W - Reynolds (8-6)
45-61, 16.0 GB
With Friday's win over the first-place Isotopes, Round Rock picked up its first series victory since June 23-26 at Iowa. It was their first home series win in more than two months––May 21-24 against Sacramento.
The Express took three of the four games from Albuquerque.
Stanford product Greg Reynolds (5.10 ERA/.315 BAA) threw 108 pitches (65 strikes) over seven innings, permitting just a run on five hits. He struck out two, walked one, and induced 13 groundouts with four flyouts.
The strong outing was a welcomed sight for Reynolds, who had been tagged for 24 runs in 20.2 innings over his previous four starts.
Express catcher Luis Martinez (.271/.348/.391) broke the game open with his bases-clearing three-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning. The two-bagger was his 12th in 55 games.
Greg Miclat (2/4, 2B), Matt Kata (1/4, 2B) and Tom Mendonca (1/3, 2B) also doubled.
Centerfielder Julio Borbon raised his batting average to .295 with a single and a triple in four at-bats. Left fielder Yangervis Solarte added two hits and a walk in his four trips.
Veteran reliever Willie Eyre (3.32 ERA/.239 BAA) closed out the game by tossing two shutout innings, working around one single and striking out one.
W - Buckel (2-5)
HR - Olt (27), Garcia (2)
15-19, 8.0 GB
Playing in front of 10,219 fans at Frisco's Dr Pepper Ballpark, the RoughRiders clobbered the Missions on Friday.
Frisco jumped all over San Antonio spot starter Eddie Kunz, tagging him for eight runs on nine hits and four walks in four-plus innings.
Rehabbing Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland batted leadoff in an effort to maximize his plate appearances. He scored four runs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a hit-by pitch.
The 26-year-old Moreland was playing in his third rehab game but his first for Frisco. He'd spent the previous two days at Triple-A Round Rock, where he went 1-for-6 with two strikeouts.
The ‘Riders offense pounded out 14 runs on 14 hits, including seven extra-base knocks.
Third baseman Mike Olt (.287/.399/.581) launched his Texas League-leading 27th home run of the season. He also walked twice and drove home four runs. Switch-hitting shortstop Leury Garcia (.283/.315/.399) was 3-for-5 with a home run––his second––and three RBI.
The 21-year-old Garcia, who is listed at 5-foot-7, is putting together his best month of the season in July. Over 23 games, he's sporting a .314/.359/.442 slash line with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts.
Jurickson Profar (.290/.363/.488) singled, doubled, walked, and drove home three runs himself. Ryan Strausborger went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, and his 18th stolen base.
Engel Beltre (2/5) singled twice and swiped two bases, giving him 29 in 35 attempts. Beltre is now hitting .305/.342/.552 this month.
Right fielder Jared Hoying (1/4, 3B, HBP) tripled, was hit by a pitch, and stole his third bag in Double-A.
DH Chris McGuiness, who went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts, was the only Frisco position player to go without a hit on Friday.
On the mound, right-hander Neil Ramirez came off the disabled list and made a two-inning, 34-pitch start. He allowed a run on one hit, walking one and fanning three.
Cody Buckel (4.58 ERA/.228 BAA) then came out of the bullpen and yielded three runs in five innings. He gave up four hits––including two home runs––while walking one and striking out seven.
The 20-year-old Buckel gave up a leadoff round-tripper in the third. He then settled down and retired the next nine hitters he faced, striking out six of them.
Southpaw reliever Tim Murphy (5.99 ERA/.307 BAA) finished it off with two blank innings.
L - West (0-2)
HR - Herrera (3)
21-14, 1.0 GU
Although the Pelicans have played well in the second half, they've struggled against first-half champion Winston-Salem. After Friday's one-run loss, Myrtle Beach is just 2-6 against the Dash since the All-Star break.
Despite the loss, Myrtle Beach got a strong effort from starting pitcher Luke Jackson, who worked seven innings. Jackson allowed three runs––two earned––on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.
The Jekyll-and-Hyde 20-year-old prospect has the following stat-line in seven Carolina League starts––35.1 ip, 38 h, 22 er (5.60 ERA), 15 bb, 34 k.
Jackson, who plunked two batters on Friday, also picked off a pair at first base.
Leadoff hitter Odubel Herrera (.284/.332/.378) went 2-for-5 with a home run, extending his modest hitting streak to seven games.
Corner infielders Brett Nicholas (2/4, BB) and Christian Villanueva (2/4, HBP) both reached base three times, singling twice. Villanueva now has multiple hits in five of his last six contests, and he's hitting an impressive .326/.435/.472 this month.
Teodoro Martinez (1/4, 2B) added his 15th double for his only hit in four at-bats.
The Pelicans lost the game after hard-throwing reliever Matt West yielded a run on two hits in two innings. West gave up the run in the eighth inning, which went as follows––infield single, sacrifice bunt, groundout, single, flyout. He then worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.
L - Lamb (4-8)
20-15, 0.5 GB
The Crawdads were limited to two runs on five hits––including four singles––by three Augusta Greenjackets pitchers on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, Hickory lefty Will Lamb (4.91 ERA/.253 BAA) allowed three runs on six hits in five innings, walking three and striking out five.
The 21-year-old Lamb has the following stat-line this season––77.0 ip, 74 h, 42 er, 41 bb, 54 k. He's worked more than five innings only once in his 15 starts this season––he was also working in a tandem role during some of his early-season starts.
Venezuelan reliever Jose Monegro kept the Crawdads' offense within striking distance by retiring all nine batters he faced over three perfect innings. He fanned two.
Third baseman Drew Robinson's (.264/.404/.429) two-run triple in the second inning ultimately proved to be Hickory's only scoring. It was Robinson's lone hit in three trips.
Zach Cone (1/3, BB), Alejandro Selen (1/4), Jorge Alfaro (1/3, BB) and Kellin Deglan (1/3) singled for the club's other knocks.
Alfaro, who also stole his sixth base and committed an error at first base, is 15-for-35 (.429) with seven doubles and two triples over his last 10 contests.
L - Kendall (3-3)
HR - Rua (3)
2-2, 1.0 GB
The Indians and Bears played a back-and-forth contest that included 11 total runs between the seventh and 11th innings. After Yakima took a two-run lead in the top of the ninth, Spokane battled back to tie it in the bottom of the frame. But Yakima ultimately won it with two more in the 11th.
Spokane starting pitcher C.J. Edwards was superb once again, limiting the opposition to one run in five innings. The South Carolina native yielded two hits, walked two, and struck out five.
Edwards has allowed two runs in his first 14 innings for Spokane––after beginning the summer with 20 shutout frames in rookie ball. Overall, he has the following line––34.0 ip, 14 h, 2 r, 11 bb, 41 k.
The bullpen struggled once Edwards exited, however.
Reliever Jon Edwards––no relation to C.J.––issued three walks and allowed a run in 1.2 innings. Carlos Melo was then tagged for four runs (three earned) in 2.1 innings.
Cody Kendall, who suffered the loss, surrendered two runs in two innings.
Overall, the trio of Spokane relievers combined to walk seven batters in 5.1 innings.
Although the 21-year-old Melo has a fastball that touches the upper-90s, he continues to struggle with control. Melo has given up 19 hits and walked 12 in 13 innings this summer.
Third baseman Ryan Rua (1/5, HR, BB) socked a solo home run––his third––and walked. Royce Bolinger (1/6, 2B) added his ninth double.
Leadoff hitter and shortstop Gabriel Roa recorded his fifth consecutive multi-hit effort with three singles in four at-bats. He drove home two runs.
Joe Maloney (1/3, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice while Smerling Lantigua (2/4) had a pair of hits.
Pat Cantwell, the Rangers' third-round pick in this year's MLB Draft, got the start in left field on Friday. Regarded as a plus defensive catcher, he's seen most of his time behind the plate since signing but has also played some first base and left field.
16-13, 1.5 GB
The Rookie Rangers were off on Friday.
W - Rodriguez (3-2)
31-15, 3.5 GU
The smoking-hot Dominican Rangers improved to 22-5 since June 25, outscoring their opponents 194-104 over that stretch. They haven't dropped consecutive games since a three-game losing streak between June 15 and 18.
On Friday, the Rangers plated five runs in their final three at-bats to earn the 6-2 victory.
DH Anderson Jesus was the offensive star, going 3-for-5 with his fifth double, his second triple, and two runs batted in. Centerfielder Jose Cardona, another intriguing prospect, went 1-for-4 with a walk, two RBI, and his seventh stolen base.
Starting pitcher Kelvin Vasquez (3.26 ERA/.240 BAA) set the tone with five innings of one-run ball. He scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out four.
The 19-year-old Vasquez, who's playing his second season with the DSL Rangers, has pitched particularly well in his last seven outings––26.0 ip, 19 h, 3 r, 5 bb, 27 k. A right-handed pitcher, Vasquez is listed at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds.
Relievers Stanley Solano (0.1 IP) and Ricardo Rodriguez (1.2 IP) combined for two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Although Jesus Fandino didn't yield a hit in two innings, he gave up one run.
Leadoff man Eduard Pinto (2/5, BB) had two singles and a base on balls in six plate appearances. Belarmino Campos (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) added a double and two walks.
The Rangers won despite stranding 15 runners on base. They had 10 hits––including three extra-base hits––and drew 11 walks.
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