Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/1

The Single-A Hickory Crawdads got back to their powerful ways on Saturday, crushing 11 runs on 16 hits, including nine extra-base knocks. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 8 – Nashville 5
W - Perez (2-1)
SV - Burns (12)
HR - Beltre (1)

Centerfielder Engel Beltre led off the game for Round Rock with a home run––his first in Triple-A–-and the Express didn't look back from there, cruising to an 8-5 victory.

Beltre went 1-for-5 at the plate, but he also made a fantastic catch in center field to bring back a home run.

Express starter Martin Perez, making his return to Triple-A, surrendered two runs on three hits in six innings, walking two and striking out five. He threw 54 of his 84 pitches for strikes.

First baseman Chris McGuiness (2/4, 2 2B) doubled twice in four at-bats, giving him 18 two-baggers on the season. Yangervis Solarte raised his batting average to .308 by going 2-for-4 with his ninth double.

Robinson Chirinos (3/4) singled three times while Jim Adduci (2/3, BB) singled twice.

Mark Teahen was 0-for-2 but drew a pair of free passes.

Nashville got back into the game by plating three runs in 1.1 innings against Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama. The veteran now has a 6.35 ERA in Triple-A this season.

But lefty Nate Robertson (0.2 IP) and righty Cory Burns (1 IP) slammed the door by retiring all five batters they faced. Burns fanned two in his perfect frame, lowering his ERA to 1.00 and earning his 12th save.

Player of the Game: LHP Martin Perez
6.0 3 2 2 2 5 1 3.00

AA: Frisco 3 – Tulsa 7
L - McBride (0-1)
HR - Martinez (6)

The ‘Riders fell behind 7-0 after the first two innings and weren't able to recover.

Making his second Double-A start, Nick McBride was tagged for a whopping seven runs on eight hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out one, throwing 53 pitches.

Meanwhile, former big-leaguer and Tulsa starter Sean Gallagher kept the Frisco offense silent, as he tossed seven innings of two-hit shutout ball.

Leadoff man Teodoro Martinez brought home all of Frisco's runs with his three-run homer in the eighth inning. It was his only hit in four trips.

DH Alex Buchholz went 3-for-4 with a double, while third baseman Mike Olt was 2-for-4 with a double and two strikeouts in his second game back from the eye troubles.

Tulsa's offense was kept in check after McBride left the game following two innings. Lefty Richard Bleier (3 IP) pitched around two hits and three walks in three scoreless innings. Ryan Rodebaugh (2 IP) and Jimmy Reyes (2 IP) worked two blank frames apiece to finish the contest.

Player of the Game: LF Teodoro Martinez
4 1 1 0 1 3 0 0 .276

A+: Myrtle Beach 5 – (@) Salem 3
W - Jackson (5-4)
SV - Harvey (1)

The Pelicans finally got back into the win column on Saturday, using a four-run sixth inning to propel them to a 5-3 victory.

Although Myrtle Beach starter Luke Jackson didn't have his best command and control, he was able to keep Salem off the scoreboard. Jackson worked around five hits and five walks in 5.2 scoreless innings, striking out three.

At the plate, the Pelicans got doubles from DH Rougned Odor (2/4, 2B), first baseman Trever Adams (1/4, 2B), centerfielder Royce Bolinger (2/4, 2B), and catcher Pat Cantwell (1/4, 2B). Bolinger drove in two runs, giving him 21 this season.

Third baseman Drew Robinson (0/2, 2 BB) and left fielder Chris Grayson (1/3, BB) both reached base twice.

The bullpen didn't make things easy for the Pelicans. After Paul Schwendel worked 1.1 scoreless innings, Francisco Mendoza gave up two runs in the eighth, and Ryan Harvey allowed a run on three hits in the ninth.

Still, Myrtle Beach held on, and Harvey earned his first save.

Player of the Game: CF Royce Bolinger
4 1 2 1 0 2 0 1 .262

A: Hickory 11 – (@) Rome 9 (10 innings)
W - Claudio (3-1)
HR - Gallo (14)

The Crawdads' power came back into play on Saturday, as they clubbed 11 runs on 16 hits, including seven doubles, a triple, and a home run.

First baseman Joe Maloney (3/5, 2 2B) and second baseman Ryan Rua (2/5, 2 2B) both doubled twice. Nick Vickerson (2/5, 2B, BB), Jordan Akins (2/5, 2B), and Luis Marte (1/5, 2B) all doubled once.

The triple came from centerfielder Nick Williams, who went 3-for-5 with his third three-bagger of the season. He also led the team with three runs batted in.

Although Joey Gallo went just 1-for-5 and struck out three times, he launched his 14th home run of the season––a game-winning two-run shot in the top of the 10th inning.

The offense helped erase a rough outing from righty Tyler Smith, who was tagged for six runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. After Ryan Bores gave up two runs in 2.2 frames, the bullpen settled down.

Hard-throwing righty Keone Kela struck out two in 1.2 scoreless frames. Alex Claudio then fanned four in two innings, giving up one run. Claudio blew the save in the bottom of the ninth, but Gallo's shot––plus a scoreless 10th––helped him earn the victory.

Player of the Game: CF Nick Williams
5 1 3 0 0 3 0 1 .296

DSL: DSL Rangers 6 – (@) DSL Phillies 3
W - Sosa (1-0)
SV - Rodriguez (1)

The Dominican Rangers were victorious in their 2013 season opener, besting the Phillies 6-3.

The DSL Phillies pitchers issued 11 walks in the game, striking out only three Rangers batters.

DH Crisford Adames led the way in that category, going 0-for-1 with three free passes. Shortstop Luis Terrero singled twice and walked twice in his six trips. He also drove home two runs.

Third baseman Juremi Profar (2/6) and second baseman Brallan Perez (2/4, BB) also had a pair of knocks.

Leadoff man Jesus Gonzalez, who played centerfield, was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Elio Castillo (1/3, BB) and Carlos Arroyo (1/4, BB) also singled and walked.

On the mound, starting pitcher Kevin Sosa gave up three runs––only one earned––over five innings pitched. He scattered five hits, walked one, and struck out three.

Sosa, who pitched in the Dominican Summer League last season, could be a candidate to join the rookie Surprise Rangers at some point this summer.

Relievers Werner Leal (1.2 IP), Felix Carvallo (1.1 IP), and Ricardo Rodriguez (1 IP) finished the game with four innings of scoreless relief.

Player of the Game: SS Luis Terrero
4 1 2 0 0 2 2 0 .500

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