Rangers Minor League Roundup - 8/14

The Spokane Indians had only two hits on Sunday, but starting pitcher Kevin Matthews turned in a strong five-inning performance. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) Sacramento 3
W - Hurley (7-1)
HR - Tracy (21)

With Sunday's blowout victory, the Express have taken the first three of their four-game set at Sacramento, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics.

Starting pitcher Eric Hurley (4.57 ERA/.295 BAA) improved to 7-1 on the season with a by-definition quality start. The 25-year-old yielded three runs in six innings, giving up four hits, walking two, and striking out four.

Hurley threw 114 pitches––including 69 strikes––in the six innings.

Designated hitter Chad Tracy went 2-for-5 with his 27th double and his 21st home run––a two-run shot in the third inning.

Val Majewski (1/5, 3B) tripled while shortstop Nick Green (2/5, 2B) also doubled. Green and Majewski are the two newest additions to the Round Rock lineup, and they have settled in as the club's three- and four-hole hitters.

Esteban German had a single, a walk and two stolen bases––giving him 39 swipes on the season.

Right-handed relievers Cody Eppley (2 IP) and Merkin Valdez (1 IP) teamed up for three shutout innings to finish off the victory.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
5 2 2 1 1 3 0 1 .253

AA: Frisco 10 – Tulsa 3
W - Hankins (1-0)
HR - Mendonca (23), Osuna (9)
26-23, 4.0 GB

Although Derek Hankins had a 6.04 earned-run average during his time in Triple-A this season, his first two starts at Double-A Frisco have been fantastic.

On Sunday, the 28-year-old righty held Tulsa to a run on four hits over six innings, walking one and striking out six. He earned his first Double-A victory since last season, when he was 5-5 with a 2.83 ERA at Altoona in the Pittsburgh organization.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Tom Mendonca went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. Renny Osuna (2/3, HR, BB) added his ninth round-tripper of the season.

Elio Sarmiento (2/4, BB), Jonathan Greene (2/5) and Engel Beltre (2/4) all singled twice. Beltre also stole two bases, giving him 13 on the year.

First baseman Jared Bolden, making his Double-A debut, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt. He batted ninth in the Frisco order.

Scuffling reliever Fabio Castillo coughed up two runs––one earned––in two-thirds of an inning, bumping his ERA to 6.40.

Corey Young (1 IP) and Jake Brigham (1.1 IP) closed the victory with scoreless relief. It was another strong outing for the Jekyll-and-Hyde reliever, who retired all four batters he faced while throwing nine of 14 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: 3B Tom Mendonca
5 1 2 0 1 4 0 0 .289

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Potomac 2
W - Grimm (4-2)
SV - Rodebaugh (2)
HR - Clark (1)
24-25, 3.5 GB

First baseman Andrew Clark helped power the Pelicans to victory in his first Carolina League contest. The University of Louisville product was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. On the negative side, he committed two errors in the field.

Justin Grimm recorded 10 groundouts en route to working six strong innings and getting his fourth High-A victory. He yielded a run on four hits, walking two and striking out four.

DH Ryan Strausborger was 2-for-4 with his eighth triple of the year. Travis Adair (1/3, 2B, BB), Vin DiFazio (1/4, 2B) and Jared Hoying (2/4, 2B) all doubled.

Ryan Kelly worked a perfect eighth inning with a strikeout, and Ryan Rodebuagh got his second save after tossing a scoreless ninth.

Player of the Game: 1B Andrew Clark
4 2 2 0 1 2 0 0 .500

A: Hickory 1 – (@) Charleston 4
L - Van Meter (5-5)
26-23, 3.5 GB

The Crawdads were held to only a pair of hits in Sunday's series opener at Charleston. DH Alejandro Selen (1/4, 2B) doubled and struck out three times. The other knock came from leadoff man Jurickson Profar, who was 1-for-3 and was also hit by a pitch.

Joe Van Meter got the starting nod and gave up one run in two innings pitched.

Van Meter was lifted from the game after an hour-long rain delay in the third inning.

The Hickory offense was never able to get much going, but Jorge Marban kept the club within striking distance with three perfect innings out of the bullpen, striking out three.

Ben Rowen worked around a hit and two walks in a shutout eighth, striking out a pair.

Player of the Game: RHP Jorge Marban
3.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 4.03

SSA: Spokane 0 - (@) Salem-Keizer 1
L - Matthews (0-1)
7-12, 5.0 GB

The Indians also had just two hits, coming from shortstop Edwin Garcia (1/4) and pinch hitter Rougned Odor (1/1).

Left-hander Kevin Matthews was the hard-luck loser in his second Northwest League start. The Rangers' first-round pick held the Volcanoes to one run on three hits in five innings, walking three and striking out three.

Kyle Hendricks (2 IP) and Matt West (1 IP) teamed up for three scoreless innings to finish the game.

West, who gave up one hit, struck out one and––of course––didn't walk a batter. In 18 innings, he has yielded 12 hits and struck out 25 without issuing a free pass.

Player of the Game: LHP Kevin Matthews
5.0 3 1 1 3 3 0 2.25

RK: AZL Rangers 6 – (@) AZL Angels 1
W - Claudio (4-0)
HR - Olt (1)
30-14, 10.0 GU

In his first plate appearance since suffering a broken collarbone in a home plate collision in early June, third baseman Mike Olt socked a three-run homer. He would go 1-for-3 with one strikeout in the game.

Olt's first-inning run support would be plenty for the Rangers' pitching staff, which didn't permit a run until the bottom of the ninth inning.

Four Rangers' pitchers combined to strike out 15 batters over the nine innings.

Lefty Paul Strong (3.74 ERA/.288 BAA) allowed three hits and walked four batters in three innings, but he didn't surrender a run. He also struck out five.

Sidearming southpaw Alexander Claudio (0.95 ERA/.169 BAA) gave up two hits in four shutout innings, striking out five without issuing a walk.

Kyle DeVore struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Taylor Dennis whiffed the side while allowing a run in the ninth.

Left fielder Jeremy Williams was 3-for-4 with his ninth triple. Catcher Carlos Oropeza had a single and two walks in four plate appearances.

Player of the Game: 3B Mike Olt
3 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 .333

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – (@) DSL Marlins 4
L - Rodriguez (4-1)
37-27, 4.5 GB

The Rangers carried a shutout and a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, but they surrendered four runs and lost the game in walkoff fashion. The club also fell to a season-low 4.5 games out of first place.

The Marlins actually hit a walkoff bases-clearing triple with one out in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Ricardo Rodriguez.

Standout position players Chris Garia (2/4) and Luis Marte (2/4) both singled twice. Third baseman Elio Castillo singled and walked twice in his three plate appearances.

Jose Gomez (2 IP), Jose Leclerc (3 IP), Jorge de Jesus (1 IP) and Leonel Gil (2 IP) worked the eight scoreless innings until the ninth. Leclerc, de Jesus, and Gil all held the Marlins hitless.

Player of the Game: RHP Jose Leclerc
3.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.43

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