Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/26

Although the High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans committed seven errors in their 14-inning contest on Sunday, shortstop Luis Sardinas reached base four times and stole his 15th base. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 5 – (@) Memphis 2
W - Lindblom (5-0)
SV - Burns (10)
27-24, 1.0 GB

Left-hander Brad Mills made a successful return to the Round Rock rotation on Sunday, working four innings of one-run ball. He gave up three hits, walked two, and struck out two.

Another changeup artist, righty Lisalverto Bonilla, busted out of his recent slump by tossing two scoreless frames on just 23 pitches. He fanned three without issuing a walk.

At the plate, shortstop Greg Miclat (1/4, 2B), first baseman Chris McGuiness (1/3, 2B, 2 BB), and catcher Robinson Chirinos (1/4, 2B) all doubled once. Miclat drove home a pair of runs.

Yangervis Solarte (2/4) singled twice, raising his batting average to .299. Left fielder Joey Butler (1/3, BB) had a single and two walks in five plate appearances.

Making his second Triple-A appearance this season, big-league veteran Kyle McClellan threw just 13 of his 26 pitches for strikes while walking two batters and giving up a run in one inning. He also plunked one but struck out the side.

After Evan Meek permitted an unearned run in the ninth, righty Cory Burns fanned two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his ninth save.

Player of the Game: LHP Brad Mills
4.0 3 1 1 2 2 0 3.44

AA: Frisco 4 – (@) Tulsa 1
W - Pucetas (6-4)
SV - Rowen (4)
HR - Benson (1)
28-21, 1.0 GB

Sinkerballing starter Kevin Pucetas (4.63 ERA/.278 BAA) has been inconsistent of late, but he breezed through Sunday's start. The 28-year-old hurler worked six innings of one-run ball, giving up four hits and striking out a pair. Pucetas threw just 67 pitches and induced 14 groundouts to one flyout.

Appearing in his first game as a member of the Rangers' organization, centerfielder Joe Benson batted sixth and went 1-for-4 with a solo home run.

Hanser Alberto (1/4, 2B) doubled and drove home two runs while Teodoro Martinez (2/3, BB) singled twice, walked once, and stole his 11th base. Martinez is now hitting .289 on the season.

Right-handed relievers Justin Miller, Wilmer Font, and Ben Rowen all worked one scoreless inning apiece to finish the game. Miller worked around a hit and a walk in his frame. Rowen's blank inning lowered his earned-run average to 0.73.

Player of the Game: RHP Kevin Pucetas
6.0 4 1 1 0 2 0 4.63

A+: Myrtle Beach 6 – Wilmington 9 (14 innings)
L - Mendoza (0-1)
29-19, 4.5 GU

The Pelicans and Blue Rocks were knotted at five apiece until Wilmington busted out for four runs in the top of the 14th inning. Myrtle Beach scored one in the bottom of the frame, but it wasn't enough.

Myrtle Beach committed seven total errors in the game, including four in that disastrous 14th frame. They came from 1B Kevin Torres (2), 2B Rougned Odor (1), RHP Jose Monegro (1), SS Luis Sardinas (1), RHP Francisco Mendoza (1), and LF Chris Grayson (1).

On the mound, right-hander Nick Martinez lasted just 3.2 innings, giving up two runs––both unearned––on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four.

The best relief of the day came from righties Ryan Harvey (3 IP) and Randol Rojas (2 IP). Harvey, a Seton Hall product, lowered his ERA to 1.14.

Centerfielder Royce Bolinger bumped his batting average to .248 by going 3-for-5 with his ninth double. Grayson (1/5, 2B) added his 10th two-bagger.

Luis Sardinas (3/6, BB) singled three times, walked once, and stole his 15th base. Trever Adams (3/6, BB) also had three knocks while Drew Robinson (2/5, BB) singled twice.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Sardinas
6 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 .308

A: Hickory 6 – Kannapolis 5
W - Kela (1-1)
28-20, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads improved to 12-1 in one-run games this season with Sunday's walkoff triumph over the Intimidators. After Ryan Rua doubled in the bottom of the ninth, Nomar Mazara singled him home to win the game.

Rua was 1-for-4 with his 13th double and a free pass. Mazara singled twice, driving home three runs.

Starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner yielded three runs on eight hits over 4.1 innings, walking two and striking out three. After Joe Burns gave up two runs (one earned) in 1.2 frames, the bullpen kept Kannapolis off the scoreboard.

Left-hander Sam Stafford took a step in the right direction by fanning two in a scoreless seventh inning, giving up a single. Keone Kela then retired all six batters he faced, striking out three.

The 20-year-old Kela, who can touch the upper-90s with his fastball, has pitched well in three appearances since returning from the disabled list––4.0 ip, 2 h, 0 r, 0 bb, 5 k.

Catcher Jorge Alfaro led the offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Joey Gallo (1/3, 2B, BB) doubled once and walked twice. Nick Vickerson (2/4) had a pair of singles and his fourth steal.

Player of the Game: C Jorge Alfaro
4 2 3 1 0 2 0 1 .256

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