Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/18

Round Rock slugger Brad Nelson turned in another big day on Thursday, as he went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 7 – (@) Fresno 4
W - Tomko (7-5)
HR - Nelson (23)

Round Rock slugger Brad Nelson continued to help carry his club through the Express' recent hot streak. On Thursday, he went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, a walk, and four runs batted in. He also stole his third base of the season.

Meanwhile, the Express got solid work from starting pitcher Brett Tomko, who yielded two runs in five innings. He gave up five hits while walking two and striking out four.

Catcher Robinzon Diaz (3/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Nick Green (2/3, 2B, BB) doubled once. Leadoff man Leonys Martin went 1-for-4 with a triple and a base on balls.

Val Majewski, who dropped to the sixth spot in the batting order, picked up two singles in five at-bats.

Sidearming right-hander Darren O'Day retired all five batters he faced, getting two strikeouts, two groundouts, and an infield popout.

Pedro Strop allowed a run in a 30-pitch ninth inning to close out the victory. He worked around two hits and a walk.

Player of the Game: LF Brad Nelson
4 2 3 1 1 4 1 0 .289

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 5
L - Brigham (5-6)
HR - Greene (17), Bolden (1)
27-25, 6.0 GB

The RoughRiders lost on Thursday, but the offense was powered by a pair of newcomers at the bottom of the order.

Facing talented Royals prospect Jake Odorizzi, first baseman Jared Bolden went 3-for-4 with his first Double-A home run––a two-run shot in the second inning. Designated hitter Matt Leeds was 2-for-4 with a double.

Right fielder Jonathan Greene homered––his 17th––and singled in four at-bats.

Davis Stoneburner (1/4, 2B, BB) and Elio Sarmiento (1/4, 2B) also doubled. Engel Beltre had two singles and a walk in his five plate appearances.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca, who has scuffled in the second half, whiffed four times in five hitless at-bats.

Left-hander Ben Snyder surrendered three runs while scattering 10 hits in six innings pitched. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

Jake Brigham, who suffered the loss, gave up two unearned runs in two innings.

Player of the Game: 1B Jared Bolden
4 2 3 0 1 2 0 0 .267

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – Kinston 9
L - Gomez (2-4)
HR - DiFazio (8)
25-28, 4.5 GB

Pelicans starting pitcher Kenny Gomez allowed seven runs––four earned–-in 4.2 innings of work. He gave up five hits (including a homer) while walking two and striking out five.

The Myrtle Beach bullpen turned in strong work in relief of Gomez, but it wasn't enough to keep the club in the game.

Catcher Vin DiFazio flashed some power with a double and a solo home run––his eighth of the season––in four trips. First baseman Andrew Clark, who wasn 1-for-3 with a base on balls, also had a two-bagger.

Joe Ortiz (1.1 IP) and Colby Killian (1 IP) turned in scoreless efforts out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: C Vin DiFazio
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 .218

A: Hickory – (@) Lexington – Suspended (Rain)
29-23, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads and Legends were suspended due to lightning and thunderstorms on Thursday. The game was in the bottom of the first, and it will be resumed at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on Friday with game two following at 7:15 p.m.

SSA: Spokane 8 - Boise 2
W - Martinez (1-2)
HR - Sierra (4)
9-14, 5.0 GB

Centerfielder Ruben Sierra gave Spokane a big early lead with his three-run homer in the third inning. He also added his 13th double of the season.

Trever Adams raised his batting average to .306 with a double and a triple in four at-bats. Brett Nicholas (3/4, 2B) also doubled while Nick Vickerson (1/4, 3B) added his third three-bagger.

Fordham product Nick Martinez picked up his first Northwest League victory work five innings of two-run ball. The righty gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out six.

The Indians' bullpen combined for four innings of no-hit relief to finish the game. Richard Alvarez (2 IP), Phil Klein (1 IP) and Juan Grullon (1 IP) walked five total batters but kept Boise off the scoreboard.

Player of the Game: CF Ruben Sierra
4 2 2 1 1 3 0 1 .276

RK: AZL Rangers 2 – AZL Dodgers 7
L - A. de los Santos (6-1)
HR - Torres (4)
31-16, 9.0 GU

Starting pitcher Abel de los Santos lost for the first time in the states despite working a season-high six innings. The Dominican righty gave up three runs on four hits, walking none and striking out five.

First baseman Kevin Torres gave the Rookie Rangers a late run with his solo homer in the ninth inning. It was his only hit of the game.

Nick Urbanus (1/4), Jeremy Williams (1/4) and Chris Grayson (1/3, BB) had the other hits.

Rehabbing third baseman Mike Olt, playing in his first game before he returns to Myrtle Beach, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk.

Player of the Game: RHP Abel de los Santos
6.0 4 3 3 0 5 2 3.74

DSL: DSL Rangers 0 – (@) DSL Giants 3
L - Vasquez (0-1)
40-29, 5.5 GB

The DSL Giants plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and that would be the only scoring of the game for either club.

The Rangers were held to five singles on the afternoon, coming from Chris Garia (1/4), Belarmino Campos (1/4), Anderson Jesus (1/4), Fernando Vivili (1/3) and Alberto Triunfel (1/3).

Starter Kelvin Vasquez settled down after the first inning but suffered the loss, as he yielded three runs (two earned) in four innings.

Lefties Pedro Tirado (2 IP) and Nerfy Nunez (2 IP) teamed up for four shutout innings to finish the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Nerfy Nunez
2.0 3 0 0 1 3 0 3.10

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