Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/20

Four Triple-A Round Rock pitchers combined for a series-opening shutout of the Reno Aces on Monday evening. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers' system.

AAA: Round Rock 4 – Reno 0
W - Mavare (1-1)
SV - Tateyama (1)
HR - Adduci (5), Buchholz (1)
23-21, 2.5 GB

Using its pieced-together pitching staff, Round Rock tossed a shutout of the Aces in Monday's series opener. Reno stranded 10 runners on base, going 0-for-6 with men in scoring position.

Right-hander Jake Brigham got the start and pitched around three hits and two walks in 3.2 scoreless innings, striking out a pair. Arlett Mavare, recently up from Double-A Frisco, followed with 3.1 frames of no-hit relief, walking one and striking out three.

Nate Robertson (1.2 IP) and Yoshinori Tateyama (0.1 IP) worked the final two innings.

At the plate, right fielder Jim Adduci flashed some of his raw power by going 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk. The round-tripper was his fifth of the season.

Third baseman Alex Buchholz (1/4, HR) added a solo shot, his first home run in Triple-A.

Shortstop Greg Miclat (1/4, 2B) and left fielder Aaron Cunningham (2/4, 2B) both doubled while Yangervis Solarte (2/4) singled twice. Cunningham's two-bagger was his 14th of the season.

Player of the Game: RHP Arlett Mavare
3.1 0 0 0 1 3 0 4.15

AA: Frisco 4 – San Antonio 3
W - Pucetas (5-4)
SV - Miller (1)
24-20, 1.0 GB

Making his first rehab start with an affiliate, Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis allowed two runs on four hits––including a home run–-in 2.1 innings. He struck out three without issuing a walk.

Although the ‘Riders fell into an early hole when San Antonio starter Matt Andriese tossed five innings of one-run ball, they battled back against the Missions' bullpen.

Cleanup-hitting first baseman Brett Nicholas went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles, a walk (intentional), and a hit-by pitch in his four plate appearances. Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/4, 2B) and Ryan Strausborger (1/3, 2B) also doubled.

DH A.J. Pierzynski singled once in three at-bats during his second and final rehab appearance with Frisco.

After Lewis exited the game, veteran righty Kevin Pucetas limited his opposition to one run on two hits in 4.2 innings. He walked three and struck out six.

Kyle McClellan tossed a scoreless eighth while Justin Miller worked a blank ninth to finish the game.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
2 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 .298

A+: Myrtle Beach – OFF
27-16, 5.5 GU

The Pelicans enjoyed a scheduled day off on Monday.

A: Hickory 5 – Greenville 2
W - Sadzeck (3-2)
SV - Claudio (7)
HR - Rua (11), Akins (4)
24-19, 2.5 GB

Hickory continued its winning ways on Monday, as the Crawdads opened a series against the 13-31 Greenville Drive.

Tall righty Connor Sadzeck scattered nine hits––eight of which were singles––over six innings, giving up two runs. Only one of the runs was earned. He also struck out five without walking a batter.

Cody Kendall (2 IP) and Alexander Claudio (1 IP) worked three shutout frames to finish the game. Claudio fanned the side in the ninth inning, dropping his earned-run average to 1.57.

Centerfielder Jordan Akins put Hickory on top early with his three-run shot in the second inning, his fourth of the season. Akins was 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Second baseman Ryan Rua flashed more pop by going 2-for-4 with a triple––his first––and a home run, his 11th.

Jorge Alfaro (1/3, 3B, HBP) and Nomar Mazara (1/2, 2 BB) also reached base multiple times.

Player of the Game: 2B Ryan Rua
4 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 .234

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