L - Balester (1-3)
HR - Whiteside (2)
The Isotopes raced to a 10-5 victory over Round Rock in Thursday's series opener, stealing six bases in as many attempts.
Five of the steals came off Express starting pitcher Collin Balester, who surrendered six runs––five earned––in five innings. Balester threw 100 pitches and allowed seven hits while walking two and striking out five.
Although catcher Eli Whiteside didn't gun down any of the base stealers, he had a strong day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and a walk.
Leadoff man Engel Beltre (1/2, 2B, BB) and first baseman Robinson Chirinos (1/4, 2B) also doubled.
Right fielder Jim Adduci singled and brought home two runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.
After sidearming righty Johan Yan gave up one run in two innings, Richard Bleier yielded two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Evan Meek then allowed one more run––a solo homer––in 1.1 frames.
L - Font (0-1)
San Antonio slugger A.J. Kirby-Jones won the game for his club with his eighth-inning solo home run off Frisco reliever Wilmer Font.
The run allowed by Font was his first of the season. He allowed that one run in two innings, striking out four without walking a batter.
To start the game, right-hander Carlos Pimentel allowed only one run on four hits in six innings, striking out eight. Pimentel has the following stat line in five appearances (four starts)––24.0 ip, 20 h, 7 r, 4 bb, 29 k.
The ‘Riders offense had eight hits on the evening, but seven were singles and they plated only one run.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (1/5, 2B) doubled for his only hit in five trips. Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez (2/5) and DH Alejandro Selen (2/4) both singled twice.
W - Asher (2-1)
SV - Van Meter (1)
HR - Bolinger (2)
One day after righty Jerad Eickhoff turned in his best outing of the season, Alec Asher did the same. Asher tossed seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing two runs (one earned). He struck out two, walked four, and induced 13 groundouts to only one flyout.
At the plate, centerfielder Royce Bolinger continued to trend in the positive direction. The Gonzaga product was 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk.
Jake Skole (2/3, 3B, BB) and Preston Beck (1/4, 3B) both tripled while Chris Grayson (2/5, 2B) and Rougned Odor (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) both doubled. Odor also walked twice.
After Asher exited the game, reliever Joe Van Meter worked two hitless, scoreless frames to earn his first save.
W - Vasquez (1-1)
SV - Claudio (1)
HR - Rua (5), Mazara (3)
The Crawdads clubbed two more home runs on Thursday evening, led by Ryan Rua's 2-for-3 performance that included a solo shot and a base on balls.
Meanwhile, right fielder Nomar Mazara was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, his second in as many nights. Mazara also drew a walk.
Shortstop Luis Marte, who was 2-for-4, had the Crawdads' only other hits. Marte stole three bases on the night, his first three of the season.
On the mound, Dominican righty Kelvin Vasquez scattered seven hits while allowing two runs over 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Southpaws Ryne Slack (1.1 IP) and Alexander Claudio (2 IP) kept the Grasshoppers off the scoreboard for the final 3.1 innings.
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