Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/31

Round Rock's Esteban German was a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles and a stolen base on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – (@) Nashville 4
W - Perez (2-2)
HR - Kata (11), Cash (5)
64-45, 8.0 GU

The Express peppered the Sounds on Sunday by scoring runs in six of the nine innings. Third baseman Esteban German led the way, going a perfect 5-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. He also stole his 34th base in 39 attempts.

Left-hander Martin Perez scuffled in the first two innings but ultimately settled down and worked five innings. The top prospect allowed four runs (all in the first two innings) on eight hits while walking two and striking out three. He threw 51 of his 78 pitches for strikes.

Round Rock got plenty of production from the eight- and nine-hole hitters. Second baseman Matt Kata was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and a walk. Catcher Kevin Cash went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and a base on balls.

Right fielder Joey Butler had a very rough day at the office. He struck out in each of his five plate appearances––the rare platinum sombrero.

While the Express added on to their lead late in the game, the right-handed relief trio of Mark Hamburger (2 IP), Darren O'Day (1 IP) and Merkin Valdez (1 IP) kept Nashville off the board for the final four innings.

Player of the Game: 3B Esteban German
5 2 5 2 0 2 0 0 .299

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) San Antonio 3
W - Flores (3-1)
SV - Miller (8)
20-16, 1.0 GB

Robbie Erlin was initially scheduled to start Sunday's game for the RoughRiders, but he was obviously unavailable after being traded to the Padres––and joining the Missions––prior to the contest.

Right-hander Tyler Tufts made the late emergency start and allowed three runs in the first inning. That was the only scoring the Missions would do for the game.

After Tufts worked a scoreless second, hard-throwing righty Fabio Castillo (5.57 ERA/.261 BAA) tossed three shutout frames, working around three singles and a walk. He struck out two.

Adalberto Flores (2.73 ERA/.227 BAA) followed with 2.1 innings of no-hit ball, and Justin Miller (2.13 ERA/.206 BAA) finished it off with two strikeouts in 1.2 innings.

Frisco scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth on a line-drive single off the bat of first baseman Jose Ruiz, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre went 1-for-3 with a double and a base on balls. His 12th two-bagger of the season was the RoughRiders' only extra-base hit of the evening.

Player of the Game: RHP Adalberto Flores
2.1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2.73

A+: Myrtle Beach – Winston-Salem – PPD (Rain)
18-18, 2.5 GB

The Pelicans and Dash were washed out on Sunday evening. The two clubs will make up the game in Winston-Salem during their final head-to-head meeting this season between August 26 and 28.

A: Hickory 7 – (@) Augusta 0
W - Mendez (9-1)
22-14, 1.5 GU

Roman Mendez (3.48 ERA/.262 BAA) improved to 9-1 on the season after he tossed six scoreless innings on Sunday. The Dominican right-hander allowed three hits while walking three and striking out seven.

Mendez was arguably the organization's best pitcher in July. During six starts, he went 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA. He logged 34 innings, giving up 26 hits, walking 11, and striking out 41.

DH Alejandro Selen and right fielder Josh Richmond both went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Left fielder Braxton Lane picked up three singles and a walk in five plate appearances.

Christian Villanueva also went 3-for-4 with a base on balls, and he stole two bases to give him 25 on the season.

Andrew Clark (1/4, 2B, BB) belted his 20th double.

Jorge Marban fanned three in two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Right-hander Matt Thompson, now pitching out of the bullpen, walked one in an otherwise clean ninth inning. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
6.0 3 0 0 3 7 0 3.48

SSA: Spokane 8 – Eugene 6
W - Lamb (1-0)
SV - Eickhoff (1)
HR - Onaka (1)
3-3, 2.0 GB

Leadoff hitter and right fielder Hirotoshi Onaka went 3-for-5 with his first professional home run––a two-run shot in the sixth inning. He also stole his sixth base of the year.

Yefry Castillo (2/4, 3B) tripled while Ruben Sierra (1/3, 2B, BB), Jorge Alfaro (2/3, 2B, HBP) and Hanser Alberto (2/4, 2B) all doubled.

Starting pitcher Will Lamb worked around four hits and five walks allowed in five innings, giving up three runs. The tall left-hander struck out six.

Jerad Eickhoff finished off the game, picking up his first save, by retiring the final four batters of the game and striking out a pair.

Player of the Game: RF Hirotoshi Onaka
5 1 3 0 1 3 0 0 .274

RK: AZL Rangers 4 – AZL Angels 13
L - Parra (2-4)
23-10, 6.5 GU

The Rookie Rangers haven't lost many games this season, but they were blown out by the AZL Angels on Sunday. Starting pitcher Luis Parra was battered for seven runs––six earned––in 2.1 innings. The southpaw allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Second baseman Jimmy Swift (2/3, 2B, BB) and third baseman Matt Leeds (2/4) combined for the Rangers' only four hits of the afternoon.

Player of the Game: 2B Jimmy Swift
3 1 2 1 0 1 1 1 .453

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF
31-21, 0.0 GU

The Rangers were off on Sunday. They're in a tie with the DSL Cubs2 for first place in the Boca Chica South Division.

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