T.K. Roby started for Down East and had his first rough outing of the season. Roby allowed 3 runs in 2.2 IP, allowing 3 hits, walking one, hitting a batter and striking out four. Marc Church made his 2021 debut, and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, including a homer, in 2 innings of work, walking one and striking out two.
Among the batters, Luisangel Acuna singled, Dustin Harris doubled and Keithron Moss homered.
Down East box score: https://www.milb.com/gameday/wood-ducks-vs-riverdogs/2021/05/21/649456#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=649456
Hickory had a rather remarkable tandem starter dual outing today. Grant Wolfram started and went 4 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits and 2 walks, striking out 6. Zak Kent followed him and threw 4 shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk and one batter to reach on an error, and struck out 10 batters. Yes, 10 batters in just 4 IP. Coming into tonight he had thrown 6.2 IP over 2 outings with 5 hits, 1 walk and 5 Ks. He was a 9th round pick out of VMI in 2019, signed for $140K. Maybe I should keep an eye on him.
The Crawdads had just three hits today. Frainyer Chavez had a triple. Jonathan Ornelas had a single.
Hickory box score:https://www.milb.com/gameday/grasshoppers-vs-crawdads/2021/05/21/643379#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=643379
Yerry Rodriguez started for Frisco and went 4.1 IP, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 6.
Steele Walker homered for Frisco. Davis Wendzel had a hit. Sherten Apostel had two walks.
Late Round Rock game so this will be updated with their summary later tonight.
UPDATE — Round Rock fell 6-1, with all six runs coming off of Wes Benjamin, who had a rough go in his first start since being sent back down to AAA. Benjamin allowed a pair of home runs among 6 hits, allowing 6 runs (5 earned) with two walks against three Ks. Ryder Ryan had 1.2 scoreless IP, with 3 Ks, a hit batter and 2 walks, and has yet to allow an earned run this year. Demarcus Evans continued his push for a major league bullpen spot, logging 2 IP with 4 Ks against 1 walk, and Luis Ortiz threw two scoreless, allowing three hits and walking two.
The Express had just two hits on the day — a Delino DeShields single and a Jason Martin double.