W - Yan (1-0)
13-11, 0.5 GB
Chris McGuiness provided the walkoff single for the Express on Sunday afternoon, capping off an all-around strong effort for the first baseman. McGuiness went 2-for-4 with that RBI, raising his batting average to .219.
On the mound, southpaw starter Brad Mills continued to pitch well. The former Angels and Blue Jays hurler tossed seven innings of three-run ball, yielding five hits. He struck out five without issuing a walk.
Left fielder Joey Butler went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles, giving him five on the season. Shortstop Jurickson Profar tripled once and walked once in four trips.
Third baseman Robinson Chirinos (1/3, BB) also reached base twice.
After Mills exited the game, sidearming righty Johan Yan worked a pair of scoreless frames, giving up a hit and fanning two.
W - Mendez (1-0)
SV - Font (3)
HR - Nicholas (5)
12-11, 1.0 GB
Brett Nicholas' long grand slam did a lot of things for the RoughRiders on Sunday. It put his club in the lead, it helped them snap a 15-inning scoreless streak, and it helped snap a four-game losing streak.
Nicholas was 1-for-3 on the day with his fifth home run, raising his batting average to .268.
Right-hander Neil Ramirez threw 85 pitches in five innings, giving up two runs. He allowed three hits while walking three and striking out four.
Although Roman Mendez walked three batters and threw just 18 of his 39 pitches for strikes over two innings, he gave up only an unearned run and won the game.
Jake Brigham (1 IP) and Wilmer Font (1 IP) both struck out two batters––each working around a walk––in one inning.
Middle infielders Odubel Herrera (2/4) and Hanser Alberto (2/3) both singled twice. Alberto raised his batting average to .276.
Right fielder Jared Hoying singled once and walked once in three trips.
W - Edwards (1-0)
14-9, 1.0 GU
The Pelicans raced to a 9-5 victory on Sunday by plating a total of six runs in their final two at-bats.
Although he allowed a few runs, left-hander Victor Payano missed plenty of bats. The tall hurler fanned 10 batters in a season-high 6.2 innings, giving up five runs (four earned). He allowed six hits and walked two.
The 20-year-old Payano has the following stat-line through five starts––22.2 ip, 16 h, 12 er, 10 bb, 32 k.
The Myrtle Beach offense scored nine runs on 12 hits, but they had only one extra-base hit.
The extra-base knock was a double from third baseman Edwin Garcia, who was 2-for-5 with his third double and three RBI.
Shortstop Luis Sardinas singled three times in four at-bats. He also had a sacrifice fly and stole two bases, bringing him to seven on the season.
Rougned Odor (2/4), Preston Beck (2/4), and Kevin Torres (2/3, BB) all singled twice. Odor also stole a pair of bases, giving him five.
Righty relievers Jon Edwards (1.1 IP) and Arlett Mavare (1 IP) closed out the game with scoreless relief.
L - Bores (0-1)
14-10, 1.0 GU
A pair of sinkerballing righties stepped in for the Crawdads on Sunday and pitched well in the losing effort.
Ryan Bores, a 2012 draft pick from Kent State, allowed just a run on four hits in four innings, walking one and striking out two. He induced eight groundouts to just one flyout.
John Kukuruda then followed and yielded two runs––one earned––in four frames. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out four. Like Bores, Kukuruda kept the ball on the ground, getting seven groundouts to a flyout.
The Hickory offense was held silent and scoreless on Sunday. They had five hits––including three doubles––but whiffed 18 times.
The doubles came from second baseman Luis Mendez (2/4, 2B), third baseman Joey Gallo (1/4, 2B), and left fielder Jordan Akins (2/4, 2B).
Lewis Brinson went 0-for-4 with the golden sombrero while Gallo and Jorge Alfaro both struck out three times.
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