Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/2

After Spokane's loss on Friday night, the Indians' playoff hopes will come down to the final game of the regular season. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 7 – Albuquerque 5
W - Hankins (7-6)
SV - Scheppers (2)
HR - Tracy (26)
84-57, 14.0 GU

The Express beat up on Isotopes starter John Ely for the second time within a week, and red-hot cleanup hitter Chad Tracy (.255/.334/.470) hit another home run––his third in two days. He also walked and had three total RBI.

The 26-year-old Pepperdine product ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 108 runs batted in this season.

Starting pitcher Derek Hankins, who had been pitching with Double-A Frisco, returned to Triple-A and picked up a victory. He worked 5.2 innings and allowed two runs on six hits, walking and striking out three.

Nicaraguan left-hander Douglas Arguello was released by the Astros earlier in the week, and the Rangers signed him to a minor league deal before Friday's game.

The 26-year-old has pitched relatively well in Triple-A this season, but Friday wasn't his best outing. He yielded three runs in one inning, giving up three hits and walking two.

Shortstop Nick Green (.293/.342/.436) had four hits––including his 30th double of the season––in five at-bats. Fellow middle infielder Matt Kata was 2-for-4 with his 28th double and a base on balls.

Val Majewski (2/4) singled twice and stole his fifth base with Round Rock. Luis Cruz made his return to the Express, playing third base and getting one hit in four trips.

Cody Eppley (1.1 IP) and Tanner Scheppers (1 IP) worked scoreless ball to close out the victory.

Scheppers was working on back-to-back days for the first time in his professional career. He struck out the side while working around a hit and two walks, throwing 13 of his 27 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
3 2 1 0 1 3 1 1 .255

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Corpus Christi 1
W - Snyder (11-5)
SV - Miller (13)
37-30, 5.0 GB

The ‘Riders won the final three games at Corpus Christi, and they now travel back home to finish the regular season with a series against Midland.

Lefty starter Ben Snyder (3.87 ERA/.273 BAA) needed only 79 pitches to complete seven innings on Friday, as he held the Hooks to a run on four hits. The 26-year-old struck out three without issuing a walk.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Snyder has now worked at least six innings in each of his last seven starts.

Fabio Castillo (1 IP) and Justin Miller (1 IP) slammed the door on Corpus with one scoreless inning apiece out of the bullpen. Miller walked one and struck out two, giving him 74 strikeouts in 68.2 frames this year.

Looking to finish a disappointing season on a high note, centerfielder Engel Beltre (.236/.285/.306) was 2-for-4 with his sixth triple and his 16th steal.

Third baseman Mitch Hilligoss (1/3, 2B) doubled and committed his sixth error in Double-A.

Player of the Game: LHP Ben Snyder
7.0 4 1 1 0 3 0 3.87

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
32-35, 4.0 GB

The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Friday after making the long trip home from Wilmington, Delaware. Myrtle Beach finishes the regular season with a three-game set against Salem, beginning on Saturday.

A: Hickory – Greenville – PPD (Rain)
38-27, 0.5 GU

The Crawdads and Drive were washed out on Friday. They'll make it up with a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.

SSA: Spokane 5 – Everett 7
L - Melo (1-1)
14-23, 7.0 GB

The Indians lost on Friday, but so did the Boise Hawks. Spokane remains one game behind Boise for the Northwest League's final playoff spot with one game remaining.

Both teams will close out the regular season––not against against each other––on Saturday evening.

Erratic righty Carlos Melo got things off to a rough start early, as he lasted just 1.2 innings and surrendered three runs. Melo gave up two hits, walked four, plunked one, and uncorked two wild pitches.

After what appeared to be a promising '10 campaign in the Arizona League, Melo's control has deteriorated between Spokane and Hickory this year. In 42.2 innings, he has given up 42 runs while walking 57 and striking out 58.

Brett Nicholas (.277/.386/.451) was 2-for-4 with two doubles, giving him 21 in 63 games for Spokane. He drove in two runs.

Yefry Castillo (2/4, 3B) tripled while Trever Adams (1/5, 2B) and Zach Cone (1/3, 2B) both doubled.

Cone has struggled mightily in the second half of his debut summer, but he appears to be at least finishing strong. The supplemental first-round pick is 4-for-9 with two doubles and a homer in his last three games.

Long reliever Juan Grullon permitted just an unearned run in 3.1 innings, as he walked one and struck out five. But it wasn't quite enough to keep the Indians in the game.

Tall righty Phil Klein allowed two runs in two innings after Grullon, and Arlett Mavare gave up one run in two frames.

The 21-year-old Mavare has posted solid numbers between the Arizona League and Northwest League––37 ip, 24 h, 8 er (1.95 ERA), 15 bb, 54 k.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
4 1 2 2 0 2 0 0 .277

RK: AZL Rangers – Season Over
38-18, 13.0 GU

For the second consecutive season, the rookie-level Surprise Rangers won the Arizona League's West Division title but fell in the league's semifinal game.

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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