Minor League Roundup - 4/20

Triple-A Round Rock southpaw Zach Jackson took a no-hitter into the eighth on Wednesday while both of the Rangers' Single-A clubs continued their hot streaks. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – (@) Oklahoma City 3
W - Jackson (2-0)
SV - Eppley (3)
10-4, 1.5 GU

Left-hander Zach Jackson was the story of the night in the Rangers' minor league system. One night after Frisco's Martin Perez worked a five-inning perfect game, Jackson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

The 27-year-old surrendered a leadoff double to catcher Carlos Corporan in the eighth. But he still earned the victory and finished with a solid line. Jackson worked 8.1 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out five.

While Jackson hasn't been part of a no-hitter in professional baseball, he did work a seven-inning no-no in his first start at Texas A&M in 2004. Facing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the southpaw hurled seven hitless innings, walking one and striking out eight.

Leadoff man Esteban German (.368/.446/.561) has been arguably the hottest hitter in the system of late. On Wednesday, he recorded his fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Chad Tracy (2/4, 2B) and Kevin Cash (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Right fielder Joey Butler singled and struck out in four trips. In his first six Triple-A games, he is 4-for-22 (.182) with a double, three walks, and 10 strikeouts.

Sidearming righty Cody Eppley picked up the save by recording the final two outs of the contest to close out the 5-3 win.

Player of the Game: LHP Zach Jackson
8.1 4 3 3 3 5 0 5.23

AA: Frisco – OFF
5-7, 3.0 GB

The Texas League's South Division took Wednesday off. The RoughRiders return home to face the Corpus Christi Hooks in a four-game set, beginning on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. Central.

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – Winston-Salem 4 (12 innings)
W - Kiker (1-1)
8-3, 0.5 GB

The game took 12 innings to settle, but the Pelicans eventually took home the three-game series sweep of the Dash. Myrtle Beach extended its winning streak to six consecutive games.

Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin didn't have his best of outings, as he permitted four runs (three earned) over five innings. The southpaw gave up four hits, plunked two, walked one, and struck out three.

Erlin has yielded one home run in each of his three starts this season, but he has also given up just 10 hits and three walks over his first 15 frames.

The bullpen kept Winston-Salem off the scoreboard for the remaining seven innings. Left-hander Joe Ortiz worked three no-hit frames, walking one and striking out two. Kenny Gomez was just as good, as he allowed only a single in three scoreless innings.

In nine innings this season, the 23-year-old Gomez has permitted four hits, walked three, and fanned 12.

Kasey Kiker worked around two hits in a blank 12th inning. He struck out one and––most importantly––didn't walk a batter.

Kiker's shutout frame paved the way for Myrtle Beach to win the game on Travis Adair's infield single. Adair, who is hitting .378 thus far, was 3-for-6 with his third double.

First baseman Chris McGuiness led the way offensively by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two walks. He is now hitting .326.

Leury Garcia (2/6, 2B) doubled once. Second baseman Santiago Chirino (3/6) and left fielder Jared Hoying (2/6) also had solid efforts.

Hoying picked up an outfield assist by throwing a runner out at home plate. Chirino, normally an excellent defender, committed a pair of errors.

Third baseman Mike Olt was 0-for-3 officially, but he drew three walks to give him 11 free passes in 12 games this season.

Player of the Game: LHP Joe Ortiz
3.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.38

A: Hickory 8 – (@) Hagerstown 3
W - Killian (2-0)
9-4, 0.0 GU

The Crawdads moved into a tie for first place with a five-run victory that included a pair of big innings late in the game.

Hickory starting pitcher Nick Tepesch surrendered a whopping nine hits––eight of which were singles––over four innings, but he limited the damage to three runs. Tepesch, who also plunked two, fanned three without walking a batter.

The bullpen did excellent work once again, allowing the offense to claw its way back into the game.

Right-hander Colby Killian issued three walks in three innings, but he held the Suns hitless and scoreless while striking out three. Ryan Rodebaugh finished it off by striking out four over two shutout frames.

The 22-year-old Rodebaugh has begun his season with seven scoreless innings, giving up six hits, walking two, and striking out 11.

Three-hole hitter and catcher Tomas Telis (.354/.389/.563) extended his hitting streak to nine games, going 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, and three runs batted in. Telis now has four walks (against three strikeouts) in 13 contests. He had a combined 10 free passes in 90 games between '09 and '10.

Right fielder Josh Richmond continued to break out of his slump by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, giving him five on the season.

Jake Skole (.277/.346/.362) had a single, a double, and a walk in five plate appearances. He also stole his fourth base in five attempts. After a slow start, Skole has hit safely in each of his last six games.

Odubel Herrera (2/5, 3B) singled and tripled while Christian Villanueva (2/5) and Jonathan Roof (3/4) singled multiple times.

Despite having perhaps the youngest (and least experienced) lineup in the Sally League, the Crawdads currently rank second in the circuit in batting average (.287), first in on-base percentage (.363), and third in slugging percentage (.433).

Player of the Game: RF Josh Richmond
5 1 3 2 0 1 0 1 .231

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