Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/23

Myrtle Beach left-hander Robbie Ross worked eight strong innings en route to his first professional complete game on Saturday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – (@) Omaha 6 (11 innings)
L - Strop (4-4)
HR - Green (1)

The Express lost in extra innings on Saturday, but shortstop Nick Green continued to produce for his new club. The veteran went 2-for-6 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in.

Joey Butler (3/4, 2B, BB) and Esteban German (2/5, 2B, BB) also doubled once and walked once.

Starting pitcher Brett Tomko worked six innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out one.

Cody Eppley worked 1.2 scoreless innings but blew his first save of the year, as he allowed two inherited runners (from Beau Jones) to score.

Hard-throwing righty Pedro Strop worked a blank 10th but failed to retire a hitter in the 11th inning, when he permitted the game-winning run.

Taylor Teagarden (3/5) had three singles while Guilder Rodriguez (2/4, BB) singled twice and walked.

Player of the Game: SS Nick Green
6 1 2 1 1 3 0 0 .455

AA: Frisco 9 – Corpus Christi 5
W - Pimentel (4-6)

Carlos Pimentel (5.04 ERA/.270 BAA) scuffled in the early going but settled down to earn the quality start. The 21-year-old righty held the Hooks to three runs on four hits (including two homers) in six innings pitched. He struck out five and walked three.

One day after the RoughRiders' offense belted eight round-trippers, they went homerless. But the club did have five doubles and a triple.

Second baseman Davis Stoneburner raised his average to .279, going 2-for-4 with his 20th double and his fifth triple. He also walked.

Left fielder Mitch Hilligoss was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. Jose Ruiz (1/5, 2B) and Engel Beltre (2/4, 2B) both doubled once. Beltre drove in three runs with his two-bagger.

Lefty reliever Corey Young (3.51 ERA/.262 BAA) retired all four batters he faced in relief of Pimentel. Fabio Castillo finished out the victory, but not before he allowed two runs in 1.2 innings.

In Castillo's 31 appearances, he has tossed scoreless ball 20 times. But when Castillo has been hit this season, he has been hit hard. Of the 11 games where was scored upon, he has surrendered multiple runs 10 times.

Player of the Game: 2B Davis Stoneburner
4 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 .279

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Frederick 1
L - Ross (9-4)

For the second consecutive day, the Pelicans had a hard-luck losing starting pitcher. This time it was left-hander Robbie Ross (2.24 ERA/.229 BAA), who logged an eight-inning complete game––the first complete-game effort of his professional career.

Ross allowed only one run in eight innings, scattering five hits while walking one and striking out six. He actually retired the side in order during the second through sixth innings. The only run he allowed came on a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth.

The 22-year-old prospect has the following line in his last six starts––38 ip, 25 h, 4 er, 7 bb, 27 k––a 0.95 earned-run average.

But the scuffling Myrtle Beach offense was limited to only three singles and never advanced a runner past first base. The Keys' pitching staff also faced only two batters over the minimum.

Leury Garcia (1/3), Travis Adair (1/3) and Vin DiFazio (1/3) had the only base knocks. David Paisano (0/2, BB) drew the club's only walk.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
8.0 5 1 1 1 6 0 2.24

A: Hickory 10 – Delmarva 12
L - Marban (1-4)
HR - Villanueva (12), Richmond (8)

Matt Thompson's major struggles with his own control continued on Saturday. The right-hander lasted just 1.1 innings before allowing six runs (five earned) on six hits and five walks. He also plunked a batter and uncorked a wild pitch.

Long reliever Ben Henry (2.80 ERA/.195 BAA) helped keep the Crawdads in the game with 4.2 innings of one-run ball. He yielded three hits, walked two, and punched out one.

Hot-hitting prospect Josh Richmond went 2-for-4 with his second homer in as many games––this time it was a three-run blast in the first inning. He also walked.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva was 1-for-4 with his 12th round-tripper of the season.

Andrew Clark (1/4, 2B) and Odubel Herrera (2/5, 2B) both doubled once.

Nine-hole hitting left fielder Braxton Lane was 0-for-1 with two walks, a sacrifice bunt, and a pair of stolen bases.

Player of the Game: DH Josh Richmond
4 1 2 0 1 3 1 1 .260

SSA: Spokane 1 – Tri-City 3
L - Perez (0-3)

Scuffling right-hander David Perez allowed two runs in three-plus innings, giving up two hits and walking three. He also struck out two.

Making his Spokane debut, 20-year-old prospect Nick Martinez shined and kept the Indians close. The Fordham product hurled five innings of two-hit ball, surrendering one run. He fanned six without walking a batter.

Martinez entered with a man on first and nobody out in the fourth inning, and he ended up striking out the side. He retired the first nine batters he faced before giving up consecutive doubles to lead off the second.

Closer Matt West––in his return from a 10-game suspension––fanned a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

The Indians' offense had only five hits in the game. Brett Nicholas (1/3, 2B, BB) and Trever Adams (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Rougned Odor (1/4), Hanser Alberto (1/4) and Drew Robinson (1/4) all singled.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Martinez
5.0 2 1 1 0 6 0 1.80

RK: AZL Rangers 16 – (@) AZL Padres 5
W - Blackwell (1-0)
HR - Edmonds (3)

The Rangers' offense destroyed the AZL Padres once again, plating 16 runs on 18 hits.

The AZL Rangers have played the Padres four times this season and outscored them by a 53-11 margin.

Australian catcher Guy Edmonds (.327/.345/.635) led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and five RBI. The 18-year-old has seven extra-base hits in his last six games played.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams was 2-for-5 with his second double and his fourth triple. Matt Leeds (2/3, 2B, 2 BB) also doubled.

Infielders Nick Urbanus (3/5, BB) and Ryan Rua (3/5) both singled three times.

Right fielder Chris Grayson raised his batting average to .286 with a pair of hits and four runs batted in.

Meanwhile, tall righty Shawn Blackwell worked five innings and yielded three runs (two earned) on five hits, walking one and striking out eight.

K.C. Wiser and Andrew Faulkner worked one shutout inning apiece. The lefty Faulkner struck out two in his frame.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Faulkner has logged eight innings on the season. He has yielded one earned run on three hits, walking one and striking out eight.

Player of the Game: C Guy Edmonds
6 2 3 1 1 5 0 1 .327

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF

The Dominican Rangers were off on Saturday. They'll play the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon.

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