L - Perez (5-6)
53-67, 15.0 GB
Left-hander Martin Perez (4.53 ERA/.251 BAA) struggled with command in his second start since returning to Triple-A Round Rock, as he threw only 48 of his 89 pitches for a strike. Perez yielded five runs in 5.2 innings, giving up eight hits, walking four, and plunking one. He struck out two.
Perez has issued eight walks and fanned three in 10.2 innings during the two minor league starts.
The Express' offense plated three runs on nine hits, including three doubles.
The two-baggers came from shortstop Luis Hernandez (2/4, 2B), third baseman Brandon Snyder (2/4, 2B) and centerfielder Leonys Martin (1/4, 2B).
The 28-year-old Hernandez has been Round Rock's hottest hitter over the last week. He's recorded multiple hits in each of his last five games, going 11-for-23 with three doubles and a triple during that span.
Snyder is 8-for-28 (.286) with four doubles and 10 strikeouts without drawing a walk in seven contests since being optioned to Triple-A.
Second baseman Yangervis Solarte added two singles in four at-bats, raising his batting average to .276.
After reliever Fabio Castillo yielded two runs in 1.1 innings of relief, Yoshinori Tateyama worked around two singles in a scoreless eighth inning.
Former Rangers third-round pick Chad Tracy, who played in the Texas organization between 2006 and 2011, batted seventh for Colorado Springs. He's hitting .269/.321/.435 in 109 contests this year.
L - Pimentel (8-3)
22-25, 7.0 GB
All three contests between Frisco and Tulsa were decided by one run. After Frisco won the first two games, the Drillers took Friday's series finale.
RoughRiders starter Barret Loux (3.51 ERA/.250 BAA) scuffled in the first two innings but pitched well afterward. He worked six innings and yielded three runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out four.
Although the 23-year-old Loux hasn't missed many bats of late, he's thrown strikes and pitched well in his last four starts––20.0 ip, 19 h, 5 r, 4 bb, 9 k.
Loux, who didn't factor in the decision, has a 13-1 record through 21 Double-A starts. He has the following stat-line on the year––110.1 ip, 104 h, 43 er, 35 bb, 84 k.
Veteran designated hitter Val Majewski paced the offense by going 3-for-4 with his ninth double. Second baseman Alex Buchholz (1/3, 2B, HBP) added a two-bagger for his only hit in four trips.
Top prospect Jurickson Profar, who was 1-for-5 with an RBI, hasn't completely struggled of late, but he is having his toughest stretch of the season. The 19-year-old switch-hitter batted a season-low .257/.313/.475 in July and is 7-for-30 (.233) through eight games this month.
While Profar has gone a season-long 11 games without an extra-base hit, he has drawn seven walks and fanned only five times during that stretch.
Left fielder Jared Hoying (.280/.328/.402 in Double-A) singled once and walked once in five trips. He also stole two bases, giving him 16 in 22 attempts between the High-A and Double-A levels.
The ‘Riders defense turned four double plays in their eight innings in the field.
Carlos Pimentel (2.87 ERA/.201 BAA) suffered the loss after surrendering a run on two hits in two innings.
W - Van Meter (2-4)
HR - Williams (4)
29-18, 0.0 GU
The Pelicans appeared to be in trouble after losing arguably their best starting pitcher (Kyle Hendricks) and best hitter (Christian Villanueva) to the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline on July 31. But the club has caught fire of late, going 7-2 since the deal.
Myrtle Beach has outscored its opponents by a combined 28-4 over the last three games.
On Friday, the offense plated eight runs on 12 hits. DH Tomas Telis (.255/.291/.345) led the way by going 4-for-5 with his 21st double.
The scuffling Telis went hitless in 17 at-bats between August 1 and August 7. But he's gone 6-for-9 with two doubles over his last two contests.
Left fielder Jeremy Williams (.226/.270/.357 in High-A) belted a two-run homer for his lone hit in four trips. First baseman Brett Nicholas (2/5, 2B) added a single and his 26th double.
Hanser Alberto extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-5.
After beginning his campaign by batting .337/.385/.463 at Hickory, the 19-year-old shortstop has a .267/.275/.385 slash line in 45 games with Myrtle Beach. He's drawn only two walks in High-A but has just 17 strikeouts.
After struggling mightily in June, Alberto has begun to pick up the pace of late. He's 15-for-34 with two doubles and two homers during his current hitting streak.
The Pelicans' pitching staff, meanwhile, posted its 13th shutout.
Righty Joe Van Meter (1.74 ERA/.197 BAA) began the game with five innings of two-hit shutout ball, walking one and striking out six. The 23-year-old hurler has yet to surrender a run in 10 innings since returning from Double-A Frisco and joining the Myrtle Beach starting rotation.
Van Meter threw 51 of his 82 pitches for a strike over the five innings.
Relievers Kyle DeVore (1 IP), Zach Osborne (2 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) kept Frederick off the scoreboard through the final four innings.
Rowen's 22nd consecutive scoreless appearance didn't come without some drama, though, as he worked around three singles while fanning two in the ninth inning.
W - Faulkner (4-4)
SV - Klein (8)
HR - Torres (1)
Hickory took the opening game of Friday's doubleheader by tossing its fifth shutout of the season.
Southpaw starter Andrew Faulkner (3.86 ERA/.252 BAA) began the game by striking out a season-high seven batters without issuing a walk in 5.2 scoreless innings. He scattered five hits.
The 19-year-old Faulkner struggled throughout the first half while working mostly in long relief. But he has posted the following stat-line in nine appearances since June 24––38.0 ip, 26 h, 8 er, 11 bb, 33 k.
Faulkner had a 5.70 ERA in 36.1 innings before the Sally League All-Star break, and he has a 2.11 ERA in 38.1 frames since.
Crawdads closer Phil Klein (1.90 ERA/.203 BAA) retired the game's final four batters in order to pick up the save.
The 23-year-old Klein has also pitched particularly well in the second half––24.2 ip, 12 h, 3 r, 9 bb, 29 k.
First baseman Kevin Torres launched a solo home run, his first of the season, in the fifth inning. Rougned Odor (1/3, 2B) doubled while Drew Robinson (1/3) and Alejandro Selen (1/3) singled for the club's other hits.
L - Matthews (2-3)
26-22, 0.0 GU
Despite dropping the nightcap, Hickory was still able to regain a share of first place with Friday's doubleheader split.
Centerfielder Zach Cone, who was 1-for-3 with is 21st double, provided the Crawdads' lone run with his run-scoring two-bagger. Jorge Alfaro (1/3, 2B) also doubled. Odor (1/3) and Robinson (1/3) both singled once again.
Former first-round pick Kevin Matthews got the start and worked four innings, giving up three runs (two earned). He surrendered four hits, walked two, and struck out five.
After Jose Monegro pitched around a walk in a scoreless fifth, left-hander Victor Payano yielded one run in two innings. He struck out three.
The 19-year-old Payano was making his first relief appearance of the season. He was a Sally League All-Star following a strong first-half performance in which he posted a 3.36 ERA over 13 starts. But in his first full season, fatigue appeared to settle in shortly afterward. Payano has coughed up 32 runs in 28.1 innings since the break.
Jordan Akins (.188/.211/.311) whiffed in all three of his plate appearances. He has struck out 15 times in his last eight contests, including 133 in 103 games this year.
W - Melo (1-0)
SV - Burns (2)
8-9, 4.0 GB
Friday's series finale in Oregon included a grand total of 17 runs, 25 hits, six errors, 12 walks, and 18 strikeouts. It took three hours and forty-two minutes to complete the nine-inning marathon.
Spokane starting pitcher Abel de los Santos (5.86 ERA/.283 BAA) was knocked around for six runs on 10 hits in three innings. He walked one and struck out one.
Although the 19-year-old de los Santos was the Indians' most effective starting pitcher early in the summer, he has struggled mightily in his last three outings––10.1 ip, 27 h, 20 er, 2 bb, 9 k.
After Spokane fell behind 6-0 through two innings, the offense quickly battled back and took a 7-6 lead by the fifth inning.
The offense was led by Dallas native and right fielder Preston Beck, who went 4-for-5 with his third triple and two RBI. Third baseman Ryan Rua had a single, a double, and three RBI in six trips.
The 22-year-old Rua is 17-for-45 (.378) with 14 RBI in 10 games this month.
Royce Bolinger (1/5, 2B, BB) doubled while Gabriel Roa (2/4) singled twice. Pat Cantwell (1/3, 3 BB), Cam Schiller (1/4, 2 BB), and Saquan Johnson (1/3, 2 BB) also reached base multiple times.
Spokane's hitters had 20 official at-bats with runners on scoring position and stranded 14 runners on base despite scoring nine runs.
Long reliever Ryan Harvey gave up two unearned runs in three innings of relief before Carlos Melo (2 IP) and Joseph Burns (1 IP) held the Volcanoes off the scoreboard for the final three innings.
Melo, who features a fastball that reaches the upper-90s on occasion, has walked 15 and punched out 20 over 19 innings this summer.
W - Parra (3-5)
SV - Kuter (1)
24-17, 1.0 GU
The Rookie Rangers won Friday's contest at the Cubs behind the power of a five-run outburst in the fourth inning.
The big frame was capped off by a Nomar Mazara (.250/.389/.444) two-run homer, his fifth of the summer. Overall, the 17-year-old prospect was 1-for-4 with that round-tripper, a walk, and two strikeouts.
On the mound, left-hander Luis Parra (4.43 ERA/.277 BAA) limited the Cubs to one run on three hits in five innings, walking two and striking out three.
The 20-year-old Parra has the following stat-line in 10 starts––44.2 ip, 49 h, 22 er, 14 bb, 37 k. He's also inducing more than 2.3 groundouts per airout.
Left fielder Nick Williams, who was 1-for-4, tripled for the Rangers' only other extra-base hit of the game.
Lewis Brinson (1/4, HBP), Ronald Guzman (1/4) and Rashad Harlin (1/4) all singled once and drove home a run.
Relievers Ryan Bores and Austen Thrailkill tossed one scoreless inning apiece before hard-throwing righty Keone Kela gave up two runs in 1.2 innings. After Kela ran into trouble in the ninth, Brandon Kuter retired the game's final batter to earn his first professional save.
L - Rodriguez (3-3)
36-22, 0.5 GB
With 13 regular-season games remaining, it's going to be a tight race in the Dominican Summer League's Boca Chica North Division. The DSL Mets2 lead the Rangers by one-half game. The Pirates1 and Red Sox are both two games out.
The Mets2 took hold of first place with Friday's victory over the Dominican Rangers.
Rangers starting pitcher Kevin Sosa (4.26 ERA/.277 BAA) worked the first four innings and yielded a run on six hits, striking out four without walking a batter. Ricardo Rodriguez, who suffered the loss, gave up two unearned runs on two hits in four innings.
Venezuelan southpaw Felix Carvallo (3.34 ERA/.267 BAA) hurled a scoreless top of the ninth in the losing effort.
The Rangers' bats scored only one run on five hits. Third baseman Ramon Urias went 1-for-3 with his 11th double and an RBI. He had the club's lone extra-base hit and run batted in.
Leadoff man Eduard Pinto (2/4) singled twice while Alex Gonzalez (1/4) and Elio Castillo (1/2, BB) had the other knocks.
The 17-year-old Pinto is hitting .390/.474/.475 in 45 contests this season. He's drawn 26 walks and struck out only 11 times.
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