Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/2

Although the Single-A Hickory Crawdads were recently eliminated from postseason contention, the club picked up an 8-4 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 6 – (@) Oklahoma City 9
L - Reynolds (11-9)
69-74, 10.0 GB

The Express dropped their penultimate game of the 2012 season, as Express starting pitcher Greg Reynolds (5.30 ERA/.316 BAA) was tagged for a season-high nine runs on 12 hits––including six extra-base hits––in 5.2 innings.

Reynolds allowed a pair of two-run homers––one to RedHawks centerfielder Brad Snyder (his 20th) and one to first baseman Mike Hessman (his 35th).

Right fielder Joey Butler continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and three runs batted in. Butler's two-bagger was Round Rock's only extra-base hit of the game.

Leadoff man Julio Borbon raised his batting average to .304 with three singles in five at-bats. He also stole his 20th base.

Brad Nelson (1/2, 3 BB) singled once and walked three times while Yangervis Solarte (2/4) had two knocks in four trips.

Lefty reliever Joe Ortiz (1.97 ERA/.254 BAA) finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up a pair of hits. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

In 32 Triple-A innings, Ortiz has walked only three while striking out 23. Fellow lefties are batting just .196 against him.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
3 0 2 1 0 3 2 0 .292

AA: Frisco 7 – Midland 6
W - Font (2-0)
SV - Wolf (9)
39-30, 4.0 GB

The red-hot RoughRiders improved to 15-4 in their last 19 games with Sunday's come-from-behind victory.

Third baseman Tom Mendonca pushed Frisco ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning with his two-run single. Overall, he was 1-for-3 with a hit-by pitch and three runs batted in.

Zach Zaneski (1/3, 2B) doubled for the RoughRiders' only extra-base hit while Jared Hoying (2/3, BB) and Alex Buchholz (1/3, BB) both reached base multiple times.

Starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (4.28 ERA/.280 BAA) allowed five runs on six hits in five innings, walking one and striking out six.

Making his Double-A debut, former outfielder Jon Edwards permitted one run in two innings. The 6-foot-5 hurler threw just 23 of his 48 pitches for a strike, yielding two hits, walking three, and fanning three.

After Edwards exited, right-handers Wilmer Font and Ross Wolf made quick work of the RockHounds.

Font ran his fastball up to 100 mph and struck out all three batters he faced, throwing 11 of 13 pitches for a strike. The 22-year-old righty has the following stat-line since his promotion to Double-A––15.0 ip, 9 h, 5 r, 7 bb, 29 k.

Font's last four appearances have been particularly impressive––8.0 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 16 k.

Wolf (2.09 ERA/.232 BAA) made it six consecutive strikeouts to end the game, as he also fanned all three batters he faced in the ninth inning.

Player of the Game: CF Jared Hoying
3 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 .281

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – Lynchburg 8
L - Rojas (9-6)
HR - Martinez (6)
37-31, 6.0 GB

After dropping Sunday's game, the Pelicans are now 1-5 since clinching a Carolina League postseason berth one week ago.

Pelicans starting pitcher Randol Rojas (3.73 ERA/.273 BAA) gave up seven runs on nine hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked one.

At the plate, leadoff hitter and centerfielder Teodoro Martinez led the way by going 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a base on balls.

Tomas Telis, Hanser Alberto, Jhonny Gomez, Santiago Chirino, and Edwin Garcia all singled once in four at-bats.

Sidearming reliever Zach Osborne followed Rojas by striking out three batters in two perfect innings. Francisco Mendoza whiffed the side in a blank ninth inning.

In the eighth, hard-throwing southpaw Greg Williams made his High-A debut. Williams yielded a run on two hits in the one frame.

The 22-year-old Williams missed more than two months due to an elbow issue, but he'd pitched well in four appearances since returning at Hickory––5.2 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 1 bb, 7 k.

Player of the Game: CF Teodoro Martinez
4 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 .272

A: Hickory 8 – (@) Greenville 4
W - Martinez (8-6)
HR - Adams (9)
38-31, 3.0 GB

Two days after being eliminated from the Sally League's postseason chase, the Crawdads took an 8-4 victory at Greenville. Hickory was powered by a six run outburst in the second inning.

The big frame was capped off by a three-run homer off the bat of left fielder Trever Adams, who went 3-for-5 with that home run. He also scored three runs.

Crawdads starter Nick Martinez pitched well in his first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth. Overall, he yielded four runs in five innings. He gave up four hits, walked two, and struck out eight.

Right-handed relievers Coby Cowgill (2 IP) and Taylor Dennis (2 IP) finished the game by tossing two innings of one-hit scoreless ball apiece.

Drew Robinson (1/5, 2B) and Hirotoshi Onaka (1/4, 2B) both doubled once. Jorge Alfaro (1/3, BB) and Jordan Akins (1/3, BB) each singled and walked once.

Player of the Game: LF Trever Adams
5 3 3 0 1 3 0 0 .284

SSA: Spokane – Season Over
16-22, 8.0 GB

With a 28-48 overall record this summer, the Spokane Indians didn't qualify for the Northwest League playoffs. The club went 12-26 in the first half before finishing with a 16-22 second-half mark.

RK: Surprise Rangers – Season Over
34-22, 3.0 GU

The rookie-level Surprise Rangers claimed the 2012 Arizona League crown. The Rangers' AZL club won the circuit's West Division with a 34-22 regular-season mark. They defeated the Glendale Dodgers in the playoff semifinals before topping the Phoenix Athletics in the championship game.

DSL: DSL Rangers – Season Over
42-28, 2.0 GB

The Dominican Rangers finished their season in third place with a 42-28 record, two games out of a Dominican Summer League playoff berth.

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