W - Balester (1-0)
HR - McGuiness (1, 2), Solarte (1)
4-1, 0.0 GU
The Express jumped all over former Rangers prospect Barret Loux on Monday, clobbering him for six runs in just one inning. Loux, who threw only 18 of his 43 pitches for a strike, gave up three hits while walking three.
First baseman Chris McGuiness got the big blow off Loux with a first-inning grand slam. The lefty had a massive night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, two round-trippers, and six runs batted in.
Second baseman Yangervis Solarte later added a two-run shot off former Yankees reliever Cory Wade. The switch-hitter was 2-for-5 with a double, that homer, and four RBI.
Engel Beltre (2/5, 2B), Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B, BB), and Aaron Cunningham (1/2, 2B, 3 BB) all doubled as well. Jim Adduci tripled for his only knock in five at-bats.
On the mound, hard-throwing righty Collin Balester earned the victory by holding Iowa to three runs in five innings. He gave up six hits and struck out three without issuing a walk.
Veteran southpaw Neal Cotts followed with two scoreless frames, and Johan Yan finished the game by giving up a pair of runs in two innings.
W - Pimentel (1-0)
SV - Font (2)
HR - Nicholas (1)
3-2, 2.0 GB
Three ‘Riders pitchers combined to strike out 14 Northwest Arkansas hitters in Monday's victory.
Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel threw 51 of his 75 pitches for a strike over five innings, yielding three runs on six hits. He matched a career high with nine strikeouts and didn't walk a batter.
Following Pimentel, fireballing righty relievers Roman Mendez and Wilmer Font hurled two scoreless innings apiece. Mendez worked around two hits, striking out a pair. Font, who earned his second save, walked a batter but fanned three.
Cleanup-hitting first baseman Brett Nicholas got the game off to a fast start by clubbing a three-run homer in the first inning. Right fielder Jared Hoying went 2-for-4, adding his first triple.
Catcher Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) and centerfielder Ryan Strausborger (1/3, 2B) both doubled once. Infielders Odubel Herrera (1/3, BB) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/3, BB) singled and walked.
2-1, 0.5 GB
The Pelicans enjoyed Monday off. They traveled to Lynchburg to begin a three-game series, which kicks off on Tuesday evening.
W - McElwee (1-0)
HR - Williams (3), Gallo (1), Rua (1)
2-3, 2.0 GB
Powerful third baseman Joey Gallo broke out of his early-season slump on Monday, falling a triple shy of the cycle. The lefty slugger went 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run––his first two extra-base hits of the young campaign.
Left fielder Nick Williams (1/5, HR) and second baseman Ryan Rua (1/3, HR, BB) both added a round-tripper of their own. Williams' shot was already his third of the season.
Crawdads starting pitcher Eric Brooks worked the first four innings, permitting two runs on six hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Sidearming lefty Alexander Claudio followed by retiring all 12 batters he faced in four perfect innings, striking out six of them and inducing five groundouts.
Josh McElwee picked up the victory despite giving up two runs in the ninth inning.
Williams' home run was a two-run walkoff shot––coming with two outs and the Crawdads down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
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