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Hans Crouse throws 4 scoreless IP

Hans Crouse was efficient today, needing just 44 pitches to go 4 scoreless innings

MLB: Houston Astros at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Hans Crouse took the mound for Hickory today in his second start since coming off the injured list, and once again had a solid outing for the Crawdads. Crouse, who is limiting how many sliders he throws due to bone spurs which will be surgically removed after the season, needed just 44 pitches to throw 4 shutout innings, allowing 4 hits, striking out 1 and walking no one. He now has a 2.82 ERA on the season.

For the Hickory hitters, Kole Enright had two hits, including a home run, Tyreque Reed had a home run, Sherten Apostel had a hit, and Jonathan Ornelas had a hit and a walk.

Down East saw Cole Uvila fan 3 in 3 IP while walking one and allowing one hit. Curtis Terry was 2 for 3 with a double and a walk, Sam Huff and Yohel Pozo each had a double and a walk, and Diosbel Arias had a single and a walk.

Tyler Phillips started for Frisco, and after striking out the side in the first around a pair of singles, things fell apart in the second as he gave up three singles, a double, a walk, and had a costly error by Charles LeBlanc, which ended up knocking him out of the game with two outs in the inning, Matt Bush faced 3 hitters and needed 13 pitches to set them down, including a strikeout. Emmanuel Clase did the same, but on 10 pitches.

For Nashville, Kyle Dowdy made his second rehab appearance since going on the injured list, but it did not go well — BB, HBP, BB, WP, K.

2019 2nd rounder Ryan Garcia made his pro debut for the AZL Rangers, giving up a run on a hit and a walk in 1 IP, fanning 2,