W - Lindblom (4-0)
SV - Burns (7)
15-12, 1.5 GB
Josh Lindblom's transition to starting pitcher took another step forward on Wednesday, as the former big-league reliever tossed eight innings of shutout ball while throwing 102 pitches.
Lindblom gave up just two hits in those eight innings, walking two and striking out five. He induced nine groundouts to two flyouts.
The 25-year-old righty has now made six appearances, including five starts, with the Express this season. His overall numbers––31.2 ip, 17 h, 5 r, 7 bb, 29 k.
The Express only got one run on Wednesday afternoon, but it was all they needed. Second baseman Greg Miclat (1/4) brought it home with his fifth-inning single.
Left fielder Aaron Cunningham (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while third baseman Yangervis Solarte (2/4, 2B) singled once an ddoubled once.
After Lindblom left the game, closer Cory Burns worked around two singles and a walk to post a scoreless ninth inning, earning his seventh save. The changeup specialist has yet to surrender a run in 10.2 innings this season.
L - Buckel (0-5)
14-12, 1.0 GB
The ‘Riders got solid work from a pair of relievers to start Wednesday's game, but the train ran off the tracks when Cody Buckel entered out of the bullpen and once again struggled with his control.
Making the spot start, sinkerballing righty Tyler Tufts pitched three scoreless innings, working around three hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Tall right-hander Phil Klein, who stands 6-foot-7, then entered for his Double-A debut. The Youngstown State product tossed three frames of one-run ball, yielding one hit, walking one, and fanning four. Klein threw 28 of his 44 pitches for strikes.
Then Buckel entered, and his control problems continued. The 20-year-old prospect threw just 5 of his 18 pitches for strikes, allowing three runs in one-third of an inning. He walked three batters, gave up a hit, and uncorked a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, Frisco's offense plated only two runs on five hits.
Three of the knocks came from catcher Brett Nicholas, who raised his average to .280 with a 3-for-4 performance. Tomas Telis (1/3, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/3) had the other hits.
L - Asher (2-2)
15-11, 1.0 GU
The Pelicans' scuffling offense continued to scuffle on Wednesday, as they scored only one run in four hits––all of which were singles.
The lone run was a single off the bat of right fielder Preston Beck, who went 1-for-4.
Chris Grayson (1/4), Luis Sardinas (1/4), and Rougned Odor (1/4) had the other hits.
Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Alec Asher suffered the loss despite pitching relatively well. The Florida native yielded three runs––two earned––on three hits in six innings, walking three and striking out five.
Righties Francisco Mendoza (1 IP) and Jon Edwards (1 IP) each worked a frame of scoreless ball to finish the game.
Edwards was particularly impressive, throwing nine of 13 for strikes while punching out a pair.
L - Slack (0-1)
14-11, 0.0 GU
It was an all-around rough night for the Crawdads on Wednesday, as they were outscored 10-2 and outhit 15-4. Hickory's whiff-happy offense also struck out 14 times.
Despite the big loss, Hickory starter Tyler Smith actually pitched relatively well. Smith gave up two runs on five hits in five innings, striking out three without issuing a walk.
Asheville blew the game open against lefty Ryne Slack, who was tagged for five runs on five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Among the lone bright spots for the Crawdads was leadoff man Lewis Brinson, who singled twice and walked once in five plate appearances.
DH David Lyon (1/3, 2B, HBP) doubled and catcher Jorge Alfaro (1/4) singled for the team's other knocks.
Joey Gallo walked twice and whiffed twice in his four trips.
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