Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/19

Led by starting pitcher Joe Wieland, the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders held San Antonio to just two hits on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 15 – New Orleans 6
W - Hurley (4-0)
HR - Davis (22), Tracy (20), Nelson (15)
58-39, 8.0 GU

The Express pummeled the Zephyrs by scoring 13 runs in the game's first five innings on Tuesday.

Right-hander Eric Hurley (4.42 ERA/.279 BAA) also turned in his longest start of the season, as he worked seven innings and threw 110 pitches. Hurley gave up five runs on eight hits while walking two and striking out one. The former first-round pick sat down the first seven batters of the game before working in and out of trouble the remainder of the way.

Hurley has worked at least six innings in each of his last three starts, producing the following line––19 ip, 17 h, 7 er, 8 bb, 9 k.

Cleanup hitter Chad Tracy (.259/.349/.499) socked a double and a three-run homer in the game. The Pepperdine product also drove in four runs, giving him 79 RBI in 91 games on the season.

Third baseman Chris Davis was 3-for-5 with his 22nd home run of the year. And first baseman Brad Nelson (1/4, HR, BB) went deep for the third time in his last two games.

Matt Kata bumped his average to .286 by going 3-for-5 with his 16th double.

Leadoff man Leonys Martin had two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. In the 23-year-old Martin's first seven Triple-A games, he is 10-for-28 (.357) with a double, three walks, and four strikeouts.

Lefty reliever Beau Jones (3.93 ERA/.300 BAA) gave up a solo home run in two innings but also recorded five strikeouts.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
5 1 2 1 1 4 0 0 .259

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) San Antonio 1
W - Wieland (2-0)
HR - Mendonca (17), Stoneburner (6)
14-10, 1.0 GB

The RoughRiders pitching staff––led by starting pitcher Joe Wieland––held the hard-hitting Missions lineup to just two hits on Tuesday evening.

Wieland (1.86 ERA/.243 BAA) worked around a tough first inning in which he gave up a leadoff infield single and walked two batters, though he didn't allow a run. The Reno native settled down to retire 19 of the final 20 hitters he faced.

Overall, Wieland worked seven innings and gave up a run (a solo homer) on two hits. He walked two and struck out seven. The 21-year-old prospect threw 62 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

Wieland issued only four walks in 85.2 innings with High-A Myrtle Beach this season. While the free passes have risen in Double-A, he has still been excellent through five starts––29 ip, 27 h, 6 er, 9 bb, 24 k.

Right-handers Tyler Tufts and Tanner Scheppers worked one perfect frame apiece. The Missions had only one base runner after the first inning on Tuesday.

Scheppers may be nearing a re-assignment to Triple-A. He has allowed only one base runner in his last four innings of work, striking out three.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca (.305/.365/.541) broke out of a slump by going 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his 17th of the season. Davis Stoneburner (1/4, HR, BB) added his sixth long ball.

Both homers came off scuffling Padres prospect Simon Castro, who surrendered five runs in six innings pitched.

Renny Osuna (3/5, 2B), Jose Ruiz (2/4, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) had one two-bagger apiece.

Nine-hole hitting DH Mitch Hilligoss picked up two singles in four at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
7.0 2 1 1 2 7 1 1.86

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – Wilmington 4 (14 innings)
W - Kelly (3-4)
HR - Strausborger (8)
14-11, 0.5 GB

The Pelicans picked up their sixth consecutive victory with Tuesday's extra-innings triumph over the Blue Rocks. Although centerfielder Ryan Strausborger had only one hit in six at-bats, he had the game's biggest knock––a two-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 14th.

The 23-year-old Strausborger has picked up some big hits for Myrtle Beach of late, but he is hitting only .226/.300/.371 in 15 July contests.

Changeup specialist Miguel de los Santos got the start and gave up four runs in six innings of work. The southpaw yielded six hits while walking one and striking out eight.

The Pelicans' bullpen then took over and combined for eight innings of shutout ball. The hurlers were Trevor Hurley (2 IP), Joe Ortiz (3 IP), Zach Osborne (2 IP) and Ryan Kelly (1 IP).

Ortiz (2.44 ERA/.220 BAA) had the most impressive performance, allowing one hit and striking out three.

The five pitchers combined to strike out 19 Wilmington batters in the 14 innings.

First baseman Jared Bolden (.298/.338/.463) collected multiple hits for his seventh consecutive game. He had three singles in six at-bats and is now hitting .443 in 15 games this month.

Santiago Chirino (1/6, 2B) doubled while Leury Garcia (2/6) and David Paisano (2/6) both singled twice. The speedy Garcia stole his 22th base of the season while also committing his 26th error at shortstop.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
6 1 1 0 1 2 0 3 .283

A: Hickory – OFF
17-8, 2.0 GU

The division-leading Crawdads were off on Tuesday. They begin a three-game series against Greensboro (12-13) on Wednesday. Hickory has a 17-8 record in the second half, and they are a league-best 57-36 on the full season.

SSA: Spokane 10 – Boise 3
W - Klein (1-0)
17-15, 0.0 GU

For the second consecutive night, the Indians were pushed to victory by one big inning. On Monday, it was a five-run bottom of the ninth. And on Tuesday, the club busted out for seven runs in the fifth.

Starting pitcher Victor Payano gave up seven hits and walked three (and hit a batter) in four innings pitched, but he limited the damage to only two runs.

Youngstown State product Phil Klein, pitching in his second game with Spokane, shined by punching out five over three scoreless innings. The tall righty gave up two hits and walked one.

Second baseman Rougned Odor (.330/.394/.468) extended his modest hitting streak to seven games, going 2-for-5 with his second triple and two RBI. He also whiffed three times.

Brett Nicholas (1/4, 2B) and Drew Robinson (1/4, 2B) both doubled for their only hit in four at-bats.

Right fielder Guillermo Pimentel bumped his average to .359 with a pair of singles. Leadoff hitter Hirotoshi Onaka had a single, three walks, and three runs scored in five plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Phil Klein
3.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 0.00

RK: AZL Rangers 9 - AZL Padres 3
W - de los Santos (4-0)
SV - Johnson (1)
16-6, 3.5 GU

The Rookie Rangers jumped all over the Padres with four first-inning runs and didn't look back from there. It was the Rangers' fifth consecutive win. They have outscored their opponents 48-15 during that span.

Dominican righty Abel de los Santos (4.44 ERA/.257 BAA) improved to 4-0 on the season after he worked five innings and allowed two runs (one earned). The 18-year-old gave up five hits, walked one, and fanned four.

In his first 26.1 innings this season, de los Santos has struck out 29 and walked only three.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas went 1-for-3 with a double before he exited the game with a left shoulder injury. Sardinas, who had surgery on his right shoulder over the offseason, has been hitting solely right-handed this season in order to protect the surgically repaired shoulder. Unfortunately, Sardinas hurt the left shoulder on Tuesday during a swing and miss––the same way he initially injured the right one.

Third baseman Ryan Rua had two singles and two walks in five plate appearances. He also stole a base. Since joining the AZL club from Spokane, Rua has posted a .408/.474/.592 slash line in 15 games.

Carlos Oropeza (2/4, BB) and Rashad Harlin (2/2, BB, SF) also singled twice. Catcher Kevin Torres belted his seventh double for his only hit in five at-bats.

Centerfielder Desmond Henry batted ninth in his first professional game. Henry went 1-for-4 and struck out three times.

Kevin Johnson closed out the game––picking up his first save––with three innings of one-hit, scoreless relief. The tall southpaw struck out four.

Player of the Game: RHP Abel de los Santos
5.0 5 2 1 1 4 0 4.44

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 – (@) DSL Yankees1 1 (Suspended – 6th)
W - Pena (2-2)
26-16, 2.5 GU

Tuesday's game between the Dominican Rangers and DSL Yankees1 was suspended in a 1-1 tie after five complete innings. Right fielder Jose Gonzalez (1/2, 3B) had his third triple and centerfielder Chris Garia singled twice in three trips, raising his average to .309.

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