Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/6

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads earned a doubleheader sweep on Monday, and third baseman Joey Gallo went a combined 3-for-6 with a double and a triple. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – Nashville 9
L - Bonilla (2-1)

The Express got plenty of base runners on Monday, but they went just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners in the loss.

Nashville's pitching combined to issue nine walks in the game and allow six hits, four of which were doubles.

Meanwhile, Round Rock starting pitcher Josh Lindblom had his roughest outing of the season, though he didn't pitch particularly poor. The former reliever allowed three runs on four hits in five innings, walking three and striking out two.

The Sounds did most of their damage against reliever Lisalverto Bonilla, who threw only 11 of his 27 pitches for strikes in one inning. Bonilla coughed up four runs on three hits––including two homers––and two walks.

Although the 22-year-old Bonilla has been solid at times with Round Rock, he's had more than a few rough outings. His overall stat line––15.2 ip, 17 h, 14 r, 11 bb, 25 k.

Express hitters Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B), Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B), Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2B, BB), and Alex Buchholz (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Greg Miclat (1/2, 3 BB) and Jim Adduci (0/2, 3 BB) both walked three times. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte went 1-for-3 with a pair of free passes.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
3 1 1 1 0 1 1 2 .242

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Midland 7
L - Mavare (0-1)

Left-hander Martin Perez made his first rehab start with an affiliate since breaking a bone in his wrist during spring training. The results were positive for the young hurler, as he allowed one run over four innings. Throwing 53 pitches, Perez scattered five hits and fanned one without walking a batter.

Midland busted the game open off righty Arlett Mavare in his second Double-A appearance. Mavare was tagged for five runs in the fifth inning.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto (3/4) and catcher Tomas Telis (3/4) both singled three times in four at-bats. Alberto raised his batting average to .295.

Left fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/4, 2B) doubled for the team's lone extra-base hit. It was his fourth two-bagger of the campaign.

Brett Nicholas (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Coming on in relief of Mavare, Dominican right-hander Roman Mendez punched out a pair in two scoreless frames. He didn't allow a hit and walked one.

Through 15.1 innings this season, Mendez has permitted one unearned run on only five hits, walking six and striking out 14.

Player of the Game: SS Hanser Alberto
4 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 .295

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF

The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Monday.

A: Hickory 4 – Savannah 3 (8 innings – Game 1)
W - Kendall (1-0)
HR - Alfaro (6)

The Crawdads claimed the first game of Monday's doubleheader in walkoff fashion. Hickory scored when Ryan Rua reached on an error, plating third baseman Joey Gallo.

Gallo flashed his big raw power once again, going 2-for-4 with his sixth double and his first triple. Gallo had doubled earlier in the eighth inning.

Jorge Alfaro, playing first base, launched his sixth home run of the season––a solo shot––in the second.

Hickory starting pitcher Sam Stafford returned from the disabled list and pitched three innings of one-run ball, though he had to work out of some trouble. The former Longhorn allowed three hits and walked two. He struck out one.

Kent State product Ryan Bores pitched around four walks in three scoreless innings, giving up just one hit.

Cody Kendall blew the save but ultimately earned the ‘W' after allowing two runs––one earned––in two frames.

Player of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .235

A: Hickory 5 – Savannah 3 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Smith (4-0)
SV - Claudio (3)
HR - Brinson (6), Maloney (6)

Hickory mashed two more home runs in the nightcap, and they got excellent starting pitching from righty Tyler Smith.

Smith logged a career-best six innings en route to his fourth victory. He allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out eight without walking a hitter.

First baseman Joe Maloney was the Crawdads' offensive star, as he went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run. Toolsy outfielder Lewis Brinson led off the game with a solo shot, his sixth of the year.

Luis Mendez (1/3, 2B) and Nick Vickerson (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Joey Gallo (1/3), Jordan Akins (1/3), and Luis Mendez (1/2) had the team's other knocks.

Sidearming reliever Alexander Claudio finished the game by striking out all three batters he faced in the seventh. The Puerto Rico native lowered his ERA to 2.05.

Player of the Game: 1B Joe Maloney
3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 .164

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