Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/19

Although the Triple-A Round Rock Express lost on Friday, right fielder Jim Adduci reached base in all four of his plate appearances and added two stolen bases. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Oklahoma City 5
L - Balester (1-2)
HR - McGuiness (3)

Although outfielder Jim Adduci had struggled of late, he got going once again on Friday evening in Oklahoma City. Adduci reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances, getting three singles and a walk. He also stole a pair of bases.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (1/4, HR) brought home one of Round Rock's two runs with a solo home run––his third––in the seventh inning.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre went 2-for-4 with a double, raising his average to .290.

Erratic starting pitcher Collin Balester needed 94 pitches to complete six innings. Suffering his second loss, Balester yielded five runs on 10 hits in those six innings, walking three and striking out four. He also plunked two batters.

Sidearming righty Johan Yan lowered his ERA to 5.14 with two shutout frames.

Player of the Game: RF Jim Adduci
3 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 .263

AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Corpus Christi 3
L - Pucetas (2-1)

Veteran righty Kevin Pucetas suffered the loss despite pitching relatively well on Friday in Corpus Christi. The sinkerballer needed only 89 pitches to complete seven innings, giving up three runs while scattering eight hits. Pucetas recorded 11 groundouts and whiffed three without walking a batter.

At the plate, first baseman Guilder Rodriguez raised his batting average to .378 by going 3-for-4 with his first double of the season.

DH Chih-Hsien Chiang, who was 2-for-4, belted his first triple.

Ryan Strausborger (2/4) singled twice and stole two bases, giving him five on the young campaign.

Fireballing righty Roman Mendez struck out the side in the eighth inning, working around a double and a walk in the shutout frame.

Player of the Game: RHP Kevin Pucetas
7.0 8 3 3 0 4 0 2.33

A+: Myrtle Beach – (@) Carolina – PPD (Rain)

The Pelicans and Mudcats were washed out on Friday.

A: Hickory – Charleston – PPD (Rain)

Hickory and Charleston were also rained out on Friday.

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