Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/22

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders matched a franchise record with 19 runs scored on Friday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – (@) Omaha 10
L - Jackson (7-4)

Round Rock starting pitcher Zach Jackson was putting together a strong outing until he was touched for five runs in the fifth inning. Overall, the Texas A&M product yielded seven runs on 10 hits in five innings pitched.

Lefty Michael Kirkman followed and issued five walks––including three runs (one earned)––in two frames. He threw just 28 of 55 pitches for strikes.

Derek Hankins worked a clean eighth inning.

Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin was the star for the Express, going 4-for-6 with his second Triple-A double. He is now hitting .395 since his promotion to the Pacific Coast League.

Chris Davis (2/3, 2B) and Esteban German (2/2, 2B) also doubled. Davis was lifted––for German––in mid-game after Adrian Beltre's injury at the major league level. Davis was called up to the majors after the game.

Catcher Kevin Cash singled twice and walked once in five trips.

The Express stranded 15 runners on base during the contest, scoring only four runs despite getting 16 hits.

Player of the Game: DH Leonys Martin
6 2 4 1 0 1 0 1 .395

AA: Frisco 19 – Corpus Christi 4
W - Snyder (8-2)
HR - Mendonca (18, 19, 20), Greene (12), Diaz (2, 3), Hilligoss (2), Beltre (1)
15-12, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders matched a franchise record with 19 runs scored and set a new mark by clubbing eight home runs.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca hit a trio of two-run homers on the night. He was 4-for-6 with three home runs and six RBI. Catcher Robinzon Diaz, recently down from Triple-A, went 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBI.

All nine Frisco position players had at least one extra-base hit.

Mitch Hilligoss (3/5, 2B, HR), Jonathan Greene (2/4, HR, BB) and Engel Beltre (2/5, HR) all went deep once. Beltre's home run was his first since July 4, 2010––over a full calendar year.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (4/6, 3B) tripled while Davis Stoneburner (3/5, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/5, 2B) and Jose Ruiz (1/5, 2B) all doubled.

Starting pitcher Ben Snyder gave up four runs in five innings pitched but cruised to his eighth victory of the season thanks to the massive offensive outburst.

Frisco's offense had 24 hits in the game, but they only had 12 at-bats with men in scoring position (8-for-12) due to the home runs and extra-base hits.

Righties Johan Yan and Tanner Scheppers worked two shutout frames apiece to finish out the victory.

Corpus Christi used seven different pitchers in the game, including catcher Emerson Frostad, who worked a scoreless eighth inning. Frostad also hurled a shutout frame against Triple-A Round Rock––when he was playing for Oklahoma City––earlier this season.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
6 3 4 0 3 6 0 1 .305

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Frederick 2
L - Loux (8-5)
15-13, 2.0 GB

Barret Loux (3.33 ERA/.244 BAA) was the Pelicans' hard-luck loser on Friday, as he gave up only two runs while striking out 10 over 6.1 innings. He allowed five hits and walked two.

The 6-foot-5 Loux now has 122 strikeouts and 29 walks in 102.2 frames on the year. He has fanned 41 in 29.1 innings over his last five starts.

The Myrtle Beach offense was held scoreless on five hits. Jared Bolden (2/4, 2B), Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) and Andres James (1/3, 2B) all doubled once.

Third baseman Santiago Chirino, who went 1-for-3, had the only other hit.

Lefty Joe Ortiz (1 IP) and Zach Osborne (0.2 IP) combined to retire the final five Frederick batters out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: RHP Barret Loux
6.1 5 2 2 2 10 0 3.33

A: Hickory 9 – Greensboro 12
L - Jackson (3-2)
HR - Richmond (7)
18-10, 2.0 GU

The Crawdads gave up an eight spot to Greensboro in the top of the fourth inning.

Starter Luke Jackson struck out seven batters in three-plus innings, but he also allowed six runs (five earned) on four hits and two walks.

Sidearming righty Ben Rowen followed by coughing up five runs––though all were unearned––in one inning of work.

Right fielder Josh Richmond went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a base on balls. The round-tripper was his seventh of the season. Jurickson Profar (1/4, 2B, BB) added his 28th double.

Kellin Deglan (2/4) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) had two hits apiece.

Former first-round pick Jake Skole was 1-for-3 with his fourth triple, a walk, and two RBI.

Right-hander Andrew Doyle was Hickory's most effective pitcher of the night. The Illinois native worked three shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.

Francisco Mendoza struck out two in a perfect frame during his second full-season appearance.

Player of the Game: RF Josh Richmond
4 3 2 0 1 1 1 1 .257

SSA: Spokane 2 – Tri-City 4
L - McBride (0-1)
HR - Robinson (2)
19-16, 0.0 GU

Indians starter Nick McBride allowed 11 hits in 4.2 innings but limited the damage to four runs allowed. He struck out four without issuing a walk.

After McBride exited, the Indians' bullpen actually did a good job of keeping the club in the game. Lefty Juan Grullon worked 2.1 shutout frames while Jose Monegro followed with two scoreless innings of his own.

The Spokane offense went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, stranding 11 men aboard.

Third baseman Drew Robinson provided one of the two runs with his solo home run, his second since coming to Spokane.

Second baseman Rougned Odor singled, walked, and was hit by a pitch in his five plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Monegro
2.0 2 0 0 0 3 0 2.29

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
17-7, 5.0 GU

The Rookie Rangers, who were off on Friday, have a five-game lead over the AZL Mariners in the Arizona League's West Division. The Rangers return to action on Saturday.

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – DSL Cubs2 5
L - Nunez (1-2)
28-18, 1.5 GU

Big right-hander Jose Valdespina (2.91 ERA/.217 BAA) held the Cubs to two hits over five scoreless innings on Friday. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound prospect struck out six and didn't walk a batter.

After Valdespina left the game, the Dominican Rangers' bullpen struggled. Nerfy Nunez (1 IP) and Jose Gomez (2 IP) combined to allow five runs––all of which were unearned––in three total innings.

On-base machine and leadoff hitter Chris Garia (.335/.441/.400) had two singles and a walk in five plate appearances. He also added his 22nd stolen base of the season.

Christefer Obispo (2/4) and Diego Cedeno (2/2) also had two knocks apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Valdespina
5.0 2 0 0 0 6 0 2.91

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