Rangers Minor League Roundup – 5/31

The Double-A Frisco RoughRiders socked six home runs and got strong work from rehabbing starter Alexi Ogando in their victory on Friday. 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 2
L - Yan (1-1)
HR - Chirinos (1)

On Friday, the Express were bested by a pair of pitchers who were drafted and developed by the Rangers.

New Orleans starting pitcher Doug Mathis scattered eight hits while tossing five innings of shutout ball. Lefty Zach Phillips, who earned the victory with a scoreless seventh, struck out the side in his frame.

Mathis has a 2.81 ERA for the Zephyrs this season, while Phillips has a 2.18 ERA out of the bullpen.

For Round Rock, lefty Brad Mills was solid, working five innings of two-hit, shutout ball. He struck out four and walked two, throwing 50 of his 77 pitches for strikes.

At the plate, catcher Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his third of the season. Chris McGuiness (2/3, BB) and Mark Teahen (2/4) both singled twice.

Greg Miclat (1/4, BB) and Joey Butler (1/3, BB) both singled and walked.

Veteran righty Kyle McClellan surrendered a solo home run in his lone inning out of the bullpen. Johan Yan, who suffered the loss, gave up a run on three walks in two frames.

Player of the Game: LHP Brad Mills
5.0 2 0 0 2 4 0 3.13

AA: Frisco 7 – Tulsa 4
W - Ogando (1-0)
SV - Rowen (6)
HR - Chiang (5), Martinez (5), Strausborger (5), Benson (4), Herrera (1), Olt (1)

The RoughRiders socked six home runs on Friday evening, taking a 7-4 victory against the Drillers. Three of Frisco's home runs came back-to-back-to-back––all in a four-pitch span––during the bottom of the fourth.

The three consecutive shots came from right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (2/4, HR), DH Ryan Strausborger (1/4, HR), and second baseman Odubel Herrera (1/3, HR).

Outfielders Teodoro Martinez (1/4, HR) and Joe Benson (1/3, HR) also went deep.

Appearing in his first game with an affiliated club since his eye issues, third baseman Mike Olt went 1-for-4 with a solo round-tripper and two strikeouts.

On the mound, rehabbing Rangers righty Alexi Ogando hurled six strong innings. He gave up two unearned runs on four hits, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Justin Miller had his first rough outing since returning from Tommy John surgery, giving up a run on two walks and a hit in two-thirds of an inning.

Ben Rowen struck out the game's final hitter to earn his sixth save.

Player of the Game: RHP Alexi Ogando
6.0 4 2 0 0 4 1 0.00

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Salem 3
L - Harvey (4-1)

The Pelicans lost once again on Friday, as they surrendered an eighth-inning run to suffer the defeat.

Starting pitcher Nick Martinez didn't factor in the decision after he gave up two runs in five innings. The former college infielder scattered eight hits, walked one, and struck out two.

Nine-hole hitting left fielder Chris Grayson had his club's only extra-base hit, his 11th double of the year. Grayson was 1-for-2 with a walk. He also picked up two outfield assists.

Trever Adams (1/3, BB) singled and walked.

After Randol Rojas and Jon Edwards each tossed a scoreless inning out of the bullpen, righty Ryan Harvey suffered his first loss after giving up a run in the eighth. Harvey gave up two hits and walked two.

Player of the Game: LF Chris Grayson
2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 .229

A: Hickory 5 – (@) Rome 6
L - Leclerc (1-3)
HR - Maloney (7)

Crawdads starting pitcher Andrew Faulkner was erratic on Friday, yielding four runs––three earned––in 4.2 innings. The lefty gave up five hits, walked four, and struck out two.

Hickory actually erased an early deficit with a five-run inning, but reliever Jose Leclerc then allowed two runs in 1.1 innings and suffered the loss.

First baseman Joe Maloney clocked a three-run homer as part of that five-run sixth inning. He also walked. DH Nomar Mazara (2/3, 2B, BB) and catcher Jorge Alfaro (2/5, 2B) both singled once and doubled once.

Third baseman Joey Gallo singled once and walked once in four plate appearances.

Left-hander Sam Stafford turned in his second consecutive strong outing out of the bullpen. The native Texan worked two scoreless frames, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out one.

Player of the Game: 1B Joe Maloney
3 1 1 0 1 3 1 0 .217

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