L - Wells (0-1)
HR - Adduci (1)
3-1, 1.0 GB
Round Rock dropped its first game on Sunday, losing to Omaha in the final game of the season-opening four-game set.
Veteran starting pitcher Randy Wells was knocked around for four runs in the first two innings. Though he eventually settled down, it wasn't enough to bring his team back into the game.
Wells, signed from the Cubs on a minor-league deal over the offseason, permitted four runs in five innings of work. Throwing 87 pitches (56 strikes), he allowed four hits (including two homers) while walking two and striking out five.
At the plate, right fielder Jim Adduci whiffed three times but also socked his first home run of the season––a solo shot off Omaha starter Nate Adcock in the third inning.
Leadoff man Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) doubled while Aaron Cunningham (3/4, BB) singled three times and walked once.
DH Joey Butler (2/4, BB) and shortstop Greg Miclat (2/4) added two knocks apiece.
Third baseman Mike Olt's slow start to the season continued, as he struck out twice in four hitless at-bats. He did draw a walk.
Jurickson Profar, playing at second base, was 0-for-2 but walked three times and stole his third base. He also committed a fielding error, his second of the young campaign.
Lefty reliever Jeff Beliveau hurled two scoreless innings in relief of Wells. Sidearming right-hander Yoshinori Tateyama closed out the game by giving up a run in two frames.
W - Pucetas (1-0)
SV - Rodebaugh (1)
2-2, 2.0 GB
The ‘Riders faced the tough task of hitting against Royals prospect Yordano Ventura and his triple-digit velocity on Sunday afternoon.
Frisco did just enough against Ventura, getting him for two runs on five hits over five innings.
Incidentally, veteran Frisco starter Kevin Pucetas had a nearly identical line––he gave up two runs on five hits in five innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.
Cleanup-hitting first baseman Brett Nicholas did most of the damage for the RoughRiders, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Leadoff man at second baseman Odubel Herrera (1/4, 3B) added a triple for his lone knock.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto kept his average at a level .333 with a single––plus a sacrifice fly––in four plate appearances and three official at-bats.
After Pucetas exited the game, Frisco righty relievers Randy Henry (2 IP), Ben Rowen (1 IP), and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) teamed up to keep the Naturals off the scoreboard over the final four innings.
Henry was particularly impressive, throwing 22 of his 27 pitches for a strike. He gave up two hits but struck out two in the two frames.
L - Eickhoff (0-1)
HR - Deglan (1)
Although the Pelicans' bullpen tossed seven innings of one-hit, scoreless ball on Sunday, the damage had been done in the first two frames.
Wilmington battered Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff, making his High-A debut, for seven runs on nine hits in two innings. Eickhoff surrendered two doubles and two triples.
After Eickhoff left the game, 6-foot-7 righty Phil Klein retired all nine batters he faced, striking out two. Left-hander Will Lamb then worked around a walk in two hitless, scoreless innings. Nick McBride (1 IP) and Ryan Harvey (1 IP) finished it off with a shutout frame apiece.
Both of the Pelicans' runs came in the bottom of the ninth inning, courtesy of a Kellin Deglan (1/3, HR) two-run home run. He struck out twice and was hit by a pitch in his other three plate appearances.
Second baseman Rougned Odor (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled while Luis Sardinas (1/3, BB), Zach Cone (2/4), and Kevin Torres (1/3, BB) all reached base twice as well.
L - Stafford (0-1)
HR - Brinson (2)
Coming off a fantastic performance in spring training, left-hander Sam Stafford had some struggles in his official pro debut. The University of Texas product lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on five hits. He fanned two and walked one.
Despite the loss, Hickory's offense certainly wasn't without power.
Leadoff man Lewis Brinson was 2-for-5 with a home run––his second of the young season––and two RBI.
Second baseman Ryan Rua was 2-for-3 with two doubles, a hit-by pitch, and three RBI. Catcher Jorge Alfaro (2/4, 2B) added a single and a double of his own.
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