L - Burns (0-1)
20-17, 2.5 GB
Despite taking a four-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Express' bullpen coughed up five runs in the frame and dropped the contest.
Earlier in the game, right-hander Josh Lindblom (2.08 ERA/.173 BAA) limited Tucson to two runs on six hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out two and walked one while throwing 70 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B), Chris McGuiness (2/5, 2B), and Yangervis Solarte (2/4, 2B, BB) all singled once and doubled once. Solarte also drew a walk.
Left fielder Joey Butler, who batted cleanup, was 1-for-4 with his eighth double and an RBI.
Greg Miclat added two singles in four trips, raising his batting average to .316.
The game started to unravel for Round Rock in the late innings, as four relievers posted shaky work.
Although he didn't allow a run, Nate Robertson gave up a hit and two walks in one-third of an inning. Yoshinori Tateyama then worked a scoreless eighth, setting it up for the ninth.
Making his third Triple-A appearance, righty Jake Brigham failed to retire a batter. He gave up three runs on two walks and a hit. Changeup specialist Cory Burns then surrendered two runs on three hits and two walks while recording only one out.
W - Pimentel (4-1)
SV - Font (6)
HR - Nicholas (8), Strausborger (4)
19-17, 2.0 GB
Frisco starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (3.07 ERA/.214 BAA) took home the victory after striking out nine batters in five innings. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks.
Through 41 innings this season, Pimentel has fanned 51 while yielding 31 hits and walking only 11.
First baseman Brett Nicholas provided the punch at the plate with his three-run homer in the third inning. Overall, he was 3-for-4 with that round-tripper and four RBI.
Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger, who was 2-for-4, added a solo dinger in the fifth to cap off the ‘Riders scoring.
Tall righty Phil Klein worked around three walks in two shutout frames. Ben Rowen (1 IP) and Wilmer Font (1 IP) each worked a scoreless inning to close out the ‘W.'
W - Asher (3-2)
SV - Mendoza (1)
23-13, 6.5 GU
The Pelicans made it six consecutive wins by taking yet another game from Salem on Sunday.
Once again, they did it in come-from-behind fashion, and once again it was Drew Robinson doing the damage. His two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh won it.
Robinson, who raised his average to .239, was 2-for-4 with that triple.
Big right-hander Alec Asher picked up his third victory by working seven innings of three-run ball. He scattered six hits––including two homers––while walking two and striking out five.
Royce Bolinger (2/4) and Edwin Garcia (2/3) both singled twice. Right fielder Preston Beck and centerfielder Jake Skole each added a single and a walk.
Dominican righty Francisco Mendoza fanned three in two scoreless innings to pick up the save.
L - Smith (4-1)
HR - Alfaro (9), Rua (7, 8)
The Crawdads were undone by a disastrous third inning in which they allowed seven runs. Despite scoring three in the top of the ninth, Hickory's comeback ultimately fell just short.
Starting pitcher Tyler Smith unraveled in that third inning, and he ended up yielding six runs in 2.2 frames to suffer his first loss of the season.
Not surprisingly, Hickory tallied three more round-trippers in the game.
Cleanup-hitting second baseman Ryan Rua went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four total RBI. Catcher Jorge Alfaro, who was 1-for-5, hit a three-run shot in the ninth.
Nick Vickerson (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Lewis Brinson (1/5, 2B), Nomar Mazara (2/5, 2B), and Jordan Akins (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
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