L - Meek (0-2)
20-16, 2.5 GB
Saturday's series opener in Tucson was knotted until the bottom of the eighth inning, when Tucson busted out for five runs against Express reliever Evan Meek.
Round Rock starting pitcher Ross Wolf (1.67 ERA/.229 BAA) actually turned in an excellent performance, as he matched a career best with 6.2 innings pitched–-also done earlier this season against New Orleans.
A career reliever, the 30-year-old Wolf gave up one runs while scattering seven hits in 6.2 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
The Padres did their damage against Meek, who saw his ERA balloon to 7.11 after he coughed up five runs on five hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Lisalverto Bonilla retired the final two batters he faced.
Although the Express belted four doubles in the game, they had just one other hit––a single––and plated only one run against Tucson starter Tim Stauffer.
Right fielder Jim Adduci (.258/.342/.438) doubled twice over his four at-bats. After starting hot and then cooling down, Adduci is beginning to surge once again. Over his last five games, he is 10-for-21 with five doubles and a home run.
Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) and Joey Butler (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once. Butler, who is hitting .341 on the season, made his return from the disabled list (hamstring) on Saturday.
Second baseman Jurickson Profar (.244/.348/.378) singled once, walked once, and dropped down a sacrifice bunt in four trips. He also stole his sixth base in 31 games.
L - Perez (0-1)
18-17, 3.0 GB
By the results, lefty Martin Perez had a rough rehab start on Saturday. The good news is that his velocity was fine––he sat between 92-93 mph and reached 94 on Corpus Christi's typically accurate scoreboard radar gun.
Despite the good fastball, Perez was battered for eight runs on nine hits in 3.1 innings, walking two (one intentional) and striking out one. He threw 34 of his 57 pitches for strikes.
The rehab outing was Perez's second with the RoughRiders; he also pitched in a couple extended spring training games. In his first game with Frisco, the 22-year-old hurler tossed four innings of one-run ball. He's slated to make another rehab start, but the date has not yet been announced.
One of the game's few bright spots for Frisco, catcher Tomas Telis (.284/.306/.358) singled three times in four at-bats. The switch-hitting Venezuelan has climbed out of his long slump with a current eight-game hitting streak. He also has eight hits in his last three contests.
Odubel Herrera (2/4) singled twice, raising his average to .241. Guilder Rodriguez (1/4), Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/4), and Alejandro Selen (1/3) had the club's other knocks.
Reliever Ryan Rodebaugh (2.25 ERA/.174 BAA) was impressive in relief of Perez, as he fanned five batters over 2.2 perfect innings. The Kennesaw State product has struck out 25 and walked eight in 20 innings this season.
Jimmy Reyes gave up a run in one inning––a solo home run to Astros prospect George Springer, his minor-league leading 12th of the season.
Ben Rowen (1.20 ERA/.250 BAA) struck out two in a scoreless eighth.
The ‘Riders went up against hard-throwing Astros prospect Mike Foltynewicz for the final four innings on Saturday. The Illinois native ran his fastball up to 100 mph––sitting between 96-99––while giving up just an unearned run in four frames.
W - Harvey (3-0)
HR - Deglan (7), Odor (4), Bolinger (3)
22-13, 5.5 GU
The Pelicans smashed three home runs en route to their fifth consecutive victory, running their division lead up to 5.5 games.
The club's pitching staff has been the biggest key to success––they lead the Carolina League with a 3.27 ERA through 35 games. Although the Pelicans' offense is bottom-half of the circuit with a .237/.315/.369 slash line, they're tied for third with 162 runs scored.
Myrtle Beach plated nine runs on Saturday and won on walkoff fashion, getting an RBI single from Drew Robinson with one out in the ninth. Robinson was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
The Pelicans were powered by a trio of two-run homers, coming from 2B Rougned Odor (1/4, HR), C Kellin Deglan (1/4, HR), and CF Royce Bolinger (1/4, HR).
Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff surrendered four first-inning runs before ultimately settling down. Overall, he allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings, walking one and striking out four.
Lefty Will Lamb and righty Ryan Harvey each allowed one run in two innings to finish the game.
L - Stafford (0-3)
19-15, 1.5 GB
The Crawdads' powerful offense was stymied on Saturday, as they were held scoreless and struck out 14 times.
On the mound, lefty Sam Stafford pitched well for two innings before losing his control in the third. The Texan allowed five runs on three hits and two walks in 2.1 innings, throwing just 25 of his 53 pitches for strikes.
Right-handers Ryan Bores (2.2 IP) and Jose Leclerc (2 IP) worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen. But Charleston continued to blow the game open when Josh McElwee permitted three runs in the eighth.
Right fielder Nomar Mazara raised his average to .186 by going 2-for-4 with his fifth double. David Lyon (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.
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