Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/24

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads picked up a walkoff victory on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) Omaha 1
W - Hurley (5-0)
SV - O'Day (1)
59-43, 5.0 GU

Righty starter Eric Hurley (3.94 ERA/.273 BAA) continues to show progress in each outing with the Express.

On Sunday, the 25-year-old hurler held the Storm Chasers to one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five, walked one, and threw 102 pitches.

Hurley actually faced the minimum 12 batters through the first four innings. And he settled down to retire the last five hitters he faced, getting him through the seventh––matching a season-high in innings pitched.

The Round Rock offense did just enough for the victory, plating two runs in the sixth followed by a single score in the eighth.

First baseman Brad Nelson (1/3, 2B, BB) and left fielder Matt Kata (1/3, 2B, SF) both doubled.

Two-hole hitting shortstop Nick Green singled twice in five trips. Joey Butler (2/3, BB) and Kevin Cash (2/4) also had a pair of hits.

Righty relievers Mark Hamburger and Darren O'Day worked one shutout frame apiece, with both allowing one single and throwing seven of 12 pitches for strikes.

The 28-year-old O'Day hasn't permitted a run in four appearances since being optioned back to Triple-A Round Rock.

Player of the Game: RHP Eric Hurley
7.0 5 1 1 1 4 0 3.94

AA: Frisco 2 – Corpus Christi 1
W - Wieland (3-0)
SV - Tufts (4)
HR - Bianucci (23), Ruiz (12)
17-12, 1.0 GB

The RoughRiders were out-hit by the Hooks 10-5 on Sunday. But as usual, they out-slugged their opponents. Frisco scored both of its runs on a pair of solo home runs.

First baseman Jose Ruiz (.284/.347/.471) got the scoring started with his round-tripper in the fifth inning. He was 2-for-3 with a double and a homer. DH Mike Bianucci (.255/.308/.497) followed with a bomb in the seventh inning.

Bianucci's blast ultimately proved to be the difference in the game.

Frisco starter Joe Wieland (1.54 ERA/.259 BAA) worked through some early jams but kept the Hooks off the scoreboard throughout. He scattered eight hits in six shutout innings, walking one and striking out five.

In six Double-A starts, the 21-year-old Wieland has allowed more than one run just once.

Righty Justin Miller (2.10 ERA/.201 BAA) followed Wieland's performance with two innings of hitless, scoreless relief. The 24-year-old Californian has given up just 37 hits in 51.1 frames on the season.

Tyler Tufts (2.17 ERA/.267 BAA) gave up a run in the ninth but ultimately slammed the door to earn his fourth save.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
6.0 8 0 0 1 5 0 1.54

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Frederick 6
L - de los Santos (2-2)
15-15, 4.0 GB

Miguel de los Santos (2.89 ERA/.192 BAA) allowed five runs in six innings on Sunday, but just one of the scores was earned. The 23-year-old gave up six hits while walking three and striking out six.

De los Santos has logged exactly 28 innings with both High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this season. He also had a three-inning rookie ball rehab start. In 59 total frames, he has walked 32 and struck out 82.

The scuffling Pelicans offense was limited to one run on two hits. They were swept in the three-game series at Frederick, scoring only that one run.

Myrtle Beach has won seven of its last eight home games. And they've dropped six of their last seven on the road.

Jared Bolden (1/4) and Santiago Chirino (1/3) singled for the only hits.

Second baseman Jonathan Roof went 0-for-3, and he is now just 3-for-23 (.130) since his promotion to the Carolina League.

Right-hander Trevor Hurley (2.72 ERA/.226 BAA) was one of the lone bright spots, as he struck out two and walked one in a blank eighth inning.

Fellow right-handed hitters are batting only .189 against the Kansas State product this season. He has 49 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

Player of the Game: RHP Trevor Hurley
1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.72

A: Hickory 7 – Delmarva 6
W - Reyes (5-0)
19-11, 2.0 GU

The Crawdads lost the lead in the top of the ninth but got it back in walkoff fashion in the bottom of the frame. Leadoff man Jurickson Profar came home via a throwing error on a Tomas Telis sacrifice bunt.

Profar was 3-for-5 in the game, raising his average to .289. Telis was 1-for-4 with his 19th double and his 10th stolen base.

Hickory starter Joe Van Meter worked a career-high five innings and yielded four runs (two earned) on six hits, walking two and striking out four.

Colby Killian followed with two shutout frames. Francisco Mendoza gave up the lead by allowing two runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Hot-hitting left fielder Jake Skole (.353/.464/.559 in July) had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double and three walks. In 87 games this season, Skole has 49 free passes and 87 strikeouts.

Andrew Clark (1/2, 2 BB), Josh Richmond (1/3, BB) and Odubel Herrera (2/4) also reached multiple times. Herrera picked up his 25th stolen base and committed his 13th error.

Player of the Game: LF Jake Skole
2 1 2 1 0 1 3 0 .281

SSA: Spokane 6 – (@) Boise 13
L - Payano (1-4)
19-18, 2.0 GB

The Indians were undone by a nine-run Boise fifth inning.

Lefty Victor Payano had a gem going through the first four innings, but he fell apart in that fifth. Overall, the tall prospect coughed up seven runs in 4.1 innings, yielding seven hits, walking one, and fanning one.

Leonel de los Santos gave up two runs without recording an out in the fifth before being ejected by the home plate umpire.

Leadoff hitter Hirotoshi Onaka (.280/.491/.427) had two triples and a walk in five plate appearances. In 22 contests, the Japan native has one double, five triples, and 28 base on balls.

Catcher Yefry Castillo, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI, also tripled. Centerfielder Ruben Sierra (1/1, 2B) clocked his eighth double in his lone plate appearance.

Player of the Game: LF Hirotoshi Onaka
4 1 2 0 0 1 1 1 .280

RK: AZL Rangers 10 – AZL Reds 5
W - Johnson (1-0)
HR - Grayson (1), Murphy (1)
19-7, 6.0 GU

The Rangers plated double-digit runs for the eighth time in only 26 games.

First baseman Clark Murphy returned to the lineup and socked a solo home run in his first plate appearance. He was 1-for-4 on the night.

Talented right fielder Chris Grayson, who was 1-for-4, clocked his first professional home run.

Kevin Torres (3/5, 2 2B) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and leadoff man Nick Urbanus was 2-for-5 with his second triple.

AZL Rangers starting pitcher Abel de los Santos was one of two Abel de los Santoses to pitch in the game––one for each team. Both hurlers are right-handed pitchers born in the Dominican Republic in 1992.

The Rangers' de los Santos yielded five runs in four innings pitched. Lefty Kevin Johnson followed with 3.1 shutout innings, working around four hits and two walks. He struck out five.

Paul Strong (3.65 ERA/.267 BAA) punched out a pair in 1.2 scoreless frames to close out the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Kevin Johnson
3.1 4 0 0 2 5 0 4.67

DSL: AL All-Stars 5 – (@) NL All-Stars 3

The Dominican Summer League's AL All-Stars topped the NL club during Sunday afternoon's DSL All-Star Game. As usual, it included an absurd amount of players. Between the two clubs, 26 total pitchers appeared in the nine-inning game. There were also 39 position players.

The Rangers' only pitcher in the game was the starter––right-hander Anyelo Leclerc. The 19-year-old Dominican Republic native worked one inning, giving up an unearned run on one hit. He also struck out one.

Leclerc has a 0.64 earned-run average in 28 innings this season. He has allowed 16 hits while walking 12 and striking out 35.

Speedy centerfielder Chris Garia batted ninth and went 1-for-3 with a run batted in. The switch-hitting Curacao product has a .335/.441/.400 slash line with 22 stolen bases in 43 contests this summer.

Shortstop Luis Marte was a mid-game substitution and went hitless in his two plate appearances.

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