Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/3

Triple-A Round Rock starting pitcher Justin Grimm worked seven quality innings on Friday, as he allowed two runs and struck out seven. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Tucson 7
W - Tateyama (2-0)
51-63, 14.0 GB


Express left fielder Julio Borbon (.305/.348/.432) came through with a two-run walkoff single to win it in the bottom of the ninth inning.

After taking a 6-0 lead into the seventh inning, Round Rock fell behind in the top of the ninth before mounting the come-from-behind effort.

The Express entered the bottom of the ninth with a 7-6 deficit. Pinch-hitter Matt Kata led off the frame with a walk before Leonys Martin doubled to put runners on second and third. After Luis Hernandez was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out, Borbon plated both the tying and winning runs with his two-RBI walkoff single to center.

Martin had a particularly impressive day at the plate, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI. He's now hitting .357/.428/.579 in 34 Triple-A games this season.

Borbon, who singled twice in four at-bats, drove home three runs. Joey Butler (2/3, HBP) and Yangervis Solarte (2/4) also had two knocks apiece.

Third baseman Brandon Snyder and catcher Luis Martinez both doubled once. Playing in his first Triple-A game since being optioned from the majors on Thursday, Snyder was 1-for-4 with the double, two strikeouts, and a throwing error at third.

While Tucson rallied late, they weren't able to do much against Round Rock starting pitcher Justin Grimm. Grimm limited the Padres to two runs in seven innings, yielding four hits, walking two, and striking out seven.

Grimm, who threw 103 pitches, worked scoreless ball through 6.1 innings before walking a batter and giving up a two-run homer. But he settled down and got out of the frame.

The 23-year-old righty has the following stat-line in Triple-A––28.0 ip, 18 h, 8 r (2.57 ERA), 10 bb, 23 k.

Tucson mounted its comeback attempt against righty Willie Eyre, who coughed up three runs (two earned) in one-third of an inning. Ben Snyder then allowed two runs (one earned) in one inning of relief.

Yoshinori Tateyama (0.59 ERA/.178 BAA) retired the final two batters to earn the victory.

Player of the Game: RHP Justin Grimm
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 4 2 2 2 7 1 2.57




AA: Frisco 2 – (@) San Antonio 8
L - Boscan (4-5)
19-22, 8.0 GB


Hard-throwing Padres prospect Adys Portillo had much more success in his second start against Frisco this week. After surrendering six runs in 4.1 innings on July 29, Portillo limited the ‘Riders to just two runs in five innings on Friday.

Meanwhile, Frisco starter Wilfredo Boscan (4.41 ERA/.258 BAA) allowed three runs on five hits in four innings, walking two and striking out two.

The 22-year-old Boscan has a 3.76 ERA out of the bullpen this season, but he has a 6.48 ERA in four starts.

San Antonio put the game out of reach when lefty reliever Tim Murphy (6.46 ERA/.314 BAA) was tagged for five runs in 1.1 innings. Throwing 49 pitches (28 strikes), he gave up four hits and walked three.

The 25-year-old Murphy has scuffled while making his return from Tommy John surgery this season. Over 71 innings, he's given up 90 hits, walked 27, and struck out only 36.

At the plate, shortstop Leury Garcia raised his batting average to .277 with two singles in four at-bats. He also stole his 23rd base of the season.

Jurickson Profar (1/2, BB), Tom Mendonca (1/3, BB) and Val Majewski (1/4) singled for the team's only other hits. Profar was ejected by the third base umpire in the fifth inning.

Making his Double-A debut, fireballing righty Wilmer Font tossed 1.2 scoreless innings while giving up two hits and striking out two. Font, who threw 14 of his 22 pitches for a strike, got out of a jam in the sixth with a strikeout and a flyout before working around a single and a double in the seventh.

Richard Bleier (4.87 ERA/.256 BAA) finished the game for Frisco with a 1-2-3 eighth.

Player of the Game: SS Leury Garcia
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .277




A+: Myrtle Beach 4 – Frederick 1
W - McBride (1-0)
SV - Rowen (15)
HR - Alberto (3)
24-17, 0.0 GU


Pelicans starting pitcher Nick McBride issued a one-out walk in the third inning. That would be Frederick's last base runner of the game, as McBride and two relievers combined to retire the final 20 hitters.

Although McBride has pitched practically the entire season out of the bullpen, he's moved into the Myrtle Beach rotation after a trade (Hendricks), an injury (Ben Henry), and two starters moving to the bullpen (Font, Mendez).

The 21-year-old hurler pitched well, as he tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits, walking one, and striking out four. He induced 11 groundouts and only two flyouts.

McBride has the following stat-line since his promotion to High-A––14.0 ip, 8 h, 2 r, 5 bb, 6 k.

Reliever Zach Osborne, who recently rejoined the Pelicans from Double-A, sat down all six batters he faced––striking out two––in two innings. Ben Rowen then fanned a pair in a perfect ninth, earning his 15th save and working his 20th consecutive scoreless appearance.

Rowen's stat-line over those 20 games––28.1 ip, 15 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 21 k.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto (.249/.254/.355 in High-A) provided enough run support for the pitching staff, as he went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and his 20th overall stolen base this season.

Centerfielder Chris Grayson, who batted fifth in his Carolina League debut, went 1-for-4 with a stolen base.

Odubel Herrera (2/4) added two singles and his 21st steal while Jeremy Williams (1/3) had the Pelicans' only other hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 2 1 1 1 4 0 1.29




A: Hickory 1 – (@) Greenville 4
L - Payano (5-7)
HR - Robinson (9)
22-20, 2.0 GB


The Crawdads dropped to just 2-6 in their last eight games with Friday's series-opening loss at Greenville.

Scuffling starter Victor Payano (4.92 ERA/.250 BAA) was knocked around for three runs on six hits in three innings, walking three and striking out three.

Fatigue appears to be an issue for the 19-year-old southpaw, who has struggled mightily since the South Atlantic League All-Star break. In the first half, Payano posted a 3.36 ERA while walking 39 batters in 67 innings. But in seven second-half starts, he has an 8.89 ERA and has issued 21 walks in 26.1 frames.

Payano's last four starts have been particularly rough––12.1 ip, 26 h, 25 r, 13 bb, 13 k.

Although Andrew Faulkner (4.17 ERA/.252 BAA) pitched extremely well in long relief, the offense wasn't able to mount a comeback.

Faulkner held the Drive to on unearned run on one hit in five innings, walking one and striking out four. The 19-year-old Faulkner is having reverse trends compared to his tandem partner Payano. After posting a 5.70 first-half ERA, Faulkner has a 2.48 ERA since the break.

Third baseman Drew Robinson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run––his ninth––and a base on balls. Zach Cone (1/4, 2B) and Nick Urbanus (1/3, 2B) both doubled once.

Right fielder Jordan Akins, who punched out three times in four hitless at-bats, is now hitting just .187/.209/.305 with nine walks and 124 strikeouts in 97 contests this year.

Player of the Game: LHP Andrew Faulkner
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
5.0 1 1 0 1 4 0 4.17




SSA: Spokane 6 – Boise 5
W - Burns (1-1)
SV - McElwee (7)
HR - Maloney (4), Rua (4)
6-4, 0.0 GU


Spokane reclaimed a share of first place after mounting a three-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 6,913 at Spokane's Avista Stadium.

Red-hot DH Joe Maloney (.284/.370/.505) led off the eighth with a solo home run, his fourth of the summer and his second in as many nights. Second baseman Cam Schiller, who was 3-for-5, brought home the other two runs with his two-out double.

The 22-year-old Maloney is now 14-for-36 (.389) with six doubles, two homers, 10 walks, and nine strikeouts over his last 10 contests.

Inconsistent Spokane starter Jose Valdespina got tagged for five runs––three earned––in 3.1 innings. He gave up six hits, walked two, and fanned two.

But Richard Alvarez (3.2 IP), Joseph Burns (1 IP) and Josh McElwee (1 IP) then kept Boise hitless through the remainder of the night.

Alvarez (3.09 ERA/.262 BAA) fanned a season-high five batters while issuing one walk. Burns struck out two in a perfect eighth while McElwee got one punchout in a clean ninth.

Third baseman Ryan Rua, who was 2-for-3, added a solo home run of his own in the fifth inning. He also brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. Catcher Pat Cantwell raised his batting average to .252 with two singles in five at-bats.

Player of the Game: RHP Richard Alvarez
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
3.2 0 0 0 1 5 0 3.09




RK: Surprise Rangers 3 – Peoria Padres 5
L - Kela (0-1)
HR - Gallo (15)
21-14, 0.0 GU


The Rookie Rangers had their six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Padres on Friday.

Slugging third baseman Joey Gallo (.308/.442/.775) tied the game with a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning. The round-tripper was his 15th in 35 games this summer, bringing him to within one of the Arizona League's single-season record (Wladimir Balentien, 16, 2003).

But the Rangers dropped the game after reliever Keone Kela surrendered two unearned runs in the top of the ninth. He struck out the side while giving up a single and a walk.

Starting pitcher Collin Wiles yielded three runs on four hits in three innings, walking one without recording a strikeout.

Brett Weibley (1 IP), Ryne Slack (3 IP) and Chance Sossamon (1 IP) all held the Padres off the scoreboard before the ninth inning.

Leadoff hitter Lewis Brinson had a single and his 15th double in five at-bats, also striking out twice.

Left fielder Nick Williams raised his average to .347 with three singles in five trips. Right fielder Nomar Mazara (1/3, BB) had a single and a walk in four appearances.

The 17-year-old Mazara has 14 extra-base hits and 26 walks in 34 games this summer. He's third in the league in walks and second in strikeouts (44).

Player of the Game: 3B Joey Gallo
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 .308




DSL: DSL Rangers 5 – (@) DSL Yankees2 6
L - Payano (2-1)
33-20, 0.0 GU


The Dominican Rangers lost their third consecutive game on Friday afternoon, dropping them into a tie for first place with the DSL Pirates1.

Although starter Pedro Payano (4.99 ERA/.269 BAA) worked a season-high six innings, he gave up five runs on a season-high 10 hits. The 17-year-old righty walked one and struck out four.

First baseman Carlos Garay (.338/.390/.414) had perhaps the best game of his pro career, going 4-for-5 with two doubles. Eduard Pinto (2/5) and Elio Castillo (2/5) both singled twice while Diego Cedeno (1/5, 2B) hit his eighth double.

Experienced shortstop Alex Gonzalez went 1-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice fly.

While Pinto's pace has slowed of late, he still easily leads the Dominican Summer League with a .405 batting average and .489 on-base percentage.

Player of the Game: 1B Carlos Garay
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
5 2 4 2 0 1 0 1 .338




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