Minor League Roundup - 6/9

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Hickory Crawdads, and Dominican Summer League Rangers all kept their recent hot streaks going with victories on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – (@) Iowa 1 – SUSP (bottom 4)
33-26, 0.0 GU

Thursday's contest was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning due to rain. It will be completed at 5:00 p.m. Central on Friday, just before the regularly scheduled game.

Rehabbing right-hander Tommy Hunter had a successful outing, tossing three scoreless and hitless innings on 45 pitches. He walked one, fanned two, and induced five groundouts against one flyout.

AA: Frisco 2 – San Antonio 5 (15 innings)
L - Snyder (4-1)
HR - Ruiz (6)
32-26, 8.0 GB

Thursday's 15-inning marathon included single runs from each team in the 12th inning. After the Missions scored in the top of the frame, Frisco first baseman Jose Ruiz came back with a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the inning.

Ruiz (.312/.375/.494) continued his recent hot streak, going 2-for-4 with a double, the solo home run, and two walks. The left-handed hitter has 18 walks and 28 strikeouts in 47 games this year.

RoughRiders starter Carlos Pimentel (4.29 ERA/.258 BAA) turned in his second consecutive strong seven-inning start. The 21-year-old Dominican Republic native held the circuit's top hitting team to one run on four hits in seven frames, walking and striking out two apiece. He threw 91 pitches.

Hard-throwing righty Justin Miller (3.26 ERA/.226 BAA) was the club's most effective arm out of the bullpen. Miller, 23, fanned four in two shutout frames. He now has 31 strikeouts and nine walks in 30.1 innings.

Travis Adair and Engel Beltre both singled twice in six official at-bats.

Cleanup hitter and DH Mike Bianucci went 0-for-6, dropping his batting average to .269. He is just 5-for-31 with 10 strikeouts in seven games this month.

Player of the Game: 1B Jose Ruiz
4 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 .312

A+: Myrtle Beach 8 – Winston-Salem 4
W - Loux (5-3)
SV - Hurley (4)
HR - DiFazio (2)
35-25, 4.0 GU

The Pelicans gave starting pitcher Barret Loux a huge early cushion with the help of some timely hitting. Catcher Vin DiFazio (.198/.381/.358) provided the biggest blow, belting a three-run homer in the third inning. He struck out in his other three plate appearances.

The support was plenty for Loux (3.75 ERA/.234 BAA) who allowed two runs while working a season-high seven innings. He gave up five hits––including a solo homer to former Texas A&M teammate Kyle Colligan––while walking one and striking out six.

Right fielder Jared Prince raised his average to .262 by going 3-for-4 with his 10th double of the year.

David Paisano (2/4) singled twice while Chris McGuiness (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice. The former Red Sox prospect has having a strange season. In 25 games, he is hitting just .278 with seven extra-base hits but has drawn 18 walks.

Lefty reliever Kasey Kiker allowed two hits and walked two batters in two-thirds of an inning. He gave up two runs, jumping his ERA to 7.23.

Trevor Hurley picked up his fourth save after getting out of the jam and striking out three in 1.1 hitless, scoreless innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Barret Loux
7.0 5 2 2 1 6 1 3.75

A: Hickory 8 – (@) Lexington 7
W - Marban (1-0)
SV - Rodebaugh (8)
HR - Richmond (6)
33-26, 2.5 GB

Neither team did itself any favors in Thursday's series opener, as the Legends committed four costly errors and the Crawdads pitchers walked nine batters.

Still, Hickory came storming back by plating seven runs in the final two innings to earn the one-run victory.

Hard-throwing righty Roman Mendez (3.88 ERA/.265 BAA) continued to scuffle a bit, as he permitted four runs on eight hits in five innings. Mendez walked three and struck out six, giving him 27 walks and 64 punchouts in 62.2 frames on the year.

Submarining righty Ben Rowen had a rare bout with control, issuing three walks (and allowing three runs) in 1.1 innings.

Right fielder Josh Richmond had just one hit in four trips, but it was a solo homer––his sixth––off 2010 Astros first-round pick Mike Foltynewicz.

Catcher Tomas Telis (.316/.361/.456) had three singles––including the game-winner in the top of the ninth––in five at-bats. The 19-year-old switch-hitting prospect has at least three knocks in five of his last six games.

Christian Villanueva (2/5, 2B) singled and doubled while Odubel Herrera (2/3, 2 BB) and Jhonny Gomez (1/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.

All nine players in the Crawdads lineup had at least one hit.

While the offense stormed back in the late innings, relievers Jorge Marban (1.2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) kept Lexington at bay. Marban struck out three while Rodebaugh lowered his ERA to 0.53.

Player of the Game: C Tomas Telis
5 1 3 0 0 1 0 0 .316

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – DSL Mets1 2
W - Morel (1-0)
SV - Gomez (1)
7-1, 2.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers made it seven consecutive wins with the latest triumph over the DSL Mets, and the club now sits two games ahead of its closest competition in the Boca Chica South division.

Left-handed starting pitcher Aliangel Lopez, who turned 17 in February, began the game with four shutout innings. He allowed two hits while walking one and striking out three.

Relievers Luis Morel (1 IP) and Jesus Fandino (2 IP) kept the Mets hitless and off the scoreboard for three innings. Panama native Jose Gomez yielded two runs (one earned) in two innings and got his first professional save.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Smerling Lantigua raised his average to .321 on the young season by going 1-for-2 with his second double–-the club's lone extra-base hit. He was also hit by a pitch.

Chris Garia (2/4), Alberto Triunfel (1/4), Christefer Obispo (1/3), Oswaldo Pirela (1/3) and Diego Cedeno (1/3) had the club's other knocks.

Third baseman Aneudy Feliz, 18-year-old brother of Neftali, has begun his professional career by going 0-for-4 with a walk over three games.

Player of the Game: RHP Aliangel Lopez
4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 0.00

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