Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/15

The Triple-A Round Rock Express closed out their road trip with a victory on Tuesday, plating 11 runs and snapping a six-game slide. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 11 – (@) Tacoma 3
W - Reynolds (3-3)
18-22, 6.0 GB

Round Rock snapped its six-game losing streak on Tuesday afternoon with a victory to close the road trip. The Express went just 2-6 during the west coast swing to Salt Lake City and Tacoma.

After Martin Perez and Neil Ramirez struggled mightily the previous two days, tall right-hander Greg Reynolds (4.11 ERA/.294 BAA) was able to turn in a quality start. The 26-year-old threw 117 pitches in 6.2 innings, allowing three runs while scattering nine hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high four.

Reynolds' 4.11 earned-run average in eight starts is impressive considering he's struck out just 14 batters in 50.1 innings.

Having been held to one run in two of their last three contests, the Round Rock offense took out some frustration by plating 11 runs in the first six innings.

Left fielder Ryan Spilborghs (.395/.409/.628) extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Spilborghs has hit safely in all of his games since joining Round Rock from the Cleveland organization.

Matt Kata (2/5, 2 2B) doubled twice while Brad Nelson (2/5, 2B) had a single and a double.

Shortstop Luis Hernandez (.232/.293/.317) reached safely four times in his six plate appearances. He had a single, a double, and two walks while adding two runs batted in.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.317/.348/.460 in May) had three singles and a stolen base in his six trips.

Yangervis Solarte (1/4, BB), Joey Butler (0/3, 2 BB) and Mike Bianucci (1/4, BB) also reached multiple times.

Right-hander Sean Green (4.91 ERA/.364 BAA) got out of the seventh inning by retiring the only batter he faced in relief of Reynolds.

Tanner Scheppers (2.89 ERA/.229 BAA) finished the game by working two scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Scheppers has yielded six runs on 16 hits in 18.2 innings this year, walking only four and fanning 18.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Hernandez
4 2 2 1 0 2 2 1 .232

AA: Frisco 5 – (@) Midland 4
W - Loux (8-0)
SV - Yan (9)
24-14, 5.0 GU

Although Barret Loux (2.70 ERA/.252 BAA) didn't turn in his best performance on Tuesday, he won for the eighth time in eight Double-A starts.

The Houston native allowed three runs in 5.1 innings, giving up six hits while walking three and striking out three. Loux threw only 48 of his 83 pitches for a strike, and all three of the runs came on a pair of round-trippers.

Still, the 23-year-old Loux has pitched well this season. Not only is he 8-0 with a 2.70 ERA through eight Texas League starts, but he has also struck out 42 and walked 14 in 43.1 innings.

The RoughRiders took control of the game with a four-run rally in the top of the sixth inning. They had 15 hits on the day but stranded 14 men on base, going only 4-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Leadoff hitter Engel Beltre (.269/.304/.463) led the way by going 3-for-6 with his sixth double of the season. Catcher Zach Zaneski (3/5, 2B) also had two singles and a double.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.291/.341/.500) went 3-for-5––all singles––with an RBI and his sixth stolen base.

Profar, who is hitting .344 in 14 games this month, extended his hitting streak to 25 games and his on-base streak to 34. He has reached safely via hit, walk, or HBP in 35 of his 36 contests this year.

The 19-year-old super-prospect has been strong all season thus far, but he continues to show signs of settling in. He's now gone five games without a punchout.

Corner infielders Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2 BB) and Mike Olt (0/3, 2 BB) walked twice while Guilder Rodriguez (2/4) had a pair of singles. Rodriguez also stole his eighth base.

Reliever Chad Bell (0.56 ERA/.082 BAA) continued his fantastic pitching in the Texas League, as he hurled 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Loux. Bell gave up one hit, struck out one, and threw 15 of his 22 pitches for a strike.

Through 16 innings with Frisco, the lefty has allowed one run on four hits, walking three and striking out 15.

Sidearming right-hander Johan Yan earned his ninth save despite yielding an unearned run in the ninth. He gave up two hits and walked a batter intentionally.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
6 0 3 1 0 2 0 1 .269

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – (@) Winston-Salem 3 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Hendricks (1-4)

The Pelicans were held hitless through the first five innings before busting out for six runs on eight hits in the final two frames.

The late-inning outburst allowed right-hander Kyle Hendricks (2.98 ERA/.293 BAA) to earn his first victory of the season with a seven-inning complete-game effort.

The 22-year-old Hendricks allowed three runs in seven innings, scattering eight hits and striking out three without issuing a walk. He has 30 strikeouts and five walks in 42.1 innings on the year.

Hendricks was helped by his defense, which turned three double plays behind him in the seven frames.

Left fielder Jared Hoying helped lead the late rally by going 1-for-3 with a triple, a walk, and a run batted in.

Teodoro Martinez (1/4, 2B) doubled while Tomas Telis (2/4) and Odubel Herrera (2/3) both singled twice.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva had a single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly in four trips. He also stole his third base of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Hendricks
7.0 8 3 3 0 3 1 2.98

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – (@) Winston-Salem 4 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - Van Meter (1-2)
18-18, 4.0 GB

Myrtle Beach was held to two hits in the nightcap, dropping a 4-0 decision.

Doubleheader spot-starter Joe Van Meter had his roughest outing of the season, as he yielded four runs in 4.1 innings. He gave up eight hits and struck out four.

Jimmy Reyes (0.2 IP) and Ben Henry (1 IP) worked scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

First baseman Brett Nicholas (1/2, 2B) doubled while shortstop Odubel Herrera (1/3) singled for the Pelicans' lone hits.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
2 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 .286

A: Hickory 4 – Hagerstown 12
L - Perez (2-2)
19-16, 7.0 GB

Coming off his best start of the season, Dominican right-hander Santo Perez was roughed up on Tuesday. He surrendered seven runs in three-plus innings, giving up six hits and walking two.

Infielders Luis Sardinas (2/5, 2B) and Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B, BB) both reached base twice and doubled.

Left fielder Chris Grayson, who batted cleanup, went 2-for-4 with his eighth stolen base.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
5 1 2 1 0 0 0 1 .218

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