Rangers Minor League Roundup – 8/22

The Triple-A Round Rock Express and Double-A Frisco RoughRiders both earned come-from-behind victories on Wednesday while Rookie Rangers centerfielder Lewis Brinson socked a pair of late-game home runs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 7 – Nashville 6 (11 innings)
W - Snyder (3-5)
HR - Borbon (10), Spilborghs (8), Gonzalez (1)
62-70, 13.0 GB

The Express came back from a 5-0 deficit, tied the game at six in the bottom of the ninth, and won it by scoring another run in the bottom of the 11th.

Right fielder Ryan Spilborghs (.291/.358/.426) provided the winner with his walkoff single in the 11th. He also belted a two-run homer––his eighth of the year––in the eighth inning.

Leonys Martin (.374/.437/.636 in Triple-A) turned in his first career five-hit effort, going 5-for-6 with a double. The Cuba native extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

Over his last 10 contests, Martin is 22-for-48 (.458) with four doubles, a triple, and five home runs.

Julio Borbon (.305/.347/.444) bumped his hitting streak to nine contests with a single, a double, and a solo home run in six at-bats.

Shortstop Alberto Gonzalez (2/6, HR) added a single and a homer while second baseman Yangervis Solarte (3/6, 2 2B) had a single and two doubles.

Eight-hole hitting DH Brandon Snyder whiffed three times in five hitless at-bats. The 25-year-old Snyder is now 16-for-65 (.246) with six doubles, a homer, four walks, and 23 strikeouts in 17 Triple-A games.

On the mound, starting pitcher Greg Reynolds (4.94 ERA/.313 BAA) was knocked around for five runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings, walking three and striking out two. Reynolds entered Wednesday's start having worked at least six innings in each of his last five outings.

Although Reynolds struggled, the Round Rock bullpen pitched well to enable the comeback. Neal Cotts (1.1 IP), Yoshinori Tateyama (2 IP) and Ben Snyder (1 IP) all kept the Sounds off the scoreboard. Fabio Castillo gave up a run in two innings.

Player of the Game: LF Julio Borbon
6 2 3 1 1 1 0 0 .305

AA: Frisco 9 – (@) San Antonio 7
W - de los Santos (3-2)
SV - Font (1)
32-26, 5.0 GB

The ‘Riders extended their season-best winning streak to eight games by erasing a 7-1 deficit on Wednesday. Frisco scored two runs in the sixth, three in the seventh, and three in the ninth to earn the 9-7 victory.

Frisco's offense scratched out 20 hits on the evening, but 18 of them were singles. They stranded an incredible 17 runners on base, going 8-for-21 with men in scoring position.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.285/.366/.463) entered the game in a 1-for-16 slump over his previous six games. But the top prospect busted out on Wednesday, going 5-for-6 with his 26th double.

Right fielder Jared Hoying (.281/.332/.397), hitting in the three spot, was 4-for-5 with a double and five runs batted in. Hoying's two-RBI double in the top of the ninth was the eventual game-winner for Frisco.

Engel Beltre (3/5, HBP), Chris McGuiness (3/4, BB, HBP) and Ryan Strausborger (3/6) all singled three times.

The 22-year-old Beltre is now hitting .301/.355/.507 in 49 contests since the Texas League All-Star break.

Starting pitcher Barret Loux began the game by throwing just 32 pitches over three scoreless innings. But he needed 38 pitches while recording only two outs in the fourth.

Overall, Loux yielded five runs (four earned) in 3.2 innings, giving up three hits, walking four, and striking out two.

After Tim Murphy permitted two runs in 2.1 innings, Miguel de los Santos (2 IP) and Wilmer Font (1 IP) combined for three shutout frames.

Font, who earned his first Double-A save, walked the leadoff man before striking out three consecutive batters.

Player of the Game: RF Jared Hoying
5 2 4 1 0 5 0 0 .281

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – Salem 5
L - DeVore (2-2)
35-24, 2.5 GB

Despite suffering the loss on Wednesday, the Pelicans remain seven games up on a Carolina League postseason berth with 11 regular-season games remaining.

Right-hander Kyle DeVore (3.56 ERA/.275 BAA) hurled a career-high seven innings for Myrtle Beach, giving up three runs (two earned). The 6-foot-4 hurler yielded five hits, walked two, and struck out four.

DeVore has pitched the majority of this year as the Pelicans' long reliever but moved into the starting rotation in late July. He got better as Wednesday's contest progressed, permitting all three runs in the first two innings before retiring 14 of the final 16 hitters he faced.

Second baseman Odubel Herrera (.370/.427/.507 in August) pounded his 22nd double and his sixth triple in four at-bats. First baseman Brett Nicholas (.291/.353/.409) was 2-for-4 with a single and his 31st two-bagger.

Nicholas ranks fourth in the Carolina League with 31 doubles in 113 games.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto (0/2) brought home two of the Pelicans' runs with a pair of sacrifice flies. Catcher Vin DiFazio was 0-for-1 but drew two walks and was hit by a pitch.

Salem got separation from Myrtle Beach when big right-hander Jon Edwards surrendered two runs in two innings. Making his second High-A appearance, the former outfielder gave up three hits, walked three, and struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle DeVore
7.0 5 3 2 2 4 0 3.56

A: Hickory 4 – Rome 6
L - Schwendel (1-1)
HR - Odor (9)
32-27, 2.5 GB

The Crawdads went up against Rome left-hander Fabian Williamson, who was in spring training with the Rangers this past March before being released.

Williamson and Hickory starter Nick Martinez posted similar stat-lines, as each hurler gave up three runs in five innings. Martinez allowed four hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Hickory second baseman Rougned Odor (.259/.313/.402) had a home run and a walk in four plate appearances. Jordan Akins (2/4, 2B) singled and doubled while Nick Urbanus (2/4) and Kellin Deglan (2/4) had two knocks apiece.

After hitting .155 in July, the 20-year-old Deglan now has a .351/.393/.684 slash line this month.

Tall righty reliever Paul Schwendel, who has had a very strong debut summer, was stuck with the loss after he allowed three runs in 2.1 innings.

Greg Williams (0.2 IP) and Coby Cowgill (1 IP) pitched the final 1.2 innings without yielding a run, although Williams did let both of Schwendel's runners come around to score.

The loss puts Hickory in a difficult position. They're now 2.5 games out of first place with 11 games remaining, but they are also chasing two teams.

Player of the Game: 2B Rougned Odor
3 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 .259

SSA: Spokane 0 – Salem-Keizer 3
L - Edwards (1-3)
12-17, 7.0 GB

C.J. Edwards' fantastic summer continued on Wednesday, although he dropped to 1-3 with the Indians.

Edwards (2.36 ERA/.176 BAA) was the hard-luck loser after holding Salem-Keizer to just an unearned run in six innings. The 20-year-old righty allowed two hits and struck out nine without issuing a walk.

Between the two short-season levels this summer, Edwards has the following stat-line––62.0 ip, 32 h, 11 er (1.60 ERA), 23 bb, 78 k. Opponents are hitting just .151 against him.

The Spokane offense was limited to six hits in the game.

Three of the knocks came from leadoff hitter and centerfielder Jake Skole, who was activated from his 50-game suspension on Wednesday.

Skole, who has been out since testing positive for amphetamines in June, had three singles in a walk in four plate appearances. He stole a base and was also caught stealing.

Right fielder Preston Beck (1/3, 2B) doubled while Royce Bolinger (1/4) and Ryan Rua (1/4) singled for the club's other hits.

Bolinger, the reigning Northwest League Player of the Week, extended his hitting streak to 23 games.

Slugging third baseman Joey Gallo struck out twice in four hitless at-bats.

After reliever Richard Alvarez hurled two hitless innings in relief of Edwards, Joseph Burns allowed a two-run homer in the ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
6.0 2 1 0 0 9 0 2.36

RK: Surprise Rangers 7 – (@) Phoenix Brewers 2
W - Claudio (4-0)
HR - Brinson (6, 7)
30-20, 2.0 GU

Rangers first-round pick Lewis Brinson (.301/.363/.565) was the difference in Wednesday's game in Maryvale.

With the game knotted at two in the eighth inning, Brinson launched a solo home run to put the Rookie Rangers in the lead. He added a ninth-inning grand slam for insurance, giving the club a 7-2 victory.

Brinson was 2-for-5 with two homers and five RBI. He also stole his 13th base in 15 attempts.

The talented outfielder has five doubles and five round-trippers over his last nine games. He leads the Arizona League with 22 doubles, ranks second in triples (seven), and third in home runs (seven). His .927 OPS is good for fifth in the circuit.

Rookie Rangers pitchers Anyelo Leclerc and Alexander Claudio combined on a two-hit effort that included 15 strikeouts without walking a Brewers hitter.

Leclerc (2.89 ERA/.268 BAA) began the game with five innings of two-hit ball. The Dominican Republic native allowed two unearned runs and struck out nine.

Sidearming southpaw Alexander Claudio (1.96 ERA/.240 BAA) then sat down the game's final 12 batters in order, punching out six. The Brewers didn't get a ball to the outfield against Claudio, who also recorded four groundouts.

Rehabbing Triple-A first baseman Mike Bianucci batted cleanup and went 3-for-4 with his second double in as many games. Ronald Guzman (2/4, 2B), Nomar Mazara (1/4, 2B) and Jamie Jarmon (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) also added a two-bagger apiece.

Player of the Game: CF Lewis Brinson
5 2 2 0 2 5 0 0 .301

DSL: DSL Rangers 4 – DSL Mets2 3
W - Carvallo (8-1)
SV - de la Cruz (9)
42-27, 1.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers earned a key victory on Wednesday afternoon, bringing them to within a game of first place with three regular-season contests remaining.

The Rangers scored all four of their runs within the first two innings before ultimately holding on for the win.

Leadoff hitter and left fielder Eduard Pinto (.394/.473/.477) had two singles and a walk in four trips to the plate. First baseman Ramon Urias (2/4) singled twice and drove home two runs.

Carlos Garay (1/3, BB), Jose Cardona (1/3, BB) and Rodrigo Ayarza (1/2, 2 BB) also reached base multiple times.

Although Rangers starting pitcher Kevin Sosa issued five walks in 1.1 innings, he allowed just one run.

Lefty Felix Carvallo (3.35 ERA/.253 BAA) came through in the clutch, providing 3.2 innings of one-hit shutout ball of long relief. He struck out three and walked one.

The 18-year-old Caravallo improved to 8-1 in 21 relief appearances this summer. The 6-foot-0, 175-pound Venezuela native is pitching his first season with the DSL Rangers, and he's been a key member of the pitching staff.

Carvallo has the following stat-line this year––45.2 ip, 44 h, 17 er, 13 bb, 47 k.

After Ricardo Rodriguez gave up two runs in 1.2 innings, Puerto Rican closer Alex de la Cruz slammed the door with 2.1 scoreless frames to pick up his ninth save.

De la Cruz lowered his earned-run average to 1.24.

Player of the Game: LHP Felix Carvallo
3.2 1 0 0 1 3 0 3.35

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