Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/3

All four of the Texas Rangers' full-season affiliates wrapped up their respective regular season on Monday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 0 – (@) Oklahoma City 1
L - Bell (5-5)
69-75, 11.0 GB

The Express suffered their first series defeat since July 20-23 on Monday, the final day of their 2012 season.

Round Rock finishes the year in fourth place in the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division, 11 games out of first with a 69-75 record.

With Round Rock and Oklahoma City both missing out on the PCL's postseason, the two clubs were in apparent swing mode on Monday. The contest featured one total run, just two walks, and it was played in two hours and two minutes.

Express starting pitcher Chad Bell (4.15 ERA/.274 BAA) finished his campaign by tossing six innings of one-run ball. The southpaw scattered five hits and struck out seven without issuing a walk.

Sidearming reliever Johan Yan (5.03 ERA/.271 BAA) followed with two scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Although Yan limited Triple-A right-handed hitters to a .203 batting average, lefties tagged him at a .364 clip.

Oklahoma City's pitching staff carried a no-hitter through 5.1 innings before catcher Robinzon Diaz (1/3, 2B) broke it up with his 12th double of the season. Julio Borbon (1/3, BB) and Alberto Gonzalez (1/3) singled for the Express' only other hits.

Player of the Game: LHP Chad Bell
6.0 5 1 1 0 7 0 4.15

AA: Frisco 1 – Midland 2 (10 innings)
L - Majewski (0-2)
39-31, 5.0 GB

The ‘Riders closed out their regular season with a position player on the mound. Outfielder Val Majewski gave up a run while pitching the 10th inning, suffering his second loss as a pitcher this season.

Frisco was protecting its pitching staff because the club is heading to the Texas League playoffs. The RoughRiders will begin their Texas League Divisional Series on Wednesday against Corpus Christi.

Making his final regular-season start, Cody Buckel (3.78 ERA/.228 BAA) turned in perhaps his best Double-A start. The 20-year-old righty worked five innings of two-hit shutout ball for his second consecutive outing, striking out nine without issuing a walk.

Buckel has the following stat-line in his last three starts––16.0 ip, 9 h, 1 r, 0 bb, 23 k.

Frisco's offense scattered eight singles through the game. Nine-hole hitting catcher Jose Felix led the way with two knocks in four at-bats.

First baseman Chris McGuiness was 1-for-3 with a pair of walks.

Frisco stranded 13 runners on base for the game, going 1-for-9 with men in scoring position.

After Buckel exited, righty Neil Ramirez surrendered a solo home run in one inning of relief. He struck out two.

Tim Murphy (1 IP) and Justin Grimm (2 IP) then worked shutout ball out of the bullpen before giving way to Majewski. Grimm struck out four batters in his two innings, throwing 24 of his 38 pitches for a strike.

Player of the Game: RHP Cody Buckel
5.0 2 0 0 0 9 0 3.78

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – Lynchburg 1
W - DeVore (3-3)
38-31, 5.0 GB

Like their Double-A counterparts, the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans will also be participating in their league's postseason. Myrtle Beach will begin the Carolina League playoffs on Wednesday against Winston-Salem.

Right-hander Kyle DeVore (3.50 ERA/.283 BAA) continued to provide solid innings for the Pelicans, as he limited Lynchburg to just an unearned run over 5.1 frames. He scattered six hits and three walks while striking out four.

After DeVore exited the game, relievers Josh McElwee (1.2 IP), Jimmy Reyes (1 IP) and Phil Klein (1 IP) all kept the Hillcats off the scoreboard.

McElwee allowed two hits and plunked a batter but struck out three.

The 6-foot-7 Klein began his season by posting a 1.90 ERA in 33 appearances at Single-A Hickory. Over seven Carolina League games, he yielded a run on two hits in 10.1 innings, walking two and striking out 14.

Infielders Hanser Alberto (2/4), Odubel Herrera (2/4) and Jhonny Gomez (2/4) all singled twice in four at-bats. Herrera also added his 27th stolen base.

Player of the Game: RHP Kyle DeVore
5.1 6 1 0 3 4 0 3.50

A: Hickory 2 – (@) Greenville 4
L - Schwendel (1-2)
38-32, 3.0 GB

After finishing the first half in third place with a 36-33 record, the Crawdads went 38-32 in the second half––tied for second. They didn't qualify for the South Atlantic League postseason.

Hickory played its final game of the 2012 campaign on Monday, dropping a 4-2 decision to Greenville.

Left fielder Trever Adams (.286/.331/.421) finished off a solid campaign by clubbing two doubles in four at-bats.

The 23-year-old Creighton product batted just .248/.288/.294 in 45 games prior to the All-Star break––including five total extra-base hits. In 66 games after the break, Adams batted .308/.356/.496 with 31 extra-base knocks.

Starting pitcher Richard Alvarez, promoted from Spokane, hurled three innings of one-run ball. The Venezuelan righty gave up one hit, walked two, and struck out three.

Sinkerballing right-hander Paul Schwendel suffered the loss after he permitted three runs (one earned) in three innings. Schwendel allowed only two hits but walked four.

Jose Monegro retired all six batters he faced in the final two frames.

Third baseman Drew Robinson finished the season with a .273 batting average after he singled twice in four at-bats. Kevin Torres (1/3, 2B, BB) and Jorge Alfaro (1/4, 2B) both doubled once.

Player of the Game: LF Trever Adams
4 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 .286

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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