L - Ballard (0-1)
5-6, 0.5 GU
Doug Mathis pitched well for the third consecutive start, allowing two runs in six innings. The Missouri product scattered seven hits [six singles] while walking one and striking out two.
In 18 innings this season, Mathis has allowed 20 hits, walked four, and struck out 10. The sinkerballer has also compiled a solid 2.14:1 groundout-to-flyout ratio.
Offensively, the RedHawks weren't able to do much on Monday, as they had just five singles in the game.
Centerfielder Brandon Boggs (1/3, BB) and catcher Max Ramirez (1/3, BB) both reached base a pair of times.
Warner Madrigal tossed two scoreless innings, giving up one hit. He walked one and struck out one.
W - Poveda (2-1)
SV - Diaz (3)
HR - Tracy (2)
5-6, 2.0 GB
Young starter Omar Poveda pitched his best game of the year thus far, limiting the Travelers to two runs over five innings. The native of Venezuela gave up four hits, walked one, and struck out three.
DH Chad Tracy (.233/.306/.419 in 43 at-bats) extended Frisco's lead to two runs with his solo homer in the sixth inning. He also singled and drove home three of Frisco's runs.
Dustin Majewski (2/4, 2B) hit his third double of the year.
Shortstop Marcus Lemon went hitless in three at-bats, stopping his hitting streak at nine games. His average dropped to .500.
Beau Jones and John Bannister were outstanding in relief for Frisco. Jones retired all six batters he faced in two innings, recording three strikeouts. Bannister notched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
L - Main (0-2)
3-9, 8.0 GB
Michael Main likely has never struggled anywhere near this much in his life.
After beginning his season with two rough outings, Main went out and coughed up seven runs in just two innings on Monday. The former first round pick gave up just three hits, but he walked five.
Ryan Tatusko provided excellent long relief, allowing just one run in 3.1 innings. The tall righty struck out three without issuing a walk.
First baseman Mitch Moreland led the way for the Blaze by going 3-for-5 with his fourth double of the year.
DH Ian Gac (1/5, 2B) hit his second double.
Engel Beltre (2/5), Tim Smith (2/5), Joey Butler (2/5), Jose Felix (2/4) and Renny Osuna (2/4) all singled twice. Smith stole his fifth base of the season.
L - Springston (0-1)
Cliff Springston gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings during his first outing. He wasn't quite as good tonight.
The Central Texas native permitted 10 runs [just three earned thanks to three Hickory errors] in 3.1 innings. He gave up nine hits, including two home runs.
Corner infielders Matt West (1/2, 2B, BB) and Clark Murphy (1/2, 2B, BB) both doubled and walked.
Eric Fry (1/2, BB) singed one and walked once.
Reliever Fabio Castillo closed out the game with 2.2 hitless, scoreless innings, striking out three.
L - Nam (1-1)
6-6, 3.0 GB
Wilmer Font earned the spot start in the back half of Monday's doubleheader. The big 18-year-old didn't allow a run in three innings despite giving up three hits and walking four. He struck out one.
Shortstop Edward Martinez (1/3, 3B) tripled and committed his fourth error while Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B) and Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2B) both doubled.
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