Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/15

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders' bats busted out for 10 runs on Monday evening, getting home runs from catcher Zach Zaneski and centerfielder Jared Hoying. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) New Orleans 3
L - Wolf (0-1)

Making just his second professional start since 2005, right-hander Ross Wolf pitched well despite suffering the loss.

The veteran sinkerballer needed just 65 pitches to work six innings. He yielded two runs on five hits and struck out three without issuing a walk.

Out of the bullpen, Johan Yan surrendered a solo home run in his lone inning. He struck out a pair.

Former Pirates reliever Evan Meek whiffed the side in the eighth inning, working around a hit.

The Express' offense plated two runs, but they didn't get on the scoreboard until the eighth inning.

Leadoff man and shortstop Greg Miclat reached base in four of his five plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with a double and two walks. DH Mike Olt (2/4, 2B) and first baseman Chris McGuiness (1/4, 2B) also doubled.

Joey Butler (1/3, BB) and Yangervis Solarte (1/3, BB) both singled once and walked once.

Player of the Game: RHP Ross Wolf
6.0 5 2 2 0 3 0 1.80

AA: Frisco 10 – Northwest Arkansas 3
W - Rodebaugh (1-0)
HR - Hoying (3), Zaneski (1)

With the game knotted at three going into the seventh-inning stretch, the RoughRiders' offense busted out for six runs in the bottom of the seventh.

DH Zach Zaneski had the inning's big blow with his three-run homer, his first of the season. Overall, Zaneski was 2-for-4 with a double, that home run, and four RBI.

Centerfielder Jared Hoying had just one hit in five at-bats, but it was a solo home run in the eighth inning, his third of the young season.

Right fielder Alejandro Selen (3/4, 2 2B, BB) and third baseman Alex Buchholz (3/5, 2 2B) both singled once and doubled twice. Selen also drew a walk and stole his first base.

Ryan Strausborger singled, doubled, and walked in his four plate appearances.

First baseman Guilder Rodriguez (1/4, BB) and catcher Brett Nicholas (2/5) also reached base multiple times.

Meanwhile, left-hander Ryan Feierabend turned in a solid effort by working six innings and allowing three runs. The veteran scattered seven hits, walked one, and struck out eight.

Righty reliever Ryan Rodebaugh (2 IP) and Wilmer Font (1 IP) closed the game with three scoreless frames. Font was particularly impressive, throwing six of his nine pitches for strikes while recording three consecutive groundouts.

Player of the Game: DH Zach Zaneski
4 1 2 1 1 4 0 0 .286

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – Winston-Salem 0
W - Martinez (1-1)
SV - Mavare (1)
HR - Torres (2)
5-5, 0.0 GU

Pelicans right-handers Nick Martinez, Phil Klein, and Arlett Mavare combined on a shutout effort against the Dash on Monday.

Martinez began the game with five innings of four-hit shutout ball, striking out five without walking a batter. All four of the hits he allowed were singles.

Klein followed by retiring all six batters he faced in two perfect innings, striking out a pair. Mavare, who finished the game and earned the save, worked around two singles in two scoreless frames.

Myrtle Beach won despite getting only three hits from their offense.

First baseman Kevin Torres broke the scoreless tie with his solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Torres also drew a walk.

Jake Skole (1/4) and Luis Sardinas (1/4) singled for the team's only other knocks. Skole drove home a run with his hit.

Trever Adams (0/2, 2 BB) and Preston Beck (0/2, 2 BB) both walked twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Martinez
5.0 4 0 0 0 5 0 3.18

A: Hickory 6 – (@) Asheville 3
W - Edwards (1-1)
SV - McElwee (2)
HR - Gallo (4), Alfaro (1)
5-7, 2.0 GB

Hickory starting pitcher C.J. Edwards pounded the strike zone on Monday evening, throwing 53 of his 74 pitches for strikes over five innings. The South Carolina native gave up just a run on three hits, walking one and striking out six.

The Crawdads' prospect-heavy lineup flashed some power, getting a pair of home runs.

Third baseman Joey Gallo went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. He also struck out twice.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro raised his batting average to .308 with a single and a solo home run in four at-bats.

Nick Williams (2/5) and Nomar Mazara (2/5) both singled twice. Shortstop Luis Marte singled once, walked once, and laid down a sacrifice bunt.

After hard-throwing reliever Jose Leclerc permitted two runs in 1.2 innings, Josh McElwee slammed the door by striking out four in 2.1 scoreless innings. McElwee earned his second save.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
5.0 3 1 1 1 6 0 2.51

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