L - Perez (3-4)
18-26, 7.0 GB
The Fresno Grizzlies finished off a dominant four-game sweep of Round Rock on Sunday afternoon, outscoring the Express by a combined 36-16 score. It marked the first time Round Rock has been swept at home since August 2009.
After Sunday's loss, the Express have also dropped 10 of their last 11 games, and they've surrendered at least nine runs in eight of their last 12 contests.
Left-hander Martin Perez (5.72 ERA/.263 BAA) continued the struggles on the mound versus Fresno, as he coughed up seven runs––four earned––in in three innings.
Perez, who needed 85 pitches (47 strikes) to complete his three innings, allowed eight hits while walking four and striking out four. In his two starts since a dominant seven-inning effort against Memphis on May 7, Perez has allowed 14 runs on 16 hits in five total innings.
Fresno was able to expand its lead after Perez left the game, plating two runs each off right-handed relievers Tyler Tufts (2.1 IP) and Sean Green (1.2 IP).
Green (6.65 ERA/.366 BAA) has been particularly poor of late after a promising start to his season. The 33-year-old veteran showed a good mixture of stuff and command through April, but his last eight outings have been disastrous––9.2 ip, 19 h, 17 r, 11 bb, 7 k.
Left-hander Ben Snyder (2.42 ERA/.270 BAA) finished the game with two scoreless innings, working around two hits and striking out three.
Snyder, 26, has worked 9.1 shutout frames over seven appearances in May.
Scuffling third baseman Tom Mendonca (.214/.271/.325) led the offense by going 2-for-4 with a double, his fifth of the season and his second in as many nights. He also committed his eighth error at the hot corner.
Julio Borbon (1/4, 2B) doubled while Yangervis Solarte (2/4) and Ryan Spilborghs (2/4) each singled twice.
Spilborghs has hit safely in all 14 games he's played with the Express, and Solarte has a knock in 28 of his last 29.
W - Loux (9-0)
SV - Yan (10)
26-17, 3.0 GU
Frisco right-hander Barret Loux (2.50 ERA/.231 BAA) improved to an incredible 9-0 through nine Double-A starts with yet another victory on Sunday.
The 23-year-old Loux yielded a run on two hits while working a season-high seven innings. He struck out six and walked one. After surrendering a leadoff home run in the second inning, he retired 17 of the next 18 hitters he faced between the second and seventh frames.
In 50.1 innings this season, Loux has allowed 43 hits, walked 15, and struck out 48. He hasn't surrendered more than three runs during any of his nine starts.
Hot-hitting catcher Zach Zaneski (.350/.409/.567) extended his hitting streak to eight games with two singles––including an RBI––in three at-bats.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar saw his hitting streak snapped after an incredible 29-game run, as he went 0-for-3. His on-base streak, however, was extended with a walk. Profar has reached base via hit, walk, or hit-by pitch in 39 consecutive games.
Engel Beltre (2/4) singled twice and stole his 15th base of the season.
Relievers Wilfredo Boscan (1 IP), Joe Ortiz (0.2 IP) and Johan Yan (0.1 IP) retired the game's final six batters in order to close out the victory.
The 5-foot-7 Ortiz (2.00 ERA/.229 BAA) has pitched extremely well for the RoughRiders in his first Double-A stint. He has been particularly strong in May––7.1 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 3 bb, 13 k.
L - Mendoza (1-1)
21-20, 3.0 GB
Right-handers Kyle Hendricks and Sugar Ray Marimon combined for an excellent pitcher's duel on Sunday before Wilmington won in walkoff fashion.
It was an exciting weekend series between the Pelicans and Blue Rocks, featuring two walkoff Wilmington victories and a Myrtle Beach no-hitter.
Hendricks (2.68 ERA/.273 BAA) had his best start as a pro, as he worked eight innings of one-run ball. The 22-year-old allowed four hits (all singles) and struck out a career-high 11 batters without issuing a walk.
Hendricks, who has worked at least six innings in each of his last five starts, has 41 strikeouts with only five walks through 50.1 innings this season.
Second baseman Christian Villanueva led the Pelicans with two singles in four at-bats. It also marked the third time Villanueva has played second base this season.
Odubel Herrera (1/3, BB) and Vin DiFazio (1/4) had the Pelicans' only other knocks of the game.
Reliever Francisco Mendoza suffered the loss in the ninth inning after he recorded just one out before permitting a run on three hits.
Although Mendoza had put himself on the prospect radar with a strong finish last season, he has not pitched well in High-A this year. The 24-year-old has yielded 24 hits and 10 walks through 11 innings.
L - Perez (2-3)
19-21, 10.0 GB
The Crawdads dropped to 3-13 in May and lost their eighth consecutive game on Sunday. It doesn't get much easier for the club, as they'll play doubleheaders each of the next two days.
Starter Santo Perez saw his earned-run average jump to 6.23 after he permitted four runs in five innings, giving up six hits, walking two, and striking out three.
Left-hander Chris Hanna followed by allowing two runs in two innings. Arlett Mavare finished the game with a scoreless eighth, striking out two and working around one hit.
Second baseman Luis Sardinas (2/4) had two knocks. Chris Grayson (1/2, BB), Zach Cone (1/3), Jeremy Williams (1/4) and Jordan Akins (1/4) had the other hits.
All nine hitters in the Crawdads batting order struck out at least once in the nine innings––11 total punchouts.
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