L - Holland (2-1)
10-6, 1.5 GU
Friday night's battle in Nashville was a duel between a current Rangers prospect and a former Rangers prospect.
Nashville's Kameron Loe picked up his second win of the season by tossing eight shutout innings against the RedHawks.
Derek Holland was nearly as good, however, yielding three runs [just one earned] on five hits in 7.1 innings. He threw 75 of his 94 pitches for strikes, walked zero, and fanned six.
Holland kept the Sounds off the scoreboard through the first seven innings, permitting only two hits.
In 27 innings on the season, the left-hander has a sparkling 21:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Oklahoma City had just six singles in the game, and no player had multiple hits.
Right fielder Mitch Moreland returned to the lineup for the first time in three days, and he singled once in three trips.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia caught all nine innings for the first time in his rehab stint. He had one single in four at-bats.
W - Tatusko (2-0)
7-7, 0.0 GU
With Frisco's victory on Friday evening, all four teams in the Texas League's Southern Division are now tied with each other at 7-7.
Martin Perez began the game with an 11-pitch walk to Corpus Christi leadoff man Jack Shuck, and that pretty much set the tone for his night.
While the 19-year-old wasn't bad––allowing just one run over three innings––he threw a whopping 74 pitches. Perez spread out five hits and two walks, striking out six.
Ryan Tatusko [2.1 IP] and Ben Snyder [2.2 IP] helped to save the day, combining for five innings of scoreless long relief.
Tatusko surrendered just one hit in his outing, but he walked three batters and struck out three, throwing just 50% of his 44 pitches for strikes. It's just a small sample size, but Tatusko seems to be having the majority of his troubles against left-handed hitters. He has six walks and no strikeouts in just 1.2 innings against lefties this year.
Left fielder Matt Lawson (.315/.362/.481) continued his impressive hitting to start the season, going 2-for-4 with two triples and two runs batted in.
Leadoff man James Tomlin, who appears to be breaking out of his slump, singled three times in four trips.
John Whittleman (2/4, 2B) and Kevin Richardson (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.
Evan Reed fanned one and walked one in a scoreless ninth to close out the game.
W - Young (1-0)
SV - Flores (2)
6-6, 3.0 GB
Through five innings, the Blaze had no runs on just two hits.
Then reliever Eric Stolp replaced starter Craig Westcott. Stolp surrendered four consecutive singles before being lifted for David Quinowski, who proceeded to walk the next two batters.
When the dust settled, Bakersfield scored all four of its runs, and it was more than enough to propel them to their second consecutive victory.
Bakersfield didn't have any extra-base knocks in the game, but Engel Beltre (2/5), Davis Stoneburner (2/5) and David Paisano (2/3, BB) all singled twice.
Third baseman Tom Mendonca singled once and walked twice. The free passes were Mendonca's first of the year. He also committed his fifth throwing error.
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel also turned in an outstanding performance, surrendering just a solo home run in five innings of work. He gave up two total hits while walking three and striking out four.
The 20-year-old was slightly shaky in his first High-A start, but he has been much better the last two times out. In those two games, Pimentel has pitched 10 innings, giving up one earned run on four hits.
Southpaw Corey Young picked up the victory with two scoreless innings, striking out two.
Cody Eppley and Adalberto Flores each tossed shutout frames to finish out the game.
L - Wieland (0-2)
8-8, 1.0 GB
Starting pitcher Joe Wieland had his first rough outing of the year on Friday, as he gave up three runs in three innings of work. The Reno native worked a perfect top of the first, but he struggled in the final two innings. In all, Wieland allowed five hits while walking three and striking out two.
Robbie Erlin proved he was, in fact, human, surrendering a solo home run to Charleston right fielder Taylor Grote. That would be the only damage in three innings against the southpaw––he scattered three hits without recording a walk or a strikeout.
Shortstop Leury Garcia (.250/.313/.333) singled once, walked twice, and stole his seventh base of the season. The switch-hitter now has seven swipes in nine tries.
Zach Zaneski (2/4, 2B) and Cristian Santana (1/4, 2B) both doubled for Hickory's only extra-base hits of the evening.
Second baseman Edwin Garcia raised his average to .279 with a pair of singles in four trips.
Righty Kyle Ocampo struggled in his three innings of work, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked two [one intentional] and fanned one.
For the game, the Crawdads offense was held in check by crafty lefty Shaeffer Hall. The former Kansas Jayhawk now has a 0.71 earned-run average through four starts with the Yankees' Low-A affiliate this season.
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