Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/5

Right-hander Justin Grimm opened his 2013 regular season with a strong outing at Triple-A Round Rock on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Omaha 1
W - Grimm (1-0)
SV - Burns (1)
2-0, 0.0 GU

Coming off a rocky performance in spring training, right-hander Justin Grimm got his 2013 regular season off to a good start.

Grimm picked up the victory against Omaha, yielding one run on four hits in 5.2 innings. He struck out four, walked two, and threw 58 of his 89 pitches for a strike.

The Express managed only five singles at the plate, but it was enough to earn the ‘W.'

Right fielder Jim Adduci (2/4) singled twice while Joey Butler (1/4), Yangervis Solarte (1/2, 2 BB) and Eli Whiteside (1/3) all had one knock apiece.

After Grimm exited the game, relievers Yoshinori Tateyama (0.1 IP), Collin Balester (1 IP), Neal Cotts (1 IP) and Cory Burns (1 IP) teamed up to toss 3.1 scoreless innings to preserve the win. Balester, Cotts, and Burns all struck out two batters in their respective frame.

Player of the Game: RHP Justin Grimm
5.2 4 1 1 2 4 0 1.59

AA: Frisco 0 – (@) Arkansas 7 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Buckel (0-1)

Like Grimm, right-handed starting prospect Cody Buckel had a bit of a rough time in spring training. While Grimm was able to right the ship, Buckel scuffled in his first outing.

The 20-year-old righty threw just 34 of his 71 pitches for a strike, getting tagged for seven runs in 2.2 innings. He yielded five hits and walked five while striking out two.

Travelers starter Jarrett Grube had his way against the ‘Riders bats, retiring the game's first 17 batters. The perfect game bid was broken up with two outs in the sixth, when shortstop Hanser Alberto reached on a fielding error. The no-hitter was broken by a Jared Hoying double with one out in the seventh.

Hoying, who was 1-for-3, would have Frisco's only hit of the contest.

Righty relievers Ryan Rodebaugh (1.1 IP), Carlos Pimentel (1 IP), and Randy Henry (1 IP) all kept the Travelers off the scoreboard.

Henry was particularly impressive in his Double-A debut, fanning one while throwing just 10 pitches in a perfect sixth inning.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Hoying
3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 .333

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Arkansas 3 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Rowen (1-0)
SV - Font (1)
HR - Rodriguez (1)
1-1, 1.0 GB

The ‘Riders got power from an unlikely source to claim victory in the nightcap.

Shortstop Guilder Rodriguez, who entered the game with just one career home run in 906 professional contests over 11 seasons, socked a two-run homer to put Frisco on top of the third inning. Overall, Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with that round-tripper and two RBI. He also stole a base.

Catcher Tomas Telis, making his Double-A debut, was 1-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in.

Odubel Herrera (1/3, BB) singled, walked, and stole two bases. Jared Hoying (1/3, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (1/2, BB) also singled once and walked once.

Frisco starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend yielded three runs on six hits in four innings, walking one and striking out five.

After Feierabend exited, righties Ben Rowen (1 IP), Roman Mendez (1 IP), and Wilmer Font (1 IP) all worked one inning of hitless, scoreless ball. Rowen walked two in his frame while Font walked the bases loaded but worked around the jam.

Player of the Game: SS Guilder Rodriguez
4 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 .750

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – Wilmington 6 (11 innings)
W - Harvey (1-0)
HR - Odor (1), Torres (1)
1-0, 0.0 GU

The Pelicans opened their season with a late-inning comeback that finished with an 11-inning victory over Wilmington.

The contest matched up a pair of hard-throwing prospects in the Rangers' Luke Jackson and Kansas City's Kyle Zimmer.

Zimmer pitched well, permitting just two solo home runs for the only damage in five innings. He fanned eight without walking a batter.

Second baseman Rougned Odor (1/5, HR, BB) and first baseman Kevin Torres (2/5, HR) had the round-trippers against Zimmer.

Jackson had a few more issues for the Pelicans, though he also allowed just two runs. Jackson went four-plus innings, giving up those two runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four.

For Myrtle Beach, right fielder Royce Bolinger (2/5, 2B, BB) and DH Trever Adams (2/5, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.

Luis Sardinas (2/5, BB), Zach Cone (2/5), and Jake Skole (2/3, BB) all had two knocks apiece.

Player of the Game: 1B Kevin Torres
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 2 .400

A: Hickory 2 – Greensboro 4
L - Kela (0-1)
0-1, 1.5 GB

The Crawdads dropped Friday's season opener despite getting outstanding work from starting pitcher C.J. Edwards.

Edwards, a South Carolina native making his full-season debut, limited Greensboro to just an unearned run in five innings. He allowed two hits, walked one, and struck out six while inducing eight groundouts to one flyout.

The Hickory offense was led by leadoff hitter and centerfielder Lewis Brinson, who singled three times in five at-bats. He also stole a base.

First baseman Joe Maloney (1/2, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.

Slugging middle-of-the-order prospects Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo both went 0-for-4, striking out three times.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
5.0 2 1 0 1 6 0 0.00

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