Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/26

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders' offense put on a power display in Saturday's victory, getting two home runs from Jared Prince. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) Nashville 7
L - Reynolds (3-4)
HR - Nelson (4), Spilborghs (4)
21-29, 7.5 GB

After beginning May by winning seven of eight games, the Express have gone 4-13. They've also permitted at least seven runs 11 times during that 17-game stretch.

As it stands, Round Rock's pitching staff is tied for 12th in the 16-team Pacific Coast League with a cumulative 5.15 earned-run average. They've walked the fifth-most batters (175) and are third-to-last in strikeouts (316).

Saturday's starting pitcher, right-hander Greg Reynolds, yielded six runs on eight hits––including two home runs––in 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Hard-throwing lefty John Gaub, who was claimed by the Rangers via waivers earlier this week, made his Round Rock debut in relief of Reynolds.

Coming on with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth inning, Gaub recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the frame but yielded an inherited run on a wild pitch.

Overall, Gaub worked 1.1 hitless innings, walking one and striking out three. He had 12 walks and 21 strikeouts in 16.2 innings at Triple-A Durham this season.

The Round Rock offense had 10 hits––including four extra-base knocks––but plated only two runs after going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

LF Ryan Spilborghs (1/4, HR) and DH Brad Nelson (1/4, HR) each launched a solo home run for their only hit in four trips. Spilborghs also gunned down a runner at home plate.

Since coming to the Rangers from the Cleveland organization in a deal for cash considerations, the veteran Spilborghs is hitting .372/.419/.615 in 20 games. He has seven doubles and four homers.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon (.383/.400/.607 in May) extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 3-for-5 with his eighth double. He also stole a base.

After hitting just .211 in April, Borbon's hot month has raised his season average above the .300 mark. He's also 21-for-44 (.477) over his last 10 games.

Mike Bianucci (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) also doubled while Joey Butler (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

Reliever Mark Hamburger (8.24 ERA/.366 BAA) gave up a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Hamburger, who's velocity has been down this season, has permitted 49 hits in 31.2 innings.

Player of the Game: LF Ryan Spilborghs
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 .372

AA: Frisco 9 – (@) Northwest Arkansas 6
W - Loux (10-0)
SV - Wolf (1)
HR - Olt (10), Prince (3, 4)
29-19, 4.0 GU

The RoughRiders and Naturals scored five runs apiece in the first inning. Somehow, the game was still played in only two hours and 29 minutes.

Frisco starter Barret Loux (3.20 ERA/.248 BAA) earned his 10th victory of the season through 10 Double-A starts. After a 26-pitch first inning in which he yielded those five runs, Loux settled in and pitched well.

Overall, the Texas A&M product gave up six runs on nine hits in six innings, walking two and striking out seven. He threw only 88 pitches despite the early issues.

Saturday's start marked the first time this season Loux had allowed more than three runs in a game.

Loux's 10 wins are by-far most in the Texas League. Second-most is Frisco teammate Justin Grimm, who has seven. Only four pitchers have more than four victories.

He's also fifth in the circuit with 56.1 innings pitched and second with 55 strikeouts.

DH Jared Prince (.221/.313/.336) broke out of a slump by belting a pair of home runs in three official at-bats. He also walked and drove home four.

Third baseman Mike Olt (.313/.431/.530 in May) fell a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, a walk, and three runs batted in. Olt's 10 home runs are tied for fourth in the league, and his 30 walks rank fifth.

Jurickson Profar extended his on-base streak to 44 games by drawing a first-inning walk. He also added a single and a hit-by pitch in five trips, raising his on-base percentage to .365.

Speedsters Engel Beltre (2/5, 3B) and Leury Garcia (1/4, 3B) both tripled. The duo have combined for 12 three-baggers already this season, and Garcia missed nearly a month of action.

After going 0-for-5 with three punchouts on Saturday, Brad Hawpe is hitting just .222/.324/.254 this month.

Zach Osborne retired four of the five batters he faced in his Frisco debut, as he worked 1.1 scoreless innings while walking one and striking out one. Osborne had a 0.75 ERA in 24 innings with Myrtle Beach.

Relievers Corey Young (0.2 IP) and Ross Wolf (1 IP) sat down the game's final five batters to secure the victory.

Player of the Game: DH Jared Prince
3 2 2 0 2 4 1 0 .221

A+: Myrtle Beach 0 – Wilmington 2
L - Hendricks (1-5)
23-23, 4.0 GB

Kyle Hendricks (2.67 ERA/.262 BAA) hasn't been the benefactor of much run support this season. Despite his sparkling earned-run average, he's just 1-5 through nine starts, getting a shade over 2.5 runs per game from his offense.

The 22-year-old pitched well again on Saturday. He worked seven innings, yielding two runs on five hits while fanning seven without issuing a walk.

Hendricks has walked five (and struck out 48) in 57.1 innings this season. He hasn't walked a batter since May 1, a streak that spans four full starts and 120 consecutive batters faced.

While at Myrtle Beach last season, Padres pitcher (and former Rangers prospect) Joe Wieland faced an incredible 227 consecutive hitters without issuing a walk.

Hendricks hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts this season. His last three games have been particularly impressive––22.0 ip, 17 h, 6 r, 0 bb, 21 k.

The Pelicans' offense was shut out on Saturday, scattering seven singles and going 0-for-10 with men in scoring position.

Left fielder Jared Hoying (.308/.369/.462) led the way with three singles in four at-bats, raising his batting average to .345 in May.

Jake Skole (1/3, BB) and Santiago Chirino (0/2, 2 BB) reached base twice.

Right-hander Francisco Mendoza has scuffled this season, but he retired all six batters he faced in two perfect innings on Saturday, striking out a pair.

Myrtle Beach first baseman Brett Nicholas (0/2) was ejected in the fourth inning after he struck out looking.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle Hendricks
7.0 5 2 2 0 7 1 2.67

A: Hickory 11 – Lexington 2
W - Faulkner (1-3)
HR - Cone (7), Gomez (1)
23-24, 11.0 GB

Right-hander Nick Martinez went into the Crawdads' starting rotation on Saturday, replacing scuffling lefty Will Lamb.

Martinez (3.99 ERA/.228 BAA) pitched well in the start, as he yielded one run in four innings. The Miami native gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out five.

Martinez now has 37 strikeouts and nine walks in 29.1 innings this season.

At the plate, nine-hole hitting first baseman Jhonny Gomez (.200/.357/.289) went 2-for-4 with a double and a three-run homer. The extra-base hits were Gomez's first of the season in 16 contests.

Streaky centerfielder Zach Cone belted a solo home run––his seventh of the season––for his only hit in four official at-bats. He also drew a walk.

Jeremy Williams (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice while Rougned Odor (1/5, 2B), Drew Robinson (1/3, 2B, BB) and Jordan Akins (2/4, 2B) all doubled once. Akins stole his fifth base.

Overall, Hickory's offense smashed eight extra-base hits in the game.

Catcher Kevin Torres had two singles and a walk in four trips.

Long reliever Andrew Faulkner earned his first victory of the season after yielding one run in three innings.

Making his first full-season appearance, 2011 first-round pick Kevin Matthews tossed two scoreless innings. The southpaw yielded two hits and struck out one without issuing a walk.

Player of the Game: 1B Jhonny Gomez
4 1 2 1 1 4 0 1 .200

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