W - Tucker (1-1)
SV - Phillips (3)
13-6, 2.5 GU
Left fielder Endy Chavez (.373/.386/.552) helped Round Rock end its two-game skid with his 3-for-4 performance. The veteran helped power the Express' four-run bottom of the seventh with his bases-clearing double.
Chavez has now hit safely in 15 of his 16 contests this season, and he has fanned only four times in his first 73 plate appearances.
After taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against Oklahoma City in his last start, left-hander Zach Jackson turned in another strong performance against the RedHawks. The Texas A&M product scattered seven hits over 5.1 innings, giving up two runs. He walked and struck out three.
The Round Rock defense turned four double plays in the game.
Reliever Ryan Tucker (4.09 ERA/.200 BAA) hurled 1.2 hitless, scoreless innings. He walked one and fanned two. Zach Phillips (1.59 ERA/.103 BAA) worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his third save of the year.
The 24-year-old Phillips hasn't surrendered a hit in his last three appearances, spanning five innings.
The RedHawks mounted an eighth-inning comeback attempt against reliever Mark Lowe, who threw just 10 of his 24 pitches for strikes. Lowe permitted two runs in his frame, giving up a hit and walking two.
Right fielder Joey Butler (1/3, 3B) belted his first triple and struck out twice. Craig Gentry (1/2, BB) and Kevin Cash (1/2, BB) both singled and walked.
L - Young (0-2)
6-11, 5.0 GB
The RoughRiders scratched back from an early three-run deficit but took the loss after surrendering a four-run eighth inning.
Starting pitcher Martin Perez (2.65 ERA/.222 BAA) wasn't able to match last week's five-inning perfect game effort. The 20-year-old southpaw threw 36 pitches while allowing three-runs in the first inning. Although he settled down, Perez was wiggling his way out of trouble most of the night.
Overall, Perez threw 82 pitches over four innings, yielding four runs on five hits. He walked four, hit one, and struck out five.
Tall reliever Adalberto Flores (0.69 ERA/.128 BAA) kept Frisco in the contest with three nearly flawless innings of work. Flores gave up just a single and a walk while punching out three.
Since surrendering a run in his first outing of the season, Flores has given up three hits over 11 scoreless frames.
Frisco worked its way back with the help of Tom Mendonca (2/4, 2B), David Paisano (2/3, 2B, BB) and Jose Felix (1/4, 2B), who all doubled once.
While Mendonca has six home runs in the early going, the two-bagger was his first of the season.
Things got out of hand for the ‘Riders when lefty Corey Young entered and coughed up four runs (three earned) in only one-third of an inning. The Seton Hall product gave up two hits, walked three (one intentional), and plunked one.
W - Ortiz (2-1)
12-5, 0.5 GB
Robbie Erlin (2.86 ERA/.154 BAA) turned in a gem of an outing, hurling a career-high seven shutout innings and striking out a career-best 10 batters. The 20-year-old surrendered only two singles and didn't issue a walk.
Through 22 innings in High-A ball, Erlin has allowed 12 hits while walking three and striking out 26. After tearing through right-handed hitters last season, the southpaw has continued to do the same with Myrtle Beach. Righties are just 8-for-62 (.129) with three walks and 24 strikeouts.
Erlin retired the final 12 hitters he faced on Monday, including eight on strikes.
Unfortunately for Erlin, Myrtle Beach couldn't get any offense going until he exited the game, and he was stuck with a no decision.
The Pelicans scored both runs in the bottom of the eighth, getting a Zach Zaneski single and a Travis Adair bases-loaded walk.
Third baseman Mike Olt raised his average to .359 with two singles and a free pass. Zaneski (1/3, BB), Adair (1/3, BB) and Leury Garcia (1/3, HBP) all reached twice.
Jared Prince, who was 1-for-4 with a double, had the club's only extra-base hit of the evening.
Diminutive lefty Joe Ortiz (2.70 ERA/.194 BAA) worked two blank innings––giving up one hit––to earn his second victory of the year.
L - Tepesch (0-2)
12-6, 0.5 GB
Jurickson Profar made his return from a brief disabled list stint (sprained wrist) on Monday. The young shortstop batted leadoff and reached base three times in five trips, getting a single, a walk, and a HBP.
Starter Nick Tepesch permitted nine hits for the second consecutive outing. This time, he went five innings and allowed five runs while walking one and fanning four.
Reliever Colby Killian didn't give up a hit in 1.1 innings, but Augusta got him for two runs after he walked three batters. The 22-year-old has a good fastball with plenty of life, but he has issued 12 walks (with 10 strikeouts) in 11.1 innings this year.
Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/2, 2B, BB) and third baseman Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. The extra-base knock was Deglan's first of the year.
After a relatively quiet start, Villanueva has put together a seven-game hitting streak to get his average up to .296.
Left fielder Jhonny Gomez raised his average to .357 with two singles in four trips.
Tall lefty Kevin Johnson (1.93 ERA/.129 BAA) fanned three batters in 1.2 shutout innings. Johnson has given up only four hits in his first 9.1 innings, but he has walked 12––while also striking out 12.
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