Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/29

It was a rainy Wednesday in the Texas Rangers organization, as the two upper-level affiliates were rained out and the two lower-level clubs both lost. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the system.

AAA: Round Rock – (@) New Orleans – PPD (Rain)
28-24, 1.0 GB

The Express and Zephyrs were washed out by rain on Wednesday. The two clubs will make up the game with a Thursday evening doubleheader.

AA: Frisco – Springfield – PPD (Rain)
30-21, 1.5 GB

Frisco and Springfield were also rained out on Wednesday, and they'll also play a Thursday doubleheader.

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Lynchburg 8
L - Eickhoff (4-3)
HR - Beck (1)
29-22, 3.0 GU

Myrtle Beach saw its losing streak run to six after Wednesday's defeat. While the pitching has allowed eight runs or more in four of the six losses, the offense hasn't done much work either––they've scored just 14 runs in the six contests, with six of those coming in one game.

Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff (4.01 ERA/.266 BAA) worked seven innings but yielded six runs––three of which were earned. The big righty gave up eight hits while walking one and striking out three.

Eickhoff has the following stat-line through 10 starts this season––58.1 ip, 59 h, 26 er, 11 bb, 35 k.

Nine-hole hitting right fielder Preston Beck provided both of the Pelicans' runs with his two-run homer in the fifth inning. He was 1-for-1 overall with that round-tripper and a pair of walks.

Beck's home run was his first of the season. Although the Dallas native has a plus-plus arm from the outfield, he's hitting just .216/.323/.306 in 32 games with Myrtle Beach.

Edwin Garcia (1/3) and Rougned Odor (1/4) had the team's other hits. Odor stole his 14th base.

Righty reliever Taylor Dennis, recently up from extended spring training, surrendered two runs while working the eighth inning. He allowed two hits and a walk, striking out one.

Dennis, 24, posted a 2.12 ERA over 21 appearances for Single-A Hickory last season.

Player of the Game: RF Preston Beck
1 1 1 0 1 2 2 0 .216

A: Hickory 1 – (@) Augusta 2
L - Kela (1-2)
29-22, 2.0 GB

Hickory's loss made it a winless, rainy Wednesday night in the Rangers' organization. The big league, Triple-A, and Double-A clubs were all washed out. The High-A and Low-A affiliates fell.

Crawdads starter C.J. Edwards (2.25 ERA/.189 BAA) needed more than 90 pitches to work 3.2 innings, though he didn't permit a run. Edwards gave up just one hit but walked four and struck out seven.

The 21-year-old righty now has 66 strikeouts and 26 walks over 56 innings this season. He ranks second in the South Atlantic League in both punchouts and innings pitched.

The Crawdads lineup managed only six hits in the game, five of which were singles. They've now gone for games without socking a home run.

DH David Lyon (.211/.309/.324) went 2-for-3 with his fifth double. Lewis Brinson (.235/.299/.454) added two singles in four at-bats, striking out once. He stole his seventh base.

Nick Urbanus (1/4) and Nomar Mazara (1/4) had the only other hits.

First baseman Joe Maloney went 0-for-4 with four punchouts, committing an error. Third baseman Joey Gallo, who also had an error, whiffed in each of his three plate appearances. Gallo is now hitting .211.

After relievers Joe Burns (1.1 IP) and Keone Kela (1 IP) each allowed one run, sinkerballing right-hander Ryan Bores tossed two scoreless innings. Bores induced five groundouts and struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP C.J. Edwards
3.2 1 0 0 4 7 0 2.25

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