Minor League Roundup - 4/18

Between Joe Wieland and Roman Mendez, the Rangers organization got a pair of solid starts from Class-A right-handers on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) New Orleans 1
W - Mobley (1-0)
SV - Tateyama (1)
8-4, 0.5 GU

The Express had a scary moment in the bottom of the first inning, when Zephyrs leadoff man Bryan Peterson hit a one-hop smash off the side of Eric Hurley's head. Hurley was forced to leave the game, although he walked off the field on his own power.

The official press release from the Express can be found at this link. He was diagnosed with a contusion on the side of his head and went to the hospital for precautionary measures.

It's more bad luck for Hurley, who is returning after missing over two full seasons due to shoulder and wrist surgeries. Following his first regular-season start on April 8, he missed an outing due to an illness and was forced from Monday's game through just four pitches.

In Hurley's absence, the stretched-out bullpen did an excellent job of holding New Orleans at bay for 8.2 innings.

Round Rock got scoreless relief from Chris Mobley (2.2 IP), Yhency Brazoban (3 IP), and Zach Phillips (2 IP). Righty Yoshinori Tateyama permitted a solo homer in the ninth but was able to hold on for the save, as he fanned two.

Red-hot leadoff hitter and second baseman Esteban German (.347/.418/.551) had three singles and a walk in five trips. He also stole two bases, giving him five in as many attempts. German is 8-for-13 with two doubles and three walks over his last three games.

Centerfielder Craig Gentry, who was 2-for-3 with a walk and his third steal, was the only other Round Rock player with multiple hits.

The Express had nine hits in the game––all singles––but stranded 10 on base.

Brian Barden (1/3, BB), Luis Cruz (1/3, BB) and Brad Nelson (1/3, BB) all walked and singled once.

Player of the Game: 2B Esteban German
4 1 3 0 0 1 1 1 .347

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Arkansas 4 (15 innings)
L - Miller (0-1)
4-7, 3.0 GB

The RoughRiders and Travelers battled through a 15-inning marathon that took four hours and twenty-four minutes to complete.

Starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan faced Arkansas for his second consecutive outing. The first time out, the 21-year-old coughed up five runs and failed to record an out in the second inning.

Boscan was much better in Monday's outing, limiting the Travs to two runs on five hits over five innings, walking none and striking out six. He threw 53 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

The Frisco bullpen followed Boscan with six innings of hitless relief work, coming from Beau Jones (1.1 IP), Ramon Aguero (1.2 IP) and Adalberto Flores (3 IP).

Although Aguero didn't yield a hit or a run, he threw just 13 of 31 pitches for strikes, walked three (while striking out two), and uncorked a pair of wild pitches.

Lefty Corey Young tacked on a scoreless 12th inning.

With the bullpen taxed, right-hander Justin Miller went for 2.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits. He was the losing pitcher, giving up a game-tying home run to top prospect Mike Trout in the 13th followed by the walkoff single to Luis Jimenez in the 15th.

The RoughRiders' only extra-base knocks in the game were doubles from first baseman Jose Ruiz (1/6, 2B) and left fielder Jonathan Greene (2/5, 2B).

Leadoff hitter and centerfielder Engel Beltre got seven official at-bats, collecting three singles and striking out four times. He was 1-for-2 on the base paths.

Tom Mendonca (2/7) and Robinzon Diaz (2/6) had two singles apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Adalberto Flores
3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.13

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Winston-Salem 1
W - Doyle (1-0)
SV - Hurley (1)
7-3, 0.5 GB

Monday's series opener between the Pelicans and Dash ended in exciting fashion, with left fielder Travis Adair gunning down the potential tying run at the plate for the final out.

The low-scoring contest was started by righty Joe Wieland, who allowed just a single run while scattering seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.

The 21-year-old Wieland has walked three and fanned 17 through his first 12 innings this season.

Right-hander Andrew Doyle followed by retiring all six batters he faced, recording three strikeouts, two groundouts, and a lineout to shortstop. Fellow Big 12 product Trevor Hurley closed it out with a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

At the plate, shortstop Leury Garcia continued to climb out of his early-season slump. The switch-hitter raised his average to .171 by going 2-for-4 with his first double and his first run batted in.

Ryan Strausborger (1/4, 2B) and Vin DiFazio (1/3, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Adair (2/4) and Andres James (2/3) had two singles apiece.

Longtime Rangers farmhand Ian Gac, now in the White Sox organization, played first base and batted cleanup for the Dash on Monday night. He was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 7 1 1 1 7 0 1.50

A: Hickory 6 – (@) Kannapolis 1
W - Mendez (2-0)
8-4, 1.0 GB

Fireballing righty Roman Mendez turned in another strong effort for the Crawdads, yielding one run over 5.1 innings. He permitted four singles, walked two, and struck out five.

After giving up a run in the first inning, Mendez went on lockdown and retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced. The 20-year-old former Red Sox prospect has allowed only one run in each of his first three starts, spanning 14.1 innings.

Hickory's offense tallied eight hits in the game––with eight of the nine starters getting exactly one hit.

Right fielder Josh Richmond continued to show signs of improvement, going 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and a run batted in. Corner infielders Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B) and Jhonny Gomez (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez flashed his speed early in the contest. After leading off the game with a walk, he promptly stole both second and third before scoring on a sacrifice fly. Martinez swiped three total bases in the game, giving him six on the season.

The Crawdads also got steals from Odubel Herrera (4th) and Jonathan Roof (2nd). Herrera, who was 1-for-2, was plunked twice.

Righty relievers Joe Van Meter (1.2 IP) and Zach Osborne (2 IP) finished out the game with shutout ball.

Osborne, 22, was particularly impressive, retiring all six batters he faced, getting three groundouts and two strikeouts. He has fanned 14 while issuing one walk over eight innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
5.1 4 1 1 2 4 0 1.88

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