15-12, 2.0 GB
The Express and I-Cubs were knocked out by the wintry weather, which included snow, in Des Moines on Thursday. Round Rock returns home to begin a four-game series against the Nashville Sounds, which kicks off on Friday evening.
W - Henry (1-0)
SV - Mendez (1)
15-12, 1.0 GB
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that there wasn't much offense in a game played in a low-30s wind chill with wind gusts up to 35 mph. And that was exactly the case in Frisco on Thursday, as the RoughRiders and Missions combined for four runs on six hits.
‘Riders starting pitcher Ryan Rodebaugh gave up a bunt single to San Antonio centerfielder Rico Noel in the third inning. That would be the Missions' only hit of the contest.
Making the spot start, Rodebaugh tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball, walking two and striking out four. The start was his first since his collegiate days at Kennesaw State University.
Cutter/slider specialist Randy Henry then entered in relief and gave up an earned run––though without any hits allowed––in four frames. He walked two and fanned three.
The earned run allowed by Henry was his first of the season. The 22-year-old righty now has the following stat-line in seven appearances––22.1 ip, 13 h, 1 er, 3 bb, 23 k. That's good for a 0.40 earned-run average.
Righty Roman Mendez slammed the door by retiring the game's final six hitters, striking out two of them.
Although Mendez has yet to permit an earned run this season, his stuff has been up and down from outing to outing. Regardless, the 22-year-old has given up just one unearned run on five hits in 13.1 frames, walking five and fanning 12.
At the plate, switch-hitting catcher Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) doubled for Frisco's lone extra-base hit of the night. The two-bagger was Telis' sixth of the year.
Guilder Rodriguez (1/2, BB) and Hanser Alberto (1/3, HBP) both reached base multiple times. Jared Hoying (1/4) and Teodoro Martinez (1/3) had the club's other hits.
Six of Frisco's nine hitters in Thursday's lineup are hitting .243 or below, and three are currently below the Mendoza Line––Zach Zaneski, Ryan Strausborger, and Martinez.
W - Rojas (2-0)
16-11, 2.0 GU
Thursday's getaway day 11:00 a.m. game was anything but, as the Pelicans and Keys played a 15-inning marathon that took nearly four-and-a-half hours to complete.
Myrtle Beach won the game thanks to a two-out, 15th-inning passed ball by surely exhausted Frederick catcher Zane Chavez. The passed ball scored the Pelicans' Pat Cantwell, who had reached via bunt single, from third.
Long before the game concluded, Nick Martinez (2.60 ERA/.224 BAA) got the start and fanned a career-high nine batters over 5.2 scoreless innings. He scattered four hits and walked two while throwing 94 pitches.
Relievers Will Lamb (1.1 IP), Nick McBride (3 IP), and Jon Edwards (1.1 IP) all allowed one run after Martinez exited. Lamb currently has an 8.44 ERA through eight appearances and 10.2 innings.
Making his Carolina League debut, sinkerballing righty Paul Schwendel came up big for the Pelicans. Last year's 40th-round draft pick tossed 2.1 hitless frames, keeping the Keys off the scoreboard. He walked one and struck out one.
Randol Rojas earned his second ‘W' after working 1.1 shutout innings, working around a walk.
The Pelicans' pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters in the 15 innings.
At the plate, left fielder Royce Bolinger (2/5, 2B, BB) and second baseman Rougned Odor (1/5, 2B, BB, HBP) both doubled. Odor stole three bases, giving him nine in 10 attempts.
The 19-year-old Odor has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games played. Through 25 overall games, he's hitting a solid .280/.352/.484 with those nine steals.
Cantwell and first baseman Trever Adams each singled twice in six at-bats.
After going 0-for-5 with a walk and a sacrifice fly, centerfielder Jake Skole's batting average fell to .160. DH Kellin Deglan also dropped below the Mendoza Line (.196) with his 0-for-5 performance, which included three strikeouts and a walk.
W - Vasquez (2-1)
SV - Claudio (2)
HR - Gallo (9), Brinson (5), Mazara (4)
15-11, 0.0 GU
The slugging Crawdads mashed three home runs on Thursday evening to get back into the win column.
Centerfielder Lewis Brinson, third baseman Joey Gallo, and right fielder Nomar Mazara all hit solo round-trippers.
Brinson (.245/.310/.434) was 1-for-3 with that home run, a walk, and two strikeouts. On the whole, the 18-year-old prospect is hitting well thus far, but he has also fanned 20 times in his last nine contests.
Gallo (.220/.339/.571) was 1-for-3 with his league-leading ninth home run, a walk, and a strikeout. He has drawn 16 walks and fanned 38 times in his first 26 games.
Mazara (.174/.255/.348) hit the home run and walked three times. Although the numbers don't fully show it yet, Mazara has been putting together good at-bats and has some pitch recognition. Through 25 games, he has drawn 10 walks and whiffed 32 times.
On the mound, Dominican righty Kelvin Vasquez began the game by striking out seven batters in five scoreless innings. Running his fastball up to 96 mph, Vasquez yielded three hits, walked three, and plunked one.
Joe Maloney (1/4, 2B) and Luis Marte (1/3, 2B) both doubled once. Jorge Alfaro (1/4) singled for the team's other hit.
Sidearming lefty Joe Burns made his full-season debut out of the Crawdads' bullpen and allowed one run in two-thirds of an inning. He fanned two.
After sinkerballer Cody Kendall was tagged for two runs––one earned––on five hits in 1.1 innings, Alexander Claudio worked two clean frames to finish the game.
Claudio, another sidearming lefty, has 26 strikeouts and three walks in 20 innings this season.
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