W - Hankins (2-3)
HR - Bianucci (12), Mendonca (7)
28-38, 11.5 GB
The Express snapped their seven-game losing streak––the longest by a Rangers Triple-A affiliate since 2007––with a dominant 9-2 victory over the Isotopes on Tuesday.
Filling in for recently called-up lefty Michael Kirkman, spot-starter Derek Hankins (3.10 ERA/.242 BAA) gave Round Rock a season-high five innings of work. He yielded two runs on four hits while walking one and striking out two.
Long reliever Mark Hamburger (7.07 ERA/.351 BAA) pitched around two hits, two walks, and a hit batter in three scoreless innings in relief of Hankins. He struck out one.
Aaron Heilman turned in a perfect ninth inning to secure the victory.
Express leadoff man Julio Borbon (.316/.359/.472) extended his hitting streak to 21 games by going 2-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
Borbon's hitting streak is just one game shy of the Express' franchise record, which was set by infielder Yangervis Solarte earlier this season. He's hitting .430 (40-for-93) during the stretch.
Shortstop Luis Hernandez, who was 3-for-5, also had a pair of two-baggers in five trips.
Luis Martinez (2/4, 2B, BB) doubled and singled while Leonys Martin (2/5), Matt Kata (2/4, HBP) and Brad Nelson (2/5) all singled twice.
Corner infielders Mike Bianucci (2/5, HR) and Tom Mendonca (1/5, HR) each blasted a solo home run.
W - Pimentel (6-2)
38-25, 6.0 GU
One night before the RoughRiders and RockHounds played an 11:00 a.m. game, the two clubs played a four hour and forty-seven minute marathon that went 14 innings.
Making his third minor league ‘rehab' start, right-hander Roy Oswalt threw 85 pitches (55 strikes) in 3.1 innings. He allowed three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out three.
Although the results weren't ideal, Oswalt's stuff in the outing was just fine. His fastball sat between 90-94 mph, as usual.
Catcher Jose Felix (1/5) provided the game-winner in the bottom of the 14th with his walkoff single, which plated Ryan Strausborger (1/5, BB).
First baseman Chris McGuiness (2/3, 2B, BB) doubled for Frisco's only extra-base hit of the game.,br>
Mike Olt (2/6), Val Majewski (2/4, BB) and Jared Prince (2/5, BB) all singled twice.
The most impressive performer of the day was the entire Frisco bullpen, which combined to permit just one unearned run on four hits in 10.2 innings.
Fabio Castillo (2.2 IP), Joe Ortiz (0.2 IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (3 IP) and Carlos Pimentel (2 IP) all kept Midland off the scoreboard. Righty Wilfredo Boscan gave up only an unearned run in 2.1 frames.
But Rodebaugh (0.69 ERA/.152 BAA) was particularly strong, as he fanned six batters in a season-high three innings.
The 23-year-old reliever has yielded one earned run in 13 Double-A frames, giving up seven hits, walking two, and striking out 17.
W - Buckel (5-3)
SV - Osborne (1)
33-32, 7.0 GB
Cody Buckel's (1.31 ERA/.186 BAA) dominance of the Carolina League continued on Tuesday, as he hurled six shutout innings en route to his fifth victory. Buckel gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out five.
The 19-year-old, who turns 20 in about a week, continues to lead the circuit with his 1.31 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 75.2 innings. He's permitted only 11 earned runs in 13 starts for Myrtle Beach this season.
Although the Pelicans' offense had only nine hits in the game, eight of the nine starters had at least one knock.
Right fielder Josh Richmond, who is batting just .166 on the year, went 1-for-4 with his fifth home run of the year. Catcher Brett Nicholas was 2-for-4 with his 17th double.
Teodoro Martinez (1/3, BB) and Edwin Garcia (1/2, BB, HBP) each singled and walked.
After reliever Ben Henry allowed two runs in the seventh inning, Zach Osborne shut down the Keys by retiring all six batters he faced to earn the save.
L - Jackson (5-5)
34-30, 7.5 GB
Tuesday's game between the Crawdads and Suns was called in the middle of the sixth inning due to rain. It had been delayed for approximately 80 minutes before being called as a short completion.
Hickory starting pitcher Luke Jackson (4.92 ERA/.259 BAA) got credit for his first-career complete game despite pitching only five innings. He yielded four runs on seven hits, walking two and fanning seven.
The hard-throwing Jackson actually cruised through the first 3.2 innings. After striking out the first two batters of the fourth, he allowed six consecutive hitters to reach base.
Jackson has struck out 72 batters in 64 innings this season, but he's also issued 33 walks.
Hickory's offense managed only two hits against tall prospect Alex Meyer in six shutout innings.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/1, 2B) and right fielder Jordan Akins (1/2) had the only knocks.
Third baseman Drew Robinson, who was 0-for-1 with a base on balls, was the only other Hickory player to reach base safely.
L - Nunez (0-1)
5-4, 1.0 GB
After taking an early 5-0 lead, the DSL Rangers surrendered nine runs over the middle four frames and suffered the loss.
Infielder Ramon Urias was the biggest contributor of the day, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Eduard Pinto (1/5, 2B) also doubled.
Starting pitcher Jesus Fandino yielded three runs on five hits in four innings, walking two and striking out one.
Then, left-hander Nerfy Nunez was tagged for five runs in one-plus innings of work.
Nunez, who posted a 3.10 ERA as a starting pitcher in the DSL last season, has now allowed five runs in 3.2 innings out of the bullpen so far this year.
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