Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/29

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads picked up a doubleheader sweep at Lakewood on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) Omaha 4
L - Tomko (8-6)
81-56, 13.0 GU

The Express suffered a one-run defeat in Monday's series opener, as they were held hitless by Vin Mazzaro and Willy Lebron in the game's final 4.2 innings.

Round Rock starter Brett Tomko worked seven innings and yielded four runs on six hits, walking three and striking out four. Lefty reliever Beau Jones added a 1-2-3 eighth on only nine pitches.

Rehabbing third baseman Adrian Beltre singled once and struck out twice in four at-bats. Shortstop Andres Blanco, also beginning his rehab assignment, had one hit in three trips.

Catcher Taylor Teagarden (2/4) and outfielders Brad Nelson (1/3, 2 BB) and Joey Butler (1/2, 2 BB) all reached base multiple times.

Player of the Game: CF Joey Butler
2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0 .327

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Midland 3
L - Bleier (6-8)

Frisco's playoff-clinching magic number still sits at one after Monday's loss in Midland.

Both starting pitchers––Frisco's Carlos Pimentel and Midland's Anthony Capra––twirled seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball. The RoughRiders broke the seal with two runs in the top of the eighth but surrendered three in the bottom of the frame.

Regardless of the loss, Pimentel (4.94 ERA/.251 BAA) pitched exceedingly well. He walked two and struck out two over the seven innings.

The 21-year-old Pimentel has the following line in his last five starts––28 ip, 14 h, 6 r, 13 bb, 29 k.

Jonathan Greene (1/4, 2B) hit his 28th double while Mitch Hilligoss (2/3, BB) singled twice and walked once. Leadoff man Renny Osuna had a single, a walk, and his 20th stolen base of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
7.0 3 0 0 2 2 0 4.94

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Wilmington 2
L - Gomez (2-6)

The Pelicans' offense was held scoreless––and to only four total hits––during Monday's shut out loss at Wilmington.

Starting pitcher Kenny Gomez actually threw well, giving up just an unearned run in six innings of work. The Dominican righty yielded four hits while walking three and striking out four.

Leadoff man Travis Adair led the way offensively, going 2-for-4 with his 13th double. Santiago Chirino (1/4, 2B) and Andrew Clark (1/3, BB) had the only other hits.

Appearing in his first game back from the disabled list, first baseman Chris McGuiness batted seventh and was hitless in three at-bats, striking out twice. He also committed his second error of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Kenny Gomez
6.0 4 1 0 3 4 0 3.67

A: Hickory 3 – (@) Lakewood 2 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Rowen (5-4)
SV - Mendoza (7)
HR - Telis (11)

Left-hander Will Lamb finally permitted a run in his third full-season start, though he still pitched well. The 20-year-old allowed two runs (one earned) in four innings, giving up six hits while walking and striking out two.

DH Tomas Telis provided almost all of the Crawdads' game one offensive production. The switch-hitting prospect was 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer––his 11th of the season.

Righty relievers Ben Rowen (1 IP), Jose Monegro (1 IP) and Francisco Mendoza (1 IP) finished the game with one scoreless inning apiece. Mendoza gave up one hit and struck out a pair.

Player of the Game: DH Tomas Telis
4 1 3 1 1 2 0 0 .293

A: Hickory 4 – (@) Lakewood 1 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Jackson (5-5)
SV - Mendez (1)
37-25, 1.0 GU

Hickory picked up the doubleheader sweep and claimed sole possession of first place in the division.

Although starter Luke Jackson walked five batters in five innings, he limited the damage to only one run on three hits while fanning three.

Hard-throwing reliever Roman Mendez slammed the door by going six up, six down in the final two innings, striking out five.

Mendez has the following line since moving to the bullpen due to his high innings total––10 ip, 7 h, 1 r, 2 bb, 16 k.

Leadoff man Jurickson Profar had a double and three runs batted in over his four plate appearances. Jake Skole (2/4) and Jhonny Gomez (1/3, BB) had the other hits.

The Crawdads were a perfect six-for-six on the base paths during the game. Skole stole three bases, giving him 21 on the season. Left fielder Braxton Lane added two while Telis swiped his 12th of the year.

Player of the Game: RHP Roman Mendez
2.0 0 0 0 0 5 0 3.26

SSA: Spokane – OFF
12-21, 6.0 GB

The Indians enjoyed their first day off since August 1 on Monday. They had played games on 27 consecutive days. Spokane finishes the regular season with a five-game set against Everett, beginning on Tuesday.

RK: AZL Rangers 10 – AZL Padres 1
W - McKinnon (1-0)
HR - Leeds (5), Rua (3)
38-18, 13.0 GU

In the Rangers' final Arizona League regular season game, they trounced the Peoria Padres, 10-1.

British Columbia native Steven McKinnon turned in a successful five-inning outing for his first professional win. The righty surrendered one run on three hits, walking two and striking out three.

Relievers K.C. Wiser (2.1 IP) and Sam Robinson (1.2 IP) pitched the final four innings without yielding a run.

First baseman Matt Leeds continued to crush the ball since rejoining the team from Double-A. He went 1-for-2 with a two-run homer and three walks. Third baseman Ryan Rua (1/5, HR) added his third round-tripper of the summer.

Saquan Johnson (2/3), Desmond Henry (2/2, BB) and Carlos Oropeza (2/4) all singled twice.

Player of the Game: 1B Matt Leeds
2 2 1 0 1 2 3 1 .272

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
41-30, 5.5 GB

The Dominican Rangers failed to qualify for the Dominican Summer League playoffs despite posting a strong 41-30 record. The club finished in second place, 5.5 games behind the DSL Cubs2.

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