W - Kirkman (1-0)
SV - Beltre (1)
5-3, 0.0 GU
Chad Tracy's power bat helped carry the RedHawks to another victory over Round Rock. The left fielder had both of his team's extra-base hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.
In his first eight Triple-A games, the 24-year-old is 12-for-35 with three doubles, a triple and three home runs.
Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman was solid in his second Triple-A start, giving up just two runs [one earned] over five innings of work. The southpaw threw 88 pitches and allowed four hits while walking two and fanning three.
Round Rock leadoff hitter and former Rangers farmhand Jason Bourgeois stole four bases off the Kirkman-Chris Gradoville battery.
Justin Smoak (1/3, BB) and Gregorio Petit (2/3) both reached base multiple times.
With nine walks in eight games, Smoak currently has a .500 on-base percentage.
Relievers Jailen Peguero [2 IP], Clay Rapada [1 IP] and Omar Beltre [1 IP] combined to strike out seven in four shutout innings of relief to finish out the game.
L - Bleier (0-1)
2-5, 3.0 GB
Richard Bleier got 13 outs on the ground and just one in the air in 5.2 innings, but he also yielded eight hits, including a double and two homers. In all, the Florida native permitted six runs. He walked one, hit two, and fanned two.
Once again, the RoughRiders didn't get much production at the plate. Third baseman Jonathan Greene's (1/4, 2B) double was the team's only extra-base hit.
Second baseman Matt Lawson improved his early-season average to .435 with three singles in four at-bats. Lawson also scored two of Frisco's three runs.
John Whittleman singled once, walked once, and drove home a run.
L - Flores (1-1)
HR - Paisano (1)
3-3, 1.5 GB
The Blaze lost their third consecutive game, but David Paisano came up big in the clutch with his pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
The 22-year-old appeared to be turning the corner offensively at times last year, and he's currently going through his best stretch as a professional. In his first six games, Paisano is 10-for-19 with two doubles, a triple, and a homer. He's also mixed in three steals in three attempts.
Starting pitcher Michael Main allowed four runs on five hits over five innings pitched. He walked two, uncorked two wild pitches, and plunked a batter.
Fabio Castillo followed with two shutout frames, giving up three hits and striking out two.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca was 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts. LF Mitch Hilligoss (2/3, BB) also had a pair of hits.
After Paisano tied the game in the top of the ninth, Adalberto Flores came out in the bottom of the frame and recorded two quick outs. He then gave up a single and walked two hitters to load the bases. Corey Young entered to face outfielder Francisco Peguero, who quickly lined the game-winning single into centerfield.
W - Erlin (1-0)
SV - Lueke (2)
HR - Prince (1)
4-4, 2.0 GB
Wilmer Font had a rough first inning, but he pitched well afterwards. The righty's overall line looked as follows: 4.2 ip, 7 h, 3 r, 1 bb, 6 k.
After the first inning, Font produced the following line: 3.2 ip, 3 h, 1 r, 1 bb, 4 k.
Robbie Erlin followed Font and pitched 2.1 hitless innings. Erlin got six outs on the ground and an infield popup to second base. He has yet to surrender a hit or a walk in 4.1 frames this season.
Second-year pitcher Braden Tullis blanked Asheville for one inning, striking out two.
Josh Lueke closed out the game with a four-strikeout ninth inning, thanks to a wild pitch. The righty has 11 strikeouts in his first four innings.
After going 4-for-4 with three doubles on Wednesday, DH Jared Prince had another solid game. The Washington State product blasted a solo home run in the first inning, and he added a single later in the contest.
Right fielder Miguel Velazquez was 2-for-5 with two doubles, giving him five for the year.
Matt West (1/3, BB), Michael Ortiz (1/3, BB), Zach Zaneski (2/3, BB), Ed Koncel (1/4, 2B) and Edwin Garcia (2/4) also helped produce Hickory's five runs.
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