W - Hankins (1-0)
SV - Phillips (1)
HR - Kata (1), Teagarden (1)
2-3, 1.0 GB
After spending parts of seven seasons in professional baseball (all with the Pirates organization), right-hander Derek Hankins made his first Triple-A start on Monday evening.
The 27-year-old limited the talented Omaha lineup to a pair of solo home runs––the only hits he allowed––over five innings. He punched out two without issuing a walk.
Hard-throwing reliever Ramon Aguero, who was recently acquired from Pittsburgh on a waiver claim, made his Triple-A debut with a 10-pitch shutout frame. According to Scott Lucas of the Newberg Report, Aguero threw all of his fastballs between 91-95 mph.
The Round Rock offense did most of its damage in the fifth inning, when left fielder Matt Kata and catcher Taylor Teagarden––the eight- and nine-hole hitters––belted back-to-back home runs. Kata's was a two-run shot.
DH Brian Barden (2/3, BB) and right fielder Brad Nelson (2/4) both singled twice.
Centerfielder Endy Chavez doubled once in four trips. The veteran outfielder now has four extra-base knocks in his first four games of the season.
Zach Phillips closed out the contest with three smooth innings, permitting only a hit and a free pass. He struck out three.
L - Pimentel (0-1)
HR - Butler (2)
3-2, 1.0 GB
Carlos Pimentel's first start of the season wasn't quite his Double-A debut. While the 21-year-old pitched most of last season with High-A Bakersfield, he made one mid-season spot start with the RoughRiders.
Pimentel cruised along just fine through 3.1 innings in Monday's contest, but he quickly hit a wall. Seven of the last nine hitters Pimentel faced in the third and fourth reached base.
The damage was limited on the whole, and Pimentel ended up yielding four runs on nine hits in four innings. He threw 82 pitches (53 strikes), walking one and striking out five.
Right fielder Joey Butler provided some offense with a two-run shot––his second of the young season––in the third inning. He also added a single and a stolen base in four plate appearances.
Butler had the club's only extra-base hit of the night.
David Paisano (2/3, BB), Jose Ruiz (2/4), Robinzon Diaz (1/2, 2 BB), Davis Stoneburner (1/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/4) collected the other hits.
Southpaw Corey Young finished out the loss with two hitless innings, walking zero and fanning two.
2-1, 0.5 GB
The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Monday night. They'll return to action at 6:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, as lefty Robbie Ross takes on the Frederick Keys (Baltimore).
W - Melo (2-0)
HR - Clark (1), Villanueva (1)
3-2, 1.5 GB
Carlos Melo earned the victory in the Crawdads' season opener when he got work in with 1.2 innings out of the bullpen.
On Monday, the 20-year-old made his first start of the season a successful one. While a bit erratic, Melo limited Savannah to just a run on one hit in five innings. He walked three, hit one, and struck out seven.
Designated hitter Andrew Clark powered the Hickory offense early with his two-run homer in the first inning. He was hit by a pitch later in the contest.
Nine-hole hitting second baseman Odubel Herrera had a perfect night, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI, and his second stolen base of the season.
Jake Skole (2/4, 2B) singled once and doubled once.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva added on to the lead with a solo home run––his first of the season––in the seventh inning. Overall, the Mexico native was 2-for-4 with two RBI. He also committed a fielding error.
Left fielder Jonathan Roof singled twice in four trips.
The Crawdads out-hit the Sand Gnats by a 13-3 margin, and the bullpen made sure the early lead was never threatened. The club got scoreless relief from 2010 draft picks Nick Tepesch (1 IP), Zach Osborne (2 IP) and Kevin Johnson (1 IP).
Osborne fanned five batters in two frames for the second consecutive outing, giving him 10 K's in his first four innings this season. The Louisiana-Lafayette product throws an 88-91 mph sinking fastball from a low three-quarters arm angle to go along with a sweeping slider and the occasional changeup.
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