Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/12

The Hickory Crawdads' offense flexed some muscle with four home runs on Tuesday while also showing some speed in six stolen bases. 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 3 – (@) Arkansas 2
W - Scheppers (2-0)
SV - Castillo (9)
11-7, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders stunned the Travelers by scoring all three of their runs in the top of the ninth inning––and without the benefit of a single ‘official' run batted in.

Frisco scored via a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt before plating two more on a fielding error by the shortstop. Arkansas made three ninth-inning errors that cost them the game, and Engel Beltre's single was Frisco's only hit in the frame.

Starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel (4.78 ERA/.273 BAA) worked six strong innings, giving up two runs. He scattered five hits while walking two and striking out four.

Pimentel actually gave up a two-run homer just three batters into the game. He quickly settled down to retire 11 of the next 12 hitters he faced and didn't permit a run over the next 5.2 innings. The by-definition quality start (six innings, three earned runs or fewer) was Pimentel's first since he tossed seven innings of one-run ball against San Antonio on June 9.

Richard Bleier, Tanner Scheppers, and Fabio Castillo worked one scoreless inning apiece out of the bullpen, helping carry the club to victory.

Scheppers has scuffled of late, but he got a 1-2-3 inning while throwing seven of his 10 pitches for strikes.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner was 2-for-4 with his 18th double, the RoughRiders' only extra-base hit of the game. DH Mitch Hilligoss (2/4) singled twice while third baseman Jimmy Swift (0/2, 2 BB) had a pair of walks.

Neither team logged a hit with a runner in scoring position during the game––Frisco was officially 0-for-9 while Arkansas went hitless in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
6.0 5 2 2 2 4 1 4.78

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
8-11, 4.5 GB

The Pelicans, who have dipped into last place during their current rough patch, had Tuesday off. They return home to begin a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox on Wednesday.

A: Hickory 11 - (@) West Virginia 5
W - Henry (3-0)
HR - Profar (9), Telis (8), Clark (5, 6)
12-7, 0.0 GU

The Crawdads flashed a mixture of power and speed, belting four home runs and stealing six bases in Tuesday's series-opening blowout at West Virginia.

On the down side, righty Matt Thompson's control troubles continued. The native Texan issued six walks and uncorked two more wild pitches in 2.1 innings. He also gave up six hits but limited the damage to three runs.

The 21-year-old Thompson has walked 32 batters in his last six starts, spanning just 20.2 innings. Thompson walked only 23 in 129.1 frames over a full season with Hickory last year.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Andrew Clark (.297/.425/.431) hasn't hit for a ton of power this season, but the 23-year-old went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI.

DH Tomas Telis (.308/.347/.444) was 2-for-4 with a homer, three RBI, a walk, and a stolen base. After batting .358 in June, Telis is 10-for-30 in his first seven contests this month.

And shortstop Jurickson Profar (.272/.381/.498), making his return from the Futures Game in which he was 1-for-2 with a triple, went 2-for-5 with a solo home run––his ninth of the season––and his 11th stolen base.

Teodoro Martinez (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice and stole his 16th base. Josh Richmond (1/4, 2B) belted his 25th double.

Jake Skole (2/4, BB) and Odubel Herrera (2/4, BB) had two singles and a walk apiece, and both also logged a stolen base. Herrera's was his 22nd of the season.

Hickory's offense plated seven total runs in the game's first two innings. The bullpen helped the club cruise to victory after Thompson left the game.

Relievers Ben Rowen (0.2 IP), Jimmy Reyes (1 IP), Yoon-Hee Nam (2 IP) and Colby Killian (1 IP) all threw shutout ball.

Nam was pitching in his first full-season game this year. He had been in Arizona all season due to an injury. On Tuesday, he gave up one hit and struck out three in two shutout frames.

Player of the Game: 1B Andrew Clark
4 2 2 0 2 4 1 1 .297

SSA: Spokane – OFF
13-12, 1.0 GB

The short-season Spokane Indians had Tuesday off. They now travel to Everett, where they will begin a five-game set on Wednesday.

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 6 – DSL Mets1 8
L - Beltre (0-2)
23-14, 2.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers fell behind early before scoring five runs in their final three at-bats, but it was too little, too late.

Talented starter Dario Beltre got the nod after working out of the bullpen for a few weeks. He yielded five runs (two earned) in three innings, giving up seven hits and walking one.

The star out of the bullpen was lefty Leonel Gil (5.63 ERA/.242 BAA), who kept the Rangers in the game by going nine up, nine down in three perfect innings of relief. He struck out one.

Although erratic southpaw Geuris Grullon had been excellent for the DSL Rangers before Tuesday, he issued three walks, had two wild pitches, and surrendered three runs in just one-third of an inning. The three extra runs proved to be the ultimate difference in the game.

Shortstop Luis Marte (.328/.348/.472) was 2-for-4 with a double––his 12th––and a base on balls. Catcher Fernando Vivili (2/4, 2B) and pinch-hitter Alex Gonzalez (1/1, 2B) also doubled.

Switch-hitting right fielder Jose Gonzalez raised his average to .326 with a single and two walks in four plate appearances.

Chris Garia (.314/.438/.381) was 0-for-4 with a walk but also stole his 16th base in 23 attempts.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Marte
4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 .328

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