W - Hunter (1-0)
SV - Kirkman (1)
HR - Deeds (5), Nelson (5), Quintanilla (1)
21-10, 2.5 GU
The Express finished off a four-game sweep in which they scored a total of 45 runs.
Rehabbing starting pitcher Tommy Hunter got plenty of early run support, as Round Rock's bats plated 10 runs in the first four innings––including a seven spot in the fourth.
Right fielder Doug Deeds (.274/.326/.536) dealt the crushing blow with his grand slam in the fourth. It was his only hit in five trips.
Shortstop Omar Quintanilla, who has been red-hot since joining the Express over the weekend, was 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three RBI.
Endy Chavez (2/5, 2B) and Luis Cruz (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) also doubled. Catcher Taylor Teagarden was 0-for-2 but drew three walks. The 27-year-old now has five homers and seven free passes in eight Triple-A games this season––good for a .417/.548/1.208 slash line over the small sample size.
Hunter's rehab outing went smoothly––until his last pitch, when he re-tweaked his groin. Hunter threw 79 pitches over six innings, giving up just an unearned run. He scattered six hits and fanned two without walking a man.
Michael Kirkman (6.91 ERA/.383 BAA) earned his first professional save after he gave up one unearned run over three innings. The lefty yielded four hits, walked one, and fanned two.
W - Snyder (1-0)
SV - Hamburger (4)
HR - Bianucci (10)
14-17, 7.0 GB
Getting his first start of the season, sinkerballing lefty Richard Bleier turned in a solid effort. The Florida native held the Rockhounds to two runs over five innings, giving up five hits, walking one, and striking out five.
True to Bleier's form, he induced eight groundouts and just one flyout over the five frames.
Hard-throwing righty Fabio Castillo broke out in 2010 and entered this season as one of the organization's top relief prospects. But after being slowed by a broken foot in spring training, he hasn't lived up to expectations.
Castillo didn't yield a hit on Monday, but he surrendered two runs on three walks and a wild pitch. The 22-year-old has walked seven (and allowed 11 runs) in his first 7.1 innings this season.
Frisco got plenty of production from its usual power supply, as Joey Butler, Tom Mendonca, and Mike Bianucci all had three hits apiece.
Butler was 3-for-4 with a double and a walk. Mendonca went 3-for-5 with his fourth two-bagger of the season. And Bianucci, working as the DH, was 3-for-4 with his 10th home run and a free pass.
The 24-year-old Bianucci's 10 round-trippers are tops in the Rangers' organization. He also led the system with 30 homers in '09 and 18 last season.
First baseman Jonathan Greene singled twice and drove home three in five trips.
Backstop Jose Felix, who was 1-for-4, has yet to draw a walk in 21 games this season. He is 16-for-80 (.200) with no walks but only six strikeouts.
After the ‘Riders took the lead in the eighth inning, closer Mark Hamburger (1.83 ERA/.162 BAA) slammed the door by striking out five in two scoreless innings.
The 24-year-old Hamburger has the following line in his last eight appearances––14.2 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 4 bb, 17 k.
18-12, 3.0 GB
The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Monday. They'll return home to face the third-place Kinston Indians (13-16) in a three-game set beginning on Tuesday evening.
L - Melo (2-3)
19-11, 0.5 GB
Righty Carlos Melo has struggled to control the strike zone with Single-A Hickory so far this season––particularly in the last three games.
While the Dominican Republic native allowed only one hit in two-plus innings on Monday, his six walks led to five earned runs. Melo has issued 18 free passes in 7.1 innings over his last three starts.
The Crawdads got excellent work from relievers Jorge Marban, Cody Buckel, and Joe Van Meter, but it wasn't enough to keep them in the game.
Marban turned in his best full-season outing, holding Savannah to one run on three hits over three innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Buckel (2 IP) and Van Meter (1 IP) both tossed scoreless ball.
Hickory third baseman Christian Villanueva (.337/.389/.525) went 1-for-3 with his first triple of the season.
No Crawdads hitter had multiple knocks, and centerfielder Jake Skole (0/2, 2 BB) was the only one to reach base multiple times. Left fielder Teodoro Martinez singled once and stole his 11th base.
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