Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/28

Spokane outfielder Ruben Sierra tied Thursday's game with a two-run homer in the eighth before winning it with a walkoff grand slam in the ninth. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – Memphis 8 (11 innings)
W - Eppley (4-2)
HR - Nelson (17), Majewski (2)
62-44, 6.0 GU

On a night where it seemed the Express were playing catch-up throughout the game, Round Rock tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the ninth before winning it in the 11th.

Outfielder Joey Butler, who was 2-for-5, knotted the game at eight with his two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

In the 11th, Esteban German (1/5, BB) lined a two-out single into left field. He then stole second base, stole third base, and scored the game-winning walkoff run on a wild pitch. German had three steals on the night, giving him 32 on the season.

Veteran right-hander Brett Tomko got the start and yielded six runs––five earned––in six innings pitched. He gave up nine hits (including two homers) while walking two and fanning seven. Tomko has allowed 17 home runs in 65 Triple-A innings this season.

Red-hot designated hitter Val Majewski was 3-for-5 with a home run, his second in as many nights. Brad Nelson (1/4, HR, BB) also had a round-tripper.

Andres Blanco (1/4, 2B), Matt Kata (1/5, 2B) and Kevin Cash (1/4, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Leadoff hitter Leonys Martin returned to the Round Rock lineup and singled once in three at-bats before being ejected from the game. Martin appeared to argue something briefly at first base.

Player of the Game: DH Val Majewski
5 1 3 0 1 2 0 0 .538

AA: Frisco 2 – Midland 4
L - Pimentel (4-7)
HR - Bianucci (24), Greene (15)
18-15, 2.0 GB

After allowing a single to lead off the game, Frisco starter Carlos Pimentel tossed hitless ball through the first five innings. Unfortunately, Pimentel did so without much control.

The 21-year-old hurler allowed three runs in five-plus innings, giving up just one single while walking five and striking out five. He threw 56 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

The RoughRiders got their two runs on a pair of solo homers, coming from DH Mike Bianucci (2/4, HR) and right fielder Jonathan Greene (2/3, HR).

Frisco's offense had only one at-bat with a runner in scoring position all game.

Mitch Hilligoss (1/3, 2B) doubled while third baseman Tom Mendonca (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Player of the Game: RF Jonathan Greene
3 1 2 0 1 1 0 1 .299

A+: Myrtle Beach 7 – Lynchburg 6
W - Osborne (2-2)
18-16, 1.0 GB

The Pelicans rallied back for the walkoff victory by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth––all with two outs.

With Zach Zaneski batting, Lynchburg pitcher Ryan Butcher unleashed a wild pitch that brought home two runs and tied the game. Then Zaneski singled to center, scoring the game-winning run.

Cleanup hitter Travis Adair was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. Over his last three games, Adair is 9-for-9 with two doubles, two walks, and five runs scored. He has reached base in 11 consecutive plate appearances.

Barret Loux (3.57 ERA/.246 BAA) surrendered four runs on two hits (including a three-run homer), a walk, and a hit batter in the first inning alone.

The Texas A&M product settled down after the first, but the overall line still wasn't particularly pretty––he allowed four runs in 3.1 innings, giving up four hits, walking three, and striking out three. Loux retired eight of nine after he gave up the big homer.

Sinkerballing righty Kenny Gomez was excellent in long relief, permitting just a single run on one hit in 3.2 innings. He walked and struck out two.

Player of the Game: DH Travis Adair
3 2 3 1 0 1 2 0 .344

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Augusta 3
W - Jackson (4-2)
SV - Reyes (2)
HR - Telis (10)
21-12, 2.5 GU

Hard-throwing starting pitcher Luke Jackson worked the first five innings for the Crawdads and allowed three runs, though just one was earned. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out three.

DH Tomas Telis socked a solo home run––his 10th of the season––for his lone hit in four at-bats. Kellin Deglan (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Andrew Clark (1/3, 2B, BB) picked up his 19th double.

Jurickson Profar (1/4, 3B, BB) and Josh Richmond (1/4, 3B) both tripled.

Relievers Ben Henry and Jimmy Reyes finished the game with two innings of shutout ball apiece, with each giving up one hit without walking a batter.

Reyes has the following line in his last 16 appearances––27.1 ip, 22 h, 0 r, 5 bb, 29 k.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .301

SSA: Spokane 11 – Eugene 7
W - Monegro (3-0)
HR - Sierra (2, 3)
1-2, 2.0 GB

Ruben Sierra (.244/.292/.444) was about as clutch as it gets for the Indians on Thursday. The 20-year-old outfielder socked a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.

Then, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he launched a walkoff grand slam to give Spokane a four-run victory. Overall, Sierra was 3-for-4 with two homers, six RBI, a walk, and a stolen base.

Suddenly erratic starting pitcher David Perez didn't record an out for the second time in three starts. On Thursday, he walked three batters, plunked one, and uncorked a wild pitch––leading to four runs allowed.

Nick Martinez followed by scattering six hits in four frames, giving up two runs (one earned), walking two, and striking out five.

Lefty Juan Grullon worked two shutout innings, and Jose Monegro followed with three frames of one-run, two-hit ball.

Centerfielder Zach Cone broke out of his slump by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Leadoff man Rougned Odor went 3-for-5 with one two-bagger.

Edwin Garcia (3/5), Brett Nicholas (2/5) and Yefry Castillo (2/3, 2 BB) all singled multiple times.

Player of the Game: LF Ruben Sierra
4 3 3 0 2 6 1 0 .244

RK: AZL Rangers 15 – (@) AZL Giants 9
W - Blackwell (2-0)
21-8, 6.0 GU

The top two teams in the Arizona League went head-to-head on Thursday morning, and the Rangers came out on top. Both clubs had 16 hits. They combined for 18 extra-base knocks.

The Rookie Rangers actually took an 11-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning––fueled by an eight-run outburst in the sixth.

Centerfielder Jordan Akins (.297/.325/.450) continued to show some game power and drive in runs this week, as he went 3-for-5 with three doubles and three RBI.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams (2/3, 2 3B, BB) tripled twice while third baseman Ryan Rua (2/6, 2B, 3B) doubled and tripled. First baseman Matt Leeds (1/4, 2B, BB) added his sixth two-bagger of the season.

Left-hander Andrew Faulkner started the game with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, striking out two, and walking one.

Shawn Blackwell followed by yielding two runs in four innings of work.

Right-hander Steven McKinnon was knocked around for five runs on seven hits in 2.2 innings. He gave up four doubles, a triple, and a home run.

Player of the Game: CF Jordan Akins
5 2 3 3 0 3 0 1 .297

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – (@) DSL Yankees1 6
L - Tirado (4-2)
30-20, 0.5 GU

The Yankees1 picked up the victory despite committing five errors in the game.

Rangers starting pitcher Pedro Tirado (3.56 ERA/.235 BAA) gave up a season-high six runs on eight hits over 5.2 innings of work. The left-hander walked two and struck out two.

Infielder Alex Gonzalez entered as a pinch runner and went 2-for-2 with his ninth double of the season. Luis Marte (2/5) and Oswaldo Pirela (2/4) had two singles apiece. Marte also stole two bases, giving him 13 on the year.

Righties Anyelo Leclerc (1.1 IP) and Jorge de Jesus (1 IP) worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen. The outing for de Jesus was his first since June 24, when he gave up six runs in an inning against the same Yankees club.

Player of the Game: PR-2B Alex Gonzalez
2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .327

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