Rangers Minor League Roundup – 7/25

Single-A Hickory second baseman Alejandro Selen hit two more home runs while the Crawdads earned the victory on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – Albuquerque 6 (13 innings)
L - Hankins (4-7)
HR - Nelson (18)
43-61, 18.0 GB

The Express played their third extra-innings game in four days, this time falling short in 13.

Lefty Ben Snyder began the game by working six innings and permitting five runs on five hits, including two home runs. He walked two and struck out five.

Centerfielder Julio Borbon raised his batting average to .296 with four hits––including his 15th double––in six at-bats.

Brad Nelson (1/5, HR) went deep while Matt Kata (1/3, 2B) doubled for Round Rock's other extra-base hit.

Relievers Johan Yan (1 IP), Fabio Castillo (1 IP) and Neal Cotts (2 IP) all kept the Isotopes scoreless out of the bullpen.

With the Express running short on arms, righty Derek Hankins worked the final three innings. He allowed one run and suffered the loss.

Player of the Game: CF Julio Borbon
6 1 4 1 0 1 0 0 .296

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Midland 1
W - Pimentel (8-2)
SV - Rodebaugh (3)
13-19, 8.0 GB

Barret Loux (3.76 ERA/.246 BAA) made his first start in 11 days on Wednesday and tossed the first three innings. Loux gave up just a solo home run in those three frames, walking one and striking out two.

The bullpen picked up the slack the remainder of the way, as Miguel de los Santos, Carlos Pimentel, and Ryan Rodebaugh each hurled two innings of one-hit shutout ball. Pimentel got the ‘W' while Rodebaugh earned the save.

De los Santos, who flashed a fastball up to 95 mph and arguably his best overall stuff of the season, needed 55 pitches to complete his two innings. He walked three and fanned four.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre (1/5, 2B) doubled for Frisco's only extra-base hit of the game.

Jurickson Profar (2/5) and Chris McGuiness (2/4) both singled twice while Mike Olt (1/3, BB) and Jose Felix (1/3, BB) singled once and walked once.

The free pass was Felix's third of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Barret Loux
3.0 1 1 1 1 2 0 3.76

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Salem 6
L - R. Henry (5-6)
20-13, 2.0 GU

The Pelicans' offense was stymied by Salem starting pitcher Keith Couch, who went the distance while scattering 10 hits and permitting only one run.

Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach starter Randy Henry was hit for six runs (three earned) on nine hits in five innings. He walked two, plunked one, and fanned three.

Infielders Odubel Herrera (2/4, 2B) and Brett Nicholas (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once. Vin DiFazio (2/4) and Santiago Chirino (2/3) had two singles apiece.

Third baseman Christian Villanueva reached base in three of his four plate appearances, getting a single and two hit-by pitches.

After Nick McBride hurled two scoreless innings out of the Pelicans' bullpen, Matt West induced three consecutive groundouts in a flawless eighth inning.

West, who came off the disabled list on Wednesday, has worked three perfect frames over his last three appearances.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 .290

A: Hickory 6 – Delmarva 3
W - Klein (6-0)
SV - Dennis (1)
HR - Cone (13), Selen (7, 8)
19-14, 0.0 GU

Although former first-round pick Kevin Matthews (4.79 ERA/.248 BAA) continues to have bouts with his control, he's pitched well in his last few outings.

Matthews limited Delmarva to one run in four innings on Wednesday, working around two hits and four four walks. He also struck out four.

On the season, Matthews has issued 41 walks while striking out 39 in 41.1 innings.

Tall right-hander Phil Klein (2.00 ERA/.206 BAA) followed Matthews with three innings of shutout relief. The Youngstown State product surrendered two hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Second baseman Alejandro Selen helped power the offense by launching a pair of solo home runs in four at-bats. Catcher Jorge Alfaro went a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles.

Zach Cone (1/4, HR) went deep while Drew Robinson (2/3, 2B) singled and doubled for the Crawdads' other hits.

Reliever Taylor Dennis earned his first Sally League save by fanning two in the ninth inning, working around one walk.

Player of the Game: 2B Alejandro Selen
4 2 2 0 2 2 0 1 .393

SSA: Spokane 5 – (@) Tri-City 6
L - Asher (1-2)
1-1, 0.0 GU

Although the Indians dropped Wednesday's game, the offense is beginning to show signs of life.

Cleanup hitter Royce Bolinger (.248/.294/.336) extended his hitting streak to 10 games by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in.

The 21-year-old Bolinger, who has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, was batting just .105/.164/.322 in 15 contests before that stretch began. Since then, he's hitting a much more respectable .368/.400/.485.

Gabriel Roa (2/4, 2B) and Joe Maloney (1/4, 2B, BB) both added one double apiece. Hirotoshi Onaka (2/4, BB) and Ryan Rua (2/4) each singled twice.

Starting pitcher Abel de los Santos saw his ERA rise to 2.90 after he yielded four runs in five innings of work. The Dominican Republic native allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Player of the Game: LF Royce Bolinger
4 1 3 2 0 3 0 0 .248

RK: Surprise Rangers 3 – (@) Goodyear Reds 8
L - Lopez (1-2)
15-13, 2.0 GB

Since beginning his summer with 19.2 innings of four-hit ball, left-hander Aliangel Lopez has been hit hard.

On Wednesday, the 18-year-old Venezuela native was knocked around for six runs (five earned) in a season-low 1.1 innings. He gave up six hits and didn't record a walk or strikeout.

Lopez in his first five appearances––19.2 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 bb, 20 k. His last three starts––6.2 ip, 24 h, 20 r, 4 bb, 3 k.

The Rookie Rangers' talented offense had only six hits on the evening, but three of them came from leadoff man Lewis Brinson (.320/.370/.563), who was 3-for-4 with three doubles, a walk, and two stolen bases.

Brinson is 41-for-128 (.320) with 13 doubles, six triples, and two home runs. He's drawn 10 walks, struck out 39 times, and stolen eight bases in nine attempts.

Left fielder Nick Williams (1/4, BB) singled, walked, and stole two bases to give him 11 on the year. Second baseman Alberto Triunfel walked twice in four trips.

Righty reliever Keone Kela, the Rangers' 12th-round pick in this year's MLB Draft, made his professional debut by striking out one in a 1-2-3 inning. The Seattle-area native is a reliever who touches the mid-90s with his fastball.

Austen Thrailkill (1 IP) and Jorge de Jesus (2 IP) closed out the game with scoreless, hitless relief.

Player of the Game: CF Lewis Brinson
4 1 3 3 0 1 1 0 .320

DSL: DSL Rangers 3 – (@) DSL Red Sox 2
W - Mendez (1-0)
SV - de la Cruz (4)
HR - Castillo (1)
29-15, 2.5 GU

With 28 regular-season games remaining, the Dominican Rangers expanded their division lead to 2.5 games over the second-place DSL Red Sox.

Rangers starting pitcher Yohander Mendez (1.35 ERA/.223 BAA) has pitched extremely well this summer, and Wednesday's outing was no different. The 17-year-old southpaw hurled five innings of three-hit shutout ball, walking one and striking out five.

Mendez, who signed for a reported $1.5 million bonus on July 2 of last summer, was brought along slowly this year due to a tender left elbow. Although he was in Arizona for both spring training and extended spring, he didn't appear in any games.

The Rangers sent the Venezuela native down to the Dominican Summer League when the season kicked off in early June. After shaking off the cobwebs in his first three outings, the 6-foot-5 prospect has been dominant––24.0 ip, 16 h, 2 er, 5 bb, 20 k.

Leadoff hitter and right fielder Eduard Pinto (.417/.506/.523) extended his on-base streak to 33 consecutive contests with two singles in five at-bats.

Pinto, also 17, is 19-for-42 (.452) in 11 games this month. This comes after he batted .400 (36-for-90) in June.

Venezuelan third baseman Elio Castillo (.277/.376/.362) added a solo home run––the first of his two-year professional career and only the Dominican Rangers' fourth round-tripper in 44 games this season.

Diego Cedeno (1/2, 2 BB) reached base three times while Ramon Urias (1/4) drove home a pair of runs.

Right-handed relievers Jose Leclerc and Alex de la Cruz each surrendered one run in two innings pitched. Leclerc currently sports a 1.14 ERA while de la Cruz has a 1.40 ERA.

Player of the Game: LHP Yohander Mendez
5.0 3 0 0 1 5 0 1.35

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