L - Perez (0-1)
20-20, 4.5 GB
Making his first start at Triple-A this season, left-hander Martin Perez allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, walking one and striking out five. He threw 46 of his 65 pitches for strikes.
The 22-year-old Perez was bitten by one poor inning––he allowed four runs in the second. He settled down from the rough frame to finish his outing with three scoreless innings, throwing strikes and largely keeping himself out of trouble.
According to Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report, Perez flashed a 90-96 mph fastball that sat 93-94. He also showed a plus 81-86 mph changeup to go along with an upper-70s curveball and low-80s slider.
The early deficit was too much for the Express offense to overcome, and they dropped their fifth consecutive game.
At the plate, DH Aaron Cunningham doubled twice in three official at-bats. He also drew a walk.
Right fielder Joey Butler (2/4) and left fielder Yangervis Solarte (2/4) both singled twice. Greg Miclat singled once and walked once in four trips.
After Perez exited the game, sidearming righty Johan Yan (3.32 ERA/.241 BAA) hurled 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings. He fanned three and walked one.
Fellow right-handed hitters are batting just .159 against Yan this season. Lefties, on the other hand, are hitting .343.
Lisalverto Bonilla (7.52 ERA/.259 BAA) gave up a solo home run in 1.1 innings. The righty has now surrendered four round-trippers in his last five appearances, spanning 5.2 innings.
W - Mendez (2-0)
21-19, 2.0 GB
The ‘Riders took Thursday's series finale in walkoff fashion, getting a game-winning infield single from DH Chih-Hsien Chiang.
Chiang (.195/.248/.325) had perhaps his best night of the season, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and that walkoff RBI.
Frisco starting pitcher Richard Bleier, recently back down from Triple-A, threw 66 pitches in four innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out two.
Arlett Mavare followed by striking out three batters over two scoreless innings. After Jimmy Reyes yielded two runs––one earned––in 1.2 frames, Roman Mendez kept Midland off the scoreboard through the final 1.1 innings.
Mendez flashed a 93-97 mph fastball in his outing, throwing 14 strikes out of 16 pitches. He has permitted just one earned run on seven hits in 19 innings this season.
Although Chiang had the game's biggest hit, second baseman Odubel Herrera shined by going 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple.
Jared Hoying (1/4, 3B, BB) and Brett Nicholas (1/4, 3B, BB) also tripled while Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) hit his seventh double.
W - Eichkoff (3-2)
26-14, 7.5 GU
Playing on his 20th birthday, Pelicans leadoff hitter and shortstop Luis Sardinas had a career-best day at the plate. The switch-hitting prospect went 4-for-5 with two singles, his sixth double, and his third triple. He also stole his 12th base.
On the mound, big righty Jerad Eickhoff improved to 3-2 on the season by hurling six innings of one-run ball. He gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out three.
2B Rougned Odor (2/6, 2B), DH Trever Adams (3/5, 2B), and CF Jake Skole (1/6, 2B) all doubled once.
Kevin Torres (3/5) added three singles while Royce Bolinger (2/4, BB) and Chris Grayson (2/5) both had a pair of knocks.
Overall, Myrtle Beach pounded out their 12 runs on 18 hits.
Relievers Will Lamb and Francisco Mendoza each allowed one run in one inning, walking two. Ryan Harvey slammed the door with a pair of punchouts in a scoreless ninth.
L - Stafford (0-4)
HR - Brinson (9)
21-18, 3.0 GB
Crawdads starting pitcher Sam Stafford failed to escape the first inning for the second time in seven starts this season. The lefty was battered for five runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning, walking one and striking out one.
The 23-year-old Stafford, who is making his return from shoulder surgery, has the following stat-line through those seven starts––15.0 ip, 23 h, 17 er, 17 bb, 12 k.
Lefty Andrew Faulkner followed by tossing 4.1 innings of long relief, giving up just an unearned run. He scattered three hits, walked two, and fanned four.
Left fielder Nick Vickerson went 4-for-4––all singles––with a walk and three runs batted in. Nick Urbanus (3/4) added three singles while Luis Marte (2/3, BB) had two knocks and a walk.
Leadoff man Lewis Brinson opened Thursday's game with a solo home run, his ninth of the season. He also walked once in five trips.
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