L - Feliz (0-1)
HR - Nelson (15)
41-58, 17.0 GB
The Express, currently sitting 17 games below .500 and 17 games out of first place, fell for the 13th time in their last 16 games. Although the Dell Diamond is regarded as a hitter-friendly yard, the home club has had trouble scoring runs there of late. Round Rock hasn't plated more than four runs at home in any of their last 12 games (2-10).
On Friday, rehabbing Rangers starter Neftali Feliz failed to make it out of the second inning while throwing 31 of his 47 pitches for a strike. Feliz surrendered four runs––one earned––in 1.2 innings, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out one. He also uncorked two wild pitches and balked once.
Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan then permitted three runs on five hits in 1.1 innings, raising his Triple-A earned-run average to 6.87.
Martin Perez followed by working two innings and allowing one run. The southpaw, who threw 23 of 40 pitches for a strike, yielded three hits, walked one, and struck out one.
The appearance for Perez was his first since being optioned to Triple-A earlier this week. He'll likely return to a starting role this coming week.
First baseman Brad Nelson (.280/.361/.472) had yet another big day at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two walks. Over his last six games, Nelson is 8-for-20 with a double, four home runs, and six walks. He's now got 15 round-trippers and 23 doubles in 92 games.
Yangervis Solarte (.271/.328/.305 in July) raised his batting average to .283 with two singles in four at-bats.
The 25-year-old Solarte, who showed some pop in his bat during spring training and early this season, has lost some punch as the year has progressed. Showing decreased bat speed of late, Solarte doesn't have an extra-base hit in his last 10 games, and he's got only two doubles over his last 18 contests. His last home run came on May 14.
Ryan Spilborghs (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice in his four trips.
Lefty reliever Ben Snyder worked a game-long three innings for the Express, and he gave up a run on three hits without walking or striking out a batter.
L - Buckel (1-5)
HR - Olt (25), Profar (12)
11-16, 7.0 GB
‘Riders starting pitcher Cody Buckel (4.45 ERA/.229 BAA) battled his way through the first four innings before serving up a game-breaking grand slam in the fifth.
Buckel, who struggled with command through much of his start, threw only 55 of his 99 pitches for a strike. He surrendered five runs on six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out five. He also hit a batter.
The 20-year-old righty has the following stat-line in Double-A––32.1 ip, 27 h, 16 er (4.45 ERA), 14 bb, 27 k.
Playing first base for the 10th time this season, slugging prospect Mike Olt (.291/.404/.586) did his best to keep Frisco in the game. He was 2-for-4 with a home run––his third in four games––and four runs batted in.
Olt, 23, currently tops the Texas League in home runs (25), slugging percentage (.586) and OPS (.990). He also ranks sixth in strikeouts with 89 through 83 games played.
Olt has yet to commit an error in 10 games at first base. He's got only nine in 71 contests at third (.955) and has also played two errorless games in right field.
Jurickson Profar (.297/.371/.500) launched a first-inning solo home run––his 12th of the year––for his only hit in four at-bats.
Centerfielder Engel Beltre (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while Alex Buchholz (2/4) singled twice. Second baseman Leury Garcia was 1-for-4 with his 21st stolen base.
After the Hooks touched up ‘Riders reliever Carlos Pimentel for two runs in the sixth inning, sinkerballing righty Ross Wolf retired all six batters he faced in two perfect innings. He struck out two.
Wolf has been excellent in 20 appearances for Frisco––27.0 ip, 23 h, 6 r (2.00 ERA), 5 bb, 28 k.
L - R. Henry (5-5)
HR - Martinez (3)
18-10, 2.0 GU
The Pelicans faced a pair of big league rehabbers during Friday's series opener in first baseman Chad Tracy and left fielder Xavier Nady. Both Nationals players had one single and three at-bats.
Myrtle Beach also went up against 6-foot-9 righty prospect Alex Meyer in his Double-A debut. Meyer was able to stifle the Pelicans' bats, hurling six shutout innings while giving up three hits, walking one, and striking out seven.
Meanwhile, Pelicans starter Randy Henry (2.36 ERA/.250 BAA) suffered his worst start of the season.
The 22-year-old prospect was tagged for eight runs on 10 hits––including four doubles and three home runs––in 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
After yielding just one earned run in 27 innings as a reliever, Henry has experienced some ups and downs since joining the rotation––41.2 ip, 45 h, 17 er (3.67 ERA), 17 bb, 31 k.
Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez (.269/.308/.350) hit a ninth-inning two-run homer––his third of the year and seventh of his four-year professional career––for his lone hit in four trips.
Hanser Alberto (1/2, 2B, BB, SF) doubled, walked, and brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. Santiago Chirino (2/4) and Edwin Garcia (2/4) both singled twice.
Reliever Nick McBride also made his High-A debut on Friday. The North Carolina native limited the P-Nats to one single in 2.2 shutout frames, walking one and fanning one. McBride had a 2.41 ERA while permitting only 39 hits in 52.1 innings at Single-A Hickory this season.
L - Lopez (0-2)
HR - Selen (6)
16-12, 0.0 GU
With Friday's win over the Crawdads, Lakewood drew back even with Hickory for first place in the Sally League's Northern Division.
Hickory plated seven runs in the game's first five innings, but they were held off the scoreboard in their final four at-bats. Fireballing BlueClaws reliever Kenneth Giles, who runs his fastball up to 98 mph on occasion, punched out seven while retiring the game's final nine batters.
Crawdads starter Jerad Eickhoff (5.04 ERA/.273 BAA) was hit around for five runs on eight hits in three-plus innings, walking three and striking out one. The 22-year-old prospect has surrendered 17 runs on 22 hits in 13 innings this month.
DH Alejandro Selen (.408/.443/.732) was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Selen has six long balls and 28 RBI in his first 20 contests with Hickory.
Right fielder Chris Grayson had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances, and he also stole his 24th base. Centerfielder Jordan Akins (2/4) singled twice and struck out twice over four at-bats.
Jorge Alfaro (1/4, 2B) added his ninth double.
Although the 19-year-old Alfaro has been limited to 40 games due to injuries this season, he's hitting a respectable .270/.333/.454 with 17 extra-base hits, 10 walks, and 46 strikeouts when healthy.
Shortstop Luis Sardinas went 1-for-3 with his 22nd steal in 29 tries.
Following Eickhoff's rough start, Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare (3.94 ERA/.226 BAA) limited Lakewood to a run in three innings. He gave up three hits, walked one, and punched out three.
While the 22-year-old Mavare stands just 6-foot-0 and isn't overpowering, his mature stuff and advanced command has led to 74 strikeouts in 59.1 innings for Hickory.
L - Burns (0-1)
11-24, 9.0 GB
Spokane has scored two runs or fewer in 15 of their 24 losses this season. They were shut out for the fifth time on Friday.
Despite the loss, the Indians got a strong starting effort from Dominican righty Abel de los Santos (2.29 ERA/.197 BAA), who began the contest with five innings of one-hit shutout ball. The 19-year-old hurler walked two and struck out two.
Vancouver broke the scoreless draw in the bottom of the sixth by plating three runs off left-hander Joseph Burns in two-thirds of an inning. He surrendered three hits and walked two.
Indians first baseman Barrett Serrato (2/3, BB) and catcher Joe Maloney (2/4) had two singles apiece. They were the only players to reach base safely multiple times.
After going 17-for-58 (.293) in his first 15 professional games, outfielder Preston Beck is just 7-for-51 (.137) in 14 July contests. Beck, a UT-Arlington product and Dallas native, was the Rangers' fifth-round pick in this year's MLB Draft.
Big reliever Jon Edwards worked around two walks in 1.1 hitless, scoreless innings. While Edwards has given up only three hits and struck out 10 in his first eight innings, he's also issued 14 free passes.
Carlos Melo (3.60 ERA/.279 BAA) permitted an unearned run in his inning.
L - Lopez (1-1)
HR - Gallo (11)
13-11, 2.0 GB
The Rookie Rangers were undone by a Giants seven-run outburst in the top of the fourth inning.
Left-hander Aliangel ‘Frank' Lopez got the start for Surprise and worked out of trouble in each of his first three innings. But after getting a lineout to third base to begin the fourth, the frame went as follows––double, single, triple, single, walk, single, grand slam.
Lopez, who began the summer with 19.2 innings of four-hit ball, has been blown up for 14 runs on 18 hits in 5.1 innings over his last two starts. He coughed up eight runs on nine hits––walking two and striking out one––in 3.1 innings on Friday.
Dominican righty Denny Peralta helped settle the game down by yielding one run in 3.2 innings of long relief, but it wasn't enough to get the Rangers back into the game.
On the plus side, slugging third baseman Joey Gallo (.350/.495/.875) was 3-for-5 with a home run and five runs batted in. Gallo now has seven doubles, a triple, and 11 bombs in his first 80 official at-bats.
Lewis Brinson (2/5) added two singles and his fifth stolen base while shortstop Alberto Triunfel (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked once.
After going 1-for-5 with two punchouts on Friday, outfielder Nomar Mazara has 11 extra-base hits and 19 walks but also 34 strikeouts through 24 games.
While the Rookie Rangers are hitting well––.269/.359/.448 as a group––there's also lots of swing and miss involved. They're second in the Arizona League with 229 strikeouts in 24 games (9.5 per game).
Lefty Austen Thrailkill, the Rangers' 26th-round pick in this year's draft, fanned two and walked one in two-thirds of an inning. Of the 18 hitters Thrailkill has faced in his first four appearances, only four have put a ball in play. He's got eight walks and six strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
W - Leclerc (3-0)
26-14, 1.5 GU
For the second consecutive day, hot-hitting 17-year-old outfielder Eduard Pinto had four hits in five official at-bats. This time, the Venezuela native hit three singles and a double. He also walked once.
Through his first 30 professional games, Pinto is hitting a Dominican Summer League-leading .439 with a .531 on-base percentage and a .553 slugging percentage. He's 21-for-35 (.600) with nine walks and only two strikeouts over his last 10 contests.
The extra-innings victory over the second-place DSL Pirates1 gave the Rangers a 1.5 game lead in the Boca Chica North Division.
Starting pitcher Richelson Pena (3.82 ERA/.200 BAA) began the game by allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in three innings. But relievers Felix Carvallo and Jose Leclerc both pitched well.
Carvallo (3.25 ERA/.275 BAA) fanned four batters while tossing three innings of one-run ball. Leclerc, the Rangers' DSL All-Star Game representative, finished the contest by striking out five in four shutout frames. He gave up one hit and walked one.
Leclerc, 18, has allowed four earned runs in 29.2 innings this summer––a 1.21 earned-run average.
First baseman Diego Cedeno (1/4, 2B, BB) doubled and walked while second baseman Rodrigo Ayarza (2/5) singled twice.
After beginning the season on a hot streak, switch-hitting centerfielder Jose Cardona has fallen into a slump. He's just 1-for-30 with over his last eight games.
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