Rangers Minor League Roundup – 6/2

Triple-A Round Rock starting pitcher Josh Lindblom improved to 6-0 this season in the minor leagues, working seven strong innings on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action in the Texas Rangers system.

AAA: Round Rock 3 – Nashville 2
W - Lindblom (6-0)
SV - Burns (13)

Express starting pitcher Josh Lindblom continued to cruise in Triple-A on Sunday, as he worked seven innings of one-run ball, throwing 107 pitches. The former big-league reliever gave up four hits, walked three, and struck out five.

Lindblom is now 6-0 in Triple-A with a 2.04 earned-run average this season.

Round Rock's only extra base hit of the game was a double from second baseman Yangervis Solarte, who was 1-for-4. Chris McGuiness (2/4) and Joey Butler (2/4) both singled twice.

Leadoff man Engel Beltre singled once and walked once in four trips, raising his batting average to .280.

Changeup specialist Cory Burns earned his 13th save and lowered his ERA to 0.95 with a scoreless ninth. He struck out one.

Player of the Game: RHP Josh Lindblom
7.0 4 1 1 3 5 1 2.04

AA: Frisco 3 – Tulsa 5
L - Pimentel (6-2)

The ‘Riders fell behind early, as starting pitcher Carlos Pimentel was roughed up for the second time in as many starts.

On Sunday, Pimentel was tagged for five runs––three earned––on six hits in 4.2 innings. He walked four, plunked one, and struck out four. The 23-year-old righty still has a 3.29 ERA this season, and the opposition is still hitting just .212 against him. But in his last two starts, Pimentel has allowed 10 runs in 10 innings.

Venezuelan righty Arlett Mavare helped keep Frisco in the game with 2.1 scoreless innings of long relief, striking out four. Mavare has fanned 24 batters in 16.1 frames at Double-A.

Wilmer Font fanned two and walked one in a scoreless eighth. Ben Rowen worked a 1-2-3 ninth, throwing only nine pitches.

At the plate, third baseman Mike Olt (1/4, 2B) and right fielder Chih-Hsien Chiang (1/4, 2B) both doubled. Teodoro Martinez (2/4) and Brett Nicholas (2/4) added two singles apiece.

Player of the Game: RHP Arlett Mavare
2.1 1 0 0 1 4 0 4.41

A+: Myrtle Beach 2 – (@) Salem 3
L - Van Meter (0-3)
HR - Robinson (2), Skole (1)

Although the Pelicans surrendered just one hit in Sunday's contest, the lost after issuing a whopping nine walks.

Four of the walks came from starting pitcher Joe Van Meter, who gave up two runs in four innings, yielding the only hit. He struck out five.

Left-hander Will Lamb walked two and allowed an unearned run in two innings. Taylor Dennis followed by walking three––though he didn't allow a run––in his inning.

Leadoff hitter Jake Skole had by far his best game of the season, going 3-for-4 with a double and a solo home run. The two-bagger was his fifth, and the homer was his first.

Third baseman Drew Robinson went back-to-back with Skole in the eighth inning, hitting a solo home run.

Rougned Odor (1/4) had the team's only other knock.

Player of the Game: CF Jake Skole
4 1 3 1 1 1 0 0 .199

A: Hickory 1 – (@) Rome 3
L - Parra (0-1)

Despite getting stuck with the loss on Sunday, southpaw starter Luis Parra turned in perhaps his best outing as a pro. Parra worked a career-high seven innings, giving up three runs––only one earned. He scattered five hits and struck out four without issuing a walk.

Hickory's powerful offense managed only one run on six hits.

Third baseman Joey Gallo led the bats, going 2-for-4 with his second triple. Lewis Brinson (2/4) singled twice.

Nick Urbanus (1/2, BB) and Jorge Alfaro (1/4) had the club's only other knocks.

Player of the Game: LHP Luis Parra
7.0 5 3 1 0 4 0 0.95

DSL: DSL Rangers – OFF

After winning their season opener on Saturday, the Dominican Summer League Rangers didn't play on Sunday.

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