Minor League Roundup - 5/29

Frisco lefty Robbie Erlin and Myrtle Beach righty Justin Grimm both turned in strong debuts at their respective levels on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – Iowa 8
W - Strop (3-2)
HR - Davis (9), Teagarden (8), German (4)

Round Rock came back from an early 5-0 deficit by scoring six runs in the final four innings and earning the walkoff victory. Brad Nelson (0/3, 2 BB) ended the game with his game-winning sacrifice fly, scoring second baseman Esteban German.

German was 3-for-6 with a homer and two RBI.

Starting pitcher Brett Tomko, in his return to Triple-A, threw 53 pitches in only two innings of work. The veteran yielded five runs (three earned) on seven hits.

Left-hander Beau Jones kept the I-Cubs in check during four innings of long relief, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Third baseman Chris Davis had another huge game, going 4-for-5 with a walk and his ninth home run. Davis raised his Triple-A batting average to .409.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden went 2-for-4 with a double, a round-tripper, and a walk.

The Express drew nine total walks in the game. German, who had three hits, was the only starter that didn't work a free pass.

Pedro Strop earned the victory after he fanned two in a scoreless ninth, throwing eight of his 12 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: 3B Chris Davis
5 1 4 0 1 2 1 1 .409

AA: Frisco 9 – Tulsa 3
W - Erlin (1-0)
SV - Miller (3)
HR - Mendonca (11)

Lefty Robbie Erlin, who is the second-youngest pitcher in the Texas League at 20 years old, picked up the victory in his Double-A debut on Sunday.

The young hurler limited Tulsa to three runs on six hits (including two solo homers) over 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Erlin threw 71 strikes out of his 90 pitches.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca broke out of his recent slump by launching an opposite-field solo home run––his 11th––in the second inning. He was also hit by a pitch later in the contest.

Left fielder Jonathan Greene was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a base on balls.

Leonys Martin (0/2, 2 BB), Renny Osuna (1/3, 2 BB), Robinzon Diaz (1/3, HBP), Engel Beltre (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/2, BB) also reached multiple times.

Righty reliever Justin Miller (3.76 ERA/.232 BAA) earned his seventh save after he tossed 1.2 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
6.1 6 3 3 1 3 2 4.26

A+: Myrtle Beach 9 – Wilmington 3
W - Grimm (1-0)
HR - Chirino (1)

Justin Grimm shined in his Double-A debut, working six innings of one-run ball while allowing only three hits, walking one, and striking out five. The 22-year-old induced 11 ground ball outs against just one flyout.

At the plate, second baseman Santiago Chirino provided Grimm with plenty of support. The 19-year-old went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. His long ball––the first of the season––was a three-run shot in the second inning.

Shortstop Leury Garcia, who was 1-for-4 with his eighth double, has the Pelicans' only other extra-base hit.

Jared Hoying (2/4) singled twice while Mike Olt (1/2, 2 BB) singled and walked twice.

Ryan Strausborger (1/3, BB) and Zach Zaneski (1/3, BB) both singled and walked in four plate appearances.

Right-hander Trevor Hurley dropped his earned-run average to 1.80 with a blank ninth inning to close out the victory.

Player of the Game: 2B Santiago Chirino
4 2 3 0 1 4 0 0 .271

A: Hickory 4 – (@) West Virginia 3
W - Reyes (1-0)
SV - Rodebaugh (5)
HR - Selen (2)

Sunday's matchup of hard-throwing prospects Roman Mendez and Jameson Taillon was ultimately decided by the bullpens.

Taillon, the second overall pick in last year's MLB Draft, permitted just one run on two hits over five innings, fanning four without walking a batter.

The only run came off the bat of designated hitter Alejandro Selen, who launched a solo home run. He also singled and was hit by a pitch later in the contest.

Catcher Kellin Deglan (2/4, 2B), third baseman Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B) and second baseman Odubel Herrera (1/4, 2B) all doubled.

Mendez (2.85 ERA/.240 BAA) hurled shutout ball for six innings before failing to retire all three batters he faced in the seventh. All three hitters ultimately scored.

Overall, the former Red Sox prospect gave up three runs on six hits in six innings, walking one and fanning six.

Jimmy Reyes (2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) finished it off by keeping the Power off the scoreboard. Rodebaugh struck out one in a perfect ninth, dropping his ERA to a miniscule 0.67.

Player of the Game: DH Alejandro Selen
3 1 2 0 1 1 0 0 .333

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF

The Dominican Summer League Rangers got Sunday off.

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