Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/8

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans improved to a Carolina League-best 19-13 with their victory over Lynchburg on Wednesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 9 – (@) Las Vegas 5
W - Feierabend (1-0)
SV - Burns (8)
HR - Adduci (4)
19-14, 1.5 GB

The Express plated five first-inning runs and didn't look back from there, cruising to a 9-0 lead through five innings and holding on for the 9-5 victory.

Right fielder Jim Adduci (.243/.333/.417) broke out of his recent slump with a powerful four-hit performance. The former Cubs farmhand went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a three-run homer.

Round Rock had 15 hits in Wednesday's game, but Adduci had the only two extra-base hits.

Shortstop Jurickson Profar (.241/.344/.380) singled three times in five at-bats. The 20-year-old prospect is beginning to heat up––he has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 contests.

Yangervis Solarte (2/4, BB), Aaron Cunningham (2/3, 2 HBP), and Greg Miclat (2/5) also had multiple knocks. The switch-hitting Miclat bumped his batting average to .306.

On the mound, lefty Ryan Feierabend worked five scoreless innings before running into trouble in the sixth. The veteran ended up surrendering three runs on six hits in 5.1 frames, walking four and striking out three.

Reliever Lisalverto Bonilla then gave up a run––a solo homer––in 1.2 innings. Although Bonilla has struck out 26 batters in 17.1 innings this season, he has allowed 15 total runs, including three round-trippers in his last two appearances.

Nate Robertson fanned two in a scoreless inning. After Yoshinori Tateyama permitted a run in two-thirds of an inning to start the ninth, Cory Burns recorded the final out to end the game.

Burns has yet to allow an earned run in 12 innings. He recorded his eighth save on Wednesday.

Player of the Game: RF Jim Adduci
5 2 4 1 1 3 0 1 .243

AA: Frisco – OFF
17-15, 2.0 GB

The RoughRiders enjoyed a day off in Corpus Christi on Wednesday.

A+: Myrtle Beach 8 – Lynchburg 2
W - Martinez (3-2)
HR - Adams (5)
19-13, 2.5 GU

The Pelicans improved to a league-best 19-13 with Wednesday's victory over the Hillcats.

Myrtle Beach starter Nick Martinez (2.41 ERA/.225 BAA) turned in another quality outing, as he limited Lynchburg to two runs––one earned–-over six innings. The former college infielder scattered five hits while walking two and fanning three.

Speedy left fielder Chris Grayson (.253/.330/.418) provided some offensive punch by going 3-for-4 with his eighth double and his second triple. Cleanup man Trever Adams (.250/.308/.442) belted a two-run homer for his only hit in four trips.

Shortstop Luis Sardinas (1/5, 2B) doubled while Jake Skole (2/3, BB) and Rougned Odor (2/4) both singled twice.

After Martinez exited the game, Pelicans relievers Paul Schwendel, Francisco Mendoza, and Ryan Harvey all worked one shutout frame apiece to finish the game.

Harvey gave up a single but struck out the side in the ninth. The Seton Hall product now has 21 strikeouts in 15.2 innings this season while featuring a 91-94 mph fastball with some life and a potential plus slider.

Player of the Game: RHP Nick Martinez
6.0 5 2 1 2 3 0 2.41

A: Hickory – OFF
18-13, 0.5 GB

Hickory didn't play on Wednesday. They'll travel to Charleston to take on the Yankees' Single-A affiliate on Thursday.

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