Rangers Minor League Roundup – 4/30

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans remained in first place after a doubleheader split on Tuesday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – (@) Iowa 7
L - Balester (1-4)
HR - McGuiness (5)
14-12, 1.5 GB

Righty Collin Balester has a good fastball, but he has been knocked around in the early going with the Express.

That continued on Tuesday, as the 26-year-old hurler was tagged for six runs in 3.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out four.

Meanwhile, the Round Rock bats were held silent by former Rangers pitcher Guillermo Moscoso, who gave up just one run in five innings. The lone run was a solo home run off the bat of Chris McGuiness (2/4, HR), his fifth of the year. McGuiness also singled.

Jose Felix (2/3) singled twice while Engel Beltre (1/3, BB) singled once and walked once.

The 23-year-old Beltre is now 32-for-101 (.317) with five doubles in 25 Triple-A contests. He has drawn nine walks, struck out 15 times, and stole nine bases in 15 tries.

Relievers Evan Meek (2.1 IP) and Nate Robertson (1 IP) each worked scoreless ball. Yoshinori Tateyama permitted a run in the eighth inning.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris McGuiness
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 .228

AA: Frisco 4 – San Antonio 3
W - Pimentel (3-1)
SV - Brigham (2)
14-11, 0.0 GU

Arguably the RoughRiders' most effective starter in the early going this season, right-hander Carlos Pimentel improved to 3-1 with another strong effort on Tuesday.

The Dominican Republic native limited San Antonio to two runs on five hits over six innings, walking two and striking out five. He threw 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

Although Pimentel has always flashed solid stuff, his command had held him back in the past. The command has been much better so far––30.0 ip, 25 h, 9 r, 6 bb, 34 k.

The ‘Riders played four runs on seven hits, all of which were singles.

Shortstop Hanser Alberto raised his batting average to .298 with three knocks in four at-bats. The youngest player in the Texas League at 20, Alberto is now 12-for-27 during his current seven-game hitting streak.

First baseman Brett Nicholas (1/3, BB) singled, walked, and drove home two runs. Jared Hoying also singled and walked while stealing his third base.

Frisco reliever Jake Brigham earned his second save after loading the bases in the ninth. Although he gave up a hit and walked two while throwing just 12 of 26 pitches for strikes, he fanned the side.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
6.0 5 2 2 2 5 1 2.70

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Frederick 1 (9 innings – Game 1)
W - Rojas (1-0)

The Pelicans plated four ninth-inning runs to take game one of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Big righty Jerad Eickhoff got the start and pitched well, yielding just a run on six hits over seven innings. Throwing 94 pitches, Eickhoff walked three (two intentional) and struck out six.

The 22-year-old prospect has pitched extremely well since surrendering seven runs in two innings during his first start––24.1 ip, 18 h, 6 er, 6 bb, 18 k.

Myrtle Beach got doubles from third baseman Drew Robinson (2/3, 2B, BB), first baseman Kevin Torres (1/4, 2B), and catcher Pat Cantwell (1/4, 2B).

Second baseman Rougned Odor singled twice in four at-bats, raising his average to .280. He also stole his sixth base.

After Eickhoff exited, sinkerballing reliever Randol Rojas worked the final two innings to earn the victory.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff
7.0 6 1 1 3 6 0 4.44

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Frederick 8 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - Van Meter (0-1)
15-10, 2.0 GU

Myrtle Beach was undone by three errors in the seven-inning nightcap. Although starter Joe Van Meter (3 IP) and reliever Ryan Harvey (2.2 IP) both allowed four runs on five hits, they only gave up one earned run apiece.

At the plate, shortstop Luis Sardinas got his average to an even .300 with two singles in three at-bats. He also committed two of the club's three errors.

Chris Grayson (1/4, 2B) and Rougned Odor (1/2, 2B, SF) both doubled while Edwin Garcia (1/2, BB) singled and walked.

Player of the Game: DH Rougned Odor
2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 .286

A: Hickory – OFF
14-10, 1.0 GU

The Crawdads enjoyed a scheduled day off on Tuesday.

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