Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/11

The Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians got into a bench-clearing brawl that made national news on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's action in the Texas Rangers' minor league system.

AAA: Round Rock – OFF
52-38, 5.0 GU

The Pacific Coast League is on its All-Star break. They'll take Monday and Tuesday off before playing the Triple-A All-Star Game in Salt Lake City on Wednesday evening. Round Rock returns to action at Memphis (48-42) on Thursday, July 14.

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Arkansas 3
W - Snyder (7-2)
SV - Miller (7)
10-7, 2.0 GB

Frisco squeaked out its second consecutive one-run victory over the Travelers on Monday evening.

Ben Snyder (3.81 ERA/.267 BAA) continued to pitch relatively well since being inserted into the RoughRiders' rotation in late June. The 25-year-old southpaw worked six innings, giving up one run (a solo homer) on five hits. He fanned five and walked only one.

Snyder picked up his seventh victory of the season, improving to 7-2.

Leadoff hitter Renny Osuna was the only Frisco batter with multiple knocks. The shortstop went 3-for-4 with his 13th double, two stolen bases, and a run batted in.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci (1/4, 2B) cranked his 21st double for his only hit in four trips.

Newcomers Mitch Hilligoss (0/2, BB) and Jimmy Swift (1/2, SAC) both reached base once. Hilligoss was the DH while Swift played third base.

Reliever Tyler Tufts has been excellent of late, but he allowed two runs on five hits in two frames on Monday. Justin Miller (2.38 ERA/.207 BAA) closed it out with a scoreless ninth inning, as he worked around a double and a walk. Miller earned his seventh save.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
6.0 5 1 1 1 5 1 3.81

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Wilmington 3
L - Ross (8-3)
HR - Bolden (3)
8-11, 4.5 GB

Robbie Ross (2.40 ERA/.237 BAA) worked his way in and out of trouble on Monday. And though he ultimately got credit for the quality start, he suffered his third loss of the year.

The 22-year-old prospect held Wilmington to three runs (two earned) over six innings, giving up seven hits while walking one and striking out one.

Ross had twirled scoreless ball in each of his previous three starts, spanning 17 innings.

The scuffling Pelicans offense continued to do just that. The bats logged just five hits in the game, and both runs came on a Jared Bolden (2/4, HR) two-run homer with two out in the top of the ninth. It was too little, too late for Myrtle Beach.

Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled while Ryan Strausborger (1/4) and Santiago Chirino (1/4) singled for the only other hits.

?Playing in his first Carolina League game, Jonathan Roof played second base and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a base on balls. He batted second in the Pelicans' batting order.

After catcher Vin DiFazio went 0-for-2 with two walks, he now has 10 free passes in his last 10 contests. The 25-year-old backstop has more walks (33) than base hits (28) on the season, giving him a .215 batting average with a .407 on-base percentage.

Lefty reliever Kasey Kiker (6.57 ERA/.234 BAA) plunked one in an otherwise clean and scoreless seventh inning. After walking five batters in his last appearance, Trevor Hurley (2.23 ERA/.202 BAA) sat down the side in order during the eighth.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Bolden
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 .263

A: Hickory – OFF
11-7, 1.0 GB

Hickory was off on Monday. The club begins a four-game series at West Virginia (6-12) on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

SSA: Spokane 6 – Vancouver 9
L - Robinson (0-1)
13-12, 1.0 GB

The Indians didn't win on Monday evening, but their brawl with the Vancouver players made national headlines. Among the players that earned suspensions for the fracas were pitcher Matt West (six games), infielder Rougned Odor (four games), and pitchers Jose Monegero (three games) and Santo Perez (three games).

Starting pitcher John Kukuruda was knocked around for four runs on four hits (including two homers) in three-plus innings of work. Lefty reliever Sam Robinson also struggled, as he surrendered three runs on six hits in two frames.

Left fielder Trever Adams (.325/.393/.488) went 3-for-5 with his ninth double and four runs batted in. Brett Nicholas (3/5, 2B) also singled twice and doubled once while Rougned Odor (2/2, 2B) had a two-bagger of his own before being ejected due to the brawl.

After taking part in the brawl, righty reliever Jose Monegro (1.76 ERA/.217 BAA) punched out two more in 1.1 scoreless innings. He wasn't ejected from the game but did receive the aforementioned three-game suspension.

Player of the Game: 1B Trever Adams
5 0 3 1 0 4 0 1 .325

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
11-5, 2.0 GU

The first-place Surprise Rangers take two days off before returning to action on Wednesday evening.

DSL: DSL Rangers 2 – (@) DSL Yankees1 3 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Montero (2-1)

The Dominican Rangers kept the Yankees1 scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Yankees struck back for three runs to win the game.

Leadoff man Chris Garia raised his average to .321 with a pair of singles in three at-bats. Right fielder Jose Gonzalez, who was 1-for-2, had the only other hit.

Richelson Pena was the pitcher who threw shutout ball until the sixth inning. Overall, he worked 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, fanning three without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Richelson Pena
5.1 4 2 2 0 3 0 4.03

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – DSL Yankees1 1 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - A. Leclerc (3-1)
23-13, 2.0 GU

The Rangers came back and took care of business in the second game, splitting the doubleheader and keeping their division lead over the Yankees1 at two games.

Righty Anyelo Leclerc (0.00 ERA/.115) got his first professional start and gave up only an unearned run in five innings. He scattered four hits, walked one, and struck out five.

The 19-year-old Leclerc has yet to surrender an earned run in 22 innings this season. During that span, he has allowed just nine hits while issuing nine walks and fanning 28.

Brother Jose Leclerc worked around a hit and two walks to post a scoreless sixth inning, and Luis Moreno finished off the victory with a 1-2-3 seventh.

Offensively, catcher Oswaldo Pirela (2/3, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit.

DH Smerling Lantigua singled twice and knocked in two runs. Chris Garia (1/2, HBP), Alex Gonzalez (1/2, BB), Luis Marte (1/3) and Jose Gonzalez (1/2) had the other hits.

Player of the Game: RHP Anyelo Leclerc
5.0 4 1 0 1 5 0 0.00

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