Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/29

Double-A Frisco righty Joe Wieland threw a nine-inning no-hitter at San Antonio on Friday, issuing just one walk and facing the minimum 27 batters. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 10 – Memphis 1
W - Hurley (6-0)
63-44, 7.0 GU

The Express and Redbirds had 11 hits apiece in Friday's series finale, but Round Rock outscored its opponents by a wide margin.

Memphis starting pitcher and former Cardinals first-round pick Adam Ottavino was knocked around for nine runs in 3.1 innings, giving up eight hits and walking five batters.

On the flip side, righty Eric Hurley (3.73 ERA/.282 BAA) scattered eight singles while throwing 102 pitches (61 strikes) in five innings. He limited the damage to only one run while walking three and striking out three.

Left fielder Val Majewski went 2-for-4 with two more doubles and three more RBI. In four games since joining the Express from the independent Atlantic League, Majewski is 9-for-17 (.529) with four doubles, two homers, and 10 RBI.

Rehabbing infielder Andres Blanco played third base and had a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Joey Butler (2/4), Kevin Cash (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (2/3) had two singles apiece. Rodriguez also laid down a sacrifice bunt.

The 25-year-old Butler extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is now batting .340/.425/.500 in July with 15 walks (and 27 strikeouts) over 26 contests.

Relievers Derek Hankins (2 IP) and Michael Kirkman (2 IP) finished the game with four efficient shutout frames, as they threw only 42 total pitches. Kirkman was especially solid––the left-hander gave up two hits but fanned five while throwing 19 of 24 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: LF Val Majewski
4 2 2 2 0 3 0 1 .529

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) San Antonio 0
W - Wieland (4-0)
HR - Bianucci (25)
19-15, 1.0 GB

Frisco's Joe Wieland threw the fourth no-hitter in RoughRiders history on Friday evening. And it was against the San Antonio Missions, who entered the night with the best record in all of minor league baseball.

The RoughRiders' previous three no-hitters––A.J. Murray, Steve Karsay, and Scott Feldman combined on a nine-inning perfect game at Corpus Christi in 2005. Matt Harrison threw a seven-inning no-hitter (with six walks) versus San Antonio in 2008. And earlier this season, lefty Martin Perez twirled a rain-shortened five-inning perfect game in Little Rock.

Wieland (1.23 ERA/.217 BAA) faced the minimum 27 batters, issuing just a single walk. That runner was later caught stealing. He struck out seven batters.

The 21-year-old has been Frisco's most dominant starter since earning the promotion from High-A Myrtle Beach. In seven starts, he has yielded more than one run just once. And he has the following stat line––44 ip, 35 h, 6 er, 11 bb, 36 k.

The Frisco offense plated single runs in the first, third, and fifth innings.

Left fielder Mike Bianucci (.255/.308/.502) was 2-for-3 with a solo home run––his fourth in eight games and 25th on the year––and a base on balls.

Shortstop Renny Osuna (2/4, 2 2B) and first baseman Jose Ruiz (2/4, 2 2B) both doubled twice in four at-bats.

Tom Mendonca was 0-for-2 but brought home two of Frisco's runs with a pair of sacrifice flies.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Wieland
9.0 0 0 0 1 7 0 1.23

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Winston-Salem 3
L - Kelly (3-5)
18-16, 1.0 GB

Robbie Ross' (2.26 ERA/.227 BAA) lone hiccup came in the third inning, when he surrendered a pair of runs on three singles. After that frame, the southpaw sat down 13 of the final 15 hitters he faced.

The 21-year-old ended up yielding two runs on five singles over seven innings of work. He fanned seven without issuing a walk and recorded nine groundouts versus only one flyout.

Ross' last seven starts for the Pelicans have all been magnificent––45 ip, 30 h, 6 er, 7 bb, 34 k.

After his second-inning single, Myrtle Beach DH Travis Adair had reached base in 12 consecutive plate appearances. The streak ended with a strikeout in the fourth inning.

First baseman Jared Bolden (.291/.335/.452) snapped out of a funk by going 2-for-3 with a double, a triple, and a walk. Andres James (1/3, 2B) added his seventh double of the season.

Outfielder Ryan Strausborger went hitless in four trips. He is batting just .193/.284/.307 in 23 games this month, dropping his overall average from nearly .300 down to .271.

Player of the Game: LHP Robbie Ross
7.0 5 2 2 0 7 0 2.26

A: Hickory 0 – (@) Augusta 5
L - Van Meter (5-3)
21-13, 1.5 GU

Joe Van Meter (2.98 ERA/.212 BAA) dealt a career-high six innings at Augusta on Friday evening. The 22-year-old righty allowed two runs on four hits (both runs coming on a two-run homer) while walking and striking out three.

The Crawdads' offense managed only four hits in the game.

Catcher Tomas Telis (.304/.341/.447) extended his hitting streak to eight games, going 2-for-3 with his 20th double of the season.

Jurickson Profar (1/4) and Odubel Herrera (1/3) had the team's other two hits.

Player of the Game: C Tomas Telis
3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .304

SSA: Spokane 4 – Eugene 8
L - Payano (1-5)
1-3, 2.0 GB

Lefty Victor Payano pitched well until the third inning, when he let six consecutive batters reach via single or walk, leading to four runs allowed. Overall, Payano gave up those four runs in three innings, giving up six hits, walking two, and striking out one.

Leadoff hitter Rougned Odor (.310/.374/.437) had just one hit in four at-bats, but the knock was his third triple of the season. Edwin Garcia (1/4, 2B) and Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B) each doubled.

Making his debut with Spokane, right-hander Arlett Mavare allowed just a run on two hits in 3.1 innings of long relief. He walked two and struck out two.

Fireballing closer Matt West gave up a run in the ninth inning. He gave up a hit and plunked a batter, striking out one without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Arlett Mavare
3.1 2 1 1 2 2 0 2.70

RK: AZL Rangers 9 – AZL Mariners 1
W - de los Santos (5-0)
SV - Johnson (2)
HR - Swift (2), Williams (2)
22-8, 7.0 GU

The Rangers blew the second-place Mariners out of the water on Friday, extending their Arizona League West Division lead to seven full games.

Righty Abel de los Santos (4.58 ERA/.254 BAA) gave up a leadoff hit in the first and a walkoff walk in the third. But both times, the base runners were immediately erased by a double play.

The 18-year-old righty ended up facing the minimum through five scoreless innings, giving up just a single and a walk. He struck out four. In 35.1 innings this year, de los Santos has fanned 36 while walking just four.

Left-hander Kevin Johnson followed with four innings of one-run ball, working around three hits and two walks.

Jeremy Williams (.338/.409/.610) continued to crush the ball at the bottom of the Rangers' order. The 6-foot-2 outfielder went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, and five runs batted in.

Creighton product Jimmy Swift, who went 2-for-4, also went yard. Kevin Torres (1/5, 2B) added his 10th double.

First baseman Clark Murphy was 0-for-1 but walked three times.

Player of the Game: LF Jeremy Williams
3 1 2 1 1 5 0 1 .338

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – DSL Mets1 4
W - Valdespina (1-3)
SV - Montero (3)
31-20, 0.5 GU

On a 90-degree afternoon in Boca Chica, the Dominican Rangers took home the victory despite committing four errors and issuing 10 free passes.

The four Rangers pitchers allowed only four hits. Starter Jose Valdespina (3.23 ERA/.212 BAA) earned his first win of the season, working five innings and allowing three runs. He gave up three hits while walking four and striking out four.

Relievers Dario Beltre (1 IP), Jesus Fandino (1 IP) and Dennys Montero (2 IP) teamed up for four strong innings to finish the game. Fandino walked three and yielded an unearned run in his frame.

Slumping shortstop Luis Marte took a step in the right direction on Friday by going 3-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 14 two-baggers on the season.

Centerfielder Jose Gonzalez (1/3, 2B, BB) and catcher Luis Cedeno (1/2, 2B, BB) also doubled.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Marte
4 1 3 2 0 1 0 0 .287

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