W - Bonilla (2-0)
16-12, 1.5 GB
Friday's contest between the Express and Sounds took 12 innings and four hours and thirty-two minutes to complete. Round Rock ultimately won it in walkoff fashion, getting a Yangervis Solarte RBI single.
Long before the game ended, Express starter Ryan Feierabend––recently up from Double-A Frisco––surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six.
Johan Yan followed by giving up an unearned run in one inning. And then five Round Rock relievers teamed up to toss six shutout frames. Those relievers were Richard Bleier (1 IP), Jake Brigham (1 IP), Evan Meek (0.1 IP), Neal Cotts (1.2 IP), and Lisalverto Bonilla (2 IP).
Brigham, making his Triple-A debut, fanned two in a perfect inning, throwing eight of his 13 pitches for strikes. Cotts struck out four in his 1.2 innings.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos provided some offense, belting two triples in five at-bats. He also walked once.
Chris McGuiness (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) and Engel Beltre (1/6, 2B) both doubled.
W - Rowen (3-0)
16-12, 1.0 GB
The ‘Riders came from behind to claim Friday's contest against San Antonio, plating single runs in the seventh, ninth, and 11th innings.
Frisco starter Neil Ramirez missed bats but had overall his roughest outing of the season, yielding four runs in five innings. The hard-throwing righty allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out six.
Like their Triple-A counterparts, the RoughRiders were saved by an excellent effort from the bullpen.
Making his Texas League debut, Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare tossed 2.1 innings of no-hit relief, working around two walks and fanning five. Lefty Jimmy Reyes followed by punching out two in 2.2 hitless frames.
Ben Rowen pitched a scoreless 11th to earn his third victory.
At the plate, right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang went 1-for-4 with a double, his club's only extra-base hit of the game. He also walked.
Odubel Herrera (2/4) and Teodoro Martinez (1/4, BB) both reached base multiple times. Ryan Strausborger (0/3, 2 BB) and Hanser Alberto (0/3, 2 BB) walked twice apiece.
L - Jackson (3-1)
16-12, 1.0 GU
The Pelicans were shut down by Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole, who struck out nine batters over six scoreless innings.
Myrtle Beach countered with a hard-throwing righty of their own, Luke Jackson. The Florida native gave up three runs on four hits in five innings, walking two and striking out six.
The Pelicans' offense scored three runs on six hits. Catcher Kellin Deglan went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The two-bagger was his third of the season.
Royce Bolinger (2/4) and Drew Robinson (2/4) both singled twice while Trever Adams (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice.
Potomac blew the game open when Dominican reliever Francisco Mendoza, making his first appearance of the 2013 season, was blasted for six runs––five earned––on seven hits in just two innings.
W - Edwards (2-1)
HR - Gallo (10), Marte (2)
16-11, 0.0 GU
Crawdads starting pitcher C.J. Edwards tossed five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. Edwards didn't end up getting out of the sixth, and he yielded three runs on four hits in 5.1 innings, walking two and striking out two. He induced nine groundouts to one flyout.
Hickory won the game behind the strength of its powerful offense, getting home runs from third baseman Joey Gallo (2/4, HR) and shortstop Luis Marte (1/4, HR). Marte did commit two fielding errors.
Left fielder Jordan Akins (2/3, 2B) and DH Ryan Rua (1/3, 2B) both doubled once. Rua drove home three runs.
Second baseman Luis Mendez added a pair of singles in four at-bats, and he stole his second base.
After Edwards left the game, Jose Leclerc (1.2 IP), Josh McElwee (1 IP), and Coby Cowgill (1 IP) all kept the Tourists off the scoreboard. McElwee worked around three walks in his scoreless frame, striking out a pair.
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