Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/18

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders took home a victory after 17 innings––the longest game in franchise history––on Thursday night. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – (@) Oklahoma City 5 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Wells (0-3)

Randy Wells fell to 0-3 through three starts on Thursday, as he surrendered four runs in five innings. The former Cubs right-hander gave up eight hits, walked two, and struck out five.

Through those three starts, Wells has the following stat-line––15.0 ip, 20 h, 11 r, 6 bb, 13 k.

The Express' offense managed only five hits in the game, and all were singles. Leadoff man Engel Beltre had the best night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and two stolen bases. The speedy Beltre now has six steams on the season.

Joey Butler (1/2), Robinson Chirinos (1/3), and Greg Miclat (1/2, BB) all singled once.

Player of the Game: CF Engel Beltre
4 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 .264

AAA: Round Rock 8 – (@) Oklahoma City 4 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Cotts (1-1)
SV - Burns (4)

Round Rock raced past Oklahoma City in Thursday's nightcap behind the strength of a five-run outburst in the seventh inning.

Sinkerballing southpaw Richard Bleier got the spot-start nod and pitched well enough to keep his club in the game. Making his first Triple-A start, Bleier permitted just a run on six hits in four innings, striking out a pair.

Neal Cotts followed by striking out five batters in two shutout frames.

Although Evan Meek allowed three runs while recording just one out in the seventh, Cory Burns struck out the game's final two hitters to preserve the victory.

Cleanup-hitting left fielder Joey Butler raised his batting average to .353 by getting a single, a double, and two walks in his four plate appearances.

Shortstop Greg Miclat (2/4, 2B) and first baseman Chris McGuiness (1/2, 2B, 2 BB) also doubled. Miclat drove home three runs.

Engel Beltre (2/5) and Mike Olt (2/3, BB) both singled twice. Olt raised his batting average to .135.

Player of the Game: LF Joey Butler
2 2 2 1 0 0 2 0 .353

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Corpus Christi 2 (17 innings)
W - Rodriguez (1-0)
SV - Rowen (1)
HR - Nicholas (3)

The RoughRiders played their longest game in franchise history on Thursday, defeating the Hooks, 4-2, in a whopping 17 innings.

Neil Ramirez opened the game for Frisco by hurling five innings of one-hit ball. The hard-throwing righty gave up a run while walking three and striking out seven.

After Ramirez left the game, Tyler Tufts permitted just a solo home run in two innings.

Then five RoughRiders pitchers––including position player Guilder Rodriguez––combined on 10 shutout innings out of the bullpen. Jimmy Reyes (2 IP), Wilmer Font (2 IP), Ryan Rodebaugh (4 IP), Rodriguez (1 IP), and Ben Rowen (1 IP) tossed up the zeros.

Font was particularly impressive, fanning five of the six hitters he faced over two perfect innings.

Rodriguez worked around a hit and a walk in his frame, striking out one.

The ‘Riders had 13 hits in the 17 innings but stranded 12 runners on base.

First baseman Brett Nicholas was 2-for-8 with a solo home run, which came to lead off the ninth inning.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto raised his average to .250 with three singles in seven at-bats. Odubel Herrera (2/8), Jared Hoying (2/8), and Tomas Telis (2/7) all singled twice while Ryan Strausborger walked three times in eight trips. Strausborger was 0-for-5.

Player of the Game: RHP Neil Ramirez
5.0 1 1 1 3 7 0 1.88

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Carolina 5
L - Eickhoff (1-2)

Big righty Jerad Eickhoff was undone by the first two innings, when he allowed all five of his runs. Overall, Eickhoff gave up five runs––just two earned––on three hits in five innings, striking out one without issuing a walk. He also plunked two hitters.

Left fielder Chris Grayson (1/4, 2B) and shortstop Luis Sardinas (1/4, 2B) both doubled in the contest.

Right fielder Preston Beck, who singled once and walked once in four trips, was the only Pelicans player to reach base twice.

Nick McBride (2 IP) and Phil Klein (1 IP) combined for three scoreless innings to finish the game.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick McBride
2.0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2.35

A: Hickory 8 – Charleston 6
W - Kukuruda (1-0)
SV - Kendall (2)
HR - Williams (5), Maloney (3, 4)

The Crawdads continued to play long ball on Thursday, belting three more home runs in their come-from-behind victory over Charleston.

First baseman Joe Maloney socked a pair of two-run homers in the game, as he was 2-for-4 with two homers and four runs batted in. Left fielder Nick Williams, who was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, added a solo round-tripper in the seventh.

Ryan Rua (2/4, 2B) and Jorge Alfaro (1/3, 2B, BB) both doubled once.

Native Texan Eric Brooks was knocked around for six runs––four earned––on seven hits in 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out one.

The Crawdads got back into the game while sinkerballer John Kukuruda kept the RiverDogs off the scoreboard for 3.2 innings. Kukuruda gave up just one hit, working around three walks and fanning four.

Fresno State product Cody Kendall retired all six batters he faced to earn his second save.

Player of the Game: 1B Joe Maloney
4 2 2 0 2 4 0 2 .214

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