Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/4

The Spokane Indians' 2011 campaign came to a close on Sunday while the Rangers' four full-season affiliates inched closer to the postseason. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Albuquerque 2
W - Jackson (13-5)
HR - Nelson (24)
86-57, 16.0 GU

Round Rock's division lead reached a season-high 16 games with Sunday's victory over the Isotopes.

Left-hander Zach Jackson (5.51 ERA/.304 BAA) played a big part in the win, as he picked up his first complete game since 2007. The 28-year-old threw 116 pitches (76 strikes) in the nine innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Brad Nelson, who was 2-for-4, launched his 24th home run of the season. Corner infielders Chad Tracy (1/3, 2B) and Luis Cruz (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.

Player of the Game: LHP Zach Jackson
9.0 6 2 2 2 4 1 5.51

AA: Frisco 4 – Midland 3
W - Brigham (6-6)
39-30, 5.0 GB

The RoughRiders will enter the Texas League playoffs on an impressive run during the final week of the regular season. With one game remaining, Frisco has won five consecutive games.

Spot starter Adalberto Flores threw 76 pitches in five innings, yielding three runs (two earned). The Puerto Rico native gave up five hits while walking one and striking out one.

Hard-throwing righty Jake Brigham (4.49 ERA/.244 BAA) finished off his regular season on a positive note, tossing four scoreless innings and running his fastball up to 99 mph. Brigham allowed two hits while walking one and striking out three.

The 23-year-old had his ups and downs before the Texas League All-Star break, but he pitched well after it––38.1 ip, 30 h, 10 er (2.35 ERA), 20 bb, 45 k.

All eight of Frisco's hits in the game were singles. Tom Mendonca (2/4) and Jonathan Greene (2/4) had multiple knocks. Jose Felix (1/2, BB) singled and walked once.

First baseman Jared Bolden, who was batting ninth, walked twice and hit a sacrifice fly in his three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
4.0 2 0 0 1 3 0 4.49

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Salem 6
L - Gomez (2-7)
32-37, 6.0 GB

Kenny Gomez finished his regular season by surrendering four runs on seven hits in six innings, losing for the seventh time this season. He struck out five without issuing a walk.

Eight Pelicans players had exactly one hit on Sunday. Leury Garcia (1/4, 2B), Andrew Clark (1/3, 2B, BB), Mike Olt (1/4, 2B), Vin DiFazio (1/3, 2B, BB) and Jared Hoying (1/3, 2B, BB) all had a double.

Left fielder Travis Adair had a single and a walk in four trips, raising his batting average to .303.

Colby Killian (1 IP) and Joe Ortiz (1.1 IP) both worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen. Ortiz retired all four batters he faced, striking out three of them.

Sinkerballing righty Kyle DeVore, who recently joined the Pelicans from the rookie-level Arizona League, allowed two unearned runs on three hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Player of the Game: LHP Joe Ortiz
1.1 0 0 0 0 3 0 2.15

A: Hickory 5 – Greenville 10
L - Jackson (5-6)
HR - Skole (8, 9)

Although former supplemental first-round pick Luke Jackson flashed excellent raw stuff for much of the season, he struggled late in his first full professional season.

The hard-throwing Florida native permitted six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings on Sunday, bringing his ERA up to 5.64. He walked two and struck out two.

Andrew Doyle (0.2 IP) and Roman Mendez (1 IP) both yielded one run in their relief outings while Joe Van Meter (2 IP) gave up two scores in two innings.

Sidearming righty Ben Rowen was the only Crawdads hurler to post a clean slate––he gave up one hit while fanning one and inducing two ground balls in a clean ninth.

Left fielder Jake Skole had a big day, going 2-for-4 with two home runs and four runs batted in. He now has nine round-trippers on the year.

Jurickson Profar (1/5, 2B), Tomas Telis (1/4, 2B) and Braxton Lane (1/3, 2B, BB) all had one double.

Cleanup hitter and third baseman Alejandro Selen singled twice in four trips, raising his batting average to .297.

Player of the Game: LF Jake Skole
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 0 .264

SSA: Spokane – Season Over
35-41, 9.0 GB

The Indians finished their regular season in third place in the Northwest League's East Division. The club didn't qualify for the postseason, as they were one game behind Boise for the division's wild card spot.

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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