L - Kirkman (0-1)
HR - Hernandez (1)
9-12, 5.0 GB
Oklahoma City ran away with Thursday's series opener behind an eight-run outburst in the third inning, which was highlighted by Mike Hessman's grand slam.
Round Rock hurler Michael Kirkman (11.45 ERA/.429 BAA), making his second start of the season, was tagged for eight runs––seven earned––in just 2.1 innings. He surrendered seven hits, walked three, and struck out three.
After limiting the damage in the first two innings, Kirkman's third went as follows––walk, walk, bunt single, single, single, double, groundout, walk.
Tyler Tufts replaced Kirkman, coming in with the bases loaded, and promptly gave up the grand slam to cap the inning. Tufts would allow three runs––all on home runs––in 2.2 frames.
The 25-year-old Kirkman has yielded 21 hits and walked 10 in his first 11 innings this regular season.
Shortstop Luis Hernandez (.214/.278/.300) was Round Rock's offensive star of the game, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.
Leonys Martin (1/5, 2B) and Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B, BB) added one double apiece.
After going 0-for-3 with a base on balls, right fielder Joey Butler had his hitting streak snapped at 15 games.
Catcher Dusty Brown raised his average to .242 with two singles in four at-bats.
Julio Borbon has spent much of this season as the Express' leadoff hitter, but he moved down to the seven-hole on Thursday. The speedster went 0-for-4, dropping him to a .190/.278/.253 slash line in 19 contests. He has two doubles, one homer, 10 walks, and nine strikeouts. He's also been successful on only one-of-three stolen base attempts.
Relievers Ben Snyder (1.1 IP) and Derek Hankins (1.2 IP) kept the RedHawks off the scoreboard for the final three innings.
W - Boscan (1-0)
HR - McGuiness (4)
12-8, 1.0 GU
The ‘Riders and Missions went to extra innings for the second consecutive day, this time playing a 13-inning marathon that took four hours and 26 minutes to complete.
Left-handed starter Tim Murphy (6.60 ERA/.281 BAA) turned in his best start of the season, tossing five innings of one-hit, shutout ball. He walked one and struck out four.
The 24-year-old Murphy had surrendered 11 runs in 10 innings over his previous three starts coming into Thursday's game.
For San Antonio, former Rangers prospect Robbie Erlin yielded four runs––three earned––on nine hits in five-plus innings. He fanned six without issuing a walk.
First baseman Chris McGuiness went 2-for-5 with a home run––his fourth––and a base on balls.
Shortstop Jurickson Profar (2/5, 2 2B, BB) doubled twice and walked once while Mike Olt (1/6, 2B) and Jared Prince (3/4, 2B) also doubled.
DH Alex Buchholz, who was 1-for-6 with three strikeouts, belted his second triple of the season.
Outfielders Ryan Strausborger (2/6) and Engel Beltre (2/6) both singled twice. Beltre stole two bases––giving him eight on the year––while Strausborger swiped his sixth.
Wilfredo Boscan (4.80 ERA/.310 BAA) earned the victory in long relief by scattering four hits and two walks over three shutout innings. He struck out three.
W - Osborne (1-0)
HR - Chirino (2)
11-8, 0.0 GU
The Pelicans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a single from third baseman Santiago Chirino, who was 2-for-3 with a home run, a walk, and two RBI on the night. They won it in walkoff fashion the next inning with a Jake Skole (1/5) run-scoring single.
Although the offense was clutch in the late innings, starting pitcher Kyle Hendricks (3.09 ERA/.287 BAA) was the star of the game for Myrtle Beach. The 22-year-old tossed a career-high eight innings, allowing two runs and scattering seven hits. He fanned six without walking a batter.
Through 23.1 innings, Hendricks has walked four and struck out 20.
Reliever Zach Osborne (1.46 ERA/.175 BAA) retired all six batters he faced, getting two strikeouts, to earn the victory and finish the game.
Pelicans leadoff man and left fielder Teodoro Martinez (2/3, 2 BB) singled twice and walked twice, raising his batting average to .308. Shortstop Edwin Garcia was 1-for-3 with a double and a free pass.
W - Klein (2-0)
SV - Monegro (1)
HR - Odor (3), Williams (3), Deglan (2)
14-6, 1.0 GU
The Crawdads used the long ball to power past Greensboro, as the club scored all five of its runs on home runs.
Second baseman Rougned Odor (2/4, HR) and left fielder Jeremy Williams (1/3, HR) each belted a two-run shot while Kellin Deglan (1/4, HR) added a solo homer of his own.
Hickory starting pitcher Will Lamb allowed two runs in three innings, giving up two hits while walking two and striking out four. Both of his hits allowed were solo home runs.
After Andrew Faulkner yielded two runs in 2.2 innings, right-handers Phil Klein (2.1 IP) and Jose Monegro (1 IP) kept the Grasshoppers off the scoreboard for the final 3.1 frames.
Leadoff man Chris Grayson continued his fast start to the season, going 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls. Although shortstop Hanser Alberto had just one hit in four at-bats, he added two stolen bases––giving him five this season.
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