L - Holland (0-1)
36-44, 10.0 GB
Making his first of three scheduled rehab appearances, left-handed pitcher Derek Holland allowed one run––a solo homer––in three innings. He gave up three hits while walking two and striking out one.
Holland, who threw 24 of his 39 pitches for a strike, finished his work by throwing a bullpen session. He was initially schedule to throw 50 pitches in the game.
The Express were shut out for the third time this season, as they collected just five singles in the game.
The hits came from Julio Borbon (1/4), Brad Nelson (1/4), Matt Kata (1/4), Mike Bianucci (1/3) and Dusty Brown (1/3). Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs didn't have a hit, but he drew two walks in four plate appearances.
Borbon, who stole his 12th base, snapped an 0-for-29 slump with his first-inning single. It was his first base knock since June 17 against Oklahoma City.
Reliever Ross Wolf, recently promoted from Double-A Frisco, surrendered two runs––one earned––in three innings of long relief. Joe Ortiz followed by yielding a solo homer in two innings.
Hard-throwing righty Fabio Castillo made his Triple-A debut in the top of the ninth inning. The 23-year-old righty tossed a scoreless inning, working around a walk, while throwing eight of his 13 pitches for a strike.
2-4, 3.0 GB
The Texas League will play its All-Star Game on Thursday at Tulsa's ONEOK Field. Frisco returns to action on Friday with right-hander Cody Buckel scheduled to make his second Double-A start.
W - Hendricks (3-7)
HR - Villanueva (5)
5-2, 0.0 GU
After Myrtle Beach starters Cody Buckel and Nick Tepesch earned recent promotions to Double-A, right-hander Kyle Hendricks is beginning to make his own push for promotion.
On Wednesday, Hendricks (2.53 ERA/.241 BAA) tossed the Pelicans' first nine-inning complete game since 2007. He limited Lynchburg to one run on five hits (all singles) while walking one and striking out six.
On the season, the 22-year-old Hendricks has the following stat-line––99.2 ip, 89 h, 28 er (2.53 ERA), 9 bb, 80 k. He now leads the Carolina League in innings pitched and ranks third (to Buckel and Royals prospect Yordano Ventura) in strikeouts.
Hendricks has been particularly strong in June––35.1 ip, 21 h, 7 r (1.78 ERA), 4 bb, 27 k.
The Pelicans' defense turned three double plays behind Hendricks, and the offense provided plenty of run support by pounding out five runs on six extra-base hits.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva (.266/.323/.393) had a double, a home run, and his sixth stolen base in five at-bats.
Teodoro Martinez (1/5, 3B) tripled while Hanser Alberto (2/5, 2B), Vin DiFazio (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Santiago Chirino (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.
Through his first six High-A games, Alberto is 8-for-27 (.296) with two doubles and a triple. He hasn't walked yet but has also struck out just three times.
DH Tomas Telis raised his batting average to .252 with two hits in four at-bats.
L - Matthews (1-2)
5-2, 0.0 GU
Left-hander Kevin Matthews' (6.16 ERA/.239 BAA in 19 innings) control issues continued on Wednesday, as he walked the bases loaded in the first inning.
Although Matthews escaped damage in the first, he plunked a batter in the second and gave up two runs. He ended up yielding three runs (two earned) in four innings, giving up three hits, walking three, and striking out five.
The 19-year-old Matthews has allowed 17 hits and walked 17 (while striking out 20) in his first 19 innings this season.
Despite getting 11 hits, the Crawdads scored only three runs after going 1-for-12 with men in scoring position and stranding nine runners on base.
Shortstop Luis Sardinas (.274/.338/.298) led the way by going 3-for-5 with a double, just his fifth extra-base hit in 54 games (all doubles).
Alejandro Selen (2/4) and Kevin Torres (2/3, SF) singled twice while Jordan Akins (1/4, 2B) doubled and struck out three times.
DH Kellin Deglan, playing his second game since returning from the disabled list, had a single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly in four trips.
Leadoff man Chris Grayson fanned four times in five hitless at-bats. Though he's hitting relatively well this month, he's also struck out 12 times in his last five games.
Tall righty relievers Phil Klein (2.67 ERA/.236 BAA) and Santo Perez (6.72 ERA/.307 BAA) each permitted a run in two innings to finish the game.
W - Valdespina (1-1)
5-8, 2.0 GB
After losing eight of their first nine games, the Indians have now won four in a row. They've outscored their opposition 24-6 during the streak.
Spokane took a big early lead by plating five runs in the bottom of the second.
Starting pitcher Jose Valdespina allowed two runs on five hits in five innings, walking one and striking out three. He induced eight groundouts (plus two flyouts) while hitting a batter, balking twice, and uncorking a wild pitch.
In his first game, the 6-foot-6 Valdespina failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. But he's yielded two runs in 10 innings over his next two starts.
UT-Arlington product and right fielder Preston Beck (.326/.404/.435 in 12 games) singled four times in four at-bats.
Catcher Pat Cantwell (1/4, 2B) doubled for the second time in as many professional games. Ryan Rua (1/4, 2B) and Barrett Serrato (1/4, 2B) also added one two-bagger apiece.
Chris Garia (1/3, BB) and Joe Maloney (1/3, BB) both singled once and walked once.
Venezuelan reliever Jose Monegro kept Boise at bay by retiring all nine batters he faced––striking out four––in three perfect innings. Carlos Melo worked around two singles in an otherwise clean ninth.
Left fielder Saquan Johnson, who was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Wednesday, is now 0-for-13 with nine punchouts this summer. The 19-year-old outfielder is an excellent athlete and a plus runner, but his baseball skills are extremely raw. His assignment to Spokane had more to do with finding playing time––with a loaded Rookie Rangers outfield––than his polish.
W - Parra (1-1)
SV - J. Edwards (1)
HR - Triunfel (2)
4-2, 0.0 GU
The Rookie Rangers nearly tossed their second consecutive shutout but ultimately settled for their second straight victory.
Lefty Luis Parra turned in one of his better state-side efforts, as he began the game with five shutout innings. The Dominican Republic native scattered four hits while walking one and striking out seven.
The 20-year-old Parra posted a 5.32 ERA for the rookie club last season. In 44 innings, he allowed 47 hits, walked 23, and struck out 35. But he's permitted just one earned run on six hits over his first 10 innings this year.
Shortstop Alberto Triunfel was 1-for-3 with a solo home run––his second of the summer––and a walk.
Leadoff man Lewis Brinson (1/5, 2B) and right fielder Nomar Mazara (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. Left fielder Nick Williams (2/5) singled twice while third baseman Joey Gallo (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice.
Gallo has now drawn 13 walks in his first six professional games. Because of the walks, he's only got 14 official at-bats.
Righty Anyelo Leclerc pitched well through two innings but scuffled in the third. He gave up a run on three hits in 2.1 innings.
Hard-throwing reliever Jon Edwards slammed the door, though, as he retired the game's last five batters while striking out a pair.
W - Leclerc (2-0)
SV - Larrazabal (1)
HR - Campos (1)
12-10, 2.0 GB
While Anyelo Leclerc pitched for the Surprise Rangers on Wednesday, his brother––Jose Leclerc––earned the victory in the Dominican Summer League.
Leclerc, 18, struck out three batters in three perfect innings of relief.
Starting pitcher Pedro Payano made his first professional start after beginning his career with three relief appearances. He yielded two runs (one earned) on three hits in three innings, walking two and striking out one.
Converted outfielder Gabriel Larrazabal got his first pro save by finishing the game with three shutout frames.
Shortstop Belarmino Campos had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run.
First baseman Diego Cedeno (3/5, 3B) singled twice and tripled once in five trips. Catcher Jesus Gonzalez (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Leadoff man Eduard Pinto raised his on-base percentage to .454 with two singles and a walk in five trips. He's drawn 12 walks and struck out five times in his first 20 contests.
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