Hans Crouse was skipped in last time through the rotation, as the Rangers seek to manage his workload, but he was back on the mound for the Hickory Crawdads this morning. The first inning was a bit of a mess, as he started things going walk, bunt single with a throwing error, an E-3, and another walk, but settled down after that. His final line was 4 IP. 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, and 3 Ks, with 34 strikes out of 55 pitches. The Hickory hitters racked up 15 hits on the day, with Curtis Terry knocking a homer and two doubles, and Jonathan Ornelas picking up a pair of singles.
Jake Latz did great work for Down East tonight, striking out 7 in 5 IP, with 0 runs allowed, 1 hit and 1 walk. Demarcus Evans pitched the 9th and needed 14 pitches to strike out all 3 batters he faced. The Wood Ducks scored 14 runs on 14 hits, with Ryan Dorow homering twice, Leody Taveras and Diosbel Arias each registering a single and a double, and J.P. Martinez, who has struggled badly so far this year, singling twice.
Tyler Phillips made his second AA start and had a very Tyler Phillips start — 6.1 IP, 6 hits, 6 Ks, and 2 runs that scored on a 3rd inning home run. Phillips threw 58 of his 88 pitches for strikes.