Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/9

First-round pick Kevin Matthews made his short-season Spokane debut on Tuesday, allowing one run and striking out six over three innings pitched. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 10 – Tacoma 5
W - Tucker (3-4)
HR - Kata (12, 13), Butler (9)
69-49, 9.0 GU

Second baseman Matt Kata (.299/.360/.503) added on to his career-high home run total on Tuesday, as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of round-trippers and four RBI. Kata is batting .368/.398/.726 with eight homers in 25 games since the PCL All-Star break.

Joey Butler (.340/.397/.522) was 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBI, and a walk. The 25-year-old outfielder is hitting .374/.426/.545 since the ASB.

Starting pitcher Ryan Tucker (4.58 ERA/.277 BAA) pitched well despite needing a whopping 126 pitches to complete 5.2 innings. He gave up just two unearned runs on five hits, walking three and striking out seven.

After a string of strong outings, lefty Michael Kirkman had some control troubles once again––he walked three batters and allowed three runs (while fanning four) in 2.1 innings. Kirkman threw 27 of his 46 pitches for strikes.

Cody Eppley worked a scoreless ninth, giving up a hit and getting one strikeout.

Craig Gentry (2/4) and Esteban German (2/4) both singled twice. Nine-hole hitting centerfielder Leonys Martin (.275/.333/.314) was 1-for-4 and also committed his second fielding error in Triple-A.

Player of the Game: 2B Matt Kata
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 1 .299

AA: Frisco – OFF
22-22, 6.0 GB

The entire Texas League was off on Tuesday. Frisco returns to action with a three-game home set against Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday. Left-hander Robbie Ross is scheduled to take the mound.

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – Frederick 5
W - Osborne (3-2)
HR - Adair (3), Paisano (1)
22-22, 3.0 GB

First baseman Jared Bolden tied the game with an infield single in the seventh, and he won it in walkoff fashion with his RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Second baseman Travis Adair (2/4, HR) and DH David Paisano (2/4, HR) also packed a punch, as each player went deep and combined to drive in four runs.

Second baseman Jonathan Roof broke out of a slump by going 3-for-3 with a double and a sacrifice bunt. Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) added his 22nd double of the year.

Starter Justin Grimm (3.55 ERA/.261 BAA) struck out eight batters in 5.2 innings. He surrendered four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks.

Lefty Joe Ortiz allowed a run––on a solo home run––in 2.1 innings of work. Zach Osborne (3.86 ERA/.266 BAA) picked up the ‘W' with a clean ninth. Osborne has allowed only one run in 16.1 frames over his last two months>

Player of the Game: 2B Travis Adair
4 1 2 0 1 3 0 0 .321

A: Hickory – OFF
25-19, 1.5 GB

The Sally League was also quiet on Tuesday. Hickory will return home to face Kannapolis in a four-game set, beginning Wednesday evening.

SSA: Spokane 3 - Yakima 2
W - Hanna (2-1)
SV - Monegro (2)
7-7, 3.0 GB

Making his short-season Spokane debut, Rangers' first-round pick Kevin Matthews fanned a career-high six batters in three innings pitched. The southpaw gave up a run on three hits and two walks.

The Spokane offense did just enough to get the win and the series sweep over Yakima.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro (.330/.374/.504) was 2-for-3 with his sixth double of the summer. Rougned Odor (1/4, 2B) also doubled while leadoff man Hirotoshi Onaka (2/4) singled twice in four at-bats.

Chris Hanna got the win after three innings of scoreless long relief, yielding one hit and striking out two. Jose Monegro (3.28 ERA/.240 BAA) punched out two in a 1-2-3 ninth to get the save.

Player of the Game: LHP Chris Hanna
3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4.01

RK: AZL Rangers 4 – (@) AZL Diamondbacks 2
W - Claudio (3-0)
SV - Stanford (1)
HR - Rua (2)
28-12, 8.5 GU

The Rookie Rangers improved to an incredible 28-12 on the summer with the help of a game-winning two-run single by Guy Edmonds in the top of the ninth.

Edmonds (.321/.357/.603) had entered the game as a defensive replacement, and that was his only plate appearance of the game.

Lefty Paul Strong got the starting nod and allowed one run in three innings. He gave up three hits and walked one without getting a strikeout.

Sidearming southpaw Alexander Claudio (1.20 ERA/.173 BAA) held the D-Backs to a hit and a walk in three blank innings out of the bullpen. Tim Stanford followed with a shutout ninth, working around two singles.

Kevin Torres (3/3, 2 BB) and Clark Murphy (3/4, BB) had three singles apiece. Centerfielder Chris Grayson was 2-for-5 with his 12th stolen base.

Third baseman Ryan Rua went 2-for-5 with a solo home run, his second in Arizona.

Catcher Joe Maloney got the start behind the plate and was 0-for-2 before being pulled from the game. The 21-year-old had been on the disabled list––his last game had been on June 22 against the AZL Dodgers.

Player of the Game: 1B Kevin Torres
3 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 .357

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – DSL Cubs2 8
L - Montero (4-4)
33-24, 2.5 GB

While a couple of the Rangers' affiliates––including the major league club––won their game in the ninth inning on Tuesday, the Dominican team lost by yielding two runs in the ninth.

The DSL Rangers logged 12 hits on Tuesday, but all of them were singles. Chris Garia (2/4, HBP), Alberto Triunfel (2/5) and Luis Marte (2/5) all singled twice. Garia stole two bases, giving him 29 on the season. Marte got his 15th steal.

Starter Jose Gomez yielded three unearned runs in 2.2 innings of work. Lefty Leonel Gil was the club's most effective pitcher, as he allowed two runs (one earned) over 3.1 innings, giving up four hits, walking one, and striking out three.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Marte
5 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 .284

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