Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/26

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads got three solo home runs from the offense and two-hit ball from the pitching staff on Tuesday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Memphis 10
L - Perez (1-2)
60-44, 5.0 GU

Making his third Triple-A start, left-hander Martin Perez was knocked around for eight runs on 11 hits in five innings. He struck out four while walking two and threw 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

After the game, Express pitching coach Terry Clark discussed Perez's outing––among other things––in this Q&A feature.

Veteran righty Derek Hankins worked the final four innings on 60 pitches, yielding two runs on six hits.

Joey Butler (.329/.387/.505) continued to impress by logging his fourth consecutive multiple-hit effort. The 25-year-old had three singles in four trips, and he has now hit safely in 11 of his last 12 contests.

Nick Green (2/4, 2B), Brad Nelson (1/3, 2B, BB) and Val Majewski (1/3, 2B, SF) all doubled once. Majewski, who was playing in his first game with the Rangers' organization, brought home a run on a sacrifice fly.

Nine-hole hitting second baseman Guilder Rodriguez walked three times and had a sacrifice fly. He didn't have an official at-bat in four plate appearances.

Leonys Martin got the day off, as he was in Arlington for a one-on-one base running clinic with the Rangers' major league coaching staff.

Player of the Game: CF Joey Butler
4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 .329

AA: Frisco 7 – Midland 3
W - Brigham (5-5)
HR - Mendonca (21), Greene (14), Stoneburner (7)
18-13, 1.0 GB

The RoughRiders broke Tuesday's series opener wide open with a four-run outburst in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Starting pitcher Robbie Erlin (4.32 ERA/.282 BAA) threw only 87 pitches (59 strikes) over seven innings, scattering seven hits and yielding three runs. He walked one and fanned four.

The 20-year-old lefty permitted two runs in the first inning and kept the RockHounds off the board until he allowed a solo homer with two outs in the seventh. The round-tripper was the first he has surrendered in five starts.

Right fielder Jonathan Greene (1/4, HR) knotted the game at two with his two-run homer in the second inning. It would be his only hit of the game.

Slugging third baseman Tom Mendonca (.306/.367/.557) added a solo shot––his 21st of the season––in the fourth inning. He also singled.

Mitch Hilligoss (2/4, 2B), Elio Sarmiento (2/4, 2B) and Engel Beltre (1/4, 2B) all doubled once. Cleanup-hitting DH Robinzon Diaz had three singles and a walk in four trips, raising his Double-A average to .357.

Hard-throwing righty Jake Brigham worked around a single and a hit batter by striking out the side in a scoreless eighth inning. Over his last six appearances, Brigham has the following line––11.1 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 3 bb, 17 k.

After Brigham shut down Midland in the top of the eighth, the offense went to work in the bottom of the frame.

Shortstop Davis Stoneburner led off the Frisco eighth with his seventh home run of the season, a solo blast that put Frisco back on top.

Tanner Scheppers worked a 1-2-3 ninth, getting a pop to second, a strikeout swinging, and a lineout to second. The Fresno State product has been much improved in his last six outings––7 ip, 3 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 6 k.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Erlin
7.0 7 3 3 1 4 1 4.32

A+: Myrtle Beach – Lynchburg – PPD (Rain)
15-16, 3.5 GB

The Pelicans and Hillcats were postponed due to rain on Tuesday. The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, beginning at 6:05 p.m. Eastern.

A: Hickory 3 – Delmarva 0
W - Tepesch (6-3)
SV - Mendoza (1)
HR - Villanueva (13), Clark (11), Telis (9)
20-12, 2.0 GU

The Crawdads got it done on Tuesday afternoon with three solo homers while the pitching staff held the Shorebirds to only a pair of hits.

Four Hickory pitchers combined to walk eight batters in the nine innings, but both hits were ultimately harmless.

Tall right-hander Nick Tepesch (3.27 ERA/.265 BAA) worked the first six innings of scoreless ball, giving up two hits while walking four and striking out four. Andrew Doyle worked around two free passes in a blank seventh while Jimmy Reyes and Francisco Mendoza each walked one in a scoreless inning apiece to close it out.

Mendoza picked up his first save with Hickory.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva (.274/.337/.476) started the scoring with his round-tripper in the second inning. Overall, he was 1-for-2 with the homer and a walk.

In the fourth, catcher Tomas Telis (1/4, HR) and first baseman Andrew Clark (1/3, HR, BB) added back-to-back solo jacks.

Villanueva's homer was his sixth in 23 games this month. Clark's was his eighth in 24 July contests.

Jurickson Profar (1/3, BB) and Jhonny Gomez (2/3) both reached base twice. Profar stole his 15th base but was also caught twice––he is 15-for-24 this season in the stolen base department.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Tepesch
6.0 2 0 0 4 4 0 3.27

SSA: Spokane 4 – (@) Boise 5
L - Alvarez (0-1)
0-1, 1.0 GB

Spokane opened the Northwest League's second-half schedule with a one-run loss on Tuesday.

Left-hander Will Lamb (3.00 ERA/.211 BAA) was hit for the first time in his professional career. In fact, the 20-year-old had allowed three runs before he recorded an out. After issuing a leadoff walk, he gave up a double followed by a three-run homer.

Lamb eventually settled in and allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings. He fanned three, walked one, and recorded eight groundouts without a flyout.

Richard Alvarez suffered the loss after he permitted a single run––a solo homer––in two innings of relief work.

Backstop Brett Nicholas (.336/.430/.586) had a single, a walk, and three RBI in four trips to the plate. Trever Adams (2/5, 2B), Drew Robinson (2/4, 2B, BB) and Ruben Sierra (1/4, 2B) all doubled once.

Robinson committed his 10th error at third base in only 23 games with Spokane.

After going hitless in five trips, Mississippi State product Nick Vickerson––the Rangers' 20th round pick in this year's MLB Draft––is hitting .158/.304/.246 in 15 games this month.

Fireballing closer Matt West (3.48 ERA/.231 BAA) gave up a single in an otherwise clean eighth inning. He induced three groundouts.

The 22-year-old West is in his first season as a pitcher. Through 10.1 innings at Spokane, he has fanned 15 without issuing a base on balls.

Player of the Game: C Brett Nicholas
3 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 .336

RK: AZL Rangers 2 – AZL Cubs 8
L - Parra (2-2)
20-8, 6.0 GU

The Surprise Rangers saw the downside of the maddeningly inconsistent Luis Parra on Tuesday morning. On the heels of perhaps his best outing, Parra lasted just 1.1 innings while allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and five walks.

The offense had a rare off-day as well. Despite drawing 10 walks, the club had only five hits and stranded 13 runners aboard.

Second baseman Jimmy Swift led the way, going 2-for-3 with a double and two free passes. Kevin Torres (1/3, 2 BB), Matt Leeds (1/2, 3 BB) and Rashad Harlin (1/4) had the other knocks.

Sam Robinson (1.2 IP), Alexander Claudio (1 IP), Kyle DeVore (1 IP) and Taylor Dennis (1 IP) all chipped in with hitless, scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Claudio and Dennis each struck out two.

Australian righty Tim Stanford appeared in his first game of the season and gave up a run on a hit and a walk in one inning. Stanford posted dominant numbers at Spokane last season but injured his wrist in extended spring training.

Player of the Game: 2B Jimmy Swift
3 0 2 1 0 2 1 1 .500

DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – (@) DSL Nationals 6 (11 innings)
L - Gil (1-3)
29-19, 1.5 GU

The Rangers lost the game in 11 innings after stranding 13 runners on base and going just 2-for-14 with men in scoring position.

Shortstop Belarmino Campos, who had the club's only extra-base hit of the day, was 2-for-4 with his first double and two walks. Campos was playing in just his sixth game of the season and his first since June 23.

Catcher Oswaldo Pirela singled twice and walked twice. Centerfielder Chris Garia went 1-for-3 with his 24th stolen base.

Starter Jose Gomez surrendered four runs in three innings pitched, giving up five hits and striking out four.

Right-hander Dario Beltre (4.44 ERA/.235 BAA) worked two innings of no-hit, scoreless relief. The 18-year-old walked two without recording a strikeout––he has 18 walks and 17 strikeouts in 24.1 innings on the summer.

Anyelo Leclerc, coming off his All-Star Game appearance, blew his first save of the season after he permitted an unearned run in two hitless innings of work.

Luis Moreno faced only one batter, but he walked in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Player of the Game: SS Belarmino Campos
4 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 .308

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