Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/6

The Hickory Crawdads belted three home runs on Sunday while starting pitcher Santo Perez allowed three hits in seven innings. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – Memphis 1
W - Kirkman (2-1)
HR - Bianucci (6)
15-16, 3.0 GB

Starting pitcher Michael Kirkman (6.95 ERA/.318 BAA) tossed six innings of one-hit ball en route to earning his second victory of the season. The lone hit was a fourth-inning solo home run off the bat of Cardinals prospect Matt Adams.

Kirkman issued five walks in the game––while striking out a season-high seven batters––but none of the free passes came around to score. He scattered the walks, issuing one in five of his six frames.

Although the 25-year-old started poorly out of the gates, he appears to be taking steps in the right direction since moving into the rotation on April 20. Three of his four starts have been strong, yielding three runs in 14 innings in those games.

Newly acquired left fielder Ryan Spilborghs doubled twice and drove home three runs in four at-bats. In his first two games since joining Round Rock via trade from the Indians, Spilborghs is 4-for-7 with those two doubles, a walk, and two stolen bases.

Julio Borbon (.233/.308/.328) extended his modest hitting streak to seven games by going 1-for-4 with his first triple.

First baseman Mike Bianucci (.272/.318/.476), who has dropped to the eight hole during his recent slump, slugged a solo home run for his only hit in three trips. He has six homers in 25 Triple-A games.

Luis Hernandez (1/3, HBP) and Yangervis Solarte (1/4) both singled. Solarte bumped his hitting streak to 17 games, just one shy of the Express franchise record.

Reliever Derek Hankins (2.89 ERA/.296 BAA) worked around two hits and two walks in two shutout innings. Mark Hamburger (8.10 ERA/.384 BAA) finished the game with a blank ninth inning despite throwing only four of his 10 pitches for a strike.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
6.0 1 1 1 5 7 1 6.95

AA: Frisco 1 – Midland 3
L - Murphy (1-3)
HR - McGuiness (6)
19-11, 1.0 GU

The ‘Riders had a rough afternoon at the plate, stranding 12 runners on base and going 0-for-7 with men in scoring position. Frisco scored just one run despite getting 10 hits.

The only run came off the bat of first baseman Chris McGuiness (.248/.309/.455), who socked a solo home run. He also doubled in four at-bats.

McGuiness, 24, battled injuries through much of last season and hit .214 with two home runs in 53 games at High-A Myrtle Beach. He already has six round-trippers in 26 Double-A contests this year.

Third baseman Mike Olt (.287/.394/.565) had a perfect day at the plate, hitting two singles, one double, and getting hit by a pitch.

The 23-year-old Olt has been red hot in his last eight games––13-for-29 (.448) with four doubles, two home runs, five walks, and five strikeouts.

Lefty starter Tim Murphy (5.04 ERA/.247 BAA) allowed three runs in five innings. He threw 71 pitches and yielded four hits, walked three, and struck out three. Murphy worked in and out of trouble in the early innings before retiring the final seven hitters he faced.

Trevor Hurley (4.40 ERA/.290 BAA) didn't surrender a run despite walking three batters in 1.1 innings.

Southpaw reliever Chad Bell kept the game close by punching out five in 2.2 frames. He allowed one hit.

In 9.2 innings since his promotion to Frisco, Bell has permitted one run on two hits, walking two and striking out 13.

Right fielder Brad Hawpe (1/3, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice while Jose Felix (2/4) had a pair of knocks.

With one hit in five at-bats on Sunday, top prospect Jurickson Profar extended his hitting streak in 17 games. He has reached base safely in 26 consecutive contests (and 27 of 28 this year).

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
4 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 .248

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Lynchburg 4
L - Hendricks (0-4)
15-14, 3.0 GB

The Pelicans scored one run on Sunday, and the left side of the infield (shortstop Odubel Herrera and third baseman Christian Villanueva) committed four errors.

Dartmouth product Kyle Hendricks (2.80 ERA/.291 BAA) yielded three runs––only one earned––in six innings. He scattered 10 hits (nine singles) and struck out three without issuing a walk.

Hendricks has the following stat-line through six starts––35.1 ip, 41 h, 11 er, 5 bb, 27 k.

Herrera (1/4, 2B) hit his sixth double but also committed two errors, giving him 14 in only 24 games at shortstop. He's fielding .889 at short this season after posting a .969 fielding percentage––with 16 errors––in 113 games at second base in 2011.

DH Tomas Telis (1/3, BB) and first baseman Brett Nicholas (1/3, BB) each singled and walked once.

With one hit in four at-bats, Jared Hoying (.320/.393/.480) extended his modest hitting streak to six games.

Reliever Ben Henry surrendered a run in two innings. The Myrtle Beach native allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

After going 0-for-3 on Sunday, right fielder Josh Richmond fell to 11-for-77 (.143) with seven walks and 25 strikeouts this season.

The Pelicans scuffled against Braves prospect and Lynchburg starting pitcher J.R. Graham, who worked eight innings without walking a batter and induced 18 groundouts to just one flyout.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Hendricks
6.0 10 3 1 0 3 0 2.80

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Kannapolis 3
W - Perez (2-1)
SV - G. Williams (3)
HR - Cone (6), Akins (5), Maloney (1)
18-11, 3.0 GB

Dominican right-hander Santo Perez (4.66 ERA/.259 BAA) turned in perhaps the best start of his professional career on Sunday afternoon.

The 23-year-old matched a career high with seven innings pitched, giving up three runs––one earned––on three hits. He fanned six and induced 12 groundouts without walking a batter.

After allowing all three runs and hits in his first two innings, Perez settled in and sat down 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced. The only batter to reach base in his final five innings did so via a hit-by pitch.

Perez has pitched particularly well in his last four outings––21 ip, 18 h, 4 er, 7 bb, 19 k. He has induced nearly 2.5 groundouts per airout in 29 innings on the season.

Catcher Joe Maloney helped kick-start Hickory's rally in the third inning with his two-run homer––his first extra-base hit in five games since being promoted from extended spring training.

Outfielders Zach Cone (1/4, HR) and Jordan Akins (1/4, HR) each added a solo home run. Kellin Deglan (1/4, 2B) and Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

After posting a .347 slugging percentage at Hickory last season, Deglan is showing more power this year. The 20-year-old backstop has 12 extra-base hits in his first 21 games for a .514 SLG.

Leadoff man Luis Sardinas walked three times in five plate appearances while Trever Adams (2/4) singled twice.

Marshall product Greg Williams (4.38 ERA/.267 BAA) retired the game's final six batters in two perfect innings, striking out three.

Player of the Game: RHP Santo Perez
7.0 3 3 1 0 6 1 4.66

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