Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/25

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads cruised to a 14-3 victory over Kannapolis on Saturday, getting a 3-for-5 effort with a home run from Nick Williams. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 0 – (@) Memphis 4
L - Lewis (0-1)
25-23, 2.5 GB

The Express have yet to crack the scoreboard in 18 innings against Memphis, as they were shut out for the second time in as many nights on Saturday.

Once again, the only Round Rock hitter doing much of anything was second baseman Yangervis Solarte, who singled three times in four at-bats. The switch-hitting Solarte (.295/.340/.399) extended his hitting streak to six games. He has multiple knocks in five of those six contests.

On the mound, Rangers hurler Colby Lewis made his third rehab start with an affiliate, and his second with Round Rock. The 33-year-old righty worked four innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked two, struck out two, and threw 34 of his 60 pitches for strikes.

Lewis has the following stat-line in three total rehab starts between Double- and Triple-A––8.1 ip, 14 h, 8 r, 4 bb, 7 k.

Lewis was piggybacked by right-hander Jake Brigham, who also had a near 1:1 strike-to-ball ratio. Throwing 31 of his 60 pitches for strikes, Brigham walked four batters in four innings but yielded just one run. He gave up two hits and fanned a pair.

The 25-year-old Brigham has walked 13 and fanned 10 in his first 14.2 Triple-A innings.

Aside from Solarte's three knocks, Engel Beltre (1/4), Joey Butler (1/4), and Jim Adduci (1/4) had Round Rock's only other hits. Left fielder Aaron Cunningham went 0-for-2 but walked twice.

Catcher Robinson Chirinos has fallen into a mini-slump since returning from the major leagues––he's 0-for-10 with a walk and three strikeouts in three games.

Player of the Game: 2B Yangervis Solarte
4 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 .295

AA: Frisco 3 – (@) Tulsa 1
W - Ramirez (5-1)
SV - Mendez (2)
HR - Buchholz (4)
27-21, 2.0 GB

Although he worked without his best command on Saturday, Frisco starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (2.83 ERA/.166 BAA) was able to keep Tulsa off the scoreboard and earn the victory. The 23-year-old Ramirez tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball while walking a season-high five and striking out four.

Through 10 starts this season, Ramirez ranks ninth in the Texas League in ERA (2.83), third in innings pitched (54.0), and second in strikeouts (63). His .166 BAA is by far lowest in the circuit among starters, but he has also issued the fourth-most walks with 26.

After Rockies prospect Tyler Matzek opened the game with five scoreless innings, Frisco got to him for a three-spot in the sixth.

Third baseman Alex Buchholz launched a three-run homer––his fourth in Double-A––to put the ‘Riders on top and ultimately win the game. Buchholz also walked once in four trips.

Right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/4, 2B) doubled while left fielder Teodoro Martinez (1/2, 2 BB) singled once, walked twice, and stole his 10th base.

Ryan Rodebaugh gave up a solo home run in the seventh inning before Roman Mendez closed the game with two scoreless frames, striking out a pair. Mendez threw 20 of his 25 pitches for strikes.

Player of the Game: 3B Alex Buchholz
3 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 .250

A+: Myrtle Beach 3 – Wilmington 8 (7 innings – Game 1)
L - Schwendel (0-1)

Pelicans starting pitcher Alec Asher settled down after surrendering three first-inning runs on Saturday, keeping his club in the game. Asher gave up three runs on five hits in four innings, walking three and striking out four.

Wilmington blew the game open against the Myrtle Beach bullpen. Sinkerballing righty Paul Schwendel was tagged for three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings, while Francisco Mendoza gave up two runs in 1.2 frames.

Leadoff-hitting shortstop Luis Sardinas raised his batting average to .306 with a pair of singles in three at-bats. Catcher Kellin Deglan (1/2, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked once.

Chris Grayson (1/2, BB) and Trever Adams (1/3) had the team's only other knocks.

Player of the Game: C Kellin Deglan
2 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 .227

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – Wilmington 3 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - Van Meter (0-2)
HR - Cantwell (1)
29-18, 5.5 GU

In a surprising twist, the Pelicans were actually swept in the doubleheader at home on Saturday. The Pelicans had their 11-game home winning streak snapped with back-to-back losses.

Reliever Joe Van Meter made the spot start in the nightcap and suffered the loss after permitting two runs in 4.1 innings. He allowed four hits, walked two, and fanned four.

Catcher Pat Cantwell (.232/.280/.290) launched a solo home run to plate the Pelicans' only run of the contest. Although Cantwell has scuffled this season and isn't seen everyday at-bats, he extended his hitting streak to 11 games and has reached base safely in each of his last 13 games.

Royce Bolinger (1/3, 2B) doubled while Rougned Odor (1/2, BB) singled and walked for the club's other hits.

Hard-throwing righty Jon Edwards made his return from the disabled list by punching out a pair in a scoreless seventh inning.

Myrtle Beach was bested by Wilmington starter Sam Selman for the second time within a week. The Royals' lefty prospect limited the Pelicans to a run on two hits in five innings.

Player of the Game: C Pat Cantwell
3 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 .232

A: Hickory 14 – Kannapolis 3
W - Sadzeck (4-2)
HR - Williams (8)
27-20, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads jumped all over Kannapolis starting pitcher Jefferson Olacio on Saturday, tagging the White Sox prospect for 12 runs––10 earned––in just 4.1 innings.

In his second game back from a shoulder injury, DH Nick Williams (.302/.330/.616) led the way by going 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI. The 19-year-old Williams has eight round-trippers and 22 RBI in just 20 games played this season.

Jordan Akins (.247/.269/.376) went 4-for-5 with his eighth double and two RBI.

Lewis Brinson (2/4, 2B, BB) and Joe Maloney (1/4, 2B, BB) also doubled once.

Starting pitcher Connor Sadzeck earned the ‘W' after working five innings of two-run ball, yielding three hits. He walked three and struck out four.

Ryan Bores induced eight groundouts and a strikeout in three innings, giving up one run. Jose Valdespina fanned the side in the ninth inning, working around a walk.

Between the 27 outs recorded on Saturday, the Crawdads pitchers induced 14 groundouts and eight strikeouts.

Player of the Game: DH Nick Williams
5 2 3 0 1 4 0 1 .302

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