Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/5

The Triple-A Round Rock Express earned yet another victory over Nashville on Sunday, powered by a big day from second baseman Greg Miclat. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – Nashville 1
W - Bleier (1-1)

Fireballing Nashville starter Johnny Hellweg shut the Express down for three innings, but he lost his control and coughed up five runs in the fourth inning.

That was plenty for Round Rock, which cruised to a 5-1 win.

Second baseman Greg Miclat had the inning's big hit to cap off his solid overall day. The former Orioles prospect was 2-for-3 with his third double, a walk, and two RBI.

Eli Whiteside (2/4) singled twice while Jim Adduci (1/2, 2 BB) singled once and walked twice.

Chris McGuiness (0/2, 2 BB) also drew a pair of free passes.

Express starting pitcher Ross Wolf issued four walks and allowed three hits in 3.2 innings, but he limited the damage to just one run.

Sinkerballing lefty Richard Bleier kept the Sounds at bay with 3.1 innings of one-hit, shutout long relief. Bleier threw only 39 pitches and induced four groundouts.

Evan Meek (1 IP) and Cory Burns (1 IP) closed out the game with a pair of scoreless frames. Burns was particularly impressive, throwing all eight of his pitches for strikes while striking out two.

Player of the Game: 2B Greg Miclat
3 1 2 1 0 2 1 0 .302

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Midland 5
L - Rodebaugh (1-1)

Frisco starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel gave up three runs in the first inning before settling down and pitching well. The Dominican righty allowed just those three runs in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out eight.

The 23-year-old Pimentel has now struck out 42 batters and walked nine in 36 innings this season.

Corner outfielders Teodoro Martinez (2/3) and Jared Hoying (2/4) both singled twice. Martinez swiped his second base. Guilder Rodriguez (1/3, BB) also reached base a pair of times, getting a single and a walk.

Making his second appearance in Double-A, tall righty Phil Klein allowed one run and struck out four in two innings.

Midland walked it off against ‘Riders reliever Ryan Rodebaugh, who gave up an unearned run in one-third of an inning. He walked two (one intentional) and allowed a hit.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
6.0 4 3 3 3 8 1 3.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Potomac 3
L - Edwards (1-1)
HR - Deglan (5)

Joining their Double-A counterparts, the High-A Pelicans also lost via the walkoff on Sunday afternoon.

Although Myrtle Beach lost the game, they got a strong effort from tall righty Jerad Eickhoff. The former junior college product gave up just two runs––one earned––on five hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four.

Catcher Kellin Deglan provided one of the team's two runs with his solo home run in the second inning. He also walked.

Jake Skole (1/3, 2B) added a double while Chris Grayson (1/3, BB) singled, walked, and swiped his seventh base.

Hard-throwing but erratic reliever Jon Edwards walked three batters and gave up a run in one inning. He pitched a blank eighth but didn't record an out before Potomac won it in the ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eickhoff
6.0 5 2 1 2 4 0 3.90

A: Hickory – Savannah – PPD (Rain)

The Crawdads and Sand Gnats were postponed due to rain on Sunday. They'll make it up with a Monday doubleheader.

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