Rangers Minor League Roundup – 9/11

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders opened the 2012 Texas League Championship Series with a loss to Springfield on Tuesday. 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 Pacific Coast League American Southern Division champion Albuquerque.

AA: Frisco 0 – (@) Springfield 5
L - Buckel (0-1)
Springfield leads 1-0 (best of five)

Tuesday's Texas League Championship Series opener between Frisco and Springfield was a pitcher's duel between a pair of 20-year-old prospects––the Rangers' Cody Buckel and the Cardinals' Carlos Martinez.

Martinez got the best of Buckel, as he tossed seven innings of four-hit shutout ball while throwing just 87 pitches. He struck out seven and walked one.

Although the RoughRiders trailed the Cardinals just 1-0 at the seventh-inning stretch, Springfield struck for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away.

Buckel surrendered two runs on four hits in six-plus innings, striking out five without issuing a walk. Both of his runs allowed came on solo home runs.

After Buckel exited, lefty reliever Tim Murphy permitted a run while recording one out. Ryan Rodebaugh then gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning.

At the plate for Frisco, third baseman Tom Mendonca led the way by going 2-for-4 with his first double of the postseason. Engel Beltre (1/4), Ryan Strausborger (1/4) and Jared Hoying (1/3) singled for the club's other hits.

Rehabbing Rangers catcher Mike Napoli grounded out, struck out, and was hit by a pitch in his three plate appearances.

Player of the Game: RHP Cody Buckel
6.0 4 2 2 0 5 2 3.00

A+: Myrtle Beach – Season Over
74-65, 13.5 GB

The Pelicans earned a spot in the Carolina League postseason but fell to division-champion Winston-Salem in the best-of-three series.

A: Hickory – Season Over
74-65, 9.0 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
28-48, 9.0 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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