Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/22

The High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans picked up yet another home victory on Wednesday, getting eight strong innings from starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 2 – Reno 6
L - Bonilla (3-3)
HR - Butler (4)

Although Diamondbacks lefty prospect Tyler Skaggs is having his peaks and valleys in the early going this season, he was on top of his game against the Express.

Skaggs turned in his best outing of the season, striking out 10 without issuing a walk over 7.2 innings. He allowed two runs––just one earned––on five hits while throwing 71 of his 103 pitches for strikes.

On the flip side, Round Rock was forced to start with reliever Lisalverto Bonilla. Bonilla pitched relatively well in the start, giving up two runs––one earned––on one hit in three innings. He fanned two without walking a batter.

Nick McBride, appearing in his first Triple-A game, gave up four runs on six hits in three innings.

Cleanup-hitting right fielder Joey Butler (1/4, HR) socked a solo home run––his fourth––for his lone hit in four at-bats.

Yangervis Solarte went 2-for-4 with his seventh double.

Relievers Yoshinori Tateyama (2 IP) and Cory Burns (1 IP) finished the game with three innings of scoreless relief.

For Reno, righty Warner Madrigal closed out the contest with 1.1 shutout frames.

Player of the Game: RF Joey Butler
4 1 1 0 1 1 0 2 .314

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Springfield 10
L - Bleier (0-1)
24-21, 2.0 GB

The Rangers' short-handed rotations stretched down to Double-A on Wednesday, as reliever Richard Bleier was forced into a spot start for Frisco.

Bleier was knocked around for six runs on eight hits over four innings, suffering the loss.

At the plate, third baseman Guilder Rodriguez led the way with three singles and a walk in five plate appearances, bumping his average up to .304.

Ryan Strausborger (2/4, 2B) and Teodoro Martinez (2/4, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.

Red-hot right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI.

Although Ryan Rodebaugh (2 IP) and Ben Rowen (1 IP) both tossed scoreless ball out of the bullpen, fireballing righty Roman Mendez had his worst outing of the season. Mendez was tagged for four runs in one inning, giving up three hits, walking two, and fanning one.

Player of the Game: 3B Guilder Rodriguez
4 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 .304

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – Carolina 2
W - Eickhoff (4-2)
SV - Monegro (1)
29-16, 6.0 GU

Jerad Eickhoff (4.03 ERA/.260 BAA) helped carry the Pelicans to yet another home victory on Wednesday, tossing a season-high eight innings and allowing only two runs. Eickhoff scattered seven hits, struck out three, and induced 12 ground-ball outs.

The 22-year-old Eickhoff was tagged for seven runs on nine hits over two innings in his first start this season. His line since that game––49.1 ip, 42 h, 16 er, 10 bb, 32 k.

Shortstop Edwin Garcia led the offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with his fourth double of the campaign. Luis Sardinas (1/3, BB) and Preston Beck (1/3, BB) both singled and walked. Sardinas stole his 14th base while Beck swiped his first.

Beck also flashed his plus-plus arm from right field, gunning down Indians top prospect Francisco Lindor at home plate.

Righty Ryan Harvey walked the first two batters he faced in the ninth inning before being lifted from the game. Jose Monegro then closed the game out by recording all three outs in the ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP Jerad Eichkoff
8.0 7 2 2 0 3 0 4.03

A: Hickory – Greenville – Suspended (Top 3)
25-19, 2.0 GB

Wednesday's contest between the Crawdads and Drive was suspended by rain in the top of the third inning. The game will be finished when Greenville returns to Hickory between June 7 and 9.

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