W - Strop (2-0)
SV - Miller (1)
HR - Chavez (2)
22-11, 3.5 GU
Centerfielder Endy Chavez (.311/.356/.459) was the unquestioned star of the game for Round Rock on Wednesday evening. The 33-year-old went 2-for-5, belting a three-run homer in the fifth before knocking a run-scoring triple to put the Express ahead in the 10th.
Chavez also struck out in the game––a notable fact because it was the first time he has fanned since April 28. He has nine walks and six strikeouts in 135 plate appearances.
Starter Zach Jackson (5.08 ERA/.288 BAA) didn't factor in the decision after allowing four runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out two.
Making his Triple-A debut, righty Mark Hamburger threw strikes (23 out of 28 pitches) and hurled two shutout frames. The 24-year-old allowed three singles and struck out two without walking a man.
Pedro Strop picked up his second victory in two Triple-A appearances this season, although both outings were far from clean. On Wednesday, Strop permitted a run on a hit and two walks in 1.1 innings. He struck out two.
Justin Miller earned the save––his first of the year––by striking out the final two batters of the game.
Shortstop Luis Cruz had an up-and-down night, going 3-for-4 with a walk at the plate and committing two errors in the field.
Third baseman Brian Barden (2/5) and DH Robinzon Diaz (2/4) both singled twice.
Taylor Teagarden's hot streak came to an abrupt halt, as he whiffed three times in five hitless at-bats.
15-17, 7.0 GB
The Texas League was silent on Wednesday. Frisco returns home to take on Corpus Christi (12-20) in a four-game series, beginning on Thursday evening. Outfielder Leonys Martin is expected to be batting leadoff and playing center field for the ‘Riders, while Jake Brigham will take the mound.
W - Wieland (3-2)
With the help of two double play ground balls, Pelicans righty Joe Wieland (1.66 ERA/.217 BAA) faced the minimum 21 batters in his seven-inning complete-game shutout on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old gave up just two singles and struck out two without walking a batter, bolstering his strikeout-to-walk ratio up to an excellent 43:3 in 38 innings this season. Wieland hasn't issued a walk in his last 95 batters faced––not since a sixth-inning free pass on April 18 against Winston-Salem.
The Myrtle Beach offense logged a pair of three-run innings to get the easy victory. DH Mitch Hilligoss, who was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI, had the only extra-base hit.
Scuffling second baseman Santiago Chirino raised his average to .261 with two singles in three trips. Jared Hoying (1/3, BB) and Jared Prince (1/2, BB) both singled and walked.
Third baseman Mike Olt was 0-for-2 but walked once and brought home a run with a sacrifice fly. While Olt has scuffled average-wise of late, the base on balls gives him 21 in 31 games this year.
W - Kelly (2-1)
SV - Ortiz (2)
HR - Strausborger (4)
20-12, 1.0 GB
The Pelicans hurled 14 scoreless innings in Wendesday's doubleheader, getting seven innings from Wieland, six from game-two starter Ryan Kelly, and one from lefty reliever Joe Ortiz.
Kelly (4.70 ERA/.282 BAA) kept the Indians off the board for six innings, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out four. The former Pirates prospect induced nine groundouts against two flyouts. And thanks to two double plays and a pickoff, Kelly faced only two batters over the minimum through his six frames.
While Wednesday's game was Kelly's first strong start statistically, he hasn't struggled as much as his overall line would suggest. The 23-year-old, who moved to the rotation after spending two-plus years in the bullpen, has generally been pitching well early in starts before tiring late.
Kelly is an intriguing prospect with a three-pitch repertoire that includes a fastball that he runs up to 96 mph in spurts, a good breaking ball, and a changeup.
Ortiz (1.69 ERA/.158 BAA) closed out the game by fanning two in a perfect seventh inning. The 20-year-old extended his scoreless streak to eight appearances and 13 innings. Fellow lefties are just 1-for-18 against him (zero walks, six strikeouts) so far this season.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (.313/.372/.530) provided the necessary support––and the game's only runs––with his two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Jared Hoying (1/2, BB) and Mitch Hilligoss (1/1, BB) were the team's only other baserunners in the contest. Hoying also gunned down a runner at third base from center field.
L - Rojas (5-1)
19-13, 2.5 GB
The suddenly scuffling Crawdads dropped to fourth place after the loss, although they're only 2.5 games out of first. The once red-hot offense has hit a brick wall, scoring two total runs in the first three games of the current series at Savannah.
Sinkerballing righty Randol Rojas (3.44 ERA/.291 BAA) was the hard-luck loser, getting stuck with his first defeat despite permitting only one run in six innings. The 20-year-old scattered six singles while walking and striking out three.
Tall right-hander Nick Tepesch, who worked the final two innings, gave up a run on three hits.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar went 1-for-4 with his fourth double––Hickory's lone extra-base hit.
Left fielder Jake Skole (0/1, 3 BB) worked three walks while first baseman Andrew Clark (1/3, BB) singled and walked.
Teodoro Martinez (1/4), Tomas Telis (1/3, HBP) and Christian Villanueva (1/4) had the other hits.
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