L - Bleier (0-1)
HR - McGuiness (4)
12-11, 0.5 GB
The Express' defense committed three errors in their 5-2 loss to Albuquerque.
Making a spot start in place of Ross Wolf on Saturday, sinkerballing lefty Richard Bleier was knocked around for five runs––four earned––on 10 hits in just 3.2 innings. Bleier walked one and struck out one.
Although the bullpen trio of Yoshinori Tateyama (2.1 IP), Nate Robertson (2 IP), and Lisalverto Bonilla (1 IP) combined for 5.1 innings of scoreless relief after Bleier exited, the damage had been done.
Bonilla was particularly impressive, striking out the side while working around a walk in the ninth inning. The former Phillies prospect has the following stat-line through seven Triple-A appearances––10.1 ip, 10 h, 8 r, 7 bb, 17 k.
At the plate, first baseman Chris McGuiness (.203/.321/.449) socked a solo home run, going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.
Left fielder Aaron Cunningham (2/3, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice and walked once in his four plate appearances.
Jim Adduci (1/5, 2B) and Joey Butler (1/5, 2B) also doubled for their only knocks in five at-bats.
Robinson Chirinos, who got the start at third base, singled and walked in four trips. Typically a catcher, Chirinos is having to move around the diamond a bit because the Express are currently carrying three catchers on their roster. He committed a fielding error at the hot corner on Saturday.
Round Rock's miscues came from Chirinos (his first), shortstop Jurickson Profar (his fifth), and centerfielder Engel Beltre (his first).
After going 1-for-4 with a walk, Beltre has now drawn six free passes in his first 22 games. He walked only 26 times in 113 contests last season.
L - Buckel (0-4)
11-11, 2.0 GB
Cody Buckel's control issues went from bad to worse on Saturday, as he failed to retire a single batter before being lifted from his start against Corpus Christi.
The 20-year-old Buckel was officially credited with 0.0 innings on the night, throwing only nine of his 29 pitches for strikes. He allowed six runs––all earned––while issuing three walks, plunking two, and giving up one hit.
Through five starts this season, Buckel has given up 24 runs (18 earned) and walked 25 in nine total innings.
The ‘Riders fell behind 11-0 after three innings when righty Tyler Tufts then surrendered five runs––four earned––in three frames.
After that, Corpus Christi cruised to the victory, limiting the Frisco bats to seven hits on the evening.
First baseman Brett Nicholas (2/3, 2B, BB) and third baseman Alex Buchholz (2/4, 2B) each singled and doubled. Nicholas also drew a walk.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto, who raised his batting average to .260 in the game, had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances.
Cutter/slider specialist Randy Henry proved to be the bullpen saver on Saturday, as he tossed five scoreless innings while throwing just 62 pitches. The former Orioles prospect scattered five hits and fanned six without issuing a walk.
Henry has yet to permit an earned run in 18.1 innings this season, walking just one and fanning 20 over that span.
Ryan Rodebaugh tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the game.
W - Klein (1-0)
HR - Deglan (3)
13-9, 1.0 GU
After missing the previous four days due to illness, Pelicans catcher Kellin Deglan announced his return to the lineup by belting a three-run walkoff homer in the ninth. That was his lone hit in four at-bats.
The 20-year-old Deglan is off to a strong start this season, going 10-for-37 (.270) with two doubles and three round-trippers through 12 contests. He has drawn seven walks and struck out nine times.
Myrtle Beach took an early 4-0 lead before surrendering four runs in the top of the eighth. Deglan's walkoff shot broke the tie.
Pelicans starting pitcher Luke Jackson worked only one inning before exiting the game for unknown reasons. It was a strong frame, as Jackson fanned a pair and gave up a hit without yielding a run.
Nick McBride then stepped in with four scoreless innings of long relief, pitching around three hits while walking two and striking out two.
After Randol Rojas kept Potomac off the board for two innings, Phil Klein allowed four runs in the eighth. He worked a scoreless ninth, however, and earned the victory.
Centerfielder Royce Bolinger continued to heat up by going 3-for-5 with his fifth double. Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled and walked in four trips.
L - Sadzeck (2-1)
HR - Alfaro (4), Brinson (4)
14-9, 2.0 GU
The left side of Hickory's infield combined for four errors, leading to four unearned runs, in Saturday's loss at Hagerstown.
Although young shortstop Luis Marte is typically solid with the glove, he committed three fielding errors to give him seven on the season. Third baseman Joey Gallo also had a fielding error, his fourth of the year.
On the mound, righty Connor Sadzeck recorded 15 ground balls in five innings but gave up four runs––all of which were unearned. The tall hurler allowed four hits, didn't walk a batter, and struck out one.
Centerfielder Lewis Brinson and first baseman Jorge Alfaro both socked a solo home run for their only hit in four at-bats. It was the fourth home run for both prospects.
Left fielder Jordan Akins (1/3, 2B) added his fourth double.
Relievers Jose Leclerc (1.2 IP) and Josh McElwee (1.1 IP) gave up two runs apiece.
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