Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/18

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans got a strong all-around performance from pitcher Robbie Ross and an offense that produced 10 runs on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – New Orleans 4 (10 innings)
W - Hamburger (4-4)
HR - Nelson (13, 14), Kata (8, 9)
57-39, 7.0 GU

Round Rock's offense collected only seven hits over the 10-inning contest, but four of the knocks left the yard.

The Express won the game in walkoff fashion, getting a solo home run from Brad Nelson with one out in the bottom of the 10th. Nelson also mashed a solo homer in the fifth inning.

Second baseman Matt Kata tied the game with his two-run jack in the bottom of the eighth. And he hit a solo homer in the fifth, going back-to-back with Nelson.

Nelson now has 14 homers on the year, and Kata has hit nine.

Chris Davis (1/5, 2B) and Joey Butler (1/5, 2B) both doubled while catcher Taylor Teagarden (1/4) had one single.

Starting pitcher Brett Tomko (6.79 ERA/.309 BAA) allowed four runs in six innings, giving up seven hits, walking two, and striking out six. He also allowed two home runs––the 38-year-old veteran has surrendered 15 long balls in 53 innings with the Express this season.

Left-hander Michael Kirkman worked around two hits and two walks to post 2.2 scoreless innings. He struck out three. Mark Hamburger finished it off with 1.1 shutout frames on 19 pitches. He fanned two.

Player of the Game: LF Brad Nelson
4 3 2 0 2 2 1 0 .266

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) San Antonio 7 (12 innings)
L - Young (0-3)
HR - Bianucci (21)
13-10, 2.0 GB

Six Frisco pitchers combined to issue 13 walks during the 12-inning contest that took nearly four hours to complete.

Starter Carlos Pimentel (5.07 ERA/.274 BAA) gave out five walks in 3.2 innings. He yielded five runs on four hits, striking out one.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci provided some power by going 2-for-5 with a double and a solo home run, his 21st round-tripper of the season.

Renny Osuna (1/6, 2B), Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B, SF) and Jose Felix (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled once. Second baseman Davis Stoneburner raised his average to .278 with three singles in six at-bats.

In five plate appearances, Engel Beltre had two singles, laid down a sacrifice bunt, and was hit by a pitch.

Reliever Jake Brigham was solid in entering after Pimentel, as he hurled 2.1 shutout frames. The hard-throwing righty gave up a hit, walked two, and fanned three.

Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan gave up a hit and a walk (and also hit a batter) while fanning one in 1.1 blank innings. It was his second Double-A appearance.

Although he threw only 14 of 31 pitches for strikes, Fabio Castillo hurled two no-hit, shutout innings. He walked two.

Corey Young coughed up the game-winner in the bottom of the 12th after recording two outs.

Player of the Game: LF Mike Bianucci
5 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 .264

A+: Myrtle Beach 10 – Wilmington 1
W - Ross (9-3)
HR - Bolden (6), Garcia (3)
13-11, 1.5 GB

Myrtle Beach scored scored 10 total runs in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to earn the blowout win. And the Pelicans' pitching matched the offense's effort.

Lefty Robbie Ross (2.33 ERA/.232 BAA) tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits, walking one, and striking out three. The 5-foot-11 prospect has the following line in his last five starts––30 ip, 20 h, 3 er, 6 bb, 21 k.

Kasey Kiker (5.86 ERA/.243 BAA) followed by striking out three in two shutout frames. He gave up two hits and walked one.

Although Kiker's control troubles aren't as extreme as earlier this season, they still exist. His season line––27.2 ip, 26 h, 32 bb, 34 k.

Leadoff hitter Leury Garcia flashed some power by going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and three RBI. Jared Bolden went back-to-back with Garcia in the fifth inning. Bolden raised his average to .293 by going 2-for-5 with a round-tripper and three RBI of his own.

Jared Prince (2/4, 2B, BB), Zach Zaneski (1/4, 2B) and Andres James (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.

DH Travis Adair singled four times in five at-bats, bumping his average up to .328.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 4 1 1 1 3 0 2.33

A: Hickory 5 - (@) Delmarva 0
W - Mendez (8-1)
HR - Villanueva (11)
17-8, 2.0 GU

Roman Mendez (3.83 ERA/.275 BAA) scattered seven hits (six singles) over six shutout innings while improving his record to 8-1 on Monday evening. The hard-throwing Dominican walked one and struck out eight.

Mendez, who turns 21 in a few days, has 102 strikeouts and 36 walks in 94 innings on the season.

Leadoff hitter Jurickson Profar had yet another huge game, going 4-for-5 with three doubles. The 18-year-old top prospect now has 27 two-baggers on the season.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with his 11th home run of the season. Jake Skole (2/4) singled twice and stole his 17th base.

University of Oklahoma product Andrew Doyle hurled two shutout innings in relief of Mendez. Pitching in his first full-season game, Francisco Mendoza fanned two in a 1-2-3 inning.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
5 0 4 3 0 3 0 0 .283

SSA: Spokane 8 – Boise 7
W - Melo (1-0)
16-15, 0.0 GU

Spokane starting pitcher David Perez ran into some worrisome control issues on Monday. He didn't record an out in the start––Perez gave up one hit, walked three, plunked one, and uncorked a wild pitch. He yielded three total runs.

Former catcher Leonel de los Santos (4.67 ERA/.254 BAA) filled in with four innings of long relief. The 21-year-old surrendered three runs on four hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.

Andres Perez-Lobo had the best long relief performance. The Miami native followed with four innings of his own, and he allowed only one unearned run on one hit.

Carlos Melo worked around three walks in a scoreless ninth. He struck out two. The right-hander has issued 19 free passes in 9.2 innings for Spokane this season––for a 13.97 earned-run average.

The Indians' offense came back to win the game with five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. First baseman Trever Adams (2/5, 2B) had the game-winning hit with his line-drive single to bring home Zach Cone.

Jorge Alfaro (2/4, 2B) and Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once. Cleanup hitter Brett Nicholas singled twice and walked once in five trips, raising his average to .352.

Player of the Game: 1B Trever Adams
5 0 2 1 0 1 0 1 .327

RK: AZL Rangers 3 - (@) AZL Diamondbacks 2
W - Martinez (2-1)
SV - Eickhoff (1)
HR - Rua (1)
15-6, 3.5 GU

Nick Martinez (1.83 ERA/.266 BAA) was in control throughout his start. The 20-year-old Fordham product worked a season-best five shutout innings, permitting only two singles. He fanned five without issuing a walk.

Martinez, who has some sink on his fastball, recorded nine groundouts and no flyouts in the game.

Tall righty Shawn Blackwell entered after Martinez and ran into some control issues. Blackwell recorded just one out––a strikeout––while walking three hitters.

Third baseman Ryan Rua broke the scoreless tie––and provided all three of the Rangers' runs––with his three-run blast in the top of the sixth inning. He also singled, bumping his average to .391.

First baseman Matt Leeds was 2-for-3 with his second triple. Chris Grayson (2/4) and Nick Urbanus (1/3, BB) had the other hits.

Jerad Eickhoff punched out two in a pair of perfect frames for his first professional save.

Player of the Game: 3B Ryan Rua
3 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .391

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – (@) DSL Marlins 0
W - Pena (2-2)
26-16, 2.0 GU

The Dominican Rangers' offense peppered the Marlins by scoring single runs in six of the nine innings. Meanwhile, the pitching staff didn't give up an inch.

Richelson Pena tossed seven shutout innings, scattering four hits while striking out three without walking a batter. Kelvin Vasquez gave up two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings during his second professional appearance.

Vasquez, 18, is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound right-handed pitcher from the Dominican Republic.

Leadoff hitter Chris Garia tripled––his third––for his lone hit in four trips. Ramon Urias (2/4, 2B), Christefer Obispo (1/4, 2B) and Fernando Vivili (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Player of the Game: RHP Richelson Pena
7.0 4 0 0 0 3 0 3.25

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