Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/6

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders earned their second walkoff victory over Corpus Christi in as many nights on Thursday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock – Season Over
69-75, 11.0 GB

Although the Express played their best baseball of the season in August, the club finished with a 69-75 mark, 11 games behind the Pacific Coast League's American Southern Division champion Albuquerque.

AA: Frisco 3 – Corpus Christi 2
W - Rodebaugh (1-0)
HR - Garcia (1)
Frisco leads 2-0 (best of five)

The ‘Riders took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series with a late comeback.

Frisco's offense had plenty of trouble against Corpus Christi starting pitcher Rob Rasmussen, who hurled seven innings of five-hit shutout ball. But the offense got it going against the Hooks' bullpen.

Trailing 2-0 into the bottom of the eighth inning, Frisco knotted the game with a Chris McGuiness run-scoring double and a Ryan Strausborger RBI single.

Leury Garcia then launched a solo home run to right field in the ninth inning, giving the RoughRiders their second walkoff victory in as many nights.

The game-winning round-tripper was Garcia's only hit in five at-bats. McGuiness was 2-for-4 with a single and a double while Strausborger had two singles in four trips.

Frisco starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan yielded two runs on five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out two. He threw 58 of his 93 pitches for a strike.

Right-hander Justin Grimm followed with two shutout frames––working around two hits and striking out two––while Ryan Rodebaugh fanned all three batters he faced in a perfect top of the ninth inning.

Player of the Game: 2B Leury Garcia
5 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 .200

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – (@) Winston-Salem 5
L - Osborne (0-1)
HR - DiFazio (1)
Series tied 1-1 (best of three)

The Dash forced a decisive game three with their victory over Myrtle Beach on Thursday.

The Pelicans led twice during the game––after the top of the third and again after the top of the seventh–-but Winston-Salem came back on both occasions. After Myrtle Beach claimed a 3-2 lead into the seventh-inning stretch, the Dash rallied for three runs to win the game.

Pelicans starting pitcher Joe Van Meter pitched relatively well and didn't figure in the decision, as he allowed two runs in 5.2 innings. The right-hander scattered seven hits and struck out seven batters without issuing a walk.

But Winston-Salem did its damage against sidearming righty Zach Osborne, who coughed up three runs on four hits in one inning. One of the runs was a solo homer off the bat of White Sox first-round pick Courtney Hawkins, who launched his second round-tripper in as many nights.

Hard-throwing reliever Daniel Lopez worked the final 1.1 innings without permitting a run.

Myrtle Beach catcher Vin DiFazio provided a run with a solo homer in the seventh, his lone hit in four at-bats. Third baseman Edwin Garcia had a perfect night at the plate, getting a single and three walks in four trips.

Brett Nicholas (2/4) singled twice while Teodoro Martinez (1/4, 2B) hit a double for the club's only other knocks.

Player of the Game: RHP Joe Van Meter
5.2 7 2 2 0 7 1 3.18

A: Hickory – Season Over
38-32, 3.0 GB

The Crawdads didn't qualify for the South Atlantic League postseason after finishing the first half in third place (36-33) and the second half tied for second (38-32).

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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