Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/3

Although the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell in extra innings on Monday, starting pitcher Jerad Eichkoff struck out 11 batters in eight innings. 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 7 (12 innings)
L - Robertson (1-2)
HR - Adduci (6)

Round Rock tied the game by plating a run in the bottom of the ninth, but they ultimately fell after surrendering two in the 12th.

Right fielder Jim Adduci's leadoff solo home run in the ninth knotted the game. Overall, he went 2-for-4 with a double, that home run, a walk, and two RBI.

Appearing in his first Triple-A game since the vision issues, third baseman Mike Olt singled three times in five at-bats. He struck out once.

Joey Butler (2/5, 2B), Aaron Cunningham (1/6, 2B), and Engel Beltre (1/3, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Second baseman Greg Miclat had two singles in four at-bats, and he also stole his seventh base.

On the mound, veteran righty Scott Richmond lasted seven innings but allowed five runs. He surrendered seven hits while walking two and striking out two.

Righty Kyle McClellan followed with a perfect ninth inning, striking out one and throwing all nine of his pitches for strikes.

Dominican reliever Lisalverto Bonilla then followed with his best outing of the season, as well. The former Phillies prospect went nine up, nine down, striking out five hitters.

But Round Rock fell after Nate Robertson permitted two runs in the 12th.

Player of the Game: RF Jim Adduci
4 2 2 1 1 2 1 0 .253

AA: Frisco – OFF

The ‘Riders didn't play on Monday.

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Potomac 2 (10 innings)
L - Rojas (3-1)

Pelicans right-hander Jerad Eickhoff (3.66 ERA/.251 BAA) didn't factor in the decision despite turning in perhaps the best outing of his career.

The 22-year-old Eickhoff hurled eight innings of one-run ball, surrendering just three hits. He struck out 11 and issued one walk.

Through 11 starts this season, Eickhoff has the following stat-line––66.1 ip, 62 h, 27 er, 12 bb, 46 k.

The Myrtle Beach offense collected only three singles in the game, coming from shortstop Luis Sardinas (1/3), second baseman Rougned Odor (1/4), and right fielder Preston Beck (1/3). Sardinas brought home the Pelicans' only run with a sacrifice fly.

Sinkerballing righty Randol Rojas suffered the loss after giving up a run––coming on a solo homer––in two innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eichkoff
8.0 3 1 1 1 11 1 3.66

A: Hickory – OFF

The Crawdads enjoyed a day off on Monday.

DSL: DSL Rangers 8 – DSL Phillies 3
W - Beltre (1-0)

The Dominican Rangers improved to 2-0 with a victory on Monday, blowing past the Phillies with a five-run bottom of the eighth.

Although control is often an issue for pitchers in the Dominican Summer League, the four Rangers hurlers on Monday combined to strike out 10 Phillies while issuing just one walk.

Starting pitcher Pedro Payano allowed two runs––one earned––on four hits in four innings, walking one and striking out five.

Dario Beltre, who earned the win, followed with three innings of one-hit, shutout relief. Albert Decena (1 IP) and Rafael Cedeno (1 IP) each tossed a scoreless frame to finish the game.

Catcher Ricardo Valencia was the offensive star of the game, going 1-for-3 with a double and four runs batted in. He also had a sacrifice fly.

Left fielder Carlos Arroyo, who was 1-for-4, hit his first triple.

Juremi Profar (0/2, 2 BB), Diego Cedeno (0/2, 2 BB), and Brallan Perez (2/3) all reached base twice.

Player of the Game: C Ricardo Valencia
3 1 1 1 0 4 0 1 .333

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