W - Brazoban (1-0)
SV - Miller (2)
HR - Teagarden (7), Tracy (5), Barden (2, 3), Diaz (1)
24-13, 3.5 GU
With the wind blowing out to center at 25 mph in Las Vegas' normally hitter-friendly environment, the Express belted five home runs on Sunday afternoon.
Red-hot third baseman Brian Barden (.379/.424/.516) extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBI. Barden is 22-for-45 (.489) during his current hit streak.
The offense scored all seven of its runs on the long ball. Catcher Taylor Teagarden tacked on his team-leading seventh home run in just 12 games played.
First baseman Chad Tracy and designated hitter Robinzon Diaz both went 2-for-5 with a bomb. Tracy broke out of an 0-for-19 slump in the contest.
The Round Rock pitching staff didn't allow any homers. Starter Neil Ramirez (3.28 ERA/.211 BAA) did more than just keep the ball in the park, as held the 51s to two runs over 5.2 innings. Ramirez allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out eight.
The 21-year-old has yielded 27 hits in 35.2 Triple-A innings, walking 15 and striking out 40. Although he made his first start of the season in High-A, Ramirez' 40 strikeouts rank sixth in the Pacific Coast League.
The Express lost the lead when Zach Phillips permitted two runs on three hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning, raising his ERA to 6.53.
Righties Yhency Brazoban (1.2 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) settled down and shut the door on Vegas to get the victory and the save, respectively.
Esteban German (1/3, 2 BB), Omar Quintanilla (2/5) and Matt Kata (1/3, BB) reached base multiple times.
After the call-up of Endy Chavez, the Express have been forced to piece together an outfield. Sunday's combination was Luis Cruz in left (normally a shortstop), Esteban German in center (normally a second baseman), and Joey Butler in right field (promoted from Double-A).
L - Flores (0-1)
18-18, 6.0 GB
The Hooks scored just four runs on 16 hits and left 12 men on base, but they snapped a nine-game losing streak with an extra-inning victory against the RoughRiders on Sunday.
Frisco starter Richard Bleier (3.07 ERA/.283 BAA) settled in after getting hit early. The 24-year-old allowed three runs on nine hits in six innings, striking out one.
Bleier was leaving his sinker over the middle of the plate early, but he retired 12 of the last 14 he faced. For the game, the sinkerballer got 12 ground ball outs against only one flyout.
DH Davis Stoneburner (2/4, 2B) and LF Mike Bianucci (1/5, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hits of the game.
Centerfielder Leonys Martin was 1-for-5 with his second stolen base and an outfield assist, as he gunned down a runner at home plate in extra innings.
Renny Osuna (.300/.337/.411) and Tom Mendonca (.312/.333/.553) both singled twice in five trips.
First baseman Jonathan Greene had a rough day at the plate, striking out four times in five hitless at-bats. While Greene is still batting .302 in 32 games, he has struck out 42 times.
Relievers Tyler Tufts (1 IP), Justin Miller (2 IP) and Ramon Aguero (0.2 IP) notched scoreless ball.
Adalberto Flores (1.71 ERA/.267 BAA) was stuck with his first loss after he permitted a run on four hits and two walks (both intentional) in 1.1 innings. He also plunked a batter and fanned three.
L - Boscan (0-1)
HR - Olt (6), Prince (2)
22-14, 0.0 GU
Cleanup hitter and third baseman Mike Olt (.296/.400/.512) went deep for the second consecutive game and the sixth time this season. He also drew his league-leading 22nd walk.
Right fielder Jared Prince had only one hit in four trips, the the knock was a two-run homer––his second of the season.
Making his first start since coming down from Double-A Frisco, righty Wilfredo Boscan suffered the loss as he allowed five runs in six innings. The 21-year-old gave up seven hits while striking out three and walking one.
Relievers Joe Ortiz (2 IP) and Trevor Hurley (1 IP) combined for three shutout frames.
Second baseman Santiago Chirino doubled for his only hit in three trips, raising his average to .255.
Left fielder Ryan Strausborger (.303/.372/.503) singled once and walked twice. The 23-year-old now has 15 free passes (against 21 strikes) for the year, including seven in his last 10 games.
W - Mendez (5-1)
SV - Killian (1)
21-15, 3.5 GB
The Hickory offense busted out for four runs in the first two innings, and that was all they would need to record the victory.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.229/.342/.438) set the tone with a leadoff double––his seventh of the season. For the day, the 18-year-old was 2-for-3 with his 15th walk (against 17 strikeouts) in 26 games.
First baseman Andrew Clark (2/3, 2B), C Kellin Deglan (1/3) and CF Teodoro Martinez (1/3) had the Crawdads' other hits. Martinez swiped his 13th base of the season.
Hickory got an excellent pitching performance from starter Roman Mendez (2.13 ERA/.237 BAA), who improved to 5-1 on the season. The fireballing 20-year-old held Augusta to a run on five hits over six innings, walking three and striking out four.
Mendez has yielded one earned run or fewer in seven of his first eight starts this season. It's a nice turnaround for a pitcher who gave up 24 runs in 15 innings at Single-A Greenville early last season.
Righty relief pitchers Jorge Marban (2 IP) and Colby Killian (1 IP) totaled three innings of hitless, scoreless ball to close out the much-needed win.
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