Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/27

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders topped Tulsa once again on Monday, led by outfielder Joe Benson's second round-tripper in as many days. 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

Making his return to Triple-A, right-hander Josh Lindblom threw a season-high 111 pitches (including 73 strikes) over seven innings. He gave up two runs while scattering seven hits, walking one, and striking out five. He also plunked a pair.

Although Lindblom scuffled in his one big-league start, he has pitched well in Triple-A––50.1 ip, 34 h, 12 r, 12 bb, 38 k.

Hot-hitting second baseman Yangervis Solarte continued his recent streak by going 1-for-3 with his eighth double and a walk, raising his batting average to an even .300. Leadoff man Engel Beltre was 2-for-5 with his 14th two-bagger.

Mike Bianucci, who entered mid-game for Robinson Chirinos at DH, was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.

Relievers Johan Yan and Cory Burns finished the contest with one scoreless inning apiece. Yan worked a 1-2-3 inning while Burns pitched around a hit in the ninth.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh Lindblom
7.0 7 2 2 1 5 1 2.15

AA: Frisco 6 – (@) Tulsa 3
W - Mavare (1-1)
SV - Rodebaugh (2)
HR - Nicholas (11), Benson (2)
29-21, 1.0 GB

Outfielder Joe Benson, recently acquired from the Minnesota Twins via waivers, socked his second home run in as many games with the ‘Riders on Monday. Benson went 1-for-3 with that solo round-tripper and a walk.

On the mound, righty Nick McBride made his Double-A debut by working four innings and yielding three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Arlett Mavare saved the bullpen with three innings of one-hit, shutout relief. The Venezuelan hurler threw just 39 pitches––including 29 strikes––while fanning one without issuing a walk.

Richard Bleier (1 IP) and Ryan Rodebaugh (1 IP) retired the game's final six batters to preserve the victory.

In addition to Benson's impressive hitting, DH Brett Nicholas socked his 11th home run of the season. He also singled in five at-bats.

Alex Buchholz (3/4) singled three times while Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/4) and Odubel Herrera (2/4) both singled twice. First baseman Guilder Rodriguez went 0-for-3 but walked twice and stole a pair of bases, giving him nine this season.

Player of the Game: CF Joe Benson
3 2 1 0 1 1 1 0 .286

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Lynchburg 4
L - Jackson (4-4)
HR - Adams (6)
29-20, 4.5 GU

Hard-throwing Pelicans righty Luke Jackson dropped to 4-4 on the season after he permitted two runs on five hits in 4.2 innings, walking three and striking out four.

Another fireballing hurler, Jon Edwards, was also erratic in relief of Jackson. Edwards uncorked two wild pitches and walked two in 1.2 innings. He gave up two runs.

At the plate, first baseman Trever Adams brought home Myrtle Beach's lone run with a solo home run in the sixth inning. He also singled in four at-bats.

Jake Skole (1/4, 2B) and Chris Grayson (1/4, 2B) both doubled.

Although Rougned Odor was 0-for-1, he walked once and was plunked twice.

Player of the Game: 1B Trever Adams
4 1 2 0 1 1 0 2 .265

A: Hickory 0 – (@) Augusta 4
L - Smith (4-2)
28-21, 2.0 GB

The hard-hitting Crawdads were limited to just two hits in Monday's contest. Red Sox prospect Chris Stratton––a 2012 first-round pick from Mississippi State––hurled seven innings of one-hit shutout ball.

The hits came from DH Nick Vickerson (1/4, 2B) and RF Nomar Mazara (1/4, 2B). They were both doubles. Jorge Alfaro (0/2, BB), Lewis Brinson (0/2, BB) and Joe Maloney (0/2, BB) all walked once.

On the mound, starter Tyler Smith gave up three runs in four innings. He allowed six hits, walked two, and fanned four.

Right-hander Jose Valdespina (1 IP) and lefty Alex Claudio (1 IP) each worked a shutout frame in relief. Cody Kendall gave up one run in two innings.

Player of the Game: DH Nick Vickerson
4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .328

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