Minor League Roundup - 5/13

Friday was an overall unspectacular day in the Texas Rangers' minor league system, although the Frisco RoughRiders kept rolling and Carlos Pimentel earned his first Double-A victory. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Tucson 3
L - Strop (2-1)
23-12, 3.5 GU

Since returning to Triple-A, reliever Pedro Strop has factored in the decision in each of his three appearances. And while none of his outings have been clean, Friday marked his first loss.

Strop entered in the bottom of the ninth in a tie game. His inning went as follows––groundout, walk, strikeout swinging, intentional walk, walk, run-scoring single to center. Including the four intentional balls, the hard-throwing righty threw just 10 of his 26 pitches for strikes, walking three batters in two-thirds of an inning.

Despite the loss, starter Seth McClung (3.63 ERA/.248 BAA) turned in his best outing of the season. The 30-year-old worked a season-high seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out two.

McClung had run into problems with pitch efficiency in previous outings, but he needed only 99 pitches to complete the seven frames on Friday.

Lefty Beau Jones (2.61 ERA/.368 BAA) followed McClung by walking one in an otherwise clean eighth inning. Since his Triple-A promotion, Jones has allowed just three runs in 10.1 innings––but he has worked around 14 hits and seven walks in that span.

Perhaps the most intriguing news of the night was that leadoff hitter and centerfielder Endy Chavez was lifted from the game in the first inning––shortly after Julio Borbon was pulled from the Rangers' game with a strained hamstring.

If the Rangers have to place Borbon on the disabled list, the 33-year-old Chavez would almost certainly be the outfielder to get the call.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden (2/4) and designated hitter Robinzon Diaz (2/3) both singled twice. Left fielder Brad Nelson walked and singled in four trips.

Player of the Game: RHP Seth McClung
7.0 6 2 2 0 2 1 3.63

AA: Frisco 5 – Corpus Christi 2
W - Pimentel (1-3)
SV - Flores (1)
17-17, 6.0 GB

With the win, Frisco improved to 9-3 in May and won its fourth consecutive game.

Carlos Pimentel (4.63 ERA/.278 BAA) continued to show improvement, as he picked up his first Double-A victory on Friday. The 21-year-old scattered six singles and two walks over six innings, giving up two runs. He also struck out six.

After getting off to a rough start, Pimentel has permitted two earned runs or fewer in four of his last five outings.

The RoughRiders offense posted five runs in the game, but due to three Corpus Christi errors, outfielder Leonys Martin had the club's only run batted in.

Martin went hitless in his second official game, going 0-for-4. His plate appearances went as follows––groundout to shortstop (2-2; nine-pitch at-bat), bunt popout to first base (0-0), RBI groundout to second base (3-1), groundout to shortstop (3-2).

Frisco had eight singles in the game, with first baseman Jonathan Greene (2/4) and DH Davis Stoneburner (2/4) getting two knocks apiece.

Catcher Jose Felix (.221/.239/.349) was 1-for-2 with a walk, his first of the season. The 22-year-old entered the game with only one free pass in 192 career Double-A plate appearances.

The recent departure of reliever Mark Hamburger to Triple-A left a glaring hole in the Frisco bullpen, but righties Ramon Aguero, Fabio Castillo, and Adalberto Flores each worked a scoreless frame to close out the game on Friday. The hurlers combined to throw 24 strikes out of 38 pitches, giving up just one single.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
6.0 6 2 2 2 6 0 4.63

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Lynchburg 8
L - Loux (2-3)
21-13, 1.0 GB

The Atlanta Braves' new High-A affiliate––the Lynchburg Hillcats––returned to Myrtle Beach's BB&T Coastal Field for the first time since the switch. And they appeared to take out some frustration on the Pelicans, pounding their way to a seven-run victory.

Myrtle Beach's offense was shut down by hard-throwing Braves prospect Arodys Vizcaino, who hurled seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

On the other side, Barret Loux (4.29 ERA/.236 BAA) had the first rough start of his young professional career. The Texas A&M product yielded six runs on six hits in 4.2 innings, striking out four. Though he walked only one, he plunked three batters.

Jared Bolden (.233/.290/.384) was the only Pelicans hitter doing much of anything on Friday, as he was 2-for-4 with a triple. After Bolden tripled in the ninth, Ryan Strausborger drove him home on a sacrifice fly for the club's only run.

Mitch Hilligoss (1/3) and Jared Prince (1/3) had the other two hits.

After going hitless in four at-bats, third baseman Mike Olt is now just 8-for-36 (.222) with one extra-base hit (a homer) this month. He does have six walks against only five strikeouts.

Sinkerballing righty Zach Osborne worked a scoreless ninth inning, giving up a hit and striking out one.

Player of the Game: LF-1B Jared Bolden
4 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 .233

A: Hickory 4 – Augusta 8
L - Perez-Lobo (0-2)
20-14, 2.5 GB

The Crawdads fell behind 4-0 early, came back to tie it in the bottom of the eighth, and surrendered four runs in the top of the ninth.

Starting pitcher Matt Thompson (4.33 ERA/.222 BAA) was hit-and-miss during the outing, as he allowed four runs in five innings. Thompson yielded five hits, walked three, and struck out eight.

The 21-year-old began the outing by retiring eight of the first nine hitters he faced. But the Greenjackets struck for a quick two-out rally in the third, getting a double, a walk, and a three-run homer.

Right-hander Cody Buckel permitted four hits and a walk in his two innings, but he managed to keep Augusta off the board. He struck out two.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva helped lead the comeback effort, going 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles––giving him 10 two-baggers for the season. Right fielder Josh Richmond was 3-for-4 with his 10th double.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.213/.330/.427) had a double and a walk in four trips. Although Profar has a low batting average, he has six doubles, two triples, three homers, and 14 walks in 108 plate appearances this year.

Tomas Telis singled and drove home two runs, but he also committed his sixth passed ball in 15 games behind the plate.

Righty relievers Andres Perez-Lobo (1.2 IP) and Jorge Marban (0.1 IP) yielded two runs apiece in the ninth inning, with the two combining to walk five hitters while allowing only one hit.

While the 19-year-old Perez-Lobo has solid stuff, he has issued 10 walks (and struck out seven) in 7.2 innings since joining Hickory from extended spring training.

Player of the Game: RF Josh Richmond
4 1 3 1 0 1 0 1 .237

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