Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/26

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads won for the 10th time in their last 11 games on Friday evening, powered by a two-run homer from third baseman Joey Gallo. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Albuquerque 3
W - Lindblom (3-0)
SV - Burns (5)
HR - Adduci (3), Whiteside (3)
12-10, 0.5 GU

Josh Lindblom's transition to the starting rotation continued on Friday evening, as he worked a season-high 6.2 innings and earned his third victory in as many starts.

The 25-year-old Lindblom held Albuquerque to three runs on four hits in those 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out six. He threw 58 of his 82 pitches for strikes and induced nine groundouts.

Through five appearances (four starts), the former Dodgers and Phillies reliever has the following stat-line––23.2 ip, 14 h, 5 r, 5 bb, 24 k.

Oddly enough, Lindblom was going up against former Dodgers closer Javy Guerra, who is also being stretched into a starting role.

Guerra, a Denton native, surrendered four runs (two earned) in five innings, including solo home runs from catcher Eli Whiteside (2/4, HR) and right fielder Jim Adduci (2/4, 2B, HR).

Whiteside's round-tripper was his second in as many nights. Adduci is now hitting .263/.356/.434 with 10 stolen bases in 11 attempts through 21 contests. He stole only 18 bases in 126 games last season.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre extended his hitting streak to nine games, as he went 2-for-4 with his fifth double. Beltre is now hitting .310 on the young campaign.

Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B) and Yangervis Solarte (1/4, 2B) also doubled while Joey Butler (2/4) singled twice in four trips.

After Lindblom excited the game, the Express got scoreless relief from lefty Neal Cotts (1.1 IP) and righty Cory Burns (1 IP).

Cotts fanned two batters in his 1.1 frames, giving him a whopping 21 strikeouts through his first 10.2 innings. Burns has yet to permit a run in 8.2 innings on the year, walking one and fanning 14.

Player of the Game: RF Jim Adduci
4 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 .263

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 4
L - Feierabend (1-2)
11-10, 2.0 GB

Although Frisco starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend worked seven innings on Friday, he was undone by a pair of Corpus Christi home runs.

The left-hander gave up four runs on seven hits––including two homers––in those seven innings. He walked one and struck out four while throwing 87 pitches.

The ‘Riders offense was largely quiet against the Hooks, but they got some power from middle-of-the-order hitters Jared Hoying and Brett Nicholas.

Hoying went 2-for-4 with his sixth double and his second triple, raising his batting average to .300. The 23-year-old prospect is now 24-for-80 on the season with six doubles, two triples, and four home runs.

Nicholas doubled twice in four at-bats, giving him five two-baggers on the campaign.

Lefty Jimmy Reyes and righty Ben Rowen each worked a perfect inning of relief to finish the game.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Hoying
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .300

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Potomac 5
L - Martinez (2-2)
HR - Robinson (1)
12-9, 1.0 GU

The Pelicans dropped Friday's series opener against Potomac after going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 runners on base.

Myrtle Beach's only run was a solo round-tripper off the bat of third baseman Drew Robinson, who went 2-for-4.

The 21-year-old Robinson also committed his sixth error in the game. After getting out to a dreadful start this season, Robinson is slowly climbing out of his hole, though the numbers still aren't great. Through 17 contests, he's just 10-for-61 (.164) with two doubles, a homer, seven walks, and 22 strikeouts.

On the mound, righty Nick Martinez suffered the loss after he yielded two runs––one earned––on three hits in 5.1 innings. The Miami native struck out six and walked three.

Martinez has the following stat-line through five appearances, including four starts––22.0 ip, 18 h, 8 bb, 17 k.

Right fielder Preston Beck (1/3, 2B, BB) and first baseman Trever Adams (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Shortstop Luis Sardinas singled twice in five trips, raising his average to .266.

Scuffling lefty Will Lamb was touched for three runs in 2.2 innings out of the Pelicans' bullpen. The Clemson product has now allowed nine runs in his first nine innings this season, walking four and fanning four.

Ryan Harvey finished the game by striking out a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth. The Rangers' 18th-round pick in last year's MLB Draft, Harvey is building on a good spring training, where he flashed a 91-94 mph fastball with a very intriguing slider. He has yielded just two hits in his first 11 innings out of the Pelicans' bullpen this season.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Martinez
5.1 3 2 1 3 6 1 3.27

A: Hickory 3 – (@) Hagerstown 2
W - Valdespina (1-0)
SV - Kendall (4)
HR - Gallo (8)
14-8, 2.0 GU

Hickory won for the 10th time in 11 games behind the clutch hitting of third baseman Joey Gallo.

Gallo's two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning ultimately put the Crawdads over the top 3-2, and they held on for the victory.

Gallo, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, now has a .228/.333/.582 slash line in his first 22 contests. He also has four home runs and eight walks in his last nine games.

Leadoff man Lewis Brinson (.242/.303/.396) broke out of his mini-slump by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, giving him five on the campaign.

Jorge Alfaro (1/4, 2B) and Nick Vickerson (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Hickory starting pitcher C.J. Edwards turned in another strong effort, as he tossed five innings and allowed only one unearned run. The South Carolina native yielded four hits while walking two and striking out seven.

Edwards now has 29 strikeouts––with seven walks––in his first 23.1 innings this season.

After hard-throwing righty Jose Valdespina fanned four and gave up an unearned run in two innings, right-handers Coby Cowgill and Cody Kendall each worked a blank frame to close out the contest.

Valdespina failed to retire a batter in his first appearance this season. Since that game, he has been solid––10.1 ip, 10 h, 2 er, 3 bb, 11 k.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
5.0 4 1 0 2 7 0 1.93

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