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After taking three-of-four from Oklahoma City, the Express have built up a three-game cushion in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division. Round Rock starts a four-game series against Nashville (37-42) on Thursday.
Nine Frisco RoughRiders contributed to the Texas League South Division's one-run victory in Wednesday's All-Star Game.
Texas Rangers top prospect Martin Perez twirled a perfect second inning, throwing 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes, punching out one, and running his fastball up to 96 mph a handful of times (per ESPN.com's Jason Grey).
Centerfielder Leonys Martin was activated from the disabled list just in time to start and bat leadoff for the South Division. The 23-year-old was 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
DH Mike Bianucci (1/4) and middle infielder Renny Osuna (0/4) both played the entire game, batting third and ninth, respectively. Tom Mendonca (0/1, BB), Jose Ruiz (0/1) and Jose Felix (0/1) also saw action.
Tall righty reliever Adalberto Flores surrendered a solo homer to Cardinals prospect Matt Adams for the only damage done in his one inning.
Justin Miller began the ninth inning by retiring both hitters he faced, inducing a flyout to Wil Myers and getting Ben Paulsen out on strikes. He was lifted from the game for hometown San Antonio closer Brad Brach, who finished it off by getting a groundout.
W - Yan (4-3)
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Left fielder Jared Hoying (.252/.338/.395) batted ninth for the first time this season, and the move seems to have payed off. Hoying notched a season-high four hits in five at-bats, including a double and a walkoff infield single. He also stole his eighth base. The lefty hitter has a modest seven-game hitting streak.
Catcher Vin DiFazio started the 10th-inning rally with a leadoff double, his ninth of the year. Overall, he was 3-for-4 with a walk.
Right-hander Justin Grimm battled through five innings, working his way in and out of trouble. The prospect gave up three runs on five hits and four walks. He also struck out five.
The bullpen was dominant afterward, though, combining for five innings of scoreless ball.
Kansas State product Trevor Hurley (2.57 ERA/.218 BAA) fanned one in a perfect sixth.
Lefty Miguel de los Santos followed, pitching his first-ever game at the High-A level. After splitting last season between short-season Spokane and Single-A Hickory, de los Santos began 2011 at Double-A Frisco. He was recently sent to the Pelicans after being activated from the disabled list (biceps tendinitis).
The Dominican Republic native fanned four batters in two innings of hitless, scoreless ball. He walked one.
Johan Yan (1.67 ERA/.204 BAA) gave up two singles while striking out four of his own in a pair of shutout innings.
Leury Garcia (2/5) and Santiago Chirino (2/4, BB) had two hits each.
W - Tepesch (3-3)
The Crawdads bashed their way to 12 runs on 14 hits in only seven innings during the first game of Wednesday's double-dip.
As impressive as the offense was, starter Nick Tepesch (3.30 ERA/.256 BAA) was just as strong. The 6-foot-4 hurler logged his first professional complete game, giving up two runs (back-to-back homers in the sixth) in the seven frames. He allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out eight.
And, as appeared to be the theme for starters in the Rangers' organization on Wednesday, Tepesch got lots of ground ball outs. He induced 10 groundouts and one flyout.
Tepesch has been pretty strong all season, but he took his game to another level in June. In six starts this month, he had the following line––36.1 ip, 28 h, 9 bb, 37 k––2.23 ERA.
DH Tomas Telis went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Christian Villanueva (2/4, 2B, BB), Josh Richmond (2/4, 2B) and Alejandro Selen (1/3, 2B, BB) also added doubles of their own.
Leadoff man Jurickson Profar had one single and two free passes in four plate appearances. Odubel Herrera (2/3, BB) singled twice, walked once, and stole his 20th base of the season.
W - Jackson (3-1)
SV - Rodebaugh (13)
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Hickory didn't have as much offense in game two, but it was plenty to earn the victory.
Crawdads starter Luke Jackson (3.74 ERA/.227 BAA) gave up an unearned run in the first despite not allowing a ball out of the infield. After a bunt single and a throwing error got the Kannapolis leadoff man to second, he scored after two consecutive groundouts.
But that would be the only damage Jackson allowed the remainder of the game. The 19-year-old allowed that unearned run in five innings, permitting three hits while fanning eight and walking one.
Jackson now has 42 strikeouts in 33.2 innings with Hickory this season.
Hickory's offense had only four hits in the game, though they made them count with three consecutive knocks in the second inning. They led to all three of the club's runs.
After Andrew Clark (0/2, BB) and Jake Skole (0/1, BB, HBP) both walked, the Crawdads got a double from DH Kellin Deglan (1/2, 2B, BB). Then Yefry Castillo (2/3, 2B) and Jonathan Roof (1/2) followed with singles.
While Deglan had just seven hits in 15 May contests, he has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and is batting .321/.410/.491 in June.
Lefty Jimmy Reyes (2.18 ERA/.300 BAA) punched out two in a blank sixth inning, giving him 28 K's and three walks in 20.2 frames.
With a perfect ninth inning, closer Ryan Rodebaugh notched his 13th save and lowered his earned-run average to a ridiculous 0.44.
W - S. Perez (2-0)
SV - West (1)
7-6, 1.0 GB
In three official state-side starts, righty Santo Perez (2.00 ERA/.150 BAA) has been able to induce plenty of ground balls.
On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Perez got 11 groundouts and only one flyout in six innings en route to his second victory. He surrendered two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Perez has the following line in his first three starts with Spokane––18 ip, 9 h, 4 r, 4 bb, 10 k and 3.1 groundouts per airout.
The Spokane offense was a constant threat, plating runs in five of their first seven innings.
Cleanup hitter Brett Nicholas (.319/.340/.638) has been the Indians' most effective run producer early on this season. The former sixth-round pick had another big game, going 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and three runs batted in. He has 18 RBI through 11 games played.
DH Trever Adams (2/4, 2B) and catcher Carson Vitale (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.
Zach Cone singled twice and walked once in four plate appearances. Edwin Garcia (2/4) also had a pair of hits.
Yakima staged a rally against righty reliever Jose Monegro, but closer Matt West slammed the door by working the game's final 1.1 innings. West got a strikeout to get out of a jam in the eighth before working a blank ninth.
In his first four ‘official' appearances as a pitcher, West has struck out eight without issuing a walk in 5.1 scoreless innings.
L - Strong (0-1)
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The Surprise Rangers entered Wednesday's contest having scored seven runs or more in six of their first seven contests. Needless to say, Wednesday's 2-1 result was their first pitchers' duel of the year.
Right-hander Arlett Mavare, who worked as a reliever between the Dominican Summer League and Arizona League last summer, began the game with a season-high five shutout innings. The 21-year-old gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out six.
Mavare actually didn't let a ball leave the infield in his five frames. Of the 15 outs he recorded, he got eight groundouts, the six strikeouts, and an infield popup. Both hits were infield singles.
The Rangers' offense collected seven hits in the contest, but the only extra-base hit came from third baseman Jimmy Swift (1/2, 2B), who hit his first double. The club was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, leaving 10 men on base.
Leadoff hitter Luis Sardinas had two singles and a walk in four plate appearances. Fellow middle infielder Luis Mendez (2/4) and catcher Guy Edmonds (2/4) also singled twice.
Through three games, the 18-year-old Edmonds is 5-for-11 with a double and a home run.
Relievers Phil Klein (1 IP) and Alexander Claudio (1 IP) finished off the night with one scoreless frame apiece. Klein struck out two while Claudio retired the side in order.
W - Montero (2-0)
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The Dominican Rangers won in extra-inning walkoff fashion on Wednesday afternoon, taking the game on an Alberto Triunfel (2/4) single to center.
Although the club didn't produce a whole lot in the way of offense, the pitching was strong.
Starter Aliangel Lopez (0.45 ERA/.123 BAA) allowed his first run in his fifth start of the season. The 17-year-old southpaw worked four innings, giving up a run on four hits and three walks. He struck out two.
Right-hander reliever Anyelo Leclerc (0.00 ERA/.086 BAA) still hasn't permitted an earned run. The 19-year-old righty worked around a hit, two walks, and two hit batsmen in three scoreless innings, striking out six.
The 6-foot-0 Leclerc has allowed only five hits in 17 innings this season, walking eight and fanning 23.
Dennys Montero worked a perfect 10th inning to get his second win in three appearances. The 21-year-old hasn't allowed a hit or a walk in three innings this year.
Switch-hitting leadoff man Chris Garia (.294/.423/.318) singled twice, walked once, and stole his 15th base. The 18-year-old has 10 walks and only four strikeouts in his last 10 contests.
Luis Marte (1/4, 2B) and Ramon Urias (1/1, 2B) both doubled while Alex Gonzalez (2/4) had two hits in four trips.
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