Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/16

Left-hander Martin Perez earned the victory in his Triple-A debut on Saturday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) Memphis 2
W - Perez (1-0)
SV - Strop (7)
HR - Butler (7)
55-39, 6.0 GU

Left-hander Martin Perez, who is just 20 years old, picked up the victory in his first Triple-A start. The Rangers' top prospect threw 76 pitches over five innings, giving up a run and scattering six hits. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

The club's other top prospect named Martin––leadoff hitter and centerfielder Leonys Martin––also had a big game, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in.

Right fielder Joey Butler belted a solo homer and walked once in four plate appearances. Taylor Teagarden (1/4, 2B) hit his fourth double.

After Mark Hamburger allowed a run in two innings of work, righty relievers Darren O'Day and Pedro Strop tossed one scoreless frame apiece to close out the game. O'Day retired the side in order on 11 pitches while Strop worked around a lone walk.

The Express went up against former Rangers left-handed reliever Ron Mahay in the game. The 40-year-old veteran worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
5.0 6 1 1 0 4 0 1.80

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 4
L - Erlin (5-1)
HR - Bianucci (20)
12-9, 2.0 GB

Frisco starting pitcher Robbie Erlin battled his way through a few struggles on Saturday but ended up with his first Double-A loss. The 20-year-old prospect allowed four runs on 10 hits in six innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk and threw 87 pitches.

Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan, making his Double-A debut, tossed two innings of no-hit, shutout relief. He walked one and struck out one, throwing 23 of 33 pitches for strikes.

Corey Young (3.42 ERA/.260 BAA) needed just five pitches––all strikes––before retiring the side in the top of the ninth.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre moved down to the nine hole on Saturday, and it helped him snap out of both his extra-base hit and walk drought. The prospect went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a base on balls. He also stole his seventh base.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci provided one of Frisco's two runs with a solo home run––his 20th––for his only hit in four trips.

Catcher Elio Sarmiento (2/4) raised his average to .284 with two singles in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
3 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 .246

A+: Myrtle Beach 8 – Salem 6 (13 innings)
W - Rodebaugh (1-0)
HR - Bolden (5)
12-11, 1.0 GB

The Pelicans tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on a run-scoring single from right fielder Jared Prince (2/4, HBP), who had three RBI in the game. They later won it in the 13th on a walkoff run-run blast from first baseman Jared Bolden.

Bolden (.440/.472/.720 in July) logged his fifth consecutive multiple-hit effort. He was 4-for-7 with a homer, two RBI, and his third stolen base of the season.

Speedy centerfielder Ryan Strausborger helped break out of his slump by going 4-for-6 with three doubles, giving him 24 two-baggers on the season.

Leury Garcia (3/7) and Andres James (2/6) both singled multiple times. Garcia got his 21st stolen base.

Starting pitcher Barret Loux gave up six runs (three earned) in six innings of work. The Texas A&M product yielded nine hits while walking two and striking out four.

After Loux departed, the bullpen trio of Kenny Gomez (4 IP), Chad Bell (1.2 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1.1 IP) combined to hurl seven innings of two-hit, shutout ball against the Red Sox.

Gomez (3.36 ERA/.243 BAA) was most impressive, giving up only one hit in the four scoreless innings. Bell fanned two in 1.2 innings while Rodebaugh sat down all four hitters he faced.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Bolden
7 2 4 0 1 2 0 1 .291

A: Hickory 8 - (@) West Virginia 1
W - Henry (4-0)
15-8, 1.0 GU

The Crawdads mashed their way to victory, scoring two runs in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings. The club also got excellent work from spot-starter Joe Van Meter.

Van Meter (2.42 ERA/.191 BAA) permitted one run in four innings during his first professional start. The Virginia Commonwealth alum allowed three hits while walking and striking out two apiece.

Ben Henry (2.12 ERA/.178 BAA) followed with four scoreless innings of his own, walking one and striking out six. The 6-foot-4 righty now has 37 punchouts with 11 walks in 29.2 innings this season.

At the plate, corner infielders Andrew Clark (2/4, 2B, BB) and Christian Villanueva (1/4, 2B, HBP) doubled for the team's only two extra-base hits. Clark drove in three runs while Villanueva also stole his 23rd base.

Teodoro Martinez (2/5), Tomas Telis (2/5) and Yefry Castillo (2/4) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Henry
4.0 3 0 0 1 6 0 2.12

SSA: Spokane 7 – (@) Everett 5
W - Monegro (2-0)
SV - Hendricks (2)
HR - Alfaro (3), Cone (2)
15-14, 0.0 GU

Although Spokane ended up yielding five runs on nine hits, the club actually took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

Tall left-hander Will Lamb hurled four hitless innings in hit start. He struck out four and worked around four walks.

The Indians' defense committed five errors in the game. Richard Alvarez allowed three runs in 1.2 innings, but just one was earned.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro won the game in the top of the ninth with his pinch-hit two-run homer to center field. The long ball was his third of the summer in relatively limited playing time.

Centerfielder Zach Cone, who was 4-for-5, belted a three-run homer of his own in the first inning.

Nick Vickerson (1/3, 2 BB), Guillermo Pimentel (2/4, BB) and Braxton Lane (1/2, 2 BB) all reached base three times.

Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks earned his second save by striking out two in a perfect ninth inning.

Player of the Game: CF Zach Cone
5 2 4 0 1 3 0 0 .316

RK: AZL Rangers 8 – AZL Royals 4
W - Rijo (2-0)
14-6, 2.5 GU

The Surprise Rangers have now scored at least eight runs in 13 of their 20 contests this summer after Saturday's contest.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams (.378/.442/.600) had a perfect night, getting four singles––plus three runs scored––in four at-bats. Over his last three contests, the 24-year-old is 11-for-14 with a double and three triples.

Left-hander Luis Parra got the starting nod and allowed two runs in four innings of work. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out two.

Ezequiel Rijo turned in his best performance of the year in long relief, as he limited the Royals to an unearned run on one hit in three innings.

Jordan Akins (1/4, 3B) hit his second triple while Kevin Torres (2/5, 2B) and Chris Grayson (2/3, 2B, BB) both doubled.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas raised his average to .306 with a pair of singles––plus a sacrifice fly––in five plate appearances.

Though the box score lists Kyle Castro as throwing the ninth inning, it was actually lefty Paul Strong. Strong worked a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game.

Player of the Game: LF Jeremy Williams
4 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 .378

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – DSL Nationals 3
W - Montero (3-1)
25-16, 1.0 GU

The Rangers fell behind early but came storming back with five unanswered runs to claim the victory and keep their division lead at one game.

Starter Nerfy Nunez worked five innings and surrendered three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out two. Right-handers Jose Leclerc (2 IP) and Dennys Montero (2 IP) combined for four innings of one-hit, shutout ball to finish the game.

The club did plenty of running around the bases on Saturday. They had six stolen bases without getting caught.

Chris Garia entered as a pinch runner and didn't get a plate appearance, but he still stole two bases to give him 19 on the season.

DH Aneudy Feliz (1/4, 3B) hit his first triple and drove in two runs. Alex Gonzalez (2/5), Diego Cedeno (1/2, 3 BB), Ramon Urias (2/4), Fernando Vivili (1/2, 2 BB) and Christefer Obispo (1/4) had the other knocks.

Vivili reached in all four of his trips to the plate and even added his second stolen base. The young backstop had a single, two walks, and he was also hit by a pitch. Vivili scored three runs.

Shortstop Luis Marte had a rare rough day at the office, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts and committing his 11th error of the season.

Player of the Game: C Fernando Vivili
1 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 .167

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