L - Hamburger (3-4)
HR - Nelson (12), German (7)
52-38, 5.0 GU
Despite the loss, the story of the night was certainly centerfielder Leonys Martin's Triple-A debut. The 23-year-old batted leadoff for the Express and went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base.
Martin's at-bats went as follows––strikeout looking, single to right, walk, bunt single, lineout to center.
Round Rock lost by just one run despite being out-hit 19-9. Starter Scott Feldman (4.43 ERA/.298 BAA) was knocked around for six runs (three earned) on 10 hits in five innings of work. He struck out three and walked one.
The 28-year-old Feldman is technically still on rehab assignment with the Express, although his last three outings have been less than spectacular––16 ip, 25 h, 15 r, 4 bb, 9 k.
Second baseman Matt Kata (.269/.344/.408) had a double, a triple, and two RBI in four at-bats. Esteban German (1/5, HR) and Brad Nelson (1/4, HR) both hit a solo homer.
Joey Butler (1/3, 2 BB) and Chad Tracy (1/3, 2 BB) had one single, two walks, and one RBI apiece.
Butler, 25, recently moved into the three-hole of the Express lineup. In 65 Triple-A games, he has a .326/.385/.513 slash line to go along with 22 walks and 74 strikeouts.
Lefty Beau Jones (4.09 ERA/.296 BAA) punched out four without walking a batter in two shutout frames. Cody Eppley struck out two in a shutout ninth.
Mark Hamburger had been dominant of late, but he gave up the game on Sunday evening. The reliever was tagged for four runs on six hits in the eighth inning, allowing the Cardinals to take a four-run lead that a late Express rally couldn't quite erase.
W - Brigham (4-5)
HR - Bianucci (19)
9-7, 2.0 GB
After a slight adjustment period, left-hander Robbie Erlin (3.70 ERA/.257 BAA) appears to be settling in just fine at the Double-A level.
On Sunday, the 20-year-old prospect needed only 79 pitches (59 strikes) to complete seven innings against the Arkansas Travelers. He yielded one run on four singles and struck out four without issuing a walk.
Erlin's last three Texas League starts have produced the following line––19.2 ip, 14 h, 3 er, 1 bb, 24 k.
Frisco held a 2-1 lead until the bottom of the ninth inning, when right-hander Tanner Scheppers yielded a run on three hits in the frame for his second blown save this week.
Leadoff man Renny Osuna raised his average to an even .300 by going 4-for-6 with two doubles, giving him 12 on the season. Davis Stoneburner (1/5, 2B, HBP) also doubled while Jonathan Greene (2/5, HBP) and Jose Ruiz (2/6) both singled twice.
Left fielder Mike Bianucci had just one hit on the night, but he was the hero with his solo homer in the 13th inning. The game-winning shot was Bianucci's 19th home run of the season.
Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss, appearing in his first Double-A game this season, singled once in six at-bats. DH Jimmy Swift, who came up from the rookie-level Arizona League that day, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. He recently signed as an undrafted free agent out of Creighton.
Relievers Corey Young (2 IP) and Jake Brigham (2 IP) worked two shutout frames apiece to keep the Travelers silent in extra innings. Brigham struck out four.
Brigham got off to a slow start when he initially moved to the bullpen, but he has pitched better of late.
L - Loux (8-4)
8-10, 4.5 GB
The Pelicans' pitching staff gave up only four hits in the game, but it wasn't enough to get a win, as the offense sputtered.
Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger's (1/3, 2B, BB) 20th double of the season was Myrtle Beach's only extra-base hit. Andres James (2/4), Zach Zaneski (1/4), Travis Adair (1/4) and Jared Hoying (1/4) had the other knocks.
Barret Loux (3.29 ERA/.238 BAA) punched out a career-high 11 batters for the second time in three outings. He did it over six innings and surrendered three runs on four hits, walking two batters.
The 22-year-old Loux has struck out 108 while walking 25 in 90.1 innings with Myrtle Beach this season.
Zach Osborne (5.27 ERA/.257 BAA) retired all six batters he faced––getting two strikeouts––in a pair of perfect innings.
L - Killian (6-3)
HR - Selen (9), Martinez (3), Skole (3)
11-7, 1.0 GB
The Crawdads fell behind early when righty prospect Luke Jackson yielded five runs in four innings of work. He gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out five.
Hickory got back into the game in the fourth inning with back-to-back homers from left fielder Jake Skole (.271/.375/.357) and third baseman Alejandro Selen (.287/.366/.593).
Skole's shot was a two-run home run. He also had a single and a walk over five plate appearances.
Leadoff-hitting centerfielder Teodoro Martinez launched his third home run of the season––a solo shot––in the seventh. He also singled.
Andrew Clark (3/4, BB) and Tomas Telis (2/5) singled multiple times. DH Kellin Deglan was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts but also walked twice.
W - Perez-Lobo (1-0)
13-11, 1.0 GB
The Indians put the game away by scoring 11 runs in the bottom of the first inning. The cruised to victory from there on out.
Rangers' second-round pick Will Lamb made his first professional start and worked three scoreless innings. The southpaw gave up one hit, didn't walk a batter, and struck out four.
Richard Alvarez yielded six runs (five earned) in 2.2 frames after Lamb, although Spokane already had a comfortable lead.
The offense didn't have a home run in the game, but they did belt five doubles.
Cleanup-hitting first baseman Trever Adams led the way by going 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Rougned Odor (2/5, 2B, BB), Zach Cone (2/4, 2B, BB) and Edwin Garcia (2/4, 2B, BB) all singled, doubled, and walked.
Third baseman Drew Robinson helped break out of his slump by going 2-for-4 with a base on balls and a stolen base.
Guillermo Pimentel was ejected after being called out on strikes in the bottom of the first inning.
L - Parra (1-1)
11-5, 1.5 GU
The AZL Athletics won Sunday's contest despite getting only four hits and committing six errors. They were fueled by a five-run outburst in the eighth inning.
Left-hander Andrew Faulkner turned in his second consecutive impressive performance to kick-off his professional career. On Sunday, the South Carolina native tossed two hitless, scoreless innings while walking one and striking out two.
Luis Parra had an erratic outing, as he issued five walks in 2.1 innings. Parra gave up four runs despite allowing only one hit, raising his ERA to 6.06.
DH Matt Leeds (1/4, 2B, BB) and catcher Carlos Oropeza (1/4, 2B) doubled for their team's only extra-base hits.
Shortstop Luis Sardinas (2/4) and right fielder Chris Grayson (2/4) both tripled. Jordan Akins was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, giving him five on the season.
22-12, 2.0 GU
As usual, the Dominican Summer League Rangers were off on Sunday.
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