Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/30

Double-A Frisco starting pitcher Jake Brigham struck out 10 batters while allowing only one earned run in seven innings on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – New Orleans 5
L - Jackson (1-3)
HR - Brown (1)
10-15, 6.0 GB

Round Rock starting pitcher Zach Jackson (5.02 ERA/.325 BAA) worked a season-high 6.2 innings in the losing effort, allowing three runs while scattering nine hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Through five starts this season, the 28-year-old Jackson has permitted 38 hits in 28.2 innings, walking eight and fanning 21.

With Leonys Martin getting the night off, Julio Borbon (.211/.296/.263) moved back into the leadoff spot on Monday and singled twice in five at-bats. He also stole two bases, giving him three in six attempts.

Catcher Dusty Brown (1/4, HR) belted a solo home run while first baseman Mike Bianucci (2/4, 2B) hit his third double. After a hot start, Bianucci has cooled of late––he's hitting just .205 with two extra-base hits in his last 10 contests.

Brad Nelson (.289/.363/.389) extended his modest hitting streak to seven games with two hits in four trips. Yangervis Solarte, who was 1-for-4, bumped his hitting streak to 11 contests.

After going 0-for-3 with a walk on Monday, right fielder Joey Butler was held hitless in consecutive games for the first time since April 17-18, 2011––more than a full season's worth of games.

Scuffling third baseman Tom Mendonca (.187/.247/.293) whiffed three times in four hitless at-bats. Mendonca has struck out 11 times without walking in his last six games.

Right-handed reliever Sean Green had his first difficult outing of the season, as he yielded two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

Closer Tanner Scheppers (3.09 ERA/.233 BAA) came on to finish the game by retiring all five hitters he faced––including getting out of Green's jam in the eighth––with a pair of strikeouts.

The 25-year-old is off to a solid start this season and was really burned by just one poor appearance. Eight of Scheppers' 10 outings this regular season have been scoreless.

Player of the Game: RHP Tanner Scheppers
1.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.09

AA: Frisco 9 – Corpus Christi 4
W - Brigham (2-1)
HR - Zaneski (1, 2), Buchholz (1)
15-9, 2.0 GU

After surrendering four runs in the game's first two innings, right-hander Jake Brigham (3.41 ERA/.228 BAA) settled down and hurled a gem.

The 24-year-old allowed those four runs––only one earned––while matching a season high with seven innings pitched. He yielded three hits, walked one, and struck out 10. It was the first time Brigham had recorded double-digit punchouts in Double-A, and he hadn't done it since an August 2010 outing at Single-A Hickory.

Brigham, who threw 62 of his 93 pitches for a strike, retired 18 of the final 19 hitters he faced. He has the following stat-line through five starts––31.2 ip, 26 h, 10 bb, 29 k.

Nine-hole hitting catcher Zach Zaneski belted a pair of home runs in four at-bats, driving home four runs. Second baseman Alex Buchholz went 2-for-3 with a triple, a homer, and a walk.

Guilder Rodriguez (1/3, 2B, BB) and Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2B, 2 BB) each doubled while leadoff man Engel Beltre (2/5) singled twice.

Reliever Fabio Castillo (2.45 ERA/.195 BAA) retired the game's final six batters in order, inducing five groundouts and one strikeout.

Player of the Game: C Zach Zaneski
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 1 .214

A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – (@) Frederick 5 (10 innings)
L - Van Meter (1-1)
12-11, 3.0 GB

Pelicans starter Nick Tepesch (3.29 ERA/.234 BAA) worked his way in and out of trouble for much of the night on Monday. The University of Missouri product scattered eight hits and two walks in six innings, allowing four runs (three earned). He walked two and struck out three.

Tepesch also induced 15 groundouts and zero flyouts in his six-inning start. Not a single out was recorded in the air while he was on the mound.

Righty Ben Rowen (1.88 ERA/.128 BAA) followed with three innings of one-hit, shutout relief. The submarining 23-year-old has surrendered only six hits in his first 14.1 innings, walking one and striking out 13.

First baseman Brett Nicholas (1/5, 2B) doubled for Myrtle Beach's only extra-base hit of the game. Odubel Herrera (2/4, BB), Christian Villanueva (2/4, BB), Tomas Telis (2/5) and Teodoro Martinez (2/4) all singled twice.

Herrera stole his third base of the season but also committed a pair of throwing errors from shortstop, giving him nine miscues in the season's first month.

Player of the Game: RHP Ben Rowen
3.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1.88

A: Hickory 6 – Charleston 4
W - Perez (1-1)
SV - Klein (2)

Charleston held the Crawdads without a hit through the game's first five innings, but Hickory's bats posted a six-run outburst in the sixth inning––enough to get the victory in the end.

Dominican hurler Santo Perez (5.73 ERA/.299 BAA) limited the damage to two runs allowed in six innings despite giving up eight hits and walking three. He struck out four and induced nine groundouts with one flyout.

At the plate, shortstop Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B) and DH Kellin Deglan (1/3, 2B, BB) each doubled once.

Chris Grayson (1/4), Drew Robinson (1/3, BB) and Zach Cone (1/4) had the team's only other hits. Robinson stole his first base of the season.

Tall righty Phil Klein (1.80 ERA/.171 BAA) closed out the game by working a 1-2-3 ninth inning, earning his second professional save.

Player of the Game: RHP Santo Perez
6.0 8 2 2 3 4 0 5.73

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