Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/3

Single-A Hickory hurler Will Lamb allowed just a lone hit in five scoreless innings on Saturday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Albuquerque 6
W - Tomko (9-6)
SV - Jones (1)
HR - Ruiz (3)
85-57, 15.0 GU

Brett Tomko (6.15 ERA/.295 BAA) threw 112 pitches in seven innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Tomko did just enough to earn his ninth victory of the season, as the Round Rock offense came back to win the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

First baseman Jose Ruiz went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a base on balls. Red-hot DH Chad Tracy had two doubles and two walks in five plate appearances.

Matt Kata (2/4, 2B) also singled and doubled, raising his batting average to .292.

Lefty reliever Beau Jones picked up his first Triple-A save by striking out four batters in two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and walked one.

Player of the Game: DH Chad Tracy
3 2 2 2 0 0 2 1 .258

AA: Frisco 9 – Midland 4
W - Pimentel (7-9)
38-30, 5.0 GB

Carlos Pimentel (4.74 ERA/.246 BAA) worked his way in and out of jams on Saturday evening. The 21-year-old righty threw 108 pitches in 5.2 innings, but he held the RockHounds to just an unearned run. He allowed three hits, walked four, and fanned five.

The middle of the RoughRiders' order did most of the damage, as Tom Mendonca (2/4), Mike Bianucci (3/4, 2B) and Jonathan Greene (2/3, 2B, HBP) all had multiple hits.

Both Bianucci and Greene hit their team-leading 29th double of the season.

First baseman Jared Bolden had a single, a walk, and two RBI in four plate appearances.

After reliever Corey Young gave up three runs (and struck out five) in 2.2 innings, righty Johan Yan recorded the final two outs to finish the game.

Player of the Game: DH Mike Bianucci
4 2 3 1 0 2 0 1 .243

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – Salem 5
L - Reyes (0-1)
HR - Olt (14)
32-36, 5.0 GB

The Pelicans dropped Saturday's contest by giving up four runs in the top of the ninth inning. Through six innings, the club actually had a 4-0 lead.

Making his first start of the season, sinkerballing righty Zach Osborne (3.36 ERA/.242 BAA) held the Red Sox to one single over five scoreless innings. He struck out two without issuing a walk.

Osborne has the following line since the All-Star break––38.1 ip, 30 h, 7 er (1.64 ERA), 6 bb, 27 k.

Third baseman Mike Olt (1/3, HR, BB) hit his 14th home run, walked once, and struck out twice.

Jared Prince (1/3, 2B, BB) and Zach Zaneski (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Travis Adair (2/3, BB) had two singles and a walk in four trips.

The bullpen wasn't able to hold the lead, though, as Ryan Rodebaugh allowed a run in two innings and Jimmy Reyes was socked for four runs in the top of the ninth.

Ryan Kelly (3.71 ERA/.243 BAA) did post a scoreless eighth inning, walking one batter.

Player of the Game: RHP Zach Osborne
5.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.36

A: Hickory 2 – Greenville 9 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Henry (6-3)

Ben Henry got the start in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader, and he surrendered three unearned runs in five innings pitched. The South Carolina native allowed four hits while walking three and striking out four.

The contest got out of hand when reliever Jose Monegro was knocked around for six runs on five hits––including two home runs––in only two innings pitched.

Jurickson Profar (1/2, BB) reached base twice and stole his 23rd base of the season. Odubel Herrera (1/2) and Christian Villanueva (1/3) knocked in Hickory's two runs.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 .286

A: Hickory 3 – Greenville 0 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Lamb (2-0)
SV - Mendoza (9)
HR - Profar (12)
39-28, 0.5 GU

The second game was much more smooth for Hickory and starting pitcher Will Lamb. The southpaw twirled five innings of one-hit, shutout ball while walking one and striking out eight.

Lamb has the following line in four starts with Hickory––18.2 ip, 10 h, 1 er, 8 bb, 20 k.

Jurickson Profar led off the game for Hickory with his 12th round-tripper of the season. He also laid down a sacrifice bunt in three trips.

Tomas Telis (3/3) singled three times while Jonathan Roof (2/3, 2B) singled and hit his 15th double.

Right-handed relievers Ben Rowen (1 IP) and Francisco Mendoza (1 IP) closed the game with one shutout frame apiece. Mendoza fanned the side, giving him 32 strikeouts in 21.2 innings with Hickory.

Player of the Game: LHP Will Lamb
5.0 1 0 0 1 8 0 0.48

SSA: Spokane 4 – Everett 2
W - Claudio (1-0)
SV - Eickhoff (2)
15-23, 7.0 GB

The Indians' 2011 season was over before they played Saturday's game. Because Boise had won earlier in the day, Spokane was eliminated from playoff contention.

Still, the club won its final game of the season, beating Everett with four late runs.

Starter Nick Martinez worked the first four innings and gave up two unearned runs. He walked one and struck out five.

Sidearming left-hander Alexander Claudio, who joined the team from the rookie-level Arizona League, earned the victory with three shutout frames. The Puerto Rico native yielded two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Another lefty from the AZL, Greg Williams, worked around a hit and three walks in 1.1 scoreless innings. Jerad Eickhoff earned the save by recording the final two outs.

Yefry Castillo (2/4, 2B), Edwin Garcia (2/3, 2B, BB) and Nick Vickerson (1/2, 2B, BB) all doubled once.

Leadoff man and right fielder Hirotoshi Onaka had two singles in four at-bats, and he finished his first professional season with a .239 batting average.

Second baseman Nick Urbanus also came up from the Arizona League for the final game of the season. The young native of Holland went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a hit-by pitch.

Player of the Game: LHP Alexander Claudio
3.0 2 0 0 1 2 0 0.00

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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