Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/30

The Triple-A Round Rock Express earned a doubleheader sweep over New Orleans on Thursday, and second baseman Yangervis Solarte continued his hot hitting by going deep in both games. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 1 – (@) New Orleans 0 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Feierabend (2-1)
SV - Burns (11)
HR - Solarte (5)

Express starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend (4.08 ERA/.285 BAA) tossed six innings of one-hit, shutout ball to cruise to victory in Thursday's first game. The veteran lefty walked two and struck out five, throwing 60 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

Red-hot second baseman Yangervis Solarte provided the game's only run with his two-out solo homer––his fifth of the season––in the sixth inning. Solarte also singled once in three at-bats, raising his batting average to .305.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre singled three times in four trips––bumping his average to .284––while also stealing his 12th base.

Chris McGuiness (1/3) and Robinson Chirinos (1/3) had the team's other knocks.

Although changeup specialist Cory Burns (1.06 ERA/.266 BAA) gave up three singles in the ninth inning, he kept the Zephyrs off the scoreboard to earn his 11th save.

Player of the Game: LHP Ryan Feierabend
6.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 4.08

AAA: Round Rock 6 – (@) New Orleans 5 (7 innings – Game 2)
W - Bonilla (4-3)
SV - Meek (4)
HR - Solarte (6)
30-24, 0.5 GB

Switch-hitting second baseman Yangervis Solarte (.305/.349/.435) continued to carry the Express in game two, as he launched a three-run homer that put Round Rock over the top.

The 25-year-old Solarte isn't anything special in the field––he's a utility man who can't play shortstop––but he has an intriguing bat with bat speed from both sides of the plate. He extended his hitting streak to 11 games on Thursday, and he's now hitting .385/.424/.514 this month.

On the mound, right-hander Jake Brigham was tagged for five runs on seven hits in 3.1 innings, walking one and striking out four.

Brigham's velocity has been down a couple ticks this season, and he has surrendered 19 runs––all earned––in his first 18 Triple-A innings.

First baseman Chris McGuiness went 2-for-3 with his 16th double and three RBI.

Engel Beltre (0/2, 2 BB) walked twice while Eli Whiteside (1/3) singled once.

After Brigham exited the game, relievers Lisalverto Bonilla (1.2 IP), Nate Robertson (1.1 IP), and Evan Meek (0.2 IP) all tossed scoreless ball out of the bullpen.

Player of the Game: 2B Yangervis Solarte
3 1 1 0 1 3 0 1 .305

AA: Frisco 1 – Springfield 0 (7 innings – Game 1)
W - Klein (2-0)
SV - Bleier (1)
HR - Nicholas (12)

Four Frisco relievers combined on a seven-inning one-hitter in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader.

University of Indiana product Tyler Tufts began the game by giving up that one hit in three scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out a pair.

Phil Klein (2 IP), Wilmer Font (1.1 IP), and Richard Bleier (0.2 IP) then worked the final four innings without permitting a hit or a run. Klein and Font both walked a pair of batters.

Through 22 innings this season, the hard-throwing Font has given up just 10 hits and struck out 28, but he has also issued 18 free passes.

Slugging first baseman Brett Nicholas (.306/.380/.589) socked a solo homer for Frisco's only run. He also doubled––his 14th––in three at-bats.

Odubel Herrera (1/3, 2B) doubled once while Joe Benson (2/2, BB) and Ryan Strausborger (1/1, BB) both had perfect days. Benson's walk was intentional.

Player of the Game: 1B Brett Nicholas
3 1 2 1 1 1 0 1 .306

AA: Frisco 0 – Springfield 6 (7 innings – Game 2)
L - Ramirez (5-2)
31-22, 2.0 GB

RoughRiders starting pitcher Neil Ramirez (3.57 ERA/.177 BAA) struck out seven batters in four innings, but he threw a whopping 91 pitches over that span. Ramirez was tagged for six runs on five hits––including two home runs––while walking three.

The 24-year-old Ramirez has the following stat-line this season––58.0 ip, 34 h, 23 er, 29 bb, 71 k.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez had Frisco's only extra-base hit, as he went 1-for-3 with his third double.

Brett Nicholas (1/2, HBP), Ryan Strausborger (1/3), and Zach Zaneski (1/2, BB) had the club's other hits.

Venezuelan reliever Arlett Mavare walked two batters in two innings, but he didn't yield a hit or a run. He struck out two. Ben Rowen worked around a hit in the ninth, striking out one.

Rowen's scoreless frame lowered his earned-run average to 0.69. The submarining righty hasn't permitted a run in his last 11 appearances, spanning 12.1 frames.

Player of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez
3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .278

A+: Myrtle Beach 1 – (@) Lynchburg 4
L - Asher (4-3)
29-23, 3.0 GU

Pelicans starter Alec Asher (2.86 ERA/.222 BAA) pitched relatively well on Thursday, but he gave up a few extra-base hits and was undone by three Myrtle Beach errors.

The 21-year-old righty worked six innings and allowed three runs––one earned on nine hits. Four of those nine hits were doubles. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk.

Through 56.2 innings this season––Asher's first full year of pro ball––he has walked 15 and struck out 54.

At the plate, centerfielder Royce Bolinger (.257/.313/.423) was 2-for-3 with a double, his fifth two-bagger in six games. The Gonzaga product batted just .186 in April but is hitting .326/.365/.506 this month.

Rougned Odor (2/3, BB) and Preston Beck (2/4) both singled twice. Odor also committed a throwing error, his eighth miscue of the campaign.

Player of the Game: RHP Alec Asher
6.0 9 3 1 0 8 0 2.86

A: Hickory 7 – (@) Rome 8
L - Kendall (1-1)
HR - Rua (14), Brinson (11)
29-23, 2.0 GB

The Crawdads and Braves played a bit of a slugfest on Thursday evening, as the two clubs combined for 15 runs on 22 hits.

Hickory went up against 2012 Braves first-round pick Lucas Sims, who gave up two runs in 4.2 innings but struck out nine.

Centerfielder Lewis Brinson (.239/.312/.472) led the way for Hickory, as he went 1-for-1 with a home run––his 11th––and three walks. Brinson reached base safely in all four of his plate appearances and swiped his eighth base in 10 attempts.

Second baseman Ryan Rua went just 1-for-5 but added a two-run shot, his 14th round-tripper of the year. He's now tied with former pitcher Stetson Allie for the Sally League home run lead.

Luis Marte was 2-for-4 with his fifth double. Nomar Mazara (1/5, 3B) added his first triple. Jordan Akins (2/4) and David Lyon (2/4) both singled twice.

On the mound, tall righty Connor Sadzeck (3.02 ERA/.248 BAA) gave up four runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings, walking one and striking out two.

Fireballing reliever Jose Valdespina followed by surrendering two runs in two-thirds of an inning, raising his ERA to 5.94. Cody Kendall, who suffered the loss, allowed two runs––one earned––in two frames.

Player of the Game: CF Lewis Brinson
1 2 1 0 1 2 3 0 .239

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