Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/21

Single-A Hickory starting pitcher Luke Jackson is having a season marked by inconsistency, but he has been dominant at times. Jackson was excellent on Monday, as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out nine. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 6 – Sacramento 5
W - Scheppers (1-2)
19-26, 7.0 GB

Round Rock put a halt to its four-game losing streak with a series-opening victory over Sacramento on Monday.

Although Express starting pitcher Greg Reynolds (4.15 ERA/.294 BAA) allowed three solo home runs in six innings, that was the only damage against him on the scoreboard. He yielded seven total hits, walked two, and struck out a season-high five batters.

Leadoff hitter Julio Borbon (.357/.379/.595 in May) continued to torch the ball this month, as he went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI, and a stolen base.

Borbon has a current nine-game hitting streak, and he also has an extra-base hit in five consecutive games. He's slugging .595 this month after posting a .263 mark in April.

Shortstop Luis Hernandez (2/5, 2B) and DH Brad Nelson (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Ryan Spilborghs has now hit safely in all 15 games he's played with Round Rock, as he went 1-for-3 with a walk on Monday.

Second baseman Yangervis Solarte (1/5) made his only hit of the game count. The switch-hitter helped the Express walk off with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Fireballing right-hander Tanner Scheppers (3.80 ERA/.247 BAA) retired all five batters he faced in 1.2 innings, striking out three and throwing 15 of his 19 pitches for a strike.

Scheppers has 21 strikeouts and four walks in 21.1 innings this season. He had 20 strikeouts and 12 free passes in 20.2 Triple-A innings last year.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
4 1 3 1 0 2 0 0 .279

AA: Frisco 6 – San Antonio 5
W - Castillo (2-1)
HR - Profar (5)
27-17, 4.0 GU

Like their Triple-A counterparts, the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders also won a 6-5 decision in walkoff fashion on Monday.

Frisco starter Jake Brigham (2.98 ERA/.218 BAA) turned in his fifth consecutive quality start, although he didn't ultimately factor in the decision.

Brigham permitted three runs in 6.2 innings, giving up four hits, walking three, and striking out five. He threw 61 of his 98 pitches for a strike.

The 24-year-old Brigham has worked at least six innings in eight of his nine starts this season. He logged six innings in just six of his 14 starts with Frisco last year.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.300/.358/.518) got his average to the .300 mark for the first time this season after going 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Although his hitting streak ended on Sunday at 29 games, he has now reached base safely in 40 consecutive contests.

Profar tied the game with a line-drive single in the bottom of the ninth, and first baseman Chris McGuiness (0/4, BB) won it after reaching on an error to score a run.

Engel Beltre (1/4, 3B) hit his sixth triple while Jared Prince (1/4, 2B) added his third double.

Catcher Jose Felix (2/4) and DH Alex Buchholz (2/4) each singled twice in four trips.

Frisco lost the lead in the top of the ninth inning when closer Johan Yan ran into some uncharacteristic control troubles and blew his first save of the season.

The sidearming right-hander yielded two runs in two-thirds of an inning, walking three and plunking one. He also allowed a solo home run.

Fabio Castillo, who retired the only batter he faced to finish the ninth, earned the victory.

Player of the Game: SS Jurickson Profar
5 1 3 0 1 2 0 1 .300

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
21-20, 3.0 GB

The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Monday. They'll return to action Tuesday by beginning a three-game home series versus Lynchburg (23-18).

A: Hickory 5 – Kannapolis 1 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Jackson (3-4)

Coming into his start on Monday, hard-throwing righty Luke Jackson (5.44 ERA/.241 BAA) had allowed 22 earned runs over his previous four starts. But he was able to right the ship versus Kannapolis, as he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning.

The 20-year-old Jackson has been dominant at times this season, and he's been hit hard at others with little in-between.

He was dominant on Monday, tossing 6.2 innings of one-hit ball. He permitted one run while walking three and matching a season-high with nine strikeouts.

Jackson now has 50 strikeouts and 25 walks in 43 innings on the season.

The Crawdads' offense gave Jackson some early breathing room by plating five runs in the first two innings.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas, who is showing signs of heating up after a long slump, was a perfect 3-for-3 with his fourth double of the season.

DH Zach Cone (1/3, 2B) and LF Jeremy Williams (1/3, 2B) also doubled. First baseman Trever Adams had two singles in three trips, raising his average to .264.

While second baseman Rougned Odor didn't have a hit, he reached twice in three trips on a walk and a hit-by pitch.

Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare struck out the final batter of the game in relief of Jackson to close it out.

Player of the Game: RHP Luke Jackson
6.2 1 1 1 3 9 1 5.44

A: Hickory 1 – Kannapolis 4 (6 innings – Game 2)
L - Martinez (1-1)
20-22, 10.0 GB

Tip-toeing around poor weather through both games, the Crawdads and Intimidators miraculously finished off the doubleheader, although the nightcap was called during the sixth inning.

Spot-starter Nick Martinez (4.26 ERA/.230 BAA) recorded 1-2-3 frames in the first and third inning, but he was undone by a rough second frame. Overall, he allowed four runs (three earned) in the three innings.

Lefty Greg Williams (3.63 ERA/.273 BAA) kept Hickory in the game with three scoreless innings of long relief, yielding three hits while walking one and striking out one.

Williams, who recorded seven groundouts on Monday, is inducing more than three groundouts per airout on the season thus far.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto (1/2) and left fielder Chris Grayson (1/2) had Hickory's only hits of the nightcap. Alberto stole his eighth base but also committed his eighth error.

Rougned Odor (0/2, BB), Drew Robinson (0/1, BB) and Jordan Akins (0/1, BB) all walked.

For Akins, it was his third walk––with 51 strikeouts––in 37 games this season. The 20-year-old is hitting .154/.182/.327 in 15 May contests.

Player of the Game: LHP Greg Williams
3.0 3 0 0 1 1 0 3.63

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