Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/22

The Triple-A Round Rock Express and High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans both came back from a huge deficit to earn the victory on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Omaha 7 (11 innings)
W - Hankins (4-6)
HR - Nelson (16)
42-59, 17.0 GB

Round Rock sent Sunday's game into extra innings with an incredible five-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning off hard-throwing Omaha pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.

The Express ultimately won it in walkoff fashion in the 11th.

Right fielder Ryan Spilborghs (.310/.383/.448) played a key role in both rallies. He had a big two-run single in the ninth before coming back with the walkoff hit two innings later. Overall, the veteran singled three times in six trips.

Brad Nelson's (.278/.363/.475) two-out two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth tied the game and sent it into extras. The round-tripper was his fifth in eight games. He also walked twice.

Catcher Luis Martinez, who returned to Triple-A on Sunday, hit his 11th double for his lone hit in five trips. Joey Butler (2/4, BB) extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Early in the contest, Round Rock faced former Rangers lefty Doug Davis, who allowed two runs (one earned) over the game's first six innings.

Meanwhile, Greg Reynolds was knocked around for seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits in 4.2 innings––his shortest outing of the season. He walked three and struck out two.

But the Express bullpen came through in a big way, tossing up zeros through the final 6.1 innings.

Veteran lefty Neal Cotts struck out four batters in 2.1 innings of one-hit scoreless relief. Johan Yan sat down all three hitters he faced in the next inning. Aaron Heilman then fanned five in two frames. Derek Hankins, who worked around two walks in the 11th, also kept Omaha off the scoreboard.

Express third baseman Tom Mendonca (.208/.248/.333) suffered the golden sombrero, going 0-for-5 with four whiffs. Mendonca has struck out 74 times (with only eight walks) in 55 games this year.

Player of the Game: RF Ryan Spilborghs
6 1 3 0 0 3 0 0 .310

AA: Frisco 1 – (@) Corpus Christi 3
L - Osborne (1-1)
11-18, 9.0 GB

Corpus Christi bested Frisco for the third time in three days. While the ‘Riders were the Texas League South Division's first half champions, they currently sit in the cellar in the second-half standings. The Hooks improved to 20-9, three games ahead of second-place San Antonio.

Astros prospect and Hooks starter Jose Cisnero has thrown two complete games in his career––both against Frisco this season.

On Sunday, Cisnero needed just 104 pitches to work the nine innings. He allowed one run on five hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.

Getting the spot start in place of DL'ed hurler Neil Ramirez, lefty Tim Murphy (6.17 ERA/.312 BAA) began the game for Frisco by pitching three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Coming off his best outing in Double-A, reliever Zach Osborne suffered the loss after he surrendered two runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

Third baseman Mike Olt (1/3, 2B) hit his 15th double for Frisco's only extra-base hit of the game. Leury Garcia (2/4) singled twice while Engel Beltre (1/4) and Chris McGuiness (1/3) had the ‘Riders only other hits.

Left fielder Jared Hoying, who whiffed in all three of his at-bats, is only 6-for-37 (.162) in his last 10 contests. His Double-A average dropped below .300 for the first time since he was promoted in late June.

Frisco's offense has plated only one run in their last 19 innings.

Miguel de los Santos (6.27 ERA/.239 BAA) kept Frisco within striking distance with arguably his best outing of the year. The 24-year-old southpaw hurled 3.2 innings of one-hit shutout ball, walking one and fanning two.

Ryan Rodebaugh gave up one run while working the eighth inning.

The game took only two hours and 16 minutes to complete.

Player of the Game: LHP Miguel de los Santos
3.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 6.27

A+: Myrtle Beach 11 – (@) Potomac 8
W - Mendoza (3-4)
SV - Rowen (10)
HR - Nicholas (6)
19-11, 2.0 GU

The Pelicans and P-Nats played a very un-Carolina League-like game on Sunday afternoon.

Myrtle Beach fell behind 7-0 through two innings. They quickly battled back and held a 10-7 lead through five before ultimately holding on for the 11-8 victory. The Pelicans' offense came storming back in the top of the third with a six-run outburst.

Coming off a start in which he'd fanned 12 batters over five innings of one-hit ball, fireballing righty Luke Jackson was tagged for seven runs in just 1.1 innings. He allowed six hits––including a grand slam–-and walked three.

Through six High-A starts, Jackson has provided a mixture of fantastic, mediocre, and poor. He's given up 20 runs on 31 hits in 28.1 innings, walking 14 and striking out 30.

But Myrtle Beach's bats ended up getting Potomac starter Adam Olbrychowski for nine runs on 12 hits in his four innings.

First baseman Brett Nicholas (.291/.346/.421) led the way, going 3-for-4 with a round-tripper, a walk, and three runs batted in.

Hanser Alberto (3/5) and Christian Villanueva (3/5) both singled three times while Tomas Telis went 1-for-4 with a double and four RBI.

Centerfielder Teodoro Martinez, hitting in the nine hole, also added two hits in four trips.

After Jackson exited the game, the Pelicans' bullpen trio of Francisco Mendoza (2.2 IP), Jimmy Reyes (3 IP) and Ben Rowen (2 IP) teamed up to hurl 7.2 innings of one-run ball.

Mendoza kept the Nats off the scoreboard, Reyes allowed one run while striking out five, and Rowen added two perfect frames.

The submarining Rowen is currently working on a scoreless streak that dates back to June 3––a stretch of 15 consecutive appearances. His stat-line in that span––22.2 ip, 10 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 15 k.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
4 2 3 0 1 3 1 0 .291

A: Hickory 3 – Lakewood 7 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Lamb (4-7)

Hickory starting pitcher Will Lamb (4.88 ERA/.251 BAA) opened Sunday's first game with four innings of one-run ball. But things came unglued when he came out for the fifth, which went as follows––walk, single, double, single, home run.

The 21-year-old Lamb ended up yielding six runs on seven hits in four-plus innings, walking five and striking out two.

Leadoff man and shortstop Luis Sardinas was the Crawdads' biggest bright spot in game one. He went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, three runs scored, and his 23rd stolen base.

Entering the 2012 campaign, the 19-year-old Sardinas hadn't played more than 26 official games in a professional season. But he appears to be improving as the year progresses. Over his last 13 games, he's 24-for-53 (.453) with seven doubles, two walks, and two strikeouts.

Second baseman Rougned Odor (2/4) singled twice while Trever Adams (1/2, BB) and Zach Cone (1/4) had the team's other knocks.

Right-handed reliever Paul Schwendel helped extinguish the fire after Lamb exited the game. Making his full-season debut, Schwendel gave up an unearned run in three innings of no-hit ball. He walked three and struck out three.

Schwendel, the Rangers' 40th-round pick in this year's MLB Draft, had 19 strikeouts and two walks in 12 innings with the Rangers' rookie ball affiliate.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
3 3 2 1 0 0 1 0 .301

A: Hickory 2 – Lakewood 1 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Perez (3-8)
SV - Monegro (2)
17-13, 0.0 GU

Although 6-foot-5 righty Santo Perez (5.88 ERA/.289 BAA) has scuffled as a starting pitcher this season, he turned in a strong effort to power Hickory to a game-two victory.

Making his first start since June 16, Perez retired the game's first 10 batters and didn't look back from there. He surrendered just an unearned run in five innings, yielding two singles, walking one, and striking out four.

The ‘Dads offense got doubles from outfielders Chris Grayson (1/3, 2B) and Zach Cone (1/3, 2B) and first baseman Kevin Torres (1/3, 2B).

Trever Adams, who moved across the diamond and played third base in the nightcap, had a single and a walk in three trips. Alejandro Selen also singled and walked.

Venezuelan reliever Jose Monegro punched out three batters while retiring all six he faced to earn his second Sally League save.

Player of the Game: RHP Santo Perez
5.0 2 1 0 1 4 0 5.88

SSA: Spokane 2 – (@) Vancouver 5
L - McElwee (0-1)
12-25, 9.0 GB

The Indians carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning before surrendering a five spot and dropping the game.

Despite the loss, Spokane got another fantastic effort from starting pitcher C.J. Edwards.

The 20-year-old Edwards gave up an infield single and plunked a hitter to begin his outing. Then he retired the final 15 batters he faced––with only one Vancouver hitter lifting the ball out of the infield. At one point, Edwards punched out six consecutive batters.

Edwards struck out nine total batters while throwing five innings of one-hit shutout ball. In 34 innings between the Arizona and Northwest Leagues, he's given up one earned run (0.26 ERA) on 14 hits while walking 11 and striking out 41.

Second baseman Cam Schiller (.229/.311/.305), who's beginning to heat up, extended his modest hitting streak to five games by going 2-for-4 with a double.

Royce Bolinger (3/4) singled three times while Hirotoshi Onaka (2/5) added two knocks. Catcher Joe Maloney added his seventh two-bagger for his lone hit and five trips.

Although Spokane had 10 hits in the game, they stranded nine runners on base and went just 2-for-15 with men in scoring position.

Fourth-round pick Alec Asher (3.07 ERA/.189 BAA) punched out two batters in two shutout innings in relief of Edwards.

Asher, who stands 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, has the following stat-line through nine appearances––14.2 ip, 10 h, 5 r, 5 bb, 20 k.

But the game got away from Spokane when reliever Josh McElwee coughed up five runs while recording only one out. He allowed two hits and walked three. McElwee entered the game having surrendered just two earned runs in his first 15.1 professional innings, and his ERA jumped to 4.02 after Sunday's outing.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
5.0 1 0 0 1 9 0 0.64

RK: Surprise Rangers – OFF
13-12, 2.5 GB

The Rookie Rangers were off on Sunday. They'll return to action on Monday against the Padres.

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF
27-14, 2.5 GU

As usual, the Dominican Summer League Rangers were off on Sunday.

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