Minor League Roundup – 6/7

Single-A Hickory starting pitcher Nick Tepesch turned in the best performance of his young career on Tuesday, hurling seven scoreless innings and striking out 10 batters. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Albuquerque 6
L - Hankins (5-4)
HR - Deeds (6)
33-26, 0.5 GB

After dropping three-of-four to Albuquerque, the Express have relinquished their division lead for the first time since April 16.

Although the Express had 10 hits and worked seven walks in the game, they scored only three runs––in large part because the team was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 16 men on base.

Starting pitcher Derek Hankins (6.71 ERA/.310 BAA) lost his third consecutive decision, as he permitted four runs on seven hits (including three homers) while striking out five.

Reliever Pedro Strop threw 23 of his 28 pitches in two innings for strikes, but he also yielded two runs on five hits. Strop fanned four without issuing a walk.

Cody Eppley (0.55 ERA/.172 BAA) hurled a perfect ninth inning, getting one strikeout.

Eight-hole hitting right fielder Doug Deeds (.273/.329/.481) produced two of Round Rock's runs with a two-run homer, his sixth of the season. He also walked once in five plate appearances.

Centerfielder Joey Butler (.323/.374/.480) was 2-for-3 with a base on balls, extending his hitting streak to 10 games. He is 14-for-36 (.389) with a double, a triple, a homer, and four walks during his current stretch.

Esteban German (3/6) singled three times while Chad Tracy (1/4, 3B) launched his second triple.

Player of the Game: RF Doug Deeds
4 1 1 0 1 2 1 0 .273

AA: Frisco – OFF
32-24, 6.0 GB

The Texas League was quiet on Tuesday. The RoughRiders will take their six-game winning streak back to Dr Pepper Ballpark on Wednesday, where they will face the first-place San Antonio Missions in a four-game set.

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Winston-Salem 6 (10 innings)
L - Kelly (2-3)
33-25, 3.5 GU

Joe Wieland (2.13 ERA/.241 BAA) walked a batter with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, ending his streak of consecutive hitters faced without issuing a walk at 227.

Still, the 21-year-old righty had another strong start, although he didn't figure in the decision. Wieland yielded just a pair of solo home runs over seven innings, spreading six hits, walking one, and striking out five.

Wieland now has 81 strikeouts and four walks in 72 innings with the Pelicans this season.

Reliever Trevor Hurley (2.00 ERA/.258 BAA) got the Pelicans through ‘regulation' with his two shutout frames. The 6-foot-3 hurler gave up two hits and punched out three without issuing a walk.

But things fell apart in the 10th inning, when hard-throwing righty Ryan Kelly coughed up four runs––including a three-run homer––in two-thirds of an inning. He permitted three hits and walked two.

Myrtle Beach scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings but didn't pose much of a threat offensively on Tuesday. Shortstop Leury Garcia (.236/.272/.320) led the way, going 2-for-4 with his 10th double. After a brutal slump in May, Garcia has begun picking up the pace in June.

The eight other Pelicans starters all had at least one single or one walk, but nobody else reached base multiple times.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
7.0 6 2 2 1 5 2 2.13

A: Hickory 10 – Lakewood 3
W - Tepesch (2-3)
HR - Skole (2)
32-26, 2.5 GB

Nick Tepesch (3.55 ERA/.268 BAA) led off the game by walking a batter, and then the runner was caught stealing. After the walk, Tepesch settled down to retire 14 of the next 15 batters he faced, allowing just one ball to leave the infield in the first five innings.

In the end, it was Tepesch's best start as a professional. The Missouri product worked a career-best seven shutout innings, allowing three hits, walking one, and striking out 10.

Tepesch has logged 50.2 innings with Hickory this year, yielding 51 hits, walking 11, and striking out 40.

Centerfielder Jake Skole (.244/.345/.330) helped provided some cushion with his two-run homer––his second of the season. The 19-year-old also drew his 26th walk in 50 games.

Leadoff man Jurickson Profar (.288/.402/.529) was 3-for-5 with his 15th double of the season. Odubel Herrera (2/5, 2B), Tomas Telis (1/5, 2B) and Jonathan Roof (1/4, 2B) also contributed one two-bagger apiece.

Christian Villanueva raised his batting average to .281 with two singles in four at-bats.

Ben Henry was touched up for the first time this season, surrendering three runs (two earned) in two innings. He allowed a home run to former University of Texas backstop Cameron Rupp.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Tepesch
7.0 3 0 0 1 10 0 3.55

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – DSL Marlins 1
W - Moreno (1-0)
SV - Valdespina (1)
5-1, 0.0 GU

The rain held off and the DSL Rangers finally got to play a full game on Tuesday morning.

Starting pitcher Dario Beltre was excellent, holding the Marlins to just one run on one hit over four innings. He walked two and struck out three.

Four relievers––Luis Moreno (1 IP), Jose Leclerc (2 IP), Luis de la Torre (1 IP), and Jose Valdespina (1 IP)––combined for five innings of scoreless ball to close out the victory.

The 18-year-old de la Torre was making his professional debut after sitting out all of last season with an elbow injury.

At the plate, first baseman and cleanup hitter Christefer Obispo was the star, going 1-for-4 with his second double and two RBI.

Shortstop Luis Marte (2/4) and third baseman Smerling Lantigua (0/3, BB) also knocked in one run apiece.

Designated hitter Elio Castillo, a 17-year-old Venezuela native, batted ninth in his professional debut and singled once in three trips.

Leadoff man Chris Garia was 1-for-3 with a walk. Through six games, the speedy Curacao native is just 3-for-19 at the plate, but he has also drawn six walks against five strikeouts.

Player of the Game: RHP Dario Beltre
4.0 1 1 1 2 3 0 1.13

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