Rangers Minor League Roundup - 8/5

Top pitching prospects Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez both turned in strong efforts at the system's upper levels on Friday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – Salt Lake 0
W - Perez (3-2)
SV - Strop (9)
HR - Gentry (1)

After a handful of rough outings, left-hander Martin Perez got back on the right track against the Bees on Friday evening. The 20-year-old hurler worked 6.2 shutout innings on 95 pitches, allowing four hits, walking two, and striking out eight.

Through five Triple-A starts, Perez has logged 25 innings and allowed 40 hits, walked eight, and fanned 20.

Rehabbing centerfielder Craig Gentry (concussion) led off the game for Round Rock with a solo home run. He was 1-for-4 on the game.

Third baseman Nick Green (1/1, 2B, BB) doubled for the club's only other extra-base hit. He also walked and laid down a sacrifice bunt.

Val Majewski singled, walked, and stole two bases.

Southpaw reliever Michael Kirkman fanned three batters in 1.1 scoreless frames. Pedro Strop earned the save with a clean ninth inning, punching out one.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
6.2 4 0 0 2 8 0 5.76

AA: Frisco 2 – San Antonio 4
L - Flores (3-2)
21-20, 5.0 GB

Although he has played most of the season in Triple-A, 22-year-old righty Neil Ramirez made his Double-A debut on Friday. He threw 48 pitches in 2.1 hitless, scoreless innings. Ramirez walked two and struck out three.

The RoughRiders' offense had seven hits with six singles in the game. Catcher Elio Sarmiento (1/4, 3B) belted his fourth triple of the season.

Renny Osuna (1/4, BB) and Mitch Hilligoss (1/3, BB) both singled and walked. Osuna added his 14th stolen base of the season.

The nine position players combined to strike out 15 times in the nine-inning game.

Reliever Jake Brigham has been excellent of late, but he issued four walks and allowed two runs in 1.2 innings on Friday.

Corey Young (1 IP) and Tanner Scheppers (1.1 IP) worked shutout ball to finish off the game. Scheppers was promoted back to Triple-A Round Rock after the contest.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
2.1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Potomac 6
L - Gomez (2-2)
19-21, 4.5 GB

Kenny Gomez got the start for the Pelicans, and he permitted three runs (one earned) in five innings of work. The Dominican righty allowed three hits while walking two and striking out four.

Erratic reliever Kasey Kiker walked two and uncorked two wild pitches in 1.1 innings––leading to three runs. Making his High-A debut, Colby Killian came in and retired all five hitters he faced, getting two strikeouts. Killian got out of a jam after entering with one out and two men on base in the seventh inning.

Ryan Kelly worked a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout.

The Myrtle Beach offense scored just a lone run on three hits. Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) and David Paisano (1/3, 2B) both doubled. Left fielder Jared Hoying had a single and a walk in three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Colby Killian
1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00

A: Hickory 1 – (@) Asheville 3
L - Henry (4-1)
24-17, 0.5 GU

Ben Henry got the start on Friday, filling in for hard-throwing righty Roman Mendez. Mendez has been moved to the bullpen due to his high innings count for the season. The plan is for him to make one late-season start before returning to the Crawdads' rotation for the Sally League playoffs.

Henry issued six walks in three innings, giving up two runs. He struck out five.

Left-hander Kevin Johnson kept the Crawdads in the game with three blank innings of relief. He scattered four hits while walking two and striking out two. Francisco Mendoza followed and yielded a run in two innings, striking out four.

Hickory's offense was held silent by Rockies prospect Tyler Matzek, who issued one run over seven innings of work.

First baseman Jhonny Gomez (1/3, 2B) doubled for the team's only extra-base hit. Centerfielder Jake Skole (1/3, BB) singled once and walked once in four trips.

Player of the Game: LHP Kevin Johnson
3.0 4 0 0 2 2 0 2.55

SSA: Spokane 3 - (@) Vancouver 4
L - Klein (1-1)
HR - Robinson (3)

Starting pitcher Santo Perez struck out a season-high eight batters in four innings, though he allowed three unearned runs––all due to his own throwing error.

Tall righty Phil Klein suffered the loss despite giving up only one run in three innings pitched. Jerad Eickhoff worked a blank eighth inning.

Third baseman Drew Robinson provided all of the Indians' offense with his three-run jack in the top of the fifth inning. Left fielder Ruben Sierra (1/3, 2B) added his 12th two-bagger and his fifth stolen base.

Player of the Game: 3B Drew Robinson
3 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 .182

RK: AZL Rangers 9 – AZL Reds 1
W - Parra (3-4)
HR - Swift (3)
25-12, 6.5 GU

Second baseman Jimmy Swift raised his Arizona League average to .471 after going 3-for-4 with a triple and a three-run homer. He had four total RBI for the game.

Starting pitcher Ezequiel Rijo turned in his best outing of the summer, hurling four scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out five. Luis Parra followed with two shutout frames of his own.

Taylor Dennis worked around two walks in an otherwise clean ninth inning to finish the game. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: 2B Jimmy Swift
4 3 3 0 1 4 0 0 .471

DSL: DSL Rangers – DSL Yankees1 - PPD (Rain)
32-22, 1.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers were called due to rain for the third consecutive day.

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