Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/9

Single-A Hickory third baseman Joey Gallo continued to heat up on Tuesday, as he slugged his second home run in as many nights. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Iowa 2
W - Bonilla (1-0)
SV - Meek (2)
HR - Adduci (2)

The Express dropped the slumping Iowa Cubs to 0-6 out of the gates with another victory on Tuesday.

For the second consecutive evening, Round Rock jumped on top with a big first-inning home run. On Tuesday, it was first baseman Jim Adduci's two-run shot, his second of the season. Adduci also singled in five trips.

Round Rock won the game despite going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 runners on base.

Righty Josh Lindblom, who is being stretched into a starting role for the time being at least, threw 37 of his 60 pitches for strikes over four innings. He allowed a run on three hits, walking one and striking out four.

Lindblom's lone run allowed came on a Darnell McDonald solo home run.

Lindblom was followed by the other half of this past offseason's Michael Young trade, right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla. Bonilla picked up his first win with the Rangers' organization by hurling three innings of one-run ball, giving up a run on two hits. He fanned three.

Third baseman Mike Olt began to right the ship by going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run batted in. He dropped down to the seven spot in Round Rock's batting order.

Aaron Cunningham (1/2, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice while Jose Felix (2/4) picked up a pair of knocks.

Veteran relievers Nate Robertson and Evan Meek finished the contest with one scoreless frame apiece.

Player of the Game: 1B Jim Adduci
5 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .291

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 3
L - Feierabend (0-1)

Northwest Arkansas picked up its first win in six tries this season by defeating Frisco on Tuesday night.

The Naturals got extremely efficient work from starting pitcher Noel Arguelles, who needed just 69 pitches (50 strikes) to complete seven strong innings.

Meanwhile, Frisco starter Ryan Feierabend was undone by an Alex Buchholz throwing error in the second inning. Feierabend allowed three runs––just one earned––over five innings pitched.

Second baseman and leadoff hitter Odubel Herrera led the offense by going 2-for-4 with his second triple, though he was also picked off on the base paths.

Catcher Tomas Telis doubled––his third––for his only hit in three trips.

Jake Brigham held Northwest Arkansas off the scoreboard for 2.1 innings in relief of Feierabend, giving up a hit and walking one. Lefty Jimmy Reyes retired the final two batters on just two pitches.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Feierabend
5.0 6 3 1 0 3 1 4.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Lynchburg 8
L - Asher (0-1)

Big right-hander Alec Asher was hit hard for the second time in as many outings this season, coughing up three home runs in just 2.2 innings. Asher was tagged with seven runs––four earned––on six hits during that time, walking three and fanning two.

Although the Pelicans got strong work from their bullpen the remainder of the way, it wasn't enough to keep them in the game.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas (2/3, BB) and first baseman Trever Adams (2/4) each singled twice, though both also had an error in the field. Royce Bolinger (1/4, 2B) and Kellin Deglan (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare struck out the side in the bottom of the eighth inning, working around a walk.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
3 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 .400

A: Hickory 3 – Greenville 5
L - Leclerc (0-1)
HR - Gallo (2)

The Crawdads got strong work from young starting pitcher Kelvin Vasquez on Tuesday, as he began the game with four scoreless innings. The Dominican Republic native worked around three hits and two walks, striking out five.

Hard-throwing righty Jose Leclerc, who pitched in the Dominican Summer League last season, served up two home runs en route to yielding five runs in his two innings.

Tyler Smith stopped the bleeding by closing the game with three innings of one-hit shutout ball.

At the plate, third baseman Joey Gallo continued to heat up by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his second in as many games.

Centerfielder Lewis Brinson (1/3, BB) and catcher David Lyon (1/1, 2 BB) both reached base multiple times, as well. Brinson stole his third base.

The Hickory infield combined to turn four double plays in Tuesday's game.

Player of the Game: RHP Kelvin Vasquez
4.0 3 0 0 2 5 0 1.80

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