (4.22 ERA/.262 BAA) began his outing with three clean frames before giving up some damage in the fourth. Overall, the Clemson product surrendered four runs––three earned––in 3.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two, plunked one, and struck out two.
The 6-foot-6 southpaw has scuffled in his last four starts––12.1 ip, 14 h, 8 er, 9 bb, 9 k.
Hickory third baseman Drew Robinson (.274/.396/.464), who recently celebrated his 20th birthday, continued his hot hitting by launching a solo home run––his only hit in four trips.
Robinson has reached base via hit or walk in 15 consecutive games. He was hitting just .179/.273/.256 when the streak began.
Power-hitting left fielder Jeremy Williams (.277/.307/.494) was 3-for-4 with a homer––his fifth––and two RBI. After slugging 23 extra-base hits in 42 rookie ball games last season, the 25-year-old Williams has three doubles and five home runs in 22 games this year. He was the Rangers' 36th-round pick––out of the University of Mobile––in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Zach Cone (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while Kellin Deglan (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice.
Righty Arlett Mavare broke out of his mini-funk on the mound by retiring all four batters he faced in relief of Lamb.
Tall left-hander Andrew Faulkner (6.61 ERA/.313 BAA) then surrendered one run on three hits in three innings, striking out two without walking a batter.
Faulkner, 19, had some uncharacteristic control issues upon arriving in Hickory, as he issued 13 walks in 10.1 innings over his first four appearances. But the South Carolina native hasn't walked a batter in six innings during his last two games.
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