Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/1

Hickory third baseman Christian Villanueva had a big game on Monday, getting three singles, a walk, and two stolen bases. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) Nashville 4
W - Jackson (9-4)
HR - Nelson (18)
65-45, 9.0 GU

Round Rock extended its division lead to a season-high nine games with Monday's road victory against the Sounds.

Starting pitcher Zach Jackson (5.86 ERA/.306 BAA) threw only 46 of his 95 pitches for strikes, but he pitched well enough to earn his ninth victory and his first by-definition quality start since June 12.

The left-hander worked six innings, allowing four runs (three earned). He scattered eight hits, walked three, and struck out two.

Cleanup-hitting DH Brad Nelson was 2-for-5 with a two-run homer––his 18th of the season––and a walk. Shortstop Nick Green (2/5, 2B) doubled for the club's other extra-base hit.

Leadoff man Leonys Martin broke out of a slump with two singles in six at-bats. Esteban German (2/4, 2 BB), Chad Tracy (2/4, BB) and Val Majewski (2/4, BB) also singled twice.

The 30-year-old Majewski is 13-for-29 (.448) with four doubles and two homers in seven contests since joining the Rangers' organization from independent ball. He has hit safely in each game.

Hard-throwing lefty Michael Kirkman followed Jackson with two hitless, scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three.

In two recent outings, Kirkman issued 10 total walks in four innings. But in his last two outings, the 24-year-old has fanned eight and walked one in four shutout frames.

Cody Eppley (3.23 ERA/.235 BAA) worked around a walk in an otherwise clean ninth inning, finishing the victory.

Player of the Game: DH Brad Nelson
5 2 2 0 1 2 1 2 .271

AA: Frisco 1 – (@) San Antonio 2 (11 innings)
L - Scheppers (2-1)
20-17, 2.0 GB

Frisco lost the game in a tough way––on Tanner Scheppers' walkoff balk with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Because of the recent trades, the RoughRiders needed starting pitcher Ben Snyder (4.39 ERA/.278 BAA) to eat some innings. The 26-year-old lefty did just that, working seven innings––his longest outing since May 12, 2008 at High-A San Jose in the Giants' system.

In his seven innings, Snyder held the first-place Missions to one run on three hits and four walks, striking out four.

The Frisco offense scattered six singles through the game. Leadoff man Renny Osuna led the way with two hits and a stolen base in five at-bats, raising his average to .303.

Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan retired all six batters he faced in two perfect innings, throwing 20 pitches and striking out one.

Tanner Scheppers gave up the game-winning run on a balk in the 11th. He worked 1.2 innings, yielding one hit, walking two (one intentional), and striking out three.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
7.0 3 1 1 4 4 0 4.39

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
18-18, 2.5 GB

The Pelicans were off on Monday. They return to action on Tuesday evening with Wilfredo Boscan set to toe the rubber.

A: Hickory 14 – Hagerstown 13 (10 innings)
W - Reyes (6-0)
HR - Selen (10)
23-14, 2.5 GU

Monday's series opener between the Crawdads and Suns featured 27 runs, 33 hits, six errors, and five lead changes.

Both clubs also ran freely. Hickory was a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen bases against Adrian Nieto. Hagerstown went 9-for-9 against Tomas Telis.

Tall righty Nick Tepesch allowed five runs on nine hits in five innings of work. Andrew Doyle followed and coughed up four runs without recording an out. Doyle allowed one hit and walked walked four.

Left fielder Alejandro Selen (.306/.375/.628) continued to flash some power, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, and three runs batted in. The 22-year-old has nine doubles and 10 homers in 35 games with Hickory.

Christian Villanueva (.284/.346/.476) singled three times and walked once in five plate appearances for the second consecutive game. He also stole two bases, giving him 27 in 31 attempts.

Odubel Herrera (3/5) and Andrew Clark (3/5) also had three hits. Leadoff man Jurickson Profar was 2-for-4 with a pair of walks.

The only Hickory hurler that wasn't scored upon was lefty Jimmy Reyes, who worked a shutout top of the 10th inning. The Elon product now hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 appearances––28.1 innings.

Hickory won the game in the bottom of the 10th while facing right-hander Sam Brown, who pitched in the Rangers' organization and with the Crawdads last season.

Profar led off the 10th with a single and moved to second when Herrera was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved over on a wild pitch, and Villanueva brought Profar home with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Player of the Game: LF Alejandro Selen
5 2 3 1 1 3 0 0 .306

SSA: Spokane – OFF
3-3, 2.0 GB

The Indians enjoyed––major emphasis on enjoyed––just one of three days off in the entire schedule. They had played games on 19 consecutive days prior to Monday, and they now enter a stretch of 27 games in 27 days.

RK: AZL Rangers – OFF
23-10, 6.0 GU

The Rookie Rangers were also off on Monday.

DSL: DSL Rangers 1 – (@) DSL Cubs2 2 (10 innings)
L - Montero (4-2)
31-22, 1.0 GB

In a battle for sole possession of first place, the Rangers dropped an extra-innings decision to their division rivals on Monday afternoon.

Panama native Jose Gomez (2.97 ERA/.238 BAA) got the start and gave up a single unearned run in four innings, working around two hits and three walks. Right-hander and DSL All-Star Anyelo Leclerc (0.51 ERA/.159 BAA) followed with 3.2 shutout frames. The 19-year-old allowed three hits while walking one and fanning four.

Leclerc has allowed only two earned runs in 35 innings this season, giving up 20 hits while walking 14 and striking out 42.

Dennys Montero gave up one run––a walkoff single in the bottom of the 10th–-in two innings, raising his ERA to 1.66.

Corner outfielders Jose Gonzalez (1/4, 2B) and Anderson Jesus (1/4, 2B) each doubled for their only hit in four at-bats. Alex Gonzalez (2/4, BB) and Luis Cedeno (2/4) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Anyelo Leclerc
3.2 3 0 0 1 4 0 0.51

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