Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/24

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads smacked three more home runs on Wednesday, including one from slugging outfielder Nomar Mazara. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock – OFF
11-9, 0.5 GU

The Express had Wednesday off. They'll return to action on Thursday, beginning a four-game set against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) San Antonio 5
L - Pucetas (2-2)
HR - Nicholas (4)
11-8, 0.0 GU

The ‘Riders were undone by a big bottom of the third inning, which saw San Antonio plate all five of its runs.

Right-hander Kevin Pucetas surrendered those five runs on seven hits in five innings, walking one and striking out four.

Although Frisco lost the game, reliever Jake Brigham was able to keep his club within striking distance. Brigham tossed three innings of no-hit, scoreless relief while walking one and fanning five.

The 25-year-old hurler has yet to surrender a run in five relief appearances this year––11.2 ip, 4 h, 0 r, 4 bb, 12 k.

At the plate, designated hitter Brett Nicholas socked a solo home run, his fourth of the season. Ryan Strausborger (2/4) and Guilder Rodriguez (1/2, BB, HBP) both reached base multiple times and stole a base.

Player of the Game: RHP Jake Brigham
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A+: Myrtle Beach 10 – Frederick 3
W - Eickhoff (2-2)
11-8, 1.0 GU

Myrtle Beach starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff worked a season-high 7.1 innings on Wednesday, limiting the Keys to three runs. He gave up six hits while walking one and striking out six.

Eickhoff was able to keep the ball on the ground, as he induced 10 groundouts to only one flyout.

Tall reliever Phil Klein preserved the victory with 1.2 shutout frames out of the ‘pen. He fanned a pair.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas continued his strong start to the campaign by going 2-for-5 with his first triple and his first stolen base. Chris Grayson (2/4, 2B) added a single and a double.

First baseman Trever Adams raised his batting average to .284 by going 3-for-4 with a double, a free pass, and three RBI.

Royce Bolinger (2/5) and Jake Skole (2/3, BB) both singled twice.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff
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A: Hickory 5 – (@) Greensboro 2
W - Kukuruda (2-0)
SV - Kendall (3)
HR - Maloney (5), Brinson (3), Mazara (2)

The slugging Crawdads mashed three more home runs en route to a victory on Wednesday evening.

Right fielder Nomar Mazara, who is beginning to heat up, led the offensive charge by going 2-for-3 with a double, a round-tripper, and a walk. Lewis Brinson (1/5, HR) and Joe Maloney (1/3, HR, BB) also added long balls of their own.

Making his first start of the season, righty Tyler Smith gave up two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings, walking three and striking out three.

Relievers John Kukuruda (2.1 IP) and Cody Kendall (2 IP) helped stabilize the game, with each hurling scoreless ball. Kukuruda struck out four while Kendall fanned three.

Third baseman Joey Gallo (1/4, 2B0 added his fourth double of the campaign.

Player of the Game: RF Nomar Mazara
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