W - Richmond (1-0)
SV - McClellan (1)
HR - Butler (5)
Although right-hander Randall Delgado entered this season as one of the Diamondbacks' top rotation options, he has scuffled to the tune of a 7.43 ERA through 10 starts in Triple-A.
Things didn't get much better for Delgado on Thursday, as he needed 91 pitches to complete just 4.2 innings. Delgado allowed three runs on four hits, walking three and striking out seven.
On the flip side, Express starter Scott Richmond earned his first victory, working five innings of two-run ball. He allowed three hits, walked two, and fanned one.
Express DH Joey Butler went 1-for-4 with a home run, his fifth on the season and his second in as many nights. He also struck out three times.
Leadoff man Engel Beltre raised his batting average to .283 with two singles and a double in four at-bats. Aaron Cunningham (0/2, 2 BB) and Chris McGuiness (1/3, BB) also reached base multiple times.
Changeup specialist Brad Mills worked around a hit and two walks in two scoreless innings in relief of Richmond.
Making his first Triple-A appearance this season, veteran righty Kyle McClellan gave up an unearned run in two frames. He yielded three singles and struck out two, throwing 22 of 30 pitches for strikes.
W - Pimentel (6-1)
SV - Font (7)
RoughRiders starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (2.55 ERA/.190 BAA) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning on Thursday before surrendering a single.
That would be the only hit Pimentel allowed in seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked two.
The 23-year-old righty now has the following stat-line this season––53.0 ip, 35 h, 15 r, 14 bb, 65 k. He is yet to surrender more than three runs in any of his 10 appearances––nine starts––this season.
Pimentel also posted a 2.55 ERA at Frisco last season, but he did so while issuing 52 walks over 88.1 innings. His walk rate has been significantly lower this season, to say the least.
First baseman Brett Nicholas, who went 2-for-4, drove home Frisco's only run of the game. Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/4, 2B) doubled while Odubel Herrera (1/3) and Teodoro Martinez (1/4) singled for the Riders' other hits.
Reliever Justin Miller, returning from Tommy John surgery, threw 11 of his 13 pitches for strikes while fanning two in a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Wilmer Font worked around two walks in a hitless ninth, finishing off the one-hit effort by Frisco's pitchers.
The Pelicans and Mudcats were washed out by rain on Thursday.
W - Vickerson (1-0)
Where to even begin with Thursday's series opener between the Crawdads and Intimidators?
The game featured nine 12th-inning runs, five ejections, and a position player earning the victory on the mound.
The ejections included both skippers––Kannapolis' Tommy Thompson and Hickory's Corey Ragsdale––Crawdads pitching coach Ryan O'Malley, Intimidators DH Jason Coats, and Hickory third baseman Ryan Rua.
After Kannapolis took a commanding extra-innings lead by plating four runs in the top of the 12th inning, Hickory came back with a five spot in the bottom of the frame.
Outfielder Jordan Akins, who was 1-for-6, won the game with his first triple of the season. He actually had a home run overturned in the at-bat, as well. It didn't matter, though, as Akins tripled and scored on a wild pitch to win the game.
On the mound, lefty Luis Parra worked five innings of one-run ball, scattering six hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk.
Keone Kela (1 IP) and Alex Claudio (3 IP) both worked scoreless relief. Claudio fanned four batters.
After Jose Valdespina surrendered four runs––two earned––in two-thirds of an inning in the 12th, utilityman Nick Vickerson came on to record the game's final out. He would get credited with the win.
First baseman Joe Maloney went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him seven this season. Shortstop Luis Marte (2/4, 2B, BB) singled, doubled, and walked.
In addition to getting the victory, left fielder Nick Vickerson (2/5, BB) had two singles and a walk. David Lyon (2/4, BB) did the same––minus the pitching part.
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