L - Feierabend (1-1)
25-23, 2.5 GB
The Express were blown away, 7-0, in Friday's series opener against an ultra-talented Memphis Redbirds team.
Round Rock fell into an early hole, as starter Ryan Feierabend (4.91 ERA/.321 BAA) surrendered four first-inning runs. Although Feierabend eventually settled in, it wasn't enough, as he allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings, walking two and striking out three. He also plunked two batters.
Meanwhile, the Express offense collected only six singles in the game without plating a run.
Second baseman Yangervis Solarte (.285/.332/.391) led the way with two singles in four at-bats. After hitting just .209 in 24 April contests, he's batting .364/.406/.443 in May.
Greg Miclat (1/3, BB), Chris McGuiness (1/4), Joey Butler (1/3, BB), and Mark Teahen (1/4) had the team's other hits. Teahen, signed to a minor-league deal earlier this week, was appearing in his first game with Round Rock.
Sidearmer Johan Yan allowed a pair of runs––coming on a two-run homer––while tossing the seventh inning. Nate Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth, working around a hit and a walk.
W - Klein (1-0)
SV - Rowen (3)
HR - Alberto (1)
26-21, 2.0 GB
The ‘Riders plated five runs in the game's first four innings and inched to victory, claiming a road series win against the Cardinals' Double-A affiliate.
Shortstop Hanser Alberto (.235/.274/.284) capped off Frisco's scoring with a solo home run––his first of the season––in the fourth inning. The Texas League's youngest player, Alberto got off to a fast start by hitting .298 in April. But he's batting just .167 this month, including 3-for-36 (.083) in his last 10 games.
On the mound, spot starter Tyler Tufts surrendered three runs on five hits in three innings. Tall right-hander Phil Klein (2.35 ERA/.204 BAA) followed by tossing three frames of one-run ball, yielding two hits, walking one, and striking out four.
Through seven Double-A appearances, Klein has allowed 11 hits in 15.1 innings, walking 11 and striking out 22. The 6-foot-7 hurler has flashed a 91-93 mph fastball that touches the mid-90s to go along with a slider and changeup.
Catcher Brett Nicholas (.305/.379/.579) went 3-for-5 with his 13th double and 36th run batted in. The 24-year-old lefty hitter has posted a .360/.433/.680 slash line this month.
Another streaking hitter, right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (.262/.303/.512 in May) collected three singles and two RBI in five at-bats.
Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B) doubled and stole his 15th base while Teodoro Martinez (2/4, BB) singled twice, walked once, and stole his ninth base.
Appearing in his first Double-A game since joining the ‘Riders from extended spring training last week, first baseman Barrett Serrato went 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout.
Relievers Jimmy Reyes (2 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) closed out the game with three scoreless innings. Reyes struck out four while Rowen retired the side on only six pitches. The submarining Rowen now has a 0.76 ERA on the year.
29-16, 6.0 GU
After being rained out on Thursday, the Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Friday. They'll get back into the action with a Saturday evening doubleheader against Wilmington.
L - Edwards (5-2)
HR - Gallo (13)
26-20, 3.0 GB
Friday's nine-inning game included a combined 28 strikeouts between the two pitching staffs. Hickory's bats whiffed 17 times, including 13 in six innings against Kannapolis starting pitcher Jake Cose.
On the other side, Hickory right-hander C.J. Edwards (2.41 ERA/.198 BAA) had a rare tough outing, as he was knocked around for a season-high five runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Even with the sub-par performance on Friday, Edwards has surrendered just 37 hits in 52.1 frames this season, walking 19 and striking out 59.
Crawdads third baseman Joey Gallo (.221/.326/.521) singled, homered, walked, and struck out twice in his five plate appearances. The round-tripper was Gallo's 13th in 45 contests.
Nomar Mazara (2/4, HBP) and Joe Maloney (2/4) both singled twice. Ryan Rua (1/3, HBP) and Jordan Akins (1/3, BB) also reached base multiple times.
Shortstop Luis Marte fanned in all four of his plate appearances, while leadoff man Lewis Brinson went 1-for-5 with his first triple but whiffed three times.
Fireballing righty reliever Jose Leclerc gave up two runs on five hits in 2.2 innings, striking out five. He has punched out 32 batters––while walking just six––in 24 frames.
Sinkerballer Cody Kendall (3.63 ERA/.258 BAA) finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings.
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