L - Feierabend (4-2)
HR - Chirinos (5), Hoying (2)
38-32, 0.0 GU
The Express were bested by hard-throwing RedHawks starter Jarred Cosart on Saturday. The Astros prospect tossed six innings of four-hit ball, giving up two runs, walking four, and striking out three.
On the other side, Round Rock hurler Ryan Feierabend allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Express right fielder Jared Hoying provided two of his club's four runs, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Catcher Robinson Chirinos (1/3, HR, BB) added a solo shot in the ninth inning. He also walked.
Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B), Greg Miclat (1/5, 2B), and Aaron Cunningham (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.
After Feierabend exited the game, sidearming righty Yoshinori Tateyama fanned four batters in two perfect innings. Nate Robertson worked a scoreless eighth, pitching around a walk and fanning one.
W - Ramirez (8-2)
SV - Rowen (10)
38-30, 4.0 GB
One day after Corpus Christi clinched the Texas League South Division's first-half title, the RoughRiders played one of their more complete games of the season.
Starting pitcher Neil Ramirez fanned 10 batters over six scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and walking three. He earned his eighth victory and lowered his ERA to 3.12.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto went 1-for-3 with his third triple while second baseman Odubel Herrera was 2-for-3 with his eighth double.
Ryan Strausborger (2/3) added two singles and stole his 18th base. Teodoro Martinez (1/3, BB), Guilder Rodriguez (0/2, 2 BB), and Tomas Telis (1/3, BB) also reached multiple times.
Richard Bleier (2 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) helped preserve the shutout by tossing scoreless ball out of the bullpen.
L - Martinez (5-4)
Nick Martinez opened Saturday's start with three scoreless innings before being knocked around in his final three frames. Overall, he gave up six runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings. He allowed four hits while walking three and fanning five.
Pelicans corner outfielders Trever Adams (2/4, 2B) and Preston Beck (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Edwin Garcia (2/3), Kellin Deglan (1/3), and Joe Maloney (1/3) singled for the team's only other hits.
Maloney, who is hitting .286 in High-A, committed three errors at first base.
Hard-throwing reliever Jon Edwards surrendered two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings of relief. He struck out a pair.
W - Van Meter (2-3)
39-29, 2.5 GU
The Pelicans clinched a first-half division title and a Carolina League postseason berth with their nightcap victory over the Mudcats.
Myrtle Beach got strong work from relievers Paul Schwendel and Joe Van Meter, who combined to yield only one run in the seven innings.
Schwendel tossed 3.2 innings of one-run ball, giving up two hits, walking two, and striking out six. Van Meter followed with 3.1 shutout frames. He scattered four hits and fanned a pair.
At the plate, Myrtle Beach got doubles from Luis Sardinas (2/4, 2B), Pat Cantwell (1/4, 2B), Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B), and Jake Skole (1/2, 2B).
Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/2, BB), left fielder Chris Grayson (1/2, BB), and first baseman Kevin Torres (1/2, BB) all singled and walked once. Grayson added his 12th stolen base.
W - Sadzeck (5-2)
HR - Gallo (22), Rua (21, 22), Vickerson (3)
39-30, 0.5 GU
The Crawdads pounded Delmarva into submission on Saturday, plating 12 runs on 21 hits, including seven extra-base knocks. Three Hickory pitchers also teamed up to keep the Shorebirds off the scoreboard.
Second baseman Ryan Rua went 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs, giving him 22 on the year. Third baseman Joey Gallo, who was 3-for-5, also socked his 22nd round-tripper.
The Crawdads' infield duo of Rua and Gallo are now tied for the minor-league lead with those 22 home runs.
Catcher Jorge Alfaro (3/5, 2B) and centerfielder Lewis Brinson (3/5, 2B) both singled twice and doubled once. Ronald Guzman (3/5), Nomar Mazara (2/5), and Nick Williams (2/5) all had multiple knocks, as well.
Leadoff man Nick Vickerson, who played in left field, was 2-for-4 with a home run––his third––a walk, and two RBI.
The only Crawdads hitter without multiple hits was nine-hole hitting shortstop Luis Marte, who whiffed twice in five hitless at-bats.
On the mound, righty Connor Sadzeck came off the disabled list and hurled five innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He fanned five and walked three.
Ryan Bores (3 IP) and Jose Valdespina (1 IP) combined for four blank innings to finish the contest.
L - Mendez (0-1)
0-2, 2.0 GB
The Indians dropped their second game of the season, 6-4, in front of a sellout crowd of 6,991.
Tall left-hander Yohander Mendez allowed three runs––one earned––in three innings while making his official state-side debut. He gave up three hits, walked four, plunked one, and struck out five.
DH Janluis Castro was the star at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Right fielder Ryan Cordell (1/3) had Spokane's only other knock.
After Richard Alvarez (1 IP) gave up two runs and Kelvin Vasquez (1 IP) allowed one run, righties Mike Zouzalik (2 IP) and Alex de la Cruz (2 IP) both worked scoreless ball.
W - Pena (2-0)
12-1, 4.0 GU
The Dominican Rangers' group of scrappy position players continue to lead their club to victory, as they're now 12-1 on the season.
The Rangers lead the Dominican Summer League in a number of offensive categories in the early going, including batting average (.294), on-base percentage (.431), and OPS (.803). They're also first and walks––by a long shot––with 92––and have the fewest strikeouts––by a long shot––with 45. In other words, the offense is drawing more than two walks per strikeout.
Shortstop Luis Terrero paced the Rangers again on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with his third triple, a walk, and two RBI. In 13 games, the 17-year-old prospect is 17-for-49 (.347) with three doubles, three triples, nine walks, and seven strikeouts.
Leadoff man Jesus Martinez was 3-for-5 with his first double. Crisford Adames (2/3, 2B) also added his first two-bagger.
Jose Cardona (2/5), Jesus Gonzalez (2/4), and Brallan Perez (2/4) all singled twice. Once again, Perez's 2-for-4 outing lowered his batting average to .543.
The 17-year-old Perez, a scrappy 5-foot-10 second baseman, is getting on base at a .609 clip in 12 games this season.
Left-hander Nerfy Nunez scuffled on the mound once again, as he allowed four runs––three earned––in three innings of work. He yielded three hits, walked one, plunked one, and fanned two.
But four Rangers relievers combined to keep the Rockies scoreless through the final six innings. They were Albert Decena (2 IP), Richelson Pena (2 IP), Felix Carvallo (1 IP), and Ricardo Rodriguez (1 IP).
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