Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/4

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans plated 11 runs on eight extra-base hits on Saturday evening, getting two doubles and a homer from Trever Adams. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Nashville 6
W - Mills (4-0)
HR - Chirinos (2)

Even though he threw nearly as many balls as strikes (97 pitches/53 strikes) on Saturday evening, left-hander Brad Mills battled his way through 6.2 innings and earned the victory.

Mills held Nashville to just two runs on four hits in those 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out four.

At the plate, catcher Robinson Chirinos continued his hot hitting by going 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, and two runs batted in. He's now hitting .310 with the Express this season.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre (3/5) singled three times and stole his 10th base. Yangervis Solarte was 3-for-4 with his fifth double and his first steal.

Jurickson Profar (1/4, BB) and Chris McGuiness (1/4, BB) both singled and walked.

Round Rock held on despite relievers Yoshinori Tateyama (1 IP) and Nate Robertson (1.1 IP) surrendering two runs apiece while finishing the game.

Player of the Game: LHP Brad Mills
6.2 4 2 2 1 4 0 2.79

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Midland 2
W - Pucetas (4-2)
SV - Font (4)
HR - Strausborger (3)

The ‘Riders plated four runs in the top of the first inning, and that was all they would need to cruise to victory on Saturday.

Centerfielder Ryan Strausborger provided the big blast in the frame with his two-run homer, his third of the season. The speedster also singled.

Veteran Frisco starter Kevin Pucetas got the job done for six innings, as he scattered eight hits and allowed two runs. The former Giants prospect walked one and struck out four.

First baseman Brett Nicholas continued to show some pop by going 1-for-3 with a double––his seventh––and a base on balls.

Relievers Tyler Tufts (1 IP) and Wilmer Font (2 IP) finished the game with scoreless relief. Font pitched around three walks, but he didn't allow a hit and fanned one.

Player of the Game: CF Ryan Strausborger
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .202

A+: Myrtle Beach 11 – (@) Potomac 5
W - Payano (2-2)
SV - Van Meter (2)
HR - Adams (4), Deglan (4)

The Carolina League isn't normally known for its offense, but Myrtle Beach pounded out 11 runs on 13 hits in their victory over the P-Nats on Saturday.

Eight of the Pelicans' 13 hits went for extra bases.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Trever Adams led the way for the Pelicans, bashing two doubles and a home run in five at-bats. He drove home four of his club's runs.

DH Kellin Deglan raised his batting average to .217 by going 2-for-5 with a round-tripper and three RBI.

Drew Robinson (2/5, 2B, 3B) doubled and tripled while Royce Bolinger (2/5, 3B) singled and tripled. Luis Sardinas (1/4, 2B, BB) also added his third two-bagger of the campaign, and he stole his ninth base.

With all the run support, tall left-hander Victor Payano earned the ‘W' by allowing five runs on nine hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Virginia Commonwealth product Joe Van Meter closed out the game with three innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He fanned four without walking a man.

Player of the Game: 1B Trever Adams
5 1 3 2 1 4 0 1 .250

A: Hickory 2 – Savannah 9
L - Kukuruda (2-1)
HR - Alfaro (5)

The Crawdads gave up nine runs on Saturday, but it certainly wasn't because of starting pitcher Connor Sadzeck, who tossed a career-high seven innings.

Sadzeck (1.35 ERA/.210 BAA) worked seven innings of one-run ball, scattering four hits, walking one, and striking out four. He has surrendered just 25 hits in his first 33.1 innings this season, walking seven and fanning 21.

The Sand Gnats blew the game open against reliever John Kukuruda, who gave up three runs without retiring a batter. He walked two (one intentional) and allowed a hit.

Ryne Slack's struggles in his last few outings continued, as he was toughed for four runs on three walks and a grand slam in his frame.

Rangers top catching prospect Jorge Alfaro clubbed his fifth home run for his lone hit in four at-bats. Luis Marte went 2-for-3 with an RBI. The shortstop prospect stole his fourth base but committed his 11th error.

Player of the Game: RHP Connor Sadzeck
7.0 4 1 1 1 4 0 1.35

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